Preschool Program (Ages 3-5)
Our Pre-Kindergarten 3-5 year-old program is open to students who are 3-years-old by August 31st. All students are required to be fully toilet trained and able to care for their own bathroom needs independently with little support from adults. Pre-K hours begin with before school care starting at 7:30AM and the formal school day beginning at 8:30AM. Dismissal options include a 12:30PM or 2:00PM pick up time. We also extend our After School Care until 5:30PM.
An Emphasis on Preparation
The first step in a lifelong love of learning begins in preschool. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Preschool is designed to help the child develop the social skills necessary for group play, to learn how to navigate the classroom environment and to begin the process of independent problem solving. Exploration, free and creative play, in our theme-based curriculum will all help to develop the desire to learn, thus insuring a positive and loving experience for the child. Due to the fact that the preschool years have such a broad developmental range we strive to meet the needs of each child in our program. Exposure to letter, number, shape and color recognition allows us to keep each child learning at their own rate and helps refine skills that will have our students Kindergarten Ready.
The Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Preschool works in close conjunction with the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as the State of Connecticut's guidelines. Our curriculum focuses on exposing the children to learning possibilities. The children's classroom is divided into learning centers in order to enable the children to move freely and choose their own activities. At certain times during the day the teachers direct the children in meetings, arts & crafts, and literature.
Our religious curriculum focuses on the stories of God's love. We learn and recite daily, The Hail Mary and The Our Father. We teach the children about The Holy Family, what it means to be a Catholic and how we should treat each other as God treats us. A daily introduction to God occurs every day at morning circle time, snack time, and lunch time where the threes and fours learn basic prayers of thanks and to bless themselves. Participation in monthly First Friday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation as well as attending Advent and Lenten prayer services with the whole school community emphasize the importance of God, His love for the children and the reverence and respect we all have for God.
We have an incredibly experienced and dedicated group of professionals sharing this journey with your child, who have many years of training, early educational backgrounds and a love of working with young children.