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Preschool Programs

3/4 Year Old Program

The 3/4 Year Old Program at Saint Joseph Preschool provides children with their first experience in a preschool setting. The program focuses on helping children develop the important social skills required to be succesful in school. Emphasis is also placed on helping children to learn the “culture” of school and what school is all about. Cognitive and academic skills are also encouraged in a developmentally appropriate hands on approach. Children must turn three before August 1 of the year of enrollment and be fully potty trained.

Pre-K 4/5 Program

The Pre-K 4/5 Program helps prepare children to become developmentally ready for kindergarten. The program focuses on all areas of development: cognitive, emotional, social, and physical areas of growth. Emphaisis is placed on helping children to develop each area to their fullest. This program offers flexibility in scheduling - both full-time and half-time. Children must turn four before August 1 of the year of enrollment.

Pre-K 5/6 Program

The Pre-K 5/6 Program is designed for children who are of kindergarten age but may require another growth year before starting kindergarten. It may also be a choice for older preschool students not quite of kindergarten age who have had some preschool experiences and are ready for a more challenging full-day program. The Pre-K Program is a five-day a week, full-day program. The children are required to attend all five full days each week. School will begin at 8:00 AM with drop off starting at 7:45. School will end at 2:45 PM. Eligibility for Pre-K begins with children who are five years old by December 31 of the year of enrollment. Enrollment decisions are determined on an individual basis based on age, availability, and the best developmental setting for each child.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The children in each of our programs will also participate once per week in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious education program, rooted in Scripture and liturgy, that allows children to nurture their relationship with God by using their hands to work with materials for meditation.

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