Mission & Philosophy
As a ministry of St. James Presbyterian Church, our School mission is to provide a safe, loving Christian environment where children ages two and a half to six years can grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. By nurturing children in these areas, we will be God's instruments of transformation for the children themselves, their parents, extended families, and our community.
Our Core Purpose:
"To equip children with tools that provide a strong foundation, inspiring a lifetime of learning."
Our Core Values:
The following core values form the framework that guides St. James Preschool:
Rooted in faith
Grounded in the significance of early childhood development (a unique time)
Cultivate nurturing relationships
Provide a caring, supportive environment
Believe in the power of play
Our Statement of Philosophy:
The educational philosophy of St. James Preschool is based on meeting the developmental needs of young children between the ages of 2 1/2-6. It is our intent to provide a loving, play based program which will meet each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs in a Christian environment.
Love is our foundation and is something that cannot be measured or described fully. "We love because God first loved us, 1 John 4:19". Love is a combination of positive feelings in our hearts, love helps us feel gracious, kind, caring, valued, and accepted. Love motivates us to feel willing and generous, to sacrifice, to surrender, forgive, trust, be patient, encourage, be compassionate, serve, and be nonjudgmental to ourselves and others. Love is letting go of control, gives freedom to our self and others to grow, be and really live. So many of our families believe that there is a feeling of love and caring that can be felt when you enter our preschool. This comes from our belief in Christian principles and is lived out by our dedicated staff that is the heart of St. James.