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Guardian Angels Early Learning Center (GAELC)

Ss. Robert and William Catholic School is excited to be opening a new, expanded early learning center!  The Guardian Angels Early Learning Center (GAELC) was founded to provide Catholic child card for families for whom a faith-based environment is a priority.  It expands our established 3-, 4-, and 5- year old programs to include programming for babies and toddlers, 6 weeks to 36 months.  The hours will be from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, and there will be both a 9-month and a 12-month option.  It is rooted in Matthew's Gospel which combines the truth of the protection provided by Guardian Angels with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  (Matthew 18:10-14) 

The GAELC will be using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for religion instruction.  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Catholic approach to the religious formation of children ages 3 to 12, which originated in 1954 through the work of Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Biblical scholar trained in Catholic theology, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator.  The core content of the Catechesis includes scripture, liturgy, salvation history, and sacramental signs, with a special emphasis on scripture.  The methodology of the Cathechesis utilizes Montessori teaching principles to help children develop an informed and genuine relationship with God.  The child experiences a religious formation that is profoundly biblical and sacramental, which leads the child to an authentic, prayerful relationship with God.  GAELC through kindergarten will use this approach.

In order to house all classrooms under the same roof, we will be completing some renovation in early June and relocating the early childhood classes to the Merici Center.  The classes will be as follows:

  • Baby Angels (St. Gabriel): 6 weeks-23 months
  • Toddler Angels (St. Raphael): 18 months-36 months
  • Wee Angels (St. Michael): 3 years (must be 3 years old by 8/1) *The academic portion of their school day will be between the hours of 8 AM-11 AM.
  • Little Angels: 4 years (must be 4 years old by 8/1) *The academic portion of their school day will be between the hours of 8 AM-12 Noon.
  • Junior Warriors: 4 year-5 years (must be 4 years old by 8/1) *The academic portion of their school day matches that of the day school: 7:45 AM-2:50 PM.