Engage. Equip. Excel. Extend.

There is no one-size fits all formula to education, but at Higher Learning Childcare Academy, we do believe in the power of engaging and equipping young people to excel and extend themselves to serve and lead.

Through foundational Christian education that is marinated in 21st Century skills, each HLCA student is prepared to excel in school, services, and everyday life. Our various creative curriculums, events, field trips, and yearly themes are developmentally appropriate to the individual and group settings.

In every stage of our curriculum you can expect HLCA youth to be engaged in

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  • Bible Studies
  • Field Trips, Explorations, and Experiments
  • Quiet Time
  • Physical education and motor skill activities
  • And play!


Developing 21st Century Skills

“The driving force for the 21st century is the intellectual capital of citizens. Political, social and economic advances in the United States during this millennium will be possible only if the intellectual potential of America youth is developed now,” said the Metiri Group in its white paper, Twenty-First Century Skills. “

It’s never too early! At Higher Learning Academy we are dedicated to providing enrichment programs that prepare our students to be the global leaders of tomorrow.

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Natural Play Environments

In a world where many young people are occupied primarily in front of televisions and screens, HLCA offers natural play environments that allow our young people to organically explore their creativity in the outdoors.

We are excited when our children dig holes and plant the next “giant beanstalk” or construct forts that they use in recess for their “global exploits.” These are the type of imaginative thoughts that we conjure up within the day at Higher Learning. Our children go on “outer space missions” and have “Olympic finals” right on our playground and we celebrate them because we know that imagination builds character.  

Our celebration of individual and collaborative play in our natural environments helps our young people to connect with themselves, one another, and nature, and as a result, it builds self-confidence, social-emotional skills, scientific inquiry and grit.

Testaments of  natural environment benefits:

  • Exposure to natural environments improves children's cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills. (Pyle 2002)
  • Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005)
  • Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).
  • Nature is important to children's development in every major way intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).
  • More time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents (American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011).

Daily Schedule

Activity Time

The weekly theme is developed through the use of various activities such as arts and crafts, story time, and interactive games. These activities accompany basic weekly activities including puzzles, table manipulative items, dramatic play, and blocks.

Group Time

Child-centered participatory activities are theme based and include reading, music and movement, finger plays, discussions and dramatization, and games. 

Outdoor Time

The playground is an extension of the classroom. Children run, slide, skip, laugh, and swing! As well, the sights, sounds, and feel of nature provide wonderful learning development and enrichment

Snack and Meals

Teachers sit with the children during snack and meal time, encouraging participation in polite table manners and quiet conversation. We provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and late snack daily.

Rest TIme

Children rest or nap each day. Times vary based on age and the needs of the children. All times are posted in the classroom

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