Philosophy

Since1959, the Oak Grove Young Children’s School has been an outreach ministry of OGUMC,
striving to offer the community a high quality early childhood education program steeped in love
and care for all children. By creating a nurturing environment where each child is valued for who
he or she is, we are able to provide support to families in the important task of parenting.

Our program emphasizes the socialization skills of young children and uses a discovery based
approach to learning. Recognizing that children grow and develop at different rates, a broad range
of developmentally appropriate learning experiences is provided daily.

The YCS curriculum is designed to foster growth of the whole child – physical, emotional, social,
intellectual, and spiritual. Allowing the interests of children to drive the curriculum creates a rich
and meaningful learning experience. Children need affirming relationships to grow in self-confidence,
curiosity and the capacity to cooperate with others. The Oak Grove Young Children’s School is a Christian
environment of kindness and encouragement, helping each child to personally become aware of God’s
love and to grow in an understanding of Christian principles. Together with caring and creative teachers,
each child is encouraged to discover their God given gifts, personality and talents while exploring the world
we live in.


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult
who can share it,  rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in”
Rachel Carson