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Early Learner Program

Early Learner Program (ELP)

Our ELP program is available to children from three months of age through age 3. This program honors each child as a unique person with his or her own unique timetable of development. The purpose of the program is to insure developmentally appropriate practices are in place and those practices are sensitive to each child’s emerging skills.

Ascension has adopted the Mother Goose Time Experience Baby,  Fireflies, and Buttercups curriculum for infants and toddlers. These curriculums focus on how to recognize, encourage, facilitate, and stimulate development in the interplay between a child and the world. (Mother Goose Time Experience Baby Fireflies Curriculum Buttercups Curriculum)

Ascension Episcopal School provides a warm, nurturing, environment where teachers, staff, and parents work together to encourage each child’s physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual growth.

We offer the following ELP classes:

  • Ducklings – 3 months through crawlers
  • Penguins and Turtles – walkers through 17 months
  • Lambs– 17 months to 26 months (before Sept. 1)
  • Pre-School – 26 months to 36 months
  • Pre-School+ – 36 months through 47 months who are not age eligible for Pre-Kindergarten 3
We offer options from 2 days per week to 5 days per week, from 8 am until 4 pm, or from 7 am until 6 pm each day.

Ducklings, Penguins, and Turtles revolve around six developmental tasks 

  • Separating from parents
  • Connecting with school and teacher
  • Relating to self and others
  • Communicating with parents, teachers, and friends
  • Moving around
  • Expressing feelings with parents, teachers, and friends.


Lambs and Pre-School revolves around six developmental tasks

  • Transitioning to school
  • Making Friends
  • Exploring Roles
  • Communicating with parents, teachers, and friends
  • Problem solving
  • Expressing feelings with parents, teachers, and friends.
Pre-School+ continues to use some of the Fireflies curriculum appropriate for this age group along with introductory skills and knowledge from the Pre-Kindergarten 3’s curriculum.


 Social and Emotional development

  • Demonstrate competence in controlling body movements
  • Develop an awareness of where one’s body is in space and respect to personal boundaries
  • Show initiative in independent situations and persistence in attempting to solve problems before asking for help
  • Wait for his or her turn
  • Participate in individual, small, and large group activities.