Early Childhood Age 3 - JK

Our Early Childhood Education Program is developmentally appropriate, challenging and uniquely designed for young girls. The Early Learners (EL) Program is for girls who are at least 3 years old, with many turning four years old throughout the school year. The Junior Kindergarten (JK) Program is for girls who are at least 4 years old and developmentally ready for the JK experience. Many girls quickly turn five years old in JK. Our expert teachers guide the girls through literacy development, number sense, social and gross motor skill development, creative movement and exploration in the outdoor classroom. The facilities are top-notch with bright, airy, open spaces designed for how girls learn best. The Early Childhood Program follows the same school calendar for holidays and closings as kindergarten through grade 12. 

Early Learners – Age 3+

Program Requirements:
  • Must be at least age 3 by Sept. 30 of the entering school year
  • Full-day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) or half-day (8 a.m. - noon) options
  • Child must be toilet trained
  • After-school care available until 6 p.m. 

Junior Kindergarten – Age 4+

Program Requirements:
  • Must be at least age 4 by Sept. 30 of the entering school year
  • Full-day program (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • After-school care available until 6 p.m. 

Hallmarks of Early Childhood Education

Flexibility and Customization
We have the flexibility to meet the needs of each child and each class, customizing the teaching and learning with hands-on projects that incorporate the interests and curiosities of the girls. Personalized learning and generous attention are central to the Early Childhood experience.

Our Expertise Our Early Learners and Junior Kindergarten teachers are experts in girls' education and specialize in the foundational years. They know how to spark young minds and foster joy in learning that will serve them well as they grow. 

St. Catherine’s Outdoor Classroom
There is an international movement towards more natural play spaces, and our outdoor classroom is an extension of the indoor classroom with daily exploration throughout the seasons. 

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