About Us

Children’s Country Preschool (CCP) is a “hands on” preschool where parents and early childhood educators work together in a non-denominational Christian environment to help the children begin their journey of growing and developing into joyful, confident and independent people. CCP was established in 1972 and has a strong reputation in St. Michael/Albertville, Hanover and surrounding communities. CCP is licensed by the state of Minnesota and is a non-profit preschool. Our goal is to encourage and stimulate emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth, as well as creativity through our carefully planned curriculum. Time is given to listen and interact with your child as he/she expresses himself/herself verbally, physically and through the joy of pretending. Responsibility is enhanced as your child moves freely through the activity centers, making decisions and solving problems, thereby laying the foundation for future learning. 
An extended day program was added in 2013. Check out the Child Care/Extended Day Program tab for more information.

Special Helper Days   Approximately three times a year your child will be the classroom Special Helper. One of these Special Helper days will be near his/her birthday (half birthday, if a summer birthday). A parent or special adult can stay the school day with the child. Preschoolers love and anticipate their Special Helper days and relish in showing off their classroom and all they are learning. This is a great opportunity to see how the school day is scheduled, the curriculum being discussed, how your child interacts with their peers and how your child is progressing. On these assigned days, you will bring in the snack for the day. (A monthly calendar with a daily snack idea is passed out prior to the month or check the "Calendar" tab).

Curriculum Offerings  We offer the opportunity for children ages 3 years through pre-kindergarten to participate in developmentally appropriate experiences through:

CREATIVE ARTS & CRAFTS: A variety of different mediums explored and used.

SCIENCE: Using nature, experiments, cooking and sensory activities.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT: With many fun songs, instruments, bean bags and more.

DRAMATIC PLAY: Dress-Up, Camping, Nativity, Post Office, Housekeeping, Pet Shop, Grocery Store, and more.

STORY TIME: Finger plays, songs, and theme-related story each day.

MANIPULATIVES or "Manips": Variety of eye-hand, small motor skills developed; puzzles, lacing, etc.

SENSORY TUBS: Variety of sensory items, water sand, beads, floam, etc.

WRITING CENTER: Practice writing A,B,C’s and numbers, white boards, tracers, stencils, etc.

LIBRARY: Children check out books to take home, share and return.

SMALL GROUP: A specific age-appropriate skill is taught. Name writing, listening art, cutting practice, etc.

LARGE MOTOR SKILLS: Two different fenced in outside playgrounds used every day (weather permitting) and indoor equipment.

Special Events include: Pumpkin Parties, Spaghetti Supper/Open House, Grandparent’s Day, Thanksgiving Feast Day, Christmas Program, Family Night Singing Program, Easter Celebration and the list goes on…

Field Trips  Two all-school field trips are planned each year. These field trips are special because the children bring along a parent or special adult to accompany them. In the fall we visit the Hanover Fire Station and a nearby apple orchard with an educational program. In the spring we visit an educational farm or Como Zoo. School buses are used for transportation and many children love the experience! Pre-kindergartners experience an additional local field trip.

Parent/Teacher Conferences  Fall and spring conferences are planned to share assessments and progress of your preschooler.

Chapel Time  Pre-kindergarten classes visit the church sanctuary monthly to listen to a bible story, sing songs and play hand bells.

Playgrounds  Two fenced-in playgrounds are used to develop large muscle skills and social skills. Even in the winter, children learn to dress themselves in winter gear! 

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