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About Us

Circle of Friends Christian Preschool initially evolved through the efforts of Judy Grissom, Sarah Hunt, and Brenda Rambo in an attempt to meet a community need, specifically, the need for a quality progressive preschool for children three, four, five years old. Conceptualization of the program began in the fall of 1980 and a “needs assessment” was submitted to the community in February 1981. Because of community interest, steps were taken to appoint a Board of Directors, officers, and committees. Work officially started in March 1981.

The establishment of Circle of Friends Christian Preschool was based on the premise of providing excellent care and learning opportunities to children between the ages of three and five in a distinctively Christian atmosphere with consistent, committed, dedicated teachers. The philosophy and objectives were adopted by the Board, laying a foundation on which Circle of Friends can grow and expand in purpose and influence.

Philosophy and Objectives

A. Philosophy

The purpose of Circle of Friends is to provide excellent care and learning opportunities to children between the ages of 2 ½ – 12 yrs in a distinctly Christian atmosphere with consistent, committed, dedicated teachers. We believe that the young child has tremendous learning potential, and we seek to foster this potential to the fullest extent at the child’s own rate of learning without regard to economic status. Circle of Friends is committed to working toward upgrading daycare standards for the community as well as for the State of Tennessee through program excellence, qualified teachers, parent and community education, research and evaluation and openness to innovative ideas for program concept development. Circle of Friends does not discriminate because of sex, race, or religion.

B. Objectives

1. To provide preschool program excellence to young children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old in the areas of: emotional development (development of self esteem and personality development), physical development, social development, cognitive development (use of creativity, language development, abstract thought formation, reasoning ability, short term and long term memory capacity, and expansion of overall comprehension), and spiritual development through an awareness of God and nature.

2. To increase the parents’ awareness and confidence in their role of principal educator of their child through:
a. workshops
b. parent conferences
c. observing in the program

3. To enhance community awareness of quality daycare through:
a. workshops
b. open houses
c. participation in local and state level organizations designed to promote preschool education excellence

4. To participate in upgrading daycare standards through allowing:
a. research
b. studies
c. articles for professional publication and media