Stone House Preschool is a child-centered, family-oriented preschool dedicated to research-based early childhood education. Led by highly qualified staff, this ministry of SHPC is dedicated to providing early learners with a strong faith foundation in a warm and loving environment. Curriculum is theme-based, each incorporating spiritual foci, early literacy and mathematics, fine and gross motor skills, social skills and play. Stone House Preschool offers programs for children ages 2 to 5. Each class is team-taught and ratios are lower than state requirements.
The Stone House Preschool also offers a variety of optional add-on and enrichment programs that enhance the core program. “Lunch Bug” for three year olds, “Friday Bugs” for four year olds, and Friday Bees Enrichment are available at select times during the school year. For more information on any of these programs, please call the school and/or make an appointment to talk with us in person!
Questions and visits are welcomed and encouraged — please contact the director, Diana Carroll, at 757-565-1130 (x12) or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. We look forward to hearing from you and encouraging and equipping your little one to develop a love of God, a love of themselves, and a love for learning!
If your child or someone you know is interested in registering to Stone House Preschool, a registration form can be downloaded from the Forms tab below. Or schedule an appointment and pick up a registration form at the school! Any questions should be directed to our Preschool Director Diana Carroll.
The vision of Stone House Preschool at SHPC is to provide a safe, nurturing, Christ-like environment in Upper James City County where preschool children will encounter and experience the love of God.
The mission of Stone House Preschool is to interact with children and their families in a manner that goes beyond providing childcare, but that also seeks to promote and nurture a young child’s growth and development.
To model God’s love for all creation, including teaching children to love themselves and others;
To teach children fundamental skills including respect for others, kindness, patience, sharing and other Christ-like attitudes;
To provide high-quality early childhood education which promotes school readiness and prepares children for elementary school success;
To provide social interaction among children and adults in an environment based in play and other age-appropriate activities;
And, to give families with young children an opportunity to interact with one another in a welcoming and loving environment.
Click the link below to download the 2019-2020 Registration Form.
Stone House Preschool will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and run until Friday, May 29, 2020. We will, in general, follow the Williamsburg -James City County school calendar unless otherwise indicated via our center-based newsletters. Following are all major school breaks and holidays for the 2019-2020 school-year (please hold on to this to reference throughout the year):
November 5: No School –Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 27-29: No School – Thanksgiving
December 23 – January 3: No School – Winter Break (school resumes 1/6)
January 20: No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 27: No School – Teacher Work Day
January 28: No School – Teacher Work Day
February 17: No School – President’s Day Holiday
April 6 – April 10: Spring Break (school resumes 4/13)
May 25: No School – Memorial Day Holiday
Stone House Preschool is a developmentally appropriate program implementing a theme-based curriculum. As should be a part of any excellent program, our curriculum is based on developmental centers that allow a child to do their most important work – play! Developmental centers include the following: math, science, art, blocks, literacy, dramatic play, fine motor, and faith. Young children learn best by exploring the world around them. They acquire knowledge through active play including opportunities to make choices, investigate, perform, manipulate, practice, repeat, transform, and experiment. Further, because reading and literacy is such a fundamental skill, it is critically important that children learn in a print-rich environment. Each day includes structured circle times, centers, gross motor play, snack, faith, read-a-louds, and lots and lots of love. Teachers plan daily lessons according to curricular themes and, based on their daily observations of children, build on each child’s own interests to incorporate activities into their lessons. A prayer is recited before all mealtimes. As the availability of technology grows at SHPS, teachers will use computers, specifically, the internet, to share appropriate videos, read-a-louds, or other activities with children. When this strategy is used, teachers interact directly with the children, facilitating interactions and conversations.
Classes/Ratios: The preschool is located in the basement of the church. There are four classrooms with bathrooms on each side of the hall between each set of classrooms. The preschool also has an attached playground. We recognize that our quality of care is directly related to the positive interactions each child has with his/her teacher. In order to promote those interactions and relationships, we maintain the following ratios: