Our Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten/Jr. Kindergarten classrooms are arranged into “Learning Centers”. The programs are based on an age-appropriate, hands-on approach to learning where the teachers become the child's guides instead of implementing a rigidly structured day. The child chooses which “Learning Center” he/she is most interested in and works in that area until his/her interests shift to another area.

Each “Learning Center” focuses on a different area of the child's development and the Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten/Jr. Kindergarten curriculum. They include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Religion, Dramatic Play, Art, Music and Movement, Sign Language, and the use of manipulative materials to reinforce the area of learning. The children also have the opportunity for “Free Play” outside, weather permitting.

The Early Childhood Staff

Early Childhood         Office                                                                                             (610) 395-7400

Mrs. Heintzelman       Director - Early Childhood/Extended Care                       theintzelman@stjw.org

Mrs. Ferrizzi                  Asst. Director - Early Childhood/Extended Care            kferrizzi@stjw.org

Mrs. Sosik                     After Care Head Teacher                                                         ec@stjw.org

Mrs. Spinks                  Extended Care Head Teacher                                                  ec@stjw.org

The Early Childhood Programs

Preschool Age Three by October 15 Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:30 $1,785.00

During the early preschool years, our three year old students develop a trust for the environment in our Christ-centered classrooms.  They are given guidance to accomplish tasks independently building confidence in their own abilities. They engage in greater vocabulary and language skills lead by the teacher interactions.  The classroom teachers’ introduce a wide variety of materials to enhance learning; using beginning science, religion, engineering, arts and music concepts (STREAM). These areas help them learn skills such as working with peers and collaborating on projects.  We offer an introduction to math and language concepts for our three year olds, as well as activities to encourage fine motor and gross motor development. Preschool developmental checklists are observed during class-time twice a year and the reports are sent home with conferences following.  We teach with an emphasis on kindness and compassion in an enriched learning environment.

Pre-K AM Age Four by October 15 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-11:30 $1,930.00

Pre-K students gain the confidence to work independently as well as cooperatively in utilizing their skills to complete many in-depth projects.  This educational program is uniquely designed with the needs of the student in mind. Developmental progress reports are assessed and discussed with each family twice during the academic year.   Using STREAM guild-lines as well as higher-order thinking skills our students explore each specifically designed learning lesson. Through this cooperative learning, students acquire a respect for various individual learning styles and build upon each student’s unique contributions.  

Pre-K with Enrichment    Age Four by October 15 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00- 2:00 $3,200.00

This full-day options offers our morning Pre-K program plus lunchtime, recess and enrichment activities.  These activities are centered in science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and music (STREAM) as well as literature based.  As a part of the full day Pre-K program students will be able to engage in activities using our library, art room and gym.

Jr. Kindergarten Age Five by October 15 Monday through Friday 9:00-11:30 $2,625.00

Half-day Junior Kindergarten offers students a learning environment that is engaging and promotes social and emotional development. Students will develop higher level thinking skills through differentiated instruction which meets the individual learning styles of each student.  The students also engage in pre-reading and writing activities such as: journal writing and sight words.

Jr. Kindergarten with Enrichment Age Five by October 15 Monday through Friday 9:00-2:30 $3,800.00

Junior Kindergarten offers students five full days to developmentally enhance peer relationship building. Enrichment activities include literacy and numeracy academic enhancement. Engaging activities in library, art and gym will round out the students’ experience. Students will have exposure to kindergarten concepts, engaging them in further learning.

All students must be age appropriate by October 15th

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten/Jr. Kindergarten welcomes with open arms, the time that parents/guardians volunteer to help out in the classrooms. Come spend the day with your child in his/her classroom, and see the environment in which they learn, and explore. The children love introducing “their” parent/guardian, and spending the day with them. All parents leave saying what fun they have had, and what they have learned including the ways young children learn. Please feel free to sign up. Due to classroom size, we limit volunteers to one per day per class. There will be a “sign-up calendar” outside your child's classroom or see the classroom teacher. During the year sign up notices are placed outside of the classrooms when we need to have a more than one parent in the class (ex; observations for Progress Reports, Kindergarten Screening time, holiday parties, etc…), please look for these notices in your child's folder. We ask that all parent/guardian volunteers uphold a professional, Christian-like manner when volunteering with the children. We believe that respecting a child's reputation is just as important as respecting a child's physical well being! Siblings are not permitted in the classrooms during classroom volunteer times.

Important information such as classroom curriculum, special announcements, reminders and calendars will be posted outside of each classroom door. Calendars and letters will be sent home (in your child's file folder) to notify you of special projects, homework, holidays/days off or other newsworthy items. Please take advantage and be sure to check the Early Childhood calendars and letters. Please remember to also check your child's file folder everyday for these important items!

To confirm available openings and learn more about our Early Childhood program, including scheduling a tour, please contact, Theresa Heintzelman, Early Childhood Director at 610-395-7400.  We look forward to meeting your family and answering any questions that you may have!

Children must be age 3 before October 15th to attend the preschool program. Children must be age 4 before October 15th to attend the prekindergarten program.

Extended Care is open to children in our Early Childhood program.  The registration form may be found by clicking the link to the right.

Enrollment in Early Childhood & Extended Care