6 Differences Between a Day Care and a Pre-School?

Whether you’re in a family with two working parents or you just think it’s time for socialization (and a little break), you may be eyeing a local day care or a pre-school for your toddler. You may also be wondering if they aren’t the same thing.

There are some differences to consider.

While you need to visit, investigate, and thoroughly discuss which option is best for your family and your Preschooler, here are the 6 biggest differences to consider when choosing your child care option.

All God’s Children Christian School is a PRESCHOOL / PRE-K Program & K – 5th


1. The Hours

A day care is generally open 7:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday almost all year around. Day cares also usually admits infants as young as 3 months old. Preschools can be limited in the amount of days and times they are in session.

  • All God’s Children Christian School year is August thru May
  • Your child must be at least 2 ½ years old at the time of admission.
  • Preschool / Pre-K hours are Monday thru Friday 8:45 am – 12:30 pm – We also support the parents who work and commute with extended care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • School is not in session during Federal holiday’s & Good Friday.
  • Extended care options are available during the Fall, Spring and Winter Break. Our Summer Program is a separate program.
  • School is Closed Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break. No Extended Care


2. Mission Statement

Each School you visit should have a solid “Mission Statement” that aligns with your family’s goals and values for your children.

All God’s Children’s Mission Statement;

All God’s Children Christian School (AGC) believes God personally formed each child to His liking with a specific plan in mind. We see a glimpse of God’s individual design reflected in the life of each child. As All God’s Children Christian School educators, we embrace the uniqueness of each and every child God has placed at our school.

All God’s Children Christian School’s purpose is to provide a Christian atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. We strive for the development of the child as a whole. All children enrolled in All God’s Children Christian School have the right to be happy, safe, and treated with respect and compassion.


3. Philosophy

While most day cares (but not all) don’t have a specific education philosophy.

All God’s Children Christian School uses several educational philosophies. The main focus of your child’s education is to teach them in a methodical and structured class that “Work is Play.” Every activity they do has a purpose and all activities build upon each other to provide a well-rounded learning environment.


4. Parental Involvement

Daycares – Can be more lenient about bringing your children when they are not feeling great. They usually have better sleeping /napping arrangements where children can rest and be observed during the day.

All God’s Children Christian School’s Preschool/Pre-K program is a classroom setting where the children continually interact together in close quarters. Children are encouraged to stay home when they aren’t feeling well.


5. Fundraising

In general, daycares do not fundraise.

All God’s Children Preschool/Pre-K program is a non-profit organization. We do have fundraising events throughout the year for new equipment, assemblies and other events. As a Christian school we also fundraise for various causes and to give back to our community.


6. The Money


It’s hard to say whether a day care or a preschool is more expensive depending on how long your child needs to be there. If you are looking at a full day of care, day care and pre-school costs are comparatively not out of line against each other. I guess the better question to ask is do you want your child to be in a Christian structured learning environment?

All God’s Children Preschool/Pre-K program specializes in educating your child by teaching them valuable motor, cognitive, social and physical skills as well as Bible principles, and Spanish in order to better prepare them for Kindergarten.