FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School announced that it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. The new program will include children who turn three-years-old on or by August 31.
Jo Ann Mathieson, principal, said the development of a two-year pre-school program was by popular demand. “The emphasis of a two-year preschool is to build on, expand the child’s experiences and ultimately prepare for kindergarten. We are making this change to best accommodate the needs of families working or living in Fairfield, Westport and the surrounding area. The expanded program hours mirror the hours of our regular school day. All pre-k children will also have the additional option to arrive as early as 7:30 am and stay until 5:30 pm. Flexible schedules and shorter options are also available.”
The school has an experienced and dedicated group of early education professionals who love working with this age group. Shelby Vosk, program director, is a proponent of mixed age benefits for preschoolers, “We strive to meet the needs of each child in our program which takes the best practices from Montessori, play-based and kindergarten readiness skills programs. The classroom is divided into learning centers to enable a broad developmental range, free and creative play, theme-based curriculum and age-appropriate religious education. We have benchmarks for three and four-year-olds and differentiating skills assessments. Our goal is to provide each child the foundations needed for elementary advancement.”
St. Thomas will hold a school-wide open house on Sunday, January 27 between the hours of 10 am and noon. Families living or working in Fairfield, Westport and surrounding towns are encouraged to stop by, take a tour, and speak to the administration, faculty and other parents.
The school is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fairfield at 1719 Post Road.
(For additional information please contact Barbara Turner, director of admissions, at 203.255.0556 x.225 or Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org.)