HistoryGREAT BEGINNINGS PRE-SCHOOL is a non-denominational, Christian early childhood program of the Presbyterian Church of Pleasantville. Great Beginnings was established in 1977 as a mission outreach of the church in response to a need for a quality cooperative nursery school in the Mount Pleasant area. It has grown from a single 3-day/week class of mixed 3 and 4 year olds with 2 teachers and a rotating helping parent into separate classes for older 2's/ 3's and 4's each staffed by 3 teachers. Parents now have the opportunity but not the requirement to assist in the classroom several times throughout the year. Our MissionOur aim is to provide an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and caring which encourages the children to feel good about themselves, good about dealing with relationships, and good about the world God has given us. Our GoalsOur trained staff has established a learning environment in which they participate as active partners in the children's activities by listening to their thoughts, supporting their ideas, helping them to resolve conflicts, providing open-ended activities, fostering independence, responsibility, and confidence, recognizing individual differences, and encouraging the exploration of new ideas. While our curriculum does not include formal religious instruction, the inclusion of Bible stories and visits by the pastors augment the sense of Christian caring that pervades our school environment. We welcome children of all races, religions, and national origins as together we explore and learn about our wonderful world.