Westminster has a variety of developmentally appropriate programs designed to meet the needs of children and their families. All classes are divided by specific age groups and each group has its own set of teachers. The number of teachers depends on the age and size of the group. Westminster maintains a teacher/child ratio of 1:3 for infants, 1:4 for toddlers, 1:5 for two year olds, 1:6 for three year olds, 1:7 for four year olds and 1:8 for five year olds. In the All Day Program, children from different classes but the same age groups may be grouped together at the beginning of the day (i.e. 7:30-8:30 a.m.) or the end of the day (i.e. 4:30-5:30 p.m.). Example: Toddlers and Two's classes may combine during this time frame. Three's and Four's may combine. Infants are in their own area throughout the day. Continuity of care and relationships of the teaching staff with the children and families of their class is extremely important at Westminster.
MORNING PROGRAM - is available for children two years old through five years old. This traditional early childhood program runs from September through mid-June. It is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Two day, three day and five day options are available.
UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN- WECP collaborates with the Buffalo Board of Education to provide a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. This program is available to four year-olds who reside in the City of Buffalo. UPK classes are taught by a NYS certified teacher and follow the Universal Pre-Kindergarten core curriculum. The program is free for 2.5 hours ( 9:00- 11:30 AM) and WECP can provide the wrap around care for before 9:00 AM and/or after 11:30 AM.
PRESCHOOL PLUS - is a program available to five-year-old children as a transitional year before they begin their elementary school years. It is a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to explore many content areas such as science, math, language arts, social studies, reading readiness, and creative arts. This environment builds a strong foundation for success in elementary school. Preschool Plus allows children to grow, enhance, and extend their mastery of skills in a small classroom setting. (Our Preschool Plus class is not running for the 2016-2017 school year)
LUNCH BUNCH PROGRAM - The Lunch Bunch Program is a late September through early June program which is available for the children who are enrolled in our 3& 4 year old Morning Program classes. This program serves families who wish to have their children stay for lunch. Lunch Bunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., for an additional fee.