STM PRESCHOOL

St. Thomas More Preschool is a safe, loving, and nurturing preschool for children two, three, four, and five years old. In addition to placing a strong emphasis on emergent literacy and numeracy, our curriculum includes music and movement, art, field trips, parent conferences, and outdoor activities. These embedded academics are all incorporated into our activities and playtime! Our curriculum is age, individually, and developmentally appropriate within an atmosphere of love and encouragement. We embrace all religions and cultures; all children are welcome.

 

Our Philosophy & Vision

We believe that all children should have a safe, loving, nurturing environment where they will learn at their own developmental levels.

We are dedicated to the ideal that each child is unique, and through our encouragement, will grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. As role models to the children, the teachers reinforce the positive goals, values, and attitudes of the home. In addition to a strong emphasis on emergent literacy and numeracy, our curriculum includes music, art, gym, field trips, parent conferences, and outdoor play. these embedded academics are all incorporated into our PLAY! The preschool years are a time for exploring our world and ourselves, fostering creativity and wonder, and developing a strong love and desire for learning.

Age Requirements

  • 2 Year Old Program: Children two years of age by September 1, 2021 are eligible for enrollment. Toilet training is not required.

  • 3 Year Old Program: Children three years of age by December 31, 2021 and “just about” toilet trained, are eligible for enrollment.

  • 4 Year Old Program: Children four years of age by December 31, 2021 or those who have attended a 3 year old program are eligible for enrollment.

  • Pre-K Program: Children who are five by January 31, 2021 and have previous nursery school experience in a 4 year old program are eligible for enrollment. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Student Services.

Preschool Programs 

  • 2 Year Old Program: 36 sessions
    Each child is nurtured in a loving environment that provides opportunities for socialization, sharing, fine and gross motor skill development, while encouraging emergent foundational communication skills. Art, music, story time and outdoor play are incorporated into the learning experience.
    9:00-11:00am Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday Session

    Fall/Winter (September-January) Session: $76.00 per month/$380.00 session
    Winter/Spring (February-May) Session: $85.00 per month/$340.00 session

  • 3 Year Old, 4 Year Old, and Pre-K Programs
    Teachers use a nationally recognized, research-based curriculum to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for each child to build friendship skills, develop problem-solving and creative thinking, and strengthen self regulation and attention span. Each child experiences hands-on learning through play focusing on the following developmental domains: social-emotional, physical, language and literacy, math, science, social studies, and creative development. This program incorporates STEAM and provides activities to assess students’ abilities.


    FULL DAY PROGRAM 8:30am-3:00pm
    5 Days: Monday thru Friday (180 days) • $486.00 per month/$4,860.00 total
    3 Days: Tues., Wed., Thurs. (118 days) • $318.60 per month/$3,186.00 total


    MORNING SESSION 8:30-11:30am
    5 Days: Monday thru Friday (180 days) • $360.00 per month/$3,600.00 total
    3 Days: Tues., Wed., Thurs. (118 days) • $236.00 per month/$2,360.00 total


    AFTERNOON SESSION 12:00-3:00pm
    5 Days: Monday thru Friday (170 days)  $340.00 per month/$3,400.00 total
    3 Days: Tues., Wed., Thurs. (108 days) 
     $216.00 per month/$2,160.00 total

 

NOTE: 3 day option is only available for 3 & 4 Year Old Programs.

Special Events

  • Fire Safety Prevention Program presented by The Western Salisbury Fire Department

  • Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

  • Mother and Child Thanksgiving Program

  • 4 Year-Old and Pre-K Christmas Program

  • Santa’s Workshop by STM 8th grade

  • Prayer Partner Events

  • 3 Year-Old Parent Sing-along and Family Fun Day

  • Spring Field Trips

  • End of Year Programs

Screening Process 

A questionnaire with pertinent information about your family and your child will be completed with the registration form via Sapphire. A short screening will take place to observe specific behaviors, motor skills, etc. When all necessary paperwork is submitted, registration fee is paid, and the screening process is completed, you will receive notification of acceptance into the program.

 

Extended Care Program

The Before Care program begins at 6:30am and the After Care program ends at 5:30pm. Please indicate on the registration form

what days/times your child will need Extended Care. Extended Care is available to students enrolled in our 3, 4, and Pre-K Programs.

  • Parents may use extended care as needed.

  • Cost: $6.50 per hour/per child billed to the quarter hour. Payments are due biweekly.

  • Details such as beginning and ending dates, specific class schedule, etc. will be provided at the Orientation.

  • Each family will receive aSt. Thomas More Preschool Handbook via Sapphire.

 

Hot Lunch Program 

Your child will have the opportunity to purchase a hot lunch each day. The monthly lunch calendar will be available on Sapphire.
All programs will eat lunch in their classroom. Lunches will be delivered to the classroom at their designated lunch time. 

Preschool FAQs
Does the STM Preschool Program incorporate faith into the curriculum?

Our Preschool program incorporates our Catholic faith into the curriculum. Our program will follow and implement our Diocesan curriculum. Students learn through Bible story activities and learn key prayers such as The Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, and Our Father. All other faiths are welcome to enroll within the program. Students have opportunities to work with Prayer Partners (older students) on community and outreach projects, activities, and special events.

 

What kind of technology is used to enhance the learning experience?

Our Preschool Program uses many types of technology to enhance each child’s learning experience. Each classroom includes a projector, board, and Apple TV to assist the teacher in sharing videos, songs, pictures, and much more. The 3 and 4 Year Old Program has the opportunity to work with the PlaySmart Table and participate in the individualized learning program called IGNITE. The Pre-K Program has the opportunity to work with the TeachSmart Display and participate in the individualized learning program called IGNITE. 

 

How will I know that my child is progressing in his/her learning?

The teacher observes your child at all times. The teacher assesses your child’s skill abilities throughout the year utilizing the Experience Preschool learning game assessments. The teacher documents these assessments in your child’s learning portfolio. These skill assessments are shared with you throughout the year. The IGNITE program will collect data on your child’s progress and growth
throughout the year.

How to Apply for Preschool

When you are ready to register your child for the 2021-2022 school year, please click the APPLY button at the top right-hand corner of
the website. You will be directed to “Create A New Account” by clicking the link at the bottom left-hand corner of the Sapphire homepage.  This account will give you access to the Preschool Online Registration form. After completing your child’s registration form, please send your $100 non-refundable registration fee ($35 for TOTS) to the address below for the registration process to be considered complete.

St. Thomas More School, Attention: Business Office, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown, PA 18103

If you would like to schedule a private tour, please contact Ms. Zona at 610-432-0396 Ext. 1.

 

For more information, please contact Maggi Fink, Director of Advancement & Development at 610-432-0396.