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Courtyard Early Learning Center is lead by a very experienced director that has focused on providing a safe, loving and educational child care environment for 20+ years.  Candace believes if we work on providing the kiddos routine and structure at an early age, children will have a much easier time of focusing on the educational components that we can work with them on in the older classrooms!

Classroom Environment

Courtyard Early Learning Center believes in a FUN, LOVING and EDUCATIONAL day that allows kids to be kids, while learning from a play based curriculum.  Teachers work side by side with our Director to prepare fun and developmentally appropriate lesson plans that the kids are excited to be engaged in!

6:30 - 8:00:  Drop Off

8:00 - 8:20:  Circle Time

8:30 - 9:00:  Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00:  Lessons/Centers/Outdoor Time

11:00- 12:30:  Wash Up/Lunch

12:30 - 2:30:  Naptime (Center will be dark)

2:30 - 3:30:   Wake/Snack

3:30 - 5:30:   Activities/Outdoor Time

Classroom Behavior

In order for the classroom to function with structure and proper time for the educational components, children enrolled in this Pre-K program must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Follow direction with minimal reminders

  • Not demand more attention than other children in the room

  • Actively participate in routines

  • Show an interest in learning

  • Handle the structure and routine of the classroom

  • Regulate emotions in an age appropriate way

  • Must be fully potty trained

Children will be allowed to be a child at Courtyard, however, to ensure that every child is getting the experience and education that parents are paying for, it is important that children enrolled in this particular class be able to handle the dynamics of the classroom. Children that are enrolled with Courtyard at a younger age have a stronger likeliness of being successful at growing their abilities in these areas.

PreKB Year (Last Year of Attendance)


The year before Kindergarten at Courtyard is a FULL year!  Below is a list of things to keep an eye out for and look forward to!

August 18, 2022 – Meet the Teacher Night – chance to meet your child’s new

   teacher, learned about the curriculum, see where your child’s cubbies are, etc.

January 2023 - We will provide parents the chance to enroll their child for our

   summer program during the summer of 2023.  If you choose not to enroll, we

   will assume your last day of Courtyard care will be May 19th, 2023.  Please

   watch for this PAPER correspondence with all of the details!

January 2023 – We will ask parents to order Cap and Gown’s for Graduation. 

   Please watch for this PAPER correspondence.

March of 2023 – We will take cap and gown pictures if you pay to have them

   taken.  You can also have your child participate in our Spring photos, if you

   choose to pay for that.

May of 2023 – Graduation occurs!!  This is a fun filled family event.  We will

   have space for grandparents and other family.  Bring your camera!

Summer 2023 – If you choose to sign up, your child will participate in our

   Summer Program!  We take roughly 20 – 23 field trips around Jefferson

   City.  This includes the pool, movies, park visits, bowling, and other fun

   activities as we can book them!  Children that participate in the summer

   program will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to be safe and follow

   the teachers directions at our outings.

About Courtyard

We are very blessed to have an amazing building, however, we are so much more than a nice building! Candace and I (Christa) work hard to find, hire and train the best teachers.  We have have a lot of expectations of our teachers, however our three top priorities are: Safety, Love, and Teaching.  We work hard to provide a safe environment, we expect our teachers to show love and happiness to our kiddos, and we expect them to teach them something new each day.  Our curriculum prepares each kiddo for Kindergarten, and our structure teaches the kiddos to share, learn how to transition, learn how to sit at circle time and participate activities.  Learn more about our curriculum and meet our teachers through the below links:


Learn about Our Amazing Pre-K Program at Courtyard

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