St. Catharine Preschool is a Catholic early learning program, connected to St. Catharine School. We are proud to share that we have been awarded 5-stars in the state of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality rating system. Step Up to Quality is a rating system that awards one to five stars to learning and development programs that go above and beyond minimum licensing standards. Star ratings are awarded to programs that are committed to continuous improvement, the continuing education of teachers, the use of learning and development standards to support children’s learning, and valuing the relationship with families and community.
Our Philosophy: Love of God, Love of Learning, Love of Neighbor
Saint Catharine Preschool will strive to foster the wholeness of the individual child. Our goal is to have a safe, loving atmosphere where a child can develop a relationship with God, explore, and discover. Opportunities will be provided to use and share existing skills as well as learn new skills. These experiences help the child establish a positive self-esteem. We believe in the worth of each family; therefore, we seek collaboration and support from the family as we nurture the development of each child.
How does our program enhance the development of the whole child?
- Nourishes spiritual development
- Supports children in becoming active and confident learners.
- Focuses on children’s play.
- Responsive to children’s developmental needs and interests.
- Engages the child with interactive materials.
- Flexible in adapting to children’s learning needs and interests.
- Recognizes families as the child’s first teacher.
Our Religious Education Philosophy
The aim of St. Catharine’s religious program is to help develop Christian values and participate in our Catholic community and traditions. Religion is not a separate entity and is a part of all aspects of life. Therefore, religion is integrated with other subjects that teach appreciation and respect for all racial and ethnic groups, the values of peace and justice, and social awareness and moral responsibility. Religion must help the child relate to all people of our world, accepting their differences and appreciating their values as children of God. Families of all religious backgrounds are welcome to our program.
Caterpillars: We are 2 ½ – 3 year olds. Children must be 2 ½ by the first day of school. Our classroom will have a maximum of 11 children with two teachers. Children will attend M/W/F, T/TH or all 5 days from 8:15 to 11:15 am. Among our many activities and experiences, we will work on toilet training as some of us are just new to this skill.
Butterflies: We are 3-4 year olds. Our classroom will have a maximum of 14 children with two teachers. Children will attend M/W/F, T/TH or all 5 days from 8:15 to 11:15 am. All children need to be toilet trained.
Dragonflies: We are 4-5 year olds. Our classroom will have a maximum of 17 children with two teachers. Children will attend M/W/F, T/TH or all 5 days from 8:15 to11:15 am. All children need to be toilet trained.
Busy Bees: We are 4-5 year olds. Our class will have a maximum of 17 children with two teachers. Children will attend 5 days a week from 8:15 to 11:15 am. Children in this class should be preparing to enter kindergarten the following fall. All children need to be toilet trained.
Extended Care Options: If families are needing a longer day, three options are available: Lunch bunch until 12:15 pm; Extended Day until 3:15 pm; and Longer Day until 5:45 pm. Families choosing extended care options can arrive as early as 7:30 am.
Drop-In Extended Care: If families of currently enrolled children need extended hours from time to time we offer all three options listed above. Space is limited though. Families must give 24-hour notice for drop-in requests by emailing or speaking to the Director. These requests are based on a first-come, first-served basis.