Early Childhood Center
Comprehensive Preschool Program
The St. Ann Early Childhood Center offers a developmentally appropriate and affordable option for a nurturing and comprehensive preschool program.
We offer a unique, play-based, individualized program that focuses on each child’s developmental needs and promotes a positive, secure, and accepting environment enabling each child to grow with a sense of joy and wonderment.
We have a preschool-specific building, campus, staff, and philosophy.
EARLY CHILD CARE CENTER
The program has been accredited by the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth. This is a higher standard than being licensed. Being held accountable to the state’s rigorous standards is important to us because we want you to know our commitment to the welfare of your children. Beyond the accreditation is our faith commitment. You can be confident that the environment is safe and loving.
The Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. August through May with the option for flexible days and hours that meet parents’ and children’s needs. Students attend between 2 half days and 5 full days depending on family needs.
Our curriculum is play-based, focusing on fun, hands-on activities that help students grow physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.
Two’s Curriculum Details
Each child and each group of children is different so there is no one “right” schedule. Our carefully planned activities will:
Be predictable. Routines provide security and comfort for younger children as they grow out of infancy.
Be flexible, not rigid. Include a variety of activities in some form every day:
- Variety of toys/activities that focus on the development of large and small muscles
- Art, books, music and signing, simple problem solving, cause and effect, and social experience
- Opportunities for visual, auditory, and sensory stimulation
Have a balance between activities that are:
- Active vs. calm
- Individual vs. group
- Child-initiated vs. teacher-directed
- Indoor vs. outdoor
Three’s Curriculum Description
Problem-solving, reasoning, and self-control are fostered as children’s attention spans increase, allowing for cooperative play and learning independent life skills. Children are encouraged to treat each other with caring and kindness as they become more aware of their own emotions as well as the feelings of others. Children learn best using hands-on activities while working at their own pace. We are there to help in the learning process.
Four’s Curriculum Description
Complex, inventive play is evident as the Pre-K children plan and work together toward a common goal. Written language is introduced with the curriculum, addressing readiness for elementary school. The four-year olds’ classroom has been prepared to provide the children with many materials and activities designed to help them learn through self-discovery. The games, books, puzzles, etc. vary in difficulty to meet the needs of their different levels of ability. Music, science, math, language, art, and social skills are learned through many experiences during the day. For example, the children sing when they work together to clean up, quiet down for a story, or gather for circle. They learn about math as they measure and pour in the sand or water table. As they work together to make a classroom book, or individually work on their journals, they form a foundation for reading and writing. They learn cooperation skills as they help take care of their classroom and work and play together.