Raising small children is no easy job, and moms need time off to regain sanity and stability. There are a few good opportunities for moms to go out in Gastonia while the tykes have fun in a healthy environment. A majority of the options are church-based preschools that provide a structured educational experience for the little guys. So get out and take advantage of these services, and be rested, sane and ready to continue the enduring work of toddler chasing. Plus, the kids will be happy. Everyone wins.
The Stowe YMCA (gastonymca.org) has a program called Parents Morning Out. It’s for 2- to 5-year-olds and is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sounds perfect, right? The program is set up to prepare young ones for school through educational, physical and social elements. They can learn and grow in a fun environment with other kids their age, while you can go shopping and not have to answer questions every two seconds. The class is open to members and non-members, although the cost is more for non-members.
Lutheran Chapel Church Preschool
If you’re looking for a simple yet secure and nurturing preschool, consider Lutheran Chapel Church (lutheranchapelchurch.org), featuring programs for 2- to 5-year-olds that focus on social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual growth at the child’s own pace. This school strives to build self-esteem in a strong Christian environment through age-appropriate concepts and activities. The little one can have fun and interact with her peers while you tackle some much needed chores. Or get a massage. Or both.
Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church (christchurchgastonia.org) has a weekday school that started out as a Mother’s Morning Out program. Fulfilling a need in the community for this kind of program, it has grown into a fully operating preschool. Through programs offered three or five days a week, children work on the alphabet, colors, numbers, shapes, days of the week and months of the year. The school day is four hours long and a mid-morning snack is provided.
Presbyterian Weekday School
First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia (fpcgastonia.org) offers a weekday school program that has been around for almost 50 years. It uses a developmentally appropriate research-based curriculum program and strives to create a safe and nurturing environment. Your little learner will enjoy drama, story time, group time, music, reading, writing and math all packed into a half day. If you desire a morning out every day of the week, this program is the way to go.