Preschool & Childcare Ctr
How old does my child need to be?
The St John Preschool & Childcare Center is open to children between the ages of three and five years old. Children must be three and fully potty trained by September 15 or 4 by September 15 (to participate in a Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Monday - Friday class).
How often does the preschool meet?
2, 3, or 5 days per week depending on the class. The preschool is split into two age groups: Children ages three years old, planning to attend kindergarten in two years, meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class for this age group has 12 children. Children who are ages four to five years old, planning to attend kindergarten the next year, may meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or may choose our Monday through Friday class. Each class for this age group has 18 children. A morning or afternoon program is available for all three groups. Morning classes meet from 9:00 to 11:30. The afternoon classes meet from 1:00 to 3:30. St John Preschool meets beginning the end of August through the end of May. There is no summer program available at this time.
What is the Cost of Tuition?
Tuition is determined in two ways: Preschool Only or Preschool With Childcare. Please see our cost page for the breakdown.
Is financial aid available? A limited amount of financial aid that we call scholarships, is available to income qualified families. Contact the Director of our Preschool & Childcare Center if you wish to pursue a scholarship for your child to participate in our preschool program.
Is this program licensed?
Yes. The Iowa State Department of Human Services does an annual review for relicensing.
How many teachers work in the preschool?
There are three certified teachers currently working in the preschool. Each teacher also has an associate who works with them.
What kind of training do the teachers have to protect our children?
Teachers and associates are all CPR trained in infant, child and adult procedures. They are also trained in First Aid and preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens. St. John Preschool & Childcare Center staff are mandatory child abuse reporters and have training in this as well.
What is your discipline policy?
Discipline is by definition about teaching. Our goal at St. John Preschool & Childcare Center is to equip children with strategies to solve problems in an appropriate manner. We facilitate communication between children to solve problems. Occasionally we ask children to sit in a chair to collect themselves before they attempt to work out a problem.
What do you teach the children?
Our curriculum is a theme-based program. We teach units of high interest to children, some of which include Christmas, Easter, and All About Me. There is an overall emphasis on socialization, independence, interdependence, and problem solving.
Do children memorize the alphabet and numbers?
Children are exposed to pre-reading and pre-math skills in a play-based environment. There are many opportunities to count, sort and match, and discover patterns, as well as exposure to names of letters and numbers. We focus on independence, learning how to enter a group of playing children and exit that group, being a problem solver and a good friend.
How is faith a part of the preschool program?
We are all learning and growing in our faith. Prayer, discussions and worship in an age appropriate manner are ways we help children know that God loves them.
Do you take the children to church?
We hold worship service tailored to the children twice a month for all classes. We have a Bible story, songs and a prayer.
How is the preschool and childcare center connected with the church?
Everything we do is under the umbrella of the church offering ministry to the community.
Do we have to be Lutheran or members of St. John?
This preschool and childcare center is open to all who wish a Christian preschool education for their child. You do not need to be a member of St. John Lutheran Church to attend our program.
Are there opportunities for parental involvement in the classroom?
Parents are asked to fill out a volunteer sheet at orientation. We encourage parental involvement as this sends a message to children that school is important. Parents provide opportunities to enrich our program that otherwise may not be possible.