Infants:  6 weeks – One year
Toddler I:  One year or older, when walking well – 18 months
Toddler II:  18 – 24 months
2’s:  2-year-olds
2 and 3’s:  Older 2’s and 3-year-olds
3’s and 4’s:  Older 3’s who are potty-trained and 4-year-olds
4’s and 5’s:  Children who will be attending Kindergarten the following fall
Kingdom Kids:  Before and After-school care and Summer Camp for elementary-aged children, kindergarten – 4th grade

our philosophy

We see St. Stephen Christian Preschool as an extension of the church and a partner of the home. We believe a child’s education, like a house, needs to be built upon a strong foundation. Together we can build a foundation upon Christ.

our statement of faith

St. Stephen Christian Preschool is a ministry of St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Jesus Christ is central to our faith and philosophy. We believe Jesus was born of a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, suffered a sacrificial death and rose again. We also believe that the Holy Spirit is alive in hearts of believers. We believe that all believers are one in the body of Christ. We believe that the Bible tells of The Good News and offers a divinely inspired road map for how to live. 

our mission

Our mission is to teach children to be disciples of Jesus Christ, in a developmentally-appropriate academic environment.

our vision

Our vision is to partner with parents to prepare children spiritually, emotionally, academically, and socially in a loving and safe environment.

our curriculum

“ABC Jesus Loves Me” is the comprehensive, research-based curriculum that we use in each of our classes, from the babies through the five-year-olds.  Its primary focus is the Bible, and uses the Bible stories and truths to teach other areas of academia, including cognitive areas of pre-math, pre-reading, science, and language, as well as fine and gross motor skills, and social and emotional skills.

Our teachers use the curriculum as a guide, incorporating learning into each child’s day, instead of controlling it.  Each day, our teachers use play-based, hands-on teaching that allows the children to explore, play, and learn new things.  Our days are filled with activities that the teachers use each day to intentionally guide the child’s learning.

preschool goals

St. Stephen Christian Preschool provides many opportunities for children to learn about Jesus and His love for them and to develop their social and emotional growth that is necessary to succeed in a classroom learning environment.  We do this, using a hands-on, play-based approach to learning, since children learn best by “doing.”  

At this early stage of life, mastering specific skills is not as important as broadening one’s sense of wonder, creating and exploring in God’s world, developing a love and appreciation for learning about Jesus and His love, and beginning to develop an awareness of what it takes to form positive relationships with others.   

More specifically, over the years that children are in our care, we incorporate activities in the following developmental areas:

Spiritual Development
Nurturing children’s young faith and encouraging them to:
  • Know that God loves them and can talk to Him through prayer, at anytime and anywhere.
  • Experience the awe and wonder of God and His works.
  • Respond to God in attitudes and actions.
  • Remember Bible stories and the truths learned.
Social Skills
Develop basic social skills, including:
  • Self-expression
  • Ideas
  • Feelings
  • Personal information
  • Positive attitude
  • Sharing ideas & materials
  • Obedience
  • Helpfulness
  • Respect for others’ property, feelings and rights
  • Self-control
  • Following instructions
  • Manners and politeness
  • Making and keeping friends
Safety & Life Skills
Develop basic safety and life skills, including:
  • Fire safety rules
  • Stranger safety
  • Dressing
  • Bathroom hygiene
  • Neatness
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Making good choices
Motor Skills
Develop fine motor skills, including:
  • Folding and tearing paper
  • Tracing
  • Cutting with scissors
  • Puzzles
  • Toys / games
  • Pencil / crayon grip
  • Printing name and alphabet letters
Develop gross motor skills, including:
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Climbing
  • Hopping
  • Moving with music
  • Ball and tag games
  • Posture & balance
Creative Development
Develop creative expression, including:
  • Music
  • Dramatic play
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Cutting and pasting
  • Using a variety of materials
  • Making choices
  • Using own ideas
Pre-Academic Development Develop
Language and literature and pre-reading skills, including:
  • Attention span and listening skills
  • Sound and formation of alphabet letters
  • Left to right progression
  • Poetry / rhymes / patterns
Math readiness skills, including:
  • Basic shapes
  • Patterns
  • One to one correspondence
  • Counting concepts
  • Basic colors
  • Using manipulative
Science readiness skills, including:
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Weather / seasons
  • Discovery of God’s world
  • Health
  • Senses
  • Animals
  • Simple experiments