Our philosophy is that children learn best about themselves and their environment in an atmosphere where a variety of experiences exist and achievement pressures are minimized.

In keeping with this philosophy, CEP provides an environment where children can:

  • Develop a positive self-image.
  • Learn to handle their emotions in an appropriate way.
  • Act on their environment.
  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility.
  • Learn to trust and care about those around them.


Program Goals:

  • Help children grow in independence.
  • To learn to give, share, and receive affection.
  • To learn to get along with others.
  • To develop self control and self-discipline.
  • To learn non-sexist human roles.
  • To begin to understand their bodies.
  • To learn and practice large and small motor skills.
  • To begin to understand their physical world.
  • To foster the development of language, both listening and speaking.
  • To support families of the program in effective parenting and provide educational opportunities when and where possible.
  • To provide an environment where children can experience the love and teaching of God through the implementation of Christian principles expressed in the commitment, talents, examples and decisions of a dedicated staff.

Child Enrichment Program

CEP Preschool offers classes for children 1½ to 4 years of age.  We currently have 95 children enrolled.  Each classroom has one lead and at least one assistant teacher and the ratio of teachers to children is based on the age of the children.  The ratios are at or better than the state of Virginia licensing requirements.  All teachers are certified in CPR every two years and in first aid every three years.

Our preschool provides for individual free play time, art, sand and water table activities, stories and songs, dramatic play, circle time, science, and learning centers, poems and finger plays, cooking and more.  Music classes are taught once a week beginning in October.

As a Christian preschool we are dedicated to providing a loving and safe environment and children attend chapel once a month.

The school Director, Julie Wells, has been with CEP since her children started in the program in 2004. She previously held positions as assistant and lead teacher as well as assistant director before becoming the director this year.  The Director runs the school on a day-to-day basis and is assisted in implementing policies and procedures by the CEP Committee.  The volunteer CEP Committee is composed of church members and parents and meets once a month to discuss and decide matters relating to the functioning of the school.


About Our Program

Child Enrichment Program (CEP) is a ministry of Messiah Methodist Church. Located at 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 • 703.569.3033

Program Philosophy