After a year of transition, King's Kids Pre-School at the Trinity Family Life Center is back and running with a new staff and a close to being filled enrollment.
Makenzie Roberts, a 2012 graduate of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School and an Indian Hills Community College graduate in early childhood, is the new teacher and Loita Williams is her assistant.
Roberts taught five years at the First Presbyterian Pre-School in Ottumwa before coming to Kings Kids. “It has been a real blessing,” she said. “We built a home outside Albia and it’s not only closer, Kings Kids is a five-day pre-school, which is what I was looking for.”
Her husband is Brett Roberts, also an EBF graduate.
Williams has a 25-year career in pre-school and lower elementary, working as an assistant at Head Start in Lovilia and Albia as well as working in Twin Cedars. She serves as teacher-assistant at King's Kids.
The school is licensed for 32 children and enrollment has been right around 24. There are two classes, a three-year-old class that meets from 8-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a four-year-old class that meets from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Graze and Praise,” an 11 a.m. to noon lunch time activity is held every day for children coming from Kendall Pre-School. All of the four-year-olds also attend the public school pre-school at Kendall.
King's Kids has had a long and positive relationship with the Albia Community School District and children hop a bus after their morning pre-school at Kendall to get to King's Kids.
King's Kids follows the school calendar as well.
Roberts said she uses a Creative Curriculum, adding faith-based reading and activities. “We match our curriculum to the needs and interests of our children,” she said. “Children work with letters and letter sounds and also get a lot of both individual and group exposure to reading. We do a lot of group reading and also have a listening center where children can have time on their own to look at books.”
Roberts loves the Christian aspect of the pre-school. Even though King's Kids is a Iowa Department of Human Services licensed pre-school, it has total freedom to use faith-based curriculum. “We sing about Jesus a lot,” said Roberts. “If God is not in our classroom, how can we possibly succeed?”
The pre-school will celebrate Christmas next Wednesday with a three-year-old prorgram in the FLC gymnasium at 10 a.m. and a four-year-old program at 2 p.m. Although the program is designed for families of children, it is open to the public and Roberts encourages anyone considering adding a Christian pre-school experience to their child’s three and four-year-old day to stop in for the program and take a look at the facility.
The pre-school’s telephone number is 641-799-1922.
History of King's Kids
The Trinity United Methodist Church Christian pre-school dates back to the early 1990s when the program started in a room in the west wing of the main church. It has operated independently as a private non-profit under the guidance and support of the church, led by a board of directors. When the Trinity Family Life Center was built in 2005 a large area on the west side of the building was designed to house the Christian pre-school. Children utilize a large playground built as an Eagle Scout project on the south side of the FLC as well as the FLC gymnasium.