St. Paul’s Preschool

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool

Preschool Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open to the public.  If you have further questions, you can contact Deb Becker.  The main phone number for the preschool is (717) 854-1996.  You can also register online http://www.stpaulspreschoolyork.com.

Please note that the preschool will be closed for the next few weeks in compliance with the COVID-19 recommendations.  We look forward to seeing our children when health concerns are no longer an issue.

Following Christmas beak, the students have returned and the church is alive again with the sound of children at work and play.  Early in January, the preschool arranged to have The Whitaker Center come to the preschool as part of the center’s Whitaker on Wheels (W.O.W.) program.  The W.O.W. program presented a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity to all of our preschool students and the children enjoyed learning about the chemistry of color.  The teachers also spent January talking about Community Helpers and will continue to discuss how the children can be helpers too.

School has been in session for five months.  The students have talked about apples and pumpkins and the children from the four-year-old pre-K classes attended a field trip to Brown’s Orchard to pick their own apples.  October was National Fire Prevention Month and the children discussed fire safety and were visited by some local firemen!  The preschool encourages you to check your fire alarms and also research ways to make your home safer from fire.  In November, the students were learning about foods like turkey and pumpkin pie and about being thankful and giving back to the community.  The students collected food for St. Paul’s Food Pantry.  The 4 year olds went to John’s Pizza and had fun making their own pizzas.  In December the preschool spent much of their time getting ready for Christmas.  They helped the teachers decorate their classrooms for the holiday.  There were various Christmas trees and colorful Nativity scenes.  The students collected hats and mittens to donate to the children of clients of St. Paul’s Church Pantry which were greatly appreciated.  The students were visited by Santa and Elfie.  Through creating, singing, and giving, the children continue to learn about God’s love and being a good neighbor during the holiday season.  Pastor Reep has Bible stories each week and songs to teach the children.

St. Paul’s Preschool offers classes for two year olds, three year olds, and four year olds.  Children must be the appropriate age by August 31st.  Opportunities range from two days per week for 2 year olds, to five days per week for 4 year olds.  Additionally, a student can have an extended day by signing up for PM Pals.  The children have already begun to attend chapel on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Members of St. Paul’s receive a discount as do families who have two or more children enrolled.  All of the classrooms have been newly renovated and new security put into place.  For additional information or questions regarding the preschool, please contact Mrs. Becker, Preschool Director.

Preschool Recognition Sunday was held on Sunday, November 10th.  All preschool children and their families are invited to worship with us.  We recognize the teaching staff and the work that they do with the children entrusted to them.  The children sang a few of the songs they sing during their chapel time during the worship service.  This is always a lively time as children bring family members into the beautifully renovated space in which they have chapel services during week day school.  The Fellowship Committee in conjunction with Second Sunday Sandwiches had a luncheon following the service creating a wonderful time to engage in conversation with the many guests for the day.  A delightful joy filled liturgy.  Thank you for supporting the children of our Preschool by attending and chatting with family members, other parents, and members of St. Paul’s  on Preschool Recognition Sunday.

A link to the Preschool Webpage is located at the bottom of this page.

Shown below are pictures of the new classrooms:

The preschool is continuing to enjoy and benefit from the renovated classrooms.  They are delighted to have bathrooms in their classrooms.  The teachers find they are more educational instruction time now that they are not distracted by trips to the hall for the bathroom.  They also are better able to prepare the children to be independent in preparation for Kindergarten.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool was established in 1964 as a kindergarten.  When kindergarten became part of public school education, the ministry shifted to focus on early childhood development in the form of a preschool.

Every year in December we receive a gift that keeps on giving.  We receive a distribution payment for early childhood education from St. Paul’s investment in the York County Community Foundation.  This fund enhances the ministry of our preschool in many ways:

Field Trips

Afternoon Enrichment at PM Pals

Books

Toys for the Gym and Playground

Educational Supplies

Through the endowment underwriting the types of things mentioned above, we are able to keep our tuition costs affordable for our families.

We continue to discover the connections between early childhood development and life long learning. As we do so, we take time to reflect upon our program that has been building and growing for over 50 years. We are blessed to have such a dedicated and caring staff. We are blessed too in that we are able to minister in the name of Christ Jesus to the children. Each week the children in the 3 and 4 year old classes participate in chapel services. These times of prayer, praise and scripture reading become an important time of spiritual formation for the children. For those children who are being raised in a Christian family, we provide reinforcement and support for our faith tradition. For those children who do not have any religious background, we provide an arena for them to encounter Christ Jesus through the reading of scripture, songs and prayer.   Christian education should always be a priority in our life together.

The preschool provides a vibrant addition to the congregation’s ministry in York.

For more information on registration and staff members, please visit the Preschool’s web site http://www.stpaulspreschool.york.com.