St. Stephen’s Preschool seeks to offer a loving Christian atmosphere for social, emotional and cognitive growth and to provide a child-centered program that fosters a love for God, a love for each other, and a love for the world.
Our goal is one of socialization–helping the children learn to be kind to each other and respond to and respect others. In this atmosphere, through play, group activities and individual attention, we help the children grow in their friendships and skills as they prepare for Kindergarten and Elementary School.
The 2’s (two-year-olds) attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This class has a maximum of 20 children and 5 teachers.
The 3’s and Pre-K’s may attend Tuesday and Thursday; Monday, Wednesday and Friday; or, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., with an optional extended day “Lunch Bunch” each day from 12:00-2:00 (see below for more info on Lunch Bunch). Each of these groups has 15 – 20 children with 3 teachers in each class.
Our programs are offered on a schedule that starts in late August and is similar to the Orinda Union School District, continuing through early to mid-June.
We have a structured schedule which includes experiences with art materials, circle times, snacks, music, stories and indoor and outdoor play. We offer a variety of themes during the year. We work on colors, letters, shapes and the value of numbers in an age appropriate manner and through the use of stories, descriptions, songs and games. The children learn to recognize their name and the alphabet in print. Our curriculum also includes the presentation of Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ in addition to the secular holidays and traditions, for example, Santa Claus and Halloween.
We also work on taking responsibility for helping pick up our play things at the end of play times. The 2′s are just beginning this process, but the 3′s and Pre-K’s are capable and willing to help.
In all of these activities, we are learning to respect and enjoy each other, take turns and follow simple rules of behavior.
A short chapel service is held in the church on Mondays for the 3′s and Pre-K classes.
Monday through Friday from 12:00-2:00pm
Lunch Bunch is a drop-in program for which you do not need a reservation. The 3’s and Pre-K’s who stay for Lunch Bunch bring their own lunch to school. We will have water to drink if you do not wish to send drinks.
Lunch: On the days that you will be using the program, please bring a nutritious (nut free) lunch for your child clearly marked with their name. Children love a lunch box! Do not pack more lunch than he/she would normally eat at home. Children will have adequate time to eat lunch.
Program: The Lunch Bunch program is designed to be an extension of your child’s Preschool day and can be the child’s “home away from home”. Staying for lunch with a teacher and friends can offer your child a pleasant experience in being away from home and family for a more extended period of time than the school day allows.
Structure: The structure of these afternoons will include lunch, enrichment activities and indoor and outdoor play. In addition, we offer music/movement, soccer and Spanish vocabulary/phrases.
Payment: The Lunch Bunch fee is $20.00 per afternoon. You will pay for the previous month at the beginning of each month (i.e. October Lunch Bunch fees are paid with the November Tuition).