St. James Preschool is child centered and based on the belief that play is the best way for children to learn. Children are encouraged to choose freely from a wide range of play and learning experiences, including:

  • Creative expression through the media of movement
  • Musical rhythms and art
  • Development of manipulative skills and motor coordination through puzzles, carpentry, blocks, and climbing equipment
  • The increase of knowledge through special events, cooking and science activities
  • The integration of sensory skills through water, sand, and play dough as well as other sensory experiences
  • The growth of language skills through stories, songs, and dramatic play and the development of the spiritual dimension through daily prayers, Christian stories and songs.

It is a balanced program, offering both child-directed and teacher-directed activities. The daily schedule includes free choice of time spent in learning centers, as well as group times for creative movement, music, storytelling, and dramatization.

2½ Year Old Program

  • Must be 2 ½ years old to start
  • Program runs from 9:30 am-1:30 pm
  • Three options to choose from:
    Two day (Mon/Tues)
    Two day (Wed/Thurs)
    Four day (Mon-Thurs)

3 Year Old Program

  • Must be 3 years old by Oct. 1 and potty trained
  • Program runs from 9:30 am-1:30 pm
  • Three options to choose from:
    Two day (Mon/Tues)
    Three day (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
    Five day (Mon-Fri)

4 Year Old Program

  • Must be 4 years old by Oct. 1 and potty trained
  • Program runs from 9:30 am-1:30 pm
  • Three options to choose from:
    Two day (Mon/Tues)
    Three day (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
    Five day (Mon-Fri)

Transitional Kindergarten Program

  • Must be 5 years old by March 1, 2020 and potty trained
  • Program runs from 9:30 am-1:30 pm
  • One option:
    Five day (Mon-Fri)

St. James Preschool will remain closed through April 17 due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.