Applying to Preschool

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Our purpose is to support parents by providing an outstanding early childhood education within a Catholic environment.  We are committed to working closely with parents in order to provide a program that encourages the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of every child.  We recognize each child as an individual and emphasize the value of process over product.

Our mission is to build a faithful community committed to nurturing each child and guiding them on the beginning of their journey of life-long learning.  We support a curriculum based on our belief that young children learn best through play. 

What Are Parents Saying...

The Little Lions Preschool exceeds our expectations. Julie goes above and beyond daily for the children and does it all with a smile. Our daughter is excited to go to school and continues to grow exponentially each new day. We are eager to see what the future holds for our daughter at St. Mark School."
-Jessica and Andy Tsichlas, current parents

The Little Lions preschool program is a wonderful place where your child will blossom and grow right before your eyes. Mrs. Larracuente’s developmentally appropriate approach to teaching and learning is a true gift that she gives to all of her students. We have been lucky to have two of our children go through the pre k program and we couldn’t be happier with their first school experience. Our children were more than ready for Kindergarten!!

-Jaime and Sean Auten

We offer a full day program for 3 and 4 year olds with many options.

 Option #1

 Monday - Friday 7:45 am - 2:10 pm

 Option #2

 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:45 am - 2:10 pm

 Option #3

 Tuesday, Thursday 7:45 am - 2:10 pm

After School Care "Little Lion Club" is available from 2:10 pm - 4:30 pm. If more time is needed, students join the remainder of the school at our After School Program from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.

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Preference will be given to returning families.

Enrollment Requirements
All children enrolled in our program must have a current physical examination, all state required immunizations, and a complete and current health form. Physical exams are current for one year from the date of the exam and must be updated as required to remain current. A child whose physical exam is not current will be asked to remain out of class until seen by a physician. The Town of Stratford provides a daily nurse to cover the preschool through grade at eight classes at Saint Mark School. All children must be potty-trained and non-diaper dependent as of the first day of preschool in September.

Provisional Enrollment Period
It is understood that all children are enrolled for an eight-week trial period. The school staff will evaluate each child’s readiness and will give a 30-day written notice if it is deemed that the program is not meeting the child’s needs.