We established Ruston Christian Childcare and Preschool in 2005 after a substantial remodeling. It was our strong desire to establish a Christian daycare that will build children’s character in a safe and loving environment. Since the very beginning, we have striven to build a quality daycare for the children and their parents. In addition to the massive remodeling, we purchased new furniture, toys, and instructional materials. We continue to improve our facilities, our materials, and our program. In 2006, we built a beautiful and state-of-the-art big toy in our playground. In 2008, we asked a local artist to paint two outdoor murals which echo the nearby Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. In August 2009, we started the Chinese language program. We also obtained Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsorship in June 2009. Currently, we are in the process of going through National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. Through the years, we have continued to build a strong children’s literature collection. Our collection currently includes more than 300 titles.
Ruston Christian Childcare and Preschool shares space with the Chinese Christian Church of Tacoma and Evergreen Chinese Academy. We have four separate classroom areas for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, as well as a secure, fenced outdoor play area with a beautiful big toy, sand box and room to run. Children in our program also have access to a large dance and tai chi studio space downstairs.
Classroom teachers: Ruston Christian classes are led by experienced, caring and enthusiastic teachers who come to us from a wide range of backgrounds. All of our teachers are carefully vetted and trained in child development, literacy and classroom management.
Cook: Our wonderful cook, Miss Vicky, prepares delicious meals for our kids’ breakfasts, snacks and lunches. A favorite of all the Ruston Christian kids, Miss Vicky spends half her time in the classrooms, helping other teachers when needed, and the other half in the Ruston Christian kitchen, whipping up delectable breakfasts, snacks and lunches. She is an accomplished cook who enjoys collecting cookbooks and exploring new cuisines that meet USDA requirements for kids’ meals. She has been at Ruston Christian since the school opened
Chinese teacher: Miss Jenny visits the preschool class each week to provide a Chinese language enrichment program. Using puppets, action songs, and bright pictures, she delights the children with funand engaging activities. Miss Jenny is the director of curriculum in the Evergreen Chinese Academy. She is a gifted Chinese language teacher.
Director: Miss Anet has worked in daycare for more than two decades. As a longtime educator of young children, she believes in a hands-on approach and enjoys mingling with children and parents. Truly a part of the Ruston Christian family, Miss Anet enjoys supporting staff with lesson plans, arts & crafts and discipline. Her philosophy is “children first,” and she believes that parents and childcare providers must work together to bring home and daycare together, providing a smooth transition for all children.