The CCC Pre-K program is comprehensive and includes a variety of educational experiences throughout each day. Our curriculum concentrates on literacy and language development, math skills, and science exploration. Students attend music, Spanish and computers classes, and chapel. Activities include art, music and movement, math and science manipulatives, stories and games, sensory activities, cooking, organized play, free play, and guest speakers. It is our belief that the development of a child’s creative expression through these activities will lead them to acquire the necessary skills for a successful Kindergarten experience.
(MUST BE POTTY-TRAINED)
5 day M-Tu-W-Th-F
4 day M-W-Th-F
3 day M-W-F
Birthdates from 9-2-17 through 9-1-18
Hours Of Operation
Hours are from 9:00 to 1:30 p.m. (Exceptional hours are set for 3-day VPK class.) Pickup time is 1:30 p.m., with late pickup charges incurred at 1:35 p.m.
Early Bird Drop Off is at 8:00 a.m. with reservations required.
"Stay and Play" is offered from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This program is for potty-trained 3-5 year olds. Reservations are required.
Parents are responsible for supervision of their children on church property prior to and after school operating hours.
Meet The Teachers
Mrs. Sherry Collins
VPK Lead Teacher (Staff Member Since 1998)
Sherry Collins is a Pre-K Teacher at Christian Child Center. She was born in Miami and moved to Tampa when she was six years old. In Tampa she met and married her high school sweetheart Keith, graduated from college, and worked as a bookkeeper for 12 years. Sherry and Keith have a daughter and twin sons. The family moved to Altamonte Springs in 1998 and started attending church at Wekiva Presbyterian. Sherry became a substitute teacher at CCC that same year and fell in love with the preschool so much that she decided to go back to school and earn her CDA (Child Development Associate Credential). Sherry has a multitude of experiences with children including babysitting, volunteering in her children’s classrooms, teaching Sunday School and VBS , and working for many years as a camp counselor. Sherry enjoys working at CCC today as much as she did many years ago.
Mrs. Michelle Hargraves
VPK Lead Teacher (Staff Member Since 1992)
Michele Hargraves is a Pre-K Teacher at Christian Child Center. Michele was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Orlando area at the age of 3. She received a B.A. in Education from the University of Central Florida. She and her husband Charlie have three children and three grandchildren who attended the program at Christian Child Center. Michele taught at several public and private schools in Seminole County before accepting the teaching position at CCC. She enjoys sharing her love of children and education in a faith-based environment at Christian Child Center.
Mrs. Lynsey Merritt
VPK Lead Teacher (Staff Member Since 2016)
Lynsey Merritt is a Pre-K Teacher at Christian Child Center. She grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Furman University. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Scott, and spent 8 years in financial and legal marketing between Sarasota and Jacksonville. Lynsey and Scott have two children – both proud CCC graduates! After her husband’s job brought the family to Longwood, Lynsey became a stay-at-home mom and at the wonderful recommendation of a friend, enrolled their daughter in CCC. After experiencing the impact the staff has had on their children, Lynsey began substituting at the school and decided to join the fun full-time in 2016. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful CCC family!
Mrs. Jenni Acree
VPK Lead Teacher (Staff Member Since 2013)
Jenni Acree is a Pre-K Teacher at Christian Child Center. She attended Florida State University and earned a BS degree in Child Development. After graduation, Jenni taught Pre-K and 3's for four years at Conway Methodist Preschool in Orlando. She left teaching behind for ten years to be a stay-at-home mom, but when her youngest was enrolled at CCC, she returned to the world of teaching. Jenni's husband Rick is a University of Florida graduate, so football season is very interesting in the Acree home! They have three children - Hanna, Coleson, and Chloe. Jenni is excited to get to know her students each year and watch them grow!
Mrs. Edith Goldfarb
VPK Lead Teacher (Staff Member Since 2006)
Edith Goldfarb is a Pre-K Teacher at Christian Child Center. She was born in Honduras. At the age of 12, Edith moved to Miami with her parents and siblings. Edith met her husband there, after Hurricane Andrew. After marriage and moving a few times, Edith and Brett finally settled in Orlando to be closer to family and raise their three daughters, all of whom are CCC graduates! While her daughters were attending CCC, Edith began working as a substitute, later became a Pre-K assistant, then a 3's Teacher, and now a VPK instructor. She is also the Pre-K craft coordinator and support staff for our Summer Fun Camp program. Edith has been employed at CCC for over sixteen years and in 2015 she earned her CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) from Seminole State College. She looks forward to seeing new faces as well as returning families each year!
Mrs. Sue Voorhees
VPK Assistant (Staff Member Since 1993)
Sue Voorhees is a Pre-K Assistant at Christian Child Center. She was born and raised in the Chicago area and married her high school sweetheart, Greg, 49 years ago. Sue attended Illinois State University where she studied Early Childhood Education. Upon moving to Florida, 4 children later (2 daughters and 2 sons), Sue became involved in Wekiva Presbyterian Church and Christian Child Center, enrolling her daughter the first year it opened. Sue went on to serve on the CCC Board of Directors for four years, two of which she served as President. Soon after her term ended, Sue was recruited to teach at CCC, which she did faithfully for 22 years. Sue retired in 2015 to help care for the youngest of her six grandchildren. She returned in 2016 to teach our 3's and VPK students. Her heart and soul are in CCC…helping children to grow in God’s love.
Mrs. Lauren Demateis
VPK Assistant (Staff Member Since 2009)
Lauren Demateis is a Pre-K Assistant at Christian Child Center. She was born and raised in the Longwood area and even went to CCC when she was a child! Lauren received her Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and worked in the advertising field for a number of years. She has recently earned her teaching credentials and stays busy raising her three daughters. Lauren and her husband Josh enjoy family time on the weekends taking their girls to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Lauren is happy to be a part of the VPK team and to create a great experience for CCC students.
Mrs. Nancy Stine
VPK Assistant (Staff Member Since 1999)
Nancy Stine is a Pre-K Assistant at Christian Child Center. She was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Fort Lauderdale. Nancy graduated with a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida. She also completed studies for a Masters in Communication at UF. After graduation, she married Jeff, also a UF graduate, and moved to Central Florida. Nancy’s first career was with Burdines for 13 years, which spanned from being a divisional merchandise planner to assistant store manager. After her daughter Katie was born, Nancy stayed home to be a full time mom. While her daughter was enrolled in CCC, Nancy decided it would be the perfect place to go back to work. She shifted gears to work with great children, families, and staff at CCC. The past 23 years of affiliation with CCC have been a rewarding blessing.
Mrs. Kathy Kalita
VPK Assistant (Staff Member since 2016)
Kathy Kalita is a Pre-K Assistant at Christian Child Center. Kathy lived in Niagara Falls, NY her entire life until moving to Apopka in 2014 when her husband, Mike, was offered a position at Florida Hospital. Kathy married Mike in 1986 and they have three grown children, Eric, Julie, and Karyn, who all still reside in New York. Kathy is hoping to convince them that Florida is a great place to live! Kathy has worked as a Teacher Assistant since 1999, first at a preschool at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, and then with Niagara Wheatfield School District, working primarily with students with special needs. She has an A.A.S. Medical Assistant degree and has earned her Child Care Training credentials through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Kathy starting subbing at CCC in 2015 and is excited to be a part of such a special school!
Mrs. Barbette Morris
VPK Assistant (Staff Member since 2007)
Barbette Morris is a Pre-K Assistant at Christian Child Center. She is a native of Florida. Barbette attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a B.S.B.A degree in Marketing. She met her husband at UCF who is also a Florida native and they have two children, Lainie and Logan. Her children both attended CCC while Barbette was a stay-at-home mom. When her youngest started kindergarten, she began substitute teaching and after one year was hired as an assistant with Seminole County Public Schools. Ultimately, Barbette moved into a position working as an Assistant in Pre-K at CCC. She has been working with children for over fifteen years now, and her first love is working with Pre-K at CCC.! Barbette believes children to be gift from God and finds it a blessing to be able to spend her days working with children.
Registration for enrollment is held in February for the following school year. Subsequent enrollments will be accepted until the class limit is reached. Additional names will be accepted for a wait list to be notified in the event space becomes available. Currently enrolled students and siblings will be given priority for enrollment in the following school year.
ENROLLMENT FORMS: Children attending CCC must have all enrollment and medical forms completed and on file by the child's first day of attendance. Parents are responsible for assuring that the information supplied is kept current.