The Saint Thomas Episcopal Preschool Difference
At STEP we provide exceptional education with high quality teachers and staff. Our instructors have a minimum of 12 early childhood education credits, and many have their AS or BS in ECE, in addition to CPR training. Our staff have been working at STEP for many years and are dedicated to our students and families. We strive to create the most positive learning environment where children feel nurtured and supported.
In the classroom we provide a well-rounded faith based education founded on playtime, active and quiet times, problem solving, and both teacher-directed and child-initiated activities.
Our school is designed with safety in mind. Each family is assigned their own personal code to gain access to the building. An access code is needed to enter the front door. We have cameras in every classroom and on the exterior of the building for security.
To keep parents informed of their child’s progress we keep daily notes about each child’s day, a class email list, a monthly newsletter, and we’re always available by phone or email.
Highlights from our curriculum:
- Language development with an emphasis on early literacy and fostering interest in reading and writing.
- Letter and number recognition.
- Cooperation and socialization, care and concern for others, and conflict resolution and responsibility.
- Content that is interesting and meaningful to the children.
- Activities offered for individuals, and small and large groups, that are designed to cultivate your child’s emerging skills and abilities, strengthen their self-confidence, and instill a natural love of learning.
- Balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. We use a variety of learning center activities and thematic learning units that carefully match learning activities to each child’s developmental level.
- Time for leisurely exploration and trying new activities and ideas.
- Alternating periods of active and quiet activities.
- Problem solving and independent thinking along with self-awareness and self-help skills.
- Activities that promote large muscle and fine motor development.
- Creative expression through art, music, and dramatic play.
- Opportunities for children to think, reason, question and experiment.