Epiphany Preschool serves children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years old. For our transition class, children should be 2.5 by September 30th, but do not need to be toilet trained. Children enrolling in our 3 and 4-year-old classes, should be 3 or 4 years of age on or before September 30th, and fully toilet trained.
Epiphany Preschool programs take place Monday-Friday from 9:00 until 12:50. An adult must sign their child in and out of the program each day, at the child’s classroom. The children bring their own lunches and generally have lunch between 11:00 and 11:30. Since we eat lunch at school, we do not serve a snack.
Children attend Chapel weekly with our Rector, Rev. Hillary West, for interactive Bible stories, prayers and songs. Our curriculum is designed to build concepts from one year to the next, encouraging children to learn through exploration and discovery. Our activities are developmentally appropriate for each age group. Epiphany Preschool uses the Handwriting Without Tears program to help children learn to write with ease.
2.5 – 3 year old program This is a wonderful transitional program for 2.5 and young 3 year olds. Children do not have to be fully toilet trained for this program. This class is designed to help make the transition from home to preschool. Children learn to be a part of a group as they spend lots of active time playing, singing, in the dramatic play center and creating masterpieces to hang on the refrigerator! 3 days per week: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday
3 and 4 year old programs Our 3-4 year old program offers three class options: two, three or four days per week. A primary goal in our 3 and 4 year-old classes is to help children have a positive first experience in school. We provide a loving atmosphere where children are encouraged to explore and discover the world around them to help them make a successful transition from home to school. Part of the transition to school means learning to share and cooperate with new friends. Character traits such as kindness, caring, compassion, respect, self-control, perseverance, patience, thankfulness, and responsibility are incorporated into hands-on learning activities. Language is growing by leaps and bounds at this age and much time is spent helping the children express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. The children are very busy trying on “dress-ups”, brushing colors on easel paper, squeezing play dough, stacking blocks, putting puzzles together, digging in sand and water tables, singing songs and listening to stories. 2 days per week: Thursday/Friday 3 days per week: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 4 days per week: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.
4-5 year old programs Our 4-5 year old program also offers two class options: four or five days per week. Our 4-5 year-olds are involved in a wide variety of group and individual activities. Four year-olds expand their problem solving abilities, grasp of language, and memory and listening skills, while enjoying relationships with classmates. There will be a full year of activities to help the children strengthen their small muscles needed for writing, understand and follow directions, learn to count objects, use positional words (up, down, etc.), and grow in their ability to focus during group times. We continue focusing on the important character traits learned in the younger classrooms. Circle time stories and finger plays, center time hands-on learning experiences, creative movement and the Handwriting Without Tears program are all part of the 4-5 year-olds preschool experiences. 4 days per week: Monday - Thursday 5 days per week: Monday - Friday
PreK Plus (PreK+) This class will meet 5 days per week, Monday - Friday. Children registering for PreK+ should be 5 by December 31. PreK+ is designed for older fours and five-year-olds. This class will meet the needs of older children by reinforcing character traits and skills previously learned but will add more language, math, science, social science and citizenship concepts to its' curriculum while maintaining developmentally appropriate guidelines.