PARENT/TODDLER | Older 2s | Young 3s | Older 3s/Young 4s | 4-Day Young 4s | Older 4s and 5s | KINDERGARTEN EXPLORATIONS | MUSIC and ART | EXTENDED OPTIONS

Our Classes

ClassesAt St. Paul’s we offer a learning environment organized by classes for children according to age. Our child-to-adult ratios range from 1-to-3 for the youngest classes to 1-to-8 for the oldest classes. Our lead teachers all have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development, with some holding master's degrees. Our staff also includes two music teachers, an art teacher, at least one assistant teacher per class, an office manager and a full-time director.

Our main core program runs from September through May. We offer both morning sessions (9:00 – 11:30 am) and afternoon sessions (12:30 – 3:00 pm) ranging from 1 to 4 days per week depending on the child’s age. In order to assure a smooth transition into school, St. Paul’s offers a home visit for all students in the late summer prior to the beginning of each school year. Parents may choose classes for the following ages:

  • Parent/Toddler class (18 months through 2 1/2 years) – Accompanied by a parent or caregiver, children may attend this class on either Monday or Friday morning. Our toddler educators offer a program that encourages enjoyment and success in a school setting by inviting toddlers to explore the classroom space, the toys, and other appropriate materials in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
  • Older 2s may attend nursery school 2 days per week and are initially offered a gentle separation experience through shortened days and early parent participation when needed. The two’s day will be centered around social play experiences by offering appropriate materials designed to encourage the development of language and other cognitive skills that are rapidly developing during the toddler years.

  • Young 3s may choose either 2 or 3 days per week and are offered small group experiences that encourage social play through learning to problem solve, share and cooperate within a group.

  • Older 3s/Young 4s meets 3 days per week. This class includes a variety of activities including: socio-dramatic play, dress-ups, building materials, art, music, literacy and beginning writing activities.

  • 4-Day Young 4s attend school 4 consecutive days in a row. This class participates in socio-dramatic play through a variety of interesting props as well as beginning to work on topics of interest through projects chosen in collaboration with the classroom teachers and classmates.

  • Older 4s and 5s meet 4 days per week. Although, not a kindergarten class, the children gain needed skills, initiative, and independence in preparation for future academic expectations. Socio-dramatic play is still an important vehicle for learning. Project work includes writing as well as art, building and the use of a variety of interesting and creative materials.

Kindergarten Explorations meets twice a week on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday from 12:30 - 3:00 pm. Kindergartners are invited to explore exciting themes of interest through hands-on projects and activities designed to encourage children to make connections among people, places, things and events. The daily schedule will include opportunities for kindergarten students to play and learn about their world through worthwhile projects, enjoying a snack, and participating in gross motor activities in our Big Room or outside through nature explorations in Bird Park and on our playground, weather permitting.

Music Program

artAll ages participate in our music program which is taught by our specially trained early childhood music teachers. Students have the opportunity to participate once weekly in activities including singing, movement, and instrument usage.

EXTENDED DAILY OPTIONS

St. Paul’s offers a variety of extensions to the children’s day through a number of different programs. These programs are carefully designed to offer needed extended child care as well as relaxed extensions to your child’s day through an assortment of fun-filled social and creative learning activities.

Early Morning Dropoff – The early morning drop-off program is available from 8:30-9:00 am, Monday through Friday, depending on demand for the program.

Lunch Bunch – Children may extend their day either in morning or afternoon sessions by 50 minutes. The children bring their own lunch and play in the Big Room or outside, weather permitting.

Lunch 'n More – The Lunch 'n More program is offered on Wednesday for the older 3s, 4s, and 5s as a way for children in the traditional morning session to extend their day until 1:55 pm. The children eat their lunch together in a classroom and then extend their day through engagement in dramatic play, art, literacy and writing activities, cooking, science, and large motor play in the Big Room or outside, weather permitting. We believe that it is important for the children to set their own pace in the afternoon after a busy, fast-paced morning. It is also a time for the teacher to encourage activities based on the individual interests of the children in the group. Children may attend either 1, 2, or 3 times per week.




Our Staff
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The staff is one of the most important and valued aspects of St. Paul's. The Director oversees a staff that includes classroom teachers and assistants, a music teacher, an art teacher, and an accountant/office manager. St. Paul’s teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and some of them hold Master's degrees. Over 50% of the staff has taught at St. Paul’s for ten years or more, and 40% have taught for over fifteen years.

All staff members belong to the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children. They have been trained in infant/child CPR and other first aid techniques and have obtained their Act 33 Clearance to work with children.

One of the most significant determinants of quality in a school is the staff-to-child ratio. The lower the number of children assigned to one teacher, the higher the quality of education. St. Paul’s historically has one of the lowest staff-to-child ratios in the area.

St. PaulsClick on the links below for more information about each class.

Parent/Toddler Class

Older 2's Class

Young 3's - 2-Day and 3-Day Class

Older 3's/Young 4's - 3-Day Class

4-DAY YOUNG 4'S Class OLDER 4's and 5's- 4-Day Class

KINDERGARTEN EXPLORATIONS