Frequently Asked Questions
When parents consider carefully, they want a school where their child will be treated with dignity and respect. They want to find a clean and attractive building that feels like a home away from home. They want a place where learning is reinforced through the latest techniques and supported by research. They want a highly trained staff. St. Edward the Confessor Preschool offers all of the above.
What will your family find at St. Edward?
You will find a school that puts children above all else. The classroom space is dedicated to the work of the children. You will find the history of past classes and the current original work of children displayed. Our children know that their ideas and efforts are appreciated. You will find children engaged in activities that include block play, dramatic play, art, cooking and activities that enhance math, pre-reading skills, scientific inquiry and language. All staff members are highly trained, certified and hold degrees.
What is the religious program?
The preschool uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program that encourages children to form a personal relationship with God through direct use of hands-on materials and the scripture. Faith work is part of how we work and play.
What does a typical day look like?
The preschool features a teacher facilitated and carefully planned environment which includes two class meetings and a mix of structured activities and free choice, encouraging the exploration of all curriculum areas, including socialization, language development, math and science skill development and strengthening of fine motor skills through art and writing.
What does developmental mean?
A developmental curriculum is based on Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson’s theories of development in young children. We recognize that a child’s capacity for learning unfolds in specific stages with unique timelines for each child. We work with each child, allowing for individual growth and offer opportunities for each child to be challenged and successful. Developmental preschools have philosophies that draw from multiple educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf.
What is the age criteria for the preschool program?
3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM: For children 3 years old on or before December 1st of the new school year.
4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM: For children 4 years old on or before December 1st of the new school year.
5-DAY PROGRAM: For children at least 4 years of age on or before December 1st of the new school year.
What is the child to teacher ratio?
Our child to teacher ratio is 8:1 with the exception of our 5-day program which has a 12:1 ratio.
Is parent participation encouraged?
We gladly welcome parents to join us for special celebrations, birthdays and presentations. A teacher may ask for parent volunteers to help in the classroom or with a particular activity throughout the year. Additionally, all school families are encouraged to participate in the Volunteer Service Program, but may choose to buy-out. The service program provides an opportunity for parents to role model Christian service and to promote a sense of community in our School. All volunteers are required to be finger printed and safe environment trained.