Pre-Kindergarten Programs

3-Year-Old Programs

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8:00am – 11:00am
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 2:00pm (NEW!)


  • Following directions in a group setting
  • Themed show ‘n’ tell, days of the week, weather, and story time
  • Singing, dancing, and playing games
  • Recognition of shapes, colors, patters, letters and numbers
  • Small and large motor skill activities

Highlights During the Year

  • Monthly age-appropriate themed lessons that consist of books, songs, and crafts
  • Holiday celebrations with family and friends
  • Progress reports issued twice a year
  • End-of-year celebration with families and friends

Three Day Program – 4 Year Olds

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00am – 11:00am


  • Group activities: Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, calendar, weather, singing, laughing, dancing, books and playing games
  • Recognition and writing of upper and lower case letters with an introduction to sign language
  • Self-expression in sharing a letter of the week show ‘n’ tell
  • Recognition of writing and counting of numbers, shapes, colors, and patterns
  • Weekly SEEDS magazine for preschool – brings scripture reading and activities into the themed monthly lessons

Highlights During the Year

  • Monthly age-appropriate themed lessons that consist of books, songs and activities to enlighten a child’s imagination, discover the world of science, demonstrate manners and respect to others, while understanding how we are all part of God’s Family
  • Holiday celebrations with families and friends
  • Themed age-appropriate field trips
  • Progress reports issued twice a year
  • “Stepping Up” celebration for family and friends on the last day of school

Five Day Program – 4 and 5 Year Olds

Full Day Program: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm

  • The five-day programs are an extension of the four year old program.  Children attending these programs are given more opportunities to grow socially, academically and mentally as they prepare for Kindergarten.

Highlights of the Full Day Program

  • Hands on approach to learning
  • Individual and small group activities
  • Enrichment programs: Art, Gym, Library, Music
  • Quiet time: nap mats, listening center activities
  • Outdoor and indoor play
  • Assess children twice a year for Kindergarten readiness
  • Enhanced preparation for a successful transition to Kindergarten

All children attending Saint James Preschool must be toilet trained.  They may not wear Pull-Ups to school and must be able to use the restrooms with no assistance.

If you are unsure which program is right for your child, or to arrange a visit to meet the staff and see the Preschool, please contact  Laura St. Jean, Preschool Program Director at 860 643-5088 ext. 2 during school hours.