Bilingual

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Bilingual [Spanish-English] Learning

Columbia Child Development Center offers an afternoon Bilingual Program because we believe in the unique ability young children hold to acquire language skills and build first-rate verbal processing skills, proven to play a critical role in their cognitive development. We also believe that ..." childhood programs are responsible for creating a welcoming environment that respects diversity, supports children's ties to their family and community, and promotes both second language acquisition and preservation of children's home languages and cultural identities. Linguistic and cultural diversity is an asset, not a deficit, for young children" (Source NAEYC 2009: Where we Stand to responding on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity)

"Columbia's afternoon Bilingual classes are quite wonderful and unique; offering an experience for your child which is neither rote nor contrived, rather a beautiful melding of Spanish and English in a most natural way." ~B. Youmans 

"Spanish is taught in a conversational format, through play and meaningful, intentional interactions among teachers and peers" - A. Ceballos, Bilingual Program Director.

 

Second Language Learning  at a  young age bears many benefits:

  • Encourages openness and acceptance of other cultures 
  • Provides a solid foundation for future Bilingual Learning
  • Boosts brain development
  • Enriches mental and verbal development
  • Supports self-esteem
  • Increases listening skills
  • Develops a life-long love of communicating with others
  • Enhances English language abilities

 

In our 2017-2018 Parent Survey, parents expressed:

"As a parent I cannot say enough good things about Columbia Baptist Preschool. My children LOVE coming to school, and I know it is because my children know that their teachers love them. Columbia Baptist provides a warm, kind, and gentle environment for children to learn and grow. God loves his children, and the teachers and staff at Columbia Baptist demonstrate His love on a daily basis. I could not be happier!" ~Afternoon Bilingual Parent of a 2 and 4 year old
 

"My kids were exposed to Spanish at an early age because of this program and continue to enjoy the language as they are older" ( Alumni Parent)

Full day families, "It's worth the extra money. If you want your child to be exposed to another language, this is truly the best way. And the kids don't even realize they're learning so much. It is truly immersion."~Afternoon Bilingual Mom from the CDC's Full Day program.

"We are very happy with the program. Our son's confidence in his Spanish speaking abilities has increased immensely, and his intellectual interests and passions have been nurtured by both of his teachers. We sincerely appreciate the devoted care and teaching that they have given to him over the course of this year!" (Current Parent)

"My children enjoyed strong and supportive relationships with teachers and peers. They also learned several Spanish words. It was always a high point in their day." ( Parent of a graduating student)

"Our oldest child loves Spanish learning so much we want to sign her 2 year old brother up too!" Bilingual Program Dad -3 year old's class

 

Half Day Bilingual Program  Class Options

September - May

2 year old Class, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (2 years old by Sept 30 and children do not need to be potty trained )

3 Days - W/Th/F


Three-Year Old Classes, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  (3 years old by Sept. 30 and children should be working toward or fully potty trained)

2 Days - T/Th 
3 Days - M/W/F 


Four-Year Old Classes, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 years old by Sept. 30 and fully potty trained)

5 Days - M - F 

5 days -M-F Class Enrichment Option for Full Day Program Enrolled Children