Pre-school is available to children who are three years old and completely toilet-independent by September 1st of the enrolling year. It is for three-, four-, and five-year-old children. Breakfast and a hot lunch are provided for the children daily.
Pre-school at St. Angela is fun -- and we're learning, too!
Pre-school is an early childhood educational program in which children combine learning with play in a program run by professionally trained teachers. Preschool years are a time of promise, a time when your children's bodies and minds are growing at an incredible rate.
At St. Angela, we believe that future school success may depend on a student's childhood experience of school. Therefore, our program is designed with the physical, mental, artistic, social, moral and spiritual aspects of development in mind. Special emphasis is placed on building up a child's feelings of accomplishment, self-confidence and self-worth.
Our curriculum is a combination of Creative Curriculum and Opening the World of Learning (OWL). Creative curriculum is an educational system that highlights practical approach to working with young children. It supports the use of interest centers in the classroom as a way of providing experiences that encourage development.
OWL is another comprehensive activity-centered pre-K curriculum which covers all domains of learning and prepares children for kindergarten. It facilitates the development of language and literacy skills. We use the combined programs to help our young scholars lean essential skills to become more independent as they progess into school age.
Finally, our gentle daily devotion teaches our students that Jesus loves them dearly. We assure them that Jesus is always watching us and that He lives in each of us. Therefore, the child learns to be confident in exploring the stimulating environment that our classrooms provide. School is a place where they can gain a sense of self, play with peers, build confidence and, most importantly, find answers through investigation, experimentation and conversation.
PRESCHOOL FOR ALL At St. Angela School
Preschool for All is the state of Illinois’ initiative to ensure high-quality preschool programs are available to 3 and 4-year old children. The Preschool for All program is an full-day, five-day a week program provided to eligible* families at no charge.
St. Angela offers a Preschool for All Program. The hours for the preschool programs are: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To find out if you are eligible for Preschool for All please call the school office: 773.626.2655.
Pre-School Gallery 2018-19
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my child have nap time at St. Angela School?
Yes, pre-schoolers are expected to nap/rest for 75 minutes during our school day.
Will my child eat lunch with the older children in the school?
No, pre-schoolers will eat separately in one of the pre-school classrooms.
Do the preschool children wear uniforms like the older children?
No, pre-schoolers wear regular clothing.
Do you offer part-time or full-day programs in early childhood?
We offer a full-day program from 7:50am to 3:00pm for 3-4 year olds.
We also offer a full-day program from 7:50am to 3:00pm for 4-5 year olds. Morning and extended care available for both levels.
How old do children have to be to attend St. Angela pre-school?
Children in the pre-K 3 department must be at least 3 years of age by September 1st of the enrolling school year.
Children in the pre-K 4 department must be at least 4 years of age by September 1st of the enrolling school year.
All children must be completely toilet-independent to attend.
Is St. Angela’s pre-school program considered a daycare or a school?
We are a school, not a day care. This is why we have specific starting and ending times to our school day; we do not offer a drop-in program. This is also why we have a highly developed curriculum and why we offer a comprehensive educational program for each child. We also have highly qualified teachers and aides.
What do pre-schoolers do all day?
The pre-school curriculum uses both the Creative Curriculum and Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Curriculum over the course of the year. Daily learning allows children to engage in free play, teacher directed activities, and individualized play. Circle time and group activities are also included during the day so that teachers can lead the students in group learning activities. Children’s play is their work – so when children say they “played all day,” it does not mean that they were not learning. All activities and centers available to the children are intended to teach the concepts and behaviors they need to learn at their young age.
We had a great time at the Shedd Acquarium!