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Early Childhood Handbook


At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents, and are committed in stewardship to educate students holistically in a nurturing environment that includes comprehensive and challenging opportunities in academics, creative arts, spirituality, athletics, co-curricular activities, and service.


Failure to read this handbook does not excuse students from the rules, expectations and procedures contained in it. Personal factors, illness or contradictory advice from any source is not an acceptable reason for seeking exemption from the contents of this handbook.


Welcome to Concordia’s Early Childhood!

Dear Family,

We wish to extend a warm welcome to you and your family! We plan to make this school year a positive experience for you and your child. It is our hope that your family is blessed by your learning journey here at Concordia International School!

We believe that learning at Concordia involves the cooperation of three different types of teachers: parents, teachers at Concordia, and the environment. You have been, and will continue to be, your child’s first and most important teacher. Our intent is to support, encourage, and provide opportunities that continue the educational development already started by you - the parent! We provide an excellent, research-based learning environment where children learn about themselves, others, and the world around them - all in an atmosphere of love, care, and acceptance.

Concordia’s Early Childhood Division is a safe and nurturing environment that enhances the development of the whole-child. Our program provides educational experiences that are appropriate for the age and stage of young children’s development. Through teacher-directed and child-initiated learning experiences, we promote the development of a child’s self-regulation and executive function skills and enhance language, cognition, and social competencies. Concordia’s Early Childhood Division supports the development of knowledge and fosters positive, life-long learning habits. Our classrooms are filled with adventure, creativity, investigation, and friendship.

Your involvement in your child’s classroom experience is important. Please feel free to communicate with your child’s teacher at any time. Concordia staff are here to listen, help, and encourage.

Again, thank you for being a part of our school family!


Dr. Drew D. Gerdes
Early Childhood Division Principal