Saint Stephen’s Nursery School is a private academic pre- school licensed through the State of Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

Saint Stephen’s has the distinction of having a teaching staff whose members are all certified teachers with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education. Teachers are required to complete additional course work annually. Each classroom has a lead teacher and an aide, and all staff have CPR/ First Aid certification.

*SSNS is a NUT-FREE school*

*All children must be potty-trained to attend school *

Class Descriptions:

In each classroom the curriculum focuses on early reading, writing and math skills. We support social and emotional development, problem solving and communication skills.  We foster creativity and support children in learning independent problem-solving. Saint Stephen’s goal is to develop the whole child through a balanced approach of play-based academics.

Three-Year-old Class:    9:00am -12:00pm

*To enroll in this class, child must be 3 years old by October 15*

Class meets twice a week. 13 maximum enrollment per class

The three-year-old program is based upon a daily consistent class routine, structured gross motor activities, age-appropriate class centers, which encourage independence, cooperative play, and creativity, as well as social and emotional growth in a friendly classroom environment.

The three-year-old class is play- based and is comprised of circle time, art, story time, active play, snack, and free choice play.

Full Day Class:             8:30am-2:30pm & 8:40am-2:40pm

Full Day #1- Meets four days per week, Tuesday through Friday –14 maximum enrollment.

Full Day #2- Meets three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- 13 maximum enrollment.

This program is designed to prepare your child for a successful Kindergarten experience.

The Full Day class offers a program that prepares students for Kindergarten in a developmentally appropriate way. Classes are comprised of all the elements listed in the Three-year-old class. In addition, we implement curriculum from The Creative Curriculum, Handwriting without Tears, and the Wilson FUNdations to make sure each child heads off to kindergarten with the skills they need to be successful.

Pre-K-Counts! Class:          8:50am-2:20pm

Class size – 11 maximum enrollment

Class meets five days per week, Monday through Friday

This is a state-funded, income based, scholarship program for eligible families. This is a multi-age classroom with students ages 3-5. Children must be potty trained to attend. The class offers a center play-based program that prepares children socially and emotionally for kindergarten in a developmentally appropriate way using the Creative Curriculum. Students are provided with a daily snack and lunch. Students are assessed three times a year using Work Sampling and Parent Teacher conferences are held after each assessment period.