Program highlights

Children playing in mud kitchenUPC’s Children’s Center is open all year, and children stay together as a class for the entire school year (August through May.) The qualified, nurturing and experienced staff has a long average tenure of more than 12 years, and provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum. UPCC has been NAEYC accredited continually since 1987. In 2017, the “Explorers’ Backyard (preschool age outdoor space) received recognition as a Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom (

UPCC serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (from 7 ½ months through age 5), Monday – Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with part-time and full-time care options.

Every class features low teacher-child ratios and small group sizes, and uses nature-inspired infant/toddler and preschool playgrounds. Children also experience music, motor skills, Spanish and spiritual enrichment activities, and the Center often hosts special community visitors and events.

Specifically, the children’s spiritual formation is enhanced through:

  • Themes emphasizing caring for and acceptance of others;
  • Prayers at snack time and lunch;
  • The observation of some Christian celebrations,
  • Spiritual Enrichment for the preschool age groups; the bi-monthly time with the Pastor or Director of Children’s Ministry includes singing, sharing of celebrations and joys, and faith-related stories drawn from the Judeo-Christian resources of the Bible emphasizing God’s love, followed by a brief prayer of thanksgiving.

“Dear UPCC family,

Thank you all for your support, love and community spirit!  These last years have been such a joyful adventure thanks to the culture you all create within and surrounding this school.  (Our children) will remember this magical time….”

– Megan Colletta and William Short

“This place is warm, nurturing and supportive…a womb!  My kids and I are better for having been here. So I’ll shed some tears (on our last day at UPCC) while simultaneously thanking God we got to spend so many years at this amazing place.”

– Kathleen Moore Breenen