Preschool Program

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Welcome to the St. Francis of Assisi School preschool program for 4-year-olds

This is a full-day preschool program offered through St. Francis Elementary and Middle School. Part time and half day schedules may be available depending on enrollment.

Program Schedule
Full Day Preschool     7:45 am - 3:00 pm
Half Day Preschool    7:45 am - noon

Daily Program
The full-day preschool for four-year-olds uses the Creative Curriculum System.  This research-based curriculum model helps the staff present exciting studies throughout the year.  Each study incorporates many different project-based investigations that allow the children to actively explore the topic and find answers to the questions that they may have about the topic.  In addition, the preschool children will:

  • Play educational games focusing on math, letters, memory, etc.
  • Participate in dramatic play activities
  • Practice fine motor skills using a wide range of building and construction toys
  • Begin writing letters, numbers and words
  • See their words and ideas in writing
  • Be able to participate in art and craft activities
  • Have hands-on science and cooking experiences
  • Have the opportunity for one-on-one work to meet individual needs

Enrichment Opportunities
The children in the preschool class will have the opportunity to participate in a daily enrichment classes. During weekly visits to the Art and Music classrooms the children will be able to explore their artistic talents. The Spanish teacher will visit the classroom each week to introduce the children to the language and culture. The children will have the opportunity to have a structured gym period each week led by the St. Francis School physical education teacher. The classroom will visit the school library for a weekly story time. 

Large Motor Activities
The children in Preschool will have daily outdoor play times except when prohibited by the weather. The children play in a large, fenced in playground geared to meet the needs of young children. Several weekly periods of free play are available in the gym.

Kindergarten Readiness
During the later part of the year the classroom will begin focusing on kindergarten readiness. The children will work on:

  • Increasing their ability to listen and follow directions
  • Mastering basic independence and self-help skills
  • Gaining a basic understanding of number concepts and letter recognition
  • Developing the pre-literacy skills needed to read and write
  • Color, shape and spatial recognition skills

Extended School Program
Preschool families have the option of enrolling in before or after-school care. 

  • Before-School Care            6:45-7:45 am
  • After-School Care               3:00-6:15 pm

No-School and Half-Day Programs: Special programs are offered on many of the no-school and half-day sessions. The days care is offered is indicated on the school calendar. 

For More Information

Please contact Diane Sheffrey, Director of the Extended School Program and Preschool at 734-821-2290 or dsheffrey [at] stfrancisaa [dot] org.

Resources and Forms
ESP Registration Form

Preschool Registration Form

Frequently Asked Questions – ESP

Frequently Asked Questions - Preschool

Extended School Program

Parish Enrichment Preschool

School Calendar