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 Preschool Programs in the Diocese

​Below you will find a list of preschool programs available through Catholic Schools, non-diocesan Catholic Schools, and parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg. Browse the list to find a program close to you, and click on the school or parish name for more information about each program, including eligibility requirements and operating schedules.

  
  
Belle VernonSt. Sebastian Regional School
ConnellsvilleConn-Area Catholic School
Ford CityThe Divine Redeemer School
GreensburgAquinas Academy
GreensburgElizabeth Seton Montessori School
IndianaSt. Bernard Regional School
LatrobeChrist the Divine Teacher School
Mt. PleasantVerna Montessori School
  
  
MurrysvilleMother of Sorrows School
New KensingtonMary Queen of Apostles School
North HuntingdonQueen of Angels Catholic School
ScottdaleSt. John the Baptist Parish
UniontownSt. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School
UnitedSt. Florian Parish
VandergriftThe Cardinal Maida Academy

 Aquinas Academy

Aquinas.jpgAquinas Academy offers separate preschool programs for three and four years olds. Preschoolers will be exposed to many different skills and subject areas, including:

  • Language Arts Development (listening, speaking, pre-writing, phonics)
  • Conceptual Math
  • Fine Arts (art, music, and dramatic play)
  • Science
  • Computers
  • Physical Education (fine and gross motor development)
  • Social Living

The Aquinas Academy Preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning and Afternoon Sessions​

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

​Four year olds

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Morning and Afternoon Sessions​

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

 

For more information, contact Janet Shugarts, administrative assistant, by email at jshugarts@aquinasacademy.org, or call 724-834-7940 x401. You may also contact Eugene M. Dangelo, principal, by email at edangelo@aquinasacademy.org, or call 724-834-7940 x407.

 The Cardinal Maida Academy

Cardinal-Maida-3.jpgThe Cardinal Maida Academy offers many preschool options for children ages three through five.

The preschool program is designed for three to four year olds. Children should be three by the September 1 cutoff. All students should be potty trained and be able to care for their own needs. Students will participate in a variety of experiences throughout the school year. Our projects and activities are in accordance with Pennsylvania educational standards set for three and four year olds. We use the Houghton Mifflin Pre-K series, which encompasses literacy, language, math, social studies, health/safety, science, social/emotional, fine arts, and physical development.

The pre-kindergarten program is designed for four to five year olds. Children should be four by the September 1 cutoff. Students engage in a variety of experiences that will help them develop skills needed for Kindergarten. We use the Super Kids series designed for pre-k, which follows the Pennsylvania educational standards.

In addition to the preschool programs, Cardinal Maida Academy also offers a Little Cardinals Daycare program for children ages six weeks to sixth grade. Little Cardinals Daycare is a fully licensed day care by the Department of Public Welfare. The staff is well educated and follows all state/DPW regulations, including: CPR and First Aid training, fire safety training, clearances, professional development classes, and health assessments. In order to keep our center safe, we must maintain specific child to staff ratios that are required by state law. Please provide your child's weekly schedule by Wednesday at 4 p.m., for the following week. Both full-time and part-time spots are available. LCDC's entrance door is secured with fingerprint ID access, and state of the art cameras in the infant/toddler rooms.

There is a 10 percent discount at LCDC for children with siblings enrolled in Cardinal Maida Academy.

The Cardinal Maida Academy preschool programs and Little Cardinals Daycare operate under the following schedule:

​Program​Days​Times

​Preschool (Three to four year olds)

Morning Sessions

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

​8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

​Pre-K (Four to five year olds)

Five Full Days

​Mondays through Fridays​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

​Pre-K (Four to five year olds)

Three Full Days

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

​Pre-K (Four to five year olds)

Three Half Day Morning Sessions

​Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays​8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

​Little Cardinals Daycare

Full-time and part-time

​Mondays through Fridays​6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

For more information about the preschool or pre-kindergarten programs, please contact the school at 724-568-3304. For more information about Little Cardinals Daycare, email littlecardinalsdaycare@yahoo.com or call 724-568-1443.

 Christ the Divine Teacher School

CDT-3.jpgThe mission of the Christ the Divine Teacher School preschool program is to provided each child with vast opportunities through a classical education approach, which allows the children to explore and learn. We provide a safe and secure environment where respect for self and others is emphasized. We strive to:

  • Help our children feel secure in making the transition from home to school
  • Inspire a love for learning and preparation for kindergarten
  • Foster the natural curiosity that is innate in every child
  • Instill in children a love of God and appreciation for his gifts

Preschoolers visit the school library, computer lab, and Divine Artworks Center. They also participate in physical education classes as well as field trips and educational assemblies. Teachers motivate the children to develop self-expression, auditory listening skills, and motor skills within a nurturing environment full of energy, imagination, music, dance, and creative play.

The Christ the Divine Teacher preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Morning and Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four year olds

​Monday Through Friday

Morning and Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Full Day 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact Kevin Frye, principal, by email at kfrye@cdtschool.org or call 724-539-1561.

 Conn-Area Catholic School

​The Conn-Area Catholic preschool program is designed for four year olds. Children should be four by the September 1 cut-off. If there is room for three year olds they will be accepted, if they will turn four by December of that school year. Those children will be placed on a waiting list to be determined in the summer prior to the start of the school year. All students must be potty trained and be able to care for their own needs.

Students engage in experiences and projects that will prepare them for Kindergarten, and are exposed to many different skills and subject areas, including:

  • ConnArea.jpgLearning to follow directions
  • Expressing thoughts
  • Developing listening skills
  • Learning sound and symbol relationships
  • Memorizing songs and poems
  • Determining meaning from spoken language and stories
  • Identifying alphabet letters
  • Sorting
  • Solving problems
  • Learning shapes, patterns, time, size, and other math skills
  • Participating in faith formation
  • Attending music and physical education classes twice a week
  • Attending art and Spanish classes once a week

The Conn-Area Catholic preschool program operates under the following schedule:

Days​Times
​Five Full Days (Monday - Friday)8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​
​Three Full Days (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​
​Five Half Days (Monday - Friday)8:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.​
​Three Half Days (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)8:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.​

 

For more information, please contact Cecilia Solan, principal, by email at csolan@connareacatholic.org or call 724-628-5090.

 The Divine Redeemer School

The Divine Redeemer preschool program offers sessions for two, three, and four year olds, that include morning, afternoon and full day time slots.

To be eligible for the three and four year old programs, children must be three or four by August 31, and must be potty trained. The National School Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Programs are available for all day preschool programs.

The Terrific Twos program is available for two-year-old children and their parents or caregivers. These once a week sessions include crafts, stories, games and free play.

Three and four year old preschool students have religion classes and faith formation throughout their day. Literacy and number sense lessons and activities, science, social studies, the arts, health, and Spanish lessons are offered weekly. Interactive boards and iPads are used to enhance the curriculum. Students also participate in school assemblies and field trips.

By the end of preschool and kindergarten at The Divine Redeemer School, you can expect your child to:

  • Divine-Redeemer-3.jpgSeparate from caregiver with ease
  • Follow directions agreeable and easily
  • Use the restroom independently
  • Pay attention for 10-15 minutes
  • Follow classroom rules
  • Take turns and share toys
  • Speak some basic Spanish
  • Play side-by-side with other students
  • Recognize most numbers and letters
  • Recognize most colors and shapes

The Divine Redeemer preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​AgeDays​Times​Fee​

​Two year olds and Caregivers

Terrific Twos

Tuesdays​9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.​$80
​Three year olds

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning and Afternoon Sessions​

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four Year Olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Morning, Afternoon, and All Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Afternoons: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

All Day: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Extended Day Program for All Day Preschool Students (Depending on Interest)​Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Before and After School

​Before: 7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

After: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Any additional information can by found by contacting the school at 724-763-3761, or by emailing Nicalena Carlesi, principal, at ncarlesi@divineredeemer.org.

 Elizabeth Seton Montessori School

​Elizabeth Seton Montessori School offers morning and afternoon preschool programs for children ages two-and-a-half to six years old, and a full day program for four year olds. Extended care hours are also available for an hourly charge. To qualify for the full day program for four year olds, children must have previous Montessori education, and be four years of age by September 1.

Students of the Elizabeth Seton Montessori School receive a well rounded early childhood experience, which encourages the child to be an independent, competent, responsible and caring individual. The Montessori Method encourages confidence through development of each child's desire to "help me do it myself." The Elizabeth Seton Montessori School's three year development program promotes inquisitiveness and cooperation, such that each child attains knowledge from his or her own experiences.

Elizabeth-Seton-1.jpgThe curriculum for each of our programs provides age-appropriate experience in many areas, including:

  • Daily living skills
  • Sensory learning and dexterity
  • Language development
  • Mathematical skills
  • Scientific discoveries
  • Musical and artistic expression
  • Physical education
  • Other areas of development

The Elizabeth Seton Montessori School preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Ages/Programs​Days​Times
Two-and-a-half to six year olds

​Monday through Friday

Morning and Afternoon Sessions

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

​Four year olds

Monday Through Friday

Full Day Program​ with half day Fridays

​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fridays either from 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

For more information, call 724-837-8500, or fill out an online form which can be found on the school's website.

 Mary Queen of Apostles School

​Mary Queen of Apostles School offers preschool programs for three and four year olds. This early childhood program strives to excite and prepare children to be life long learners, and takes place in a supportive, caring environment. As a regional Catholic school in the Diocese of Greensburg, we celebrate our faith, serve others and educate the total person. We appreciate the wonder and creativity the children bring to our school as we provide varied opportunities allowing each child to shine. MQA_Web.jpg

​Some features of our preschool curriculum include:

  • Faith Formation
  • Hands-on activities
  • Thematic units
  • Dramatic and creative play
  • Movement and music
  • Arts and crafts
  • Language arts and math focus
  • Guest visitors and programs

The Mary Queen of Apostles preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Morning Sessions

Monday - Friday

Afternoon Sessions

​Mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:00 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.


For more information, contact Jennifer Fliss, admissions coordinator, by email at jfliss@mqaschool.org or call 724-339-4411.

 Mother of Sorrows School

MOSS.jpgMother of Sorrows School offers a preschool program for three and four year olds. In their classes, students, learn age appropriate skills and concepts, including transitions, interpersonal skills, fine motor movement, and problem solving. This is done through song, routine, prayer, seatwork and play. Our preschool classes attend all of the same special classes as our K-8 students: Physical education, music, art, computers, Spanish, and library. Our teachers care for the children and help them grow into the students they are meant to be to be successful for a lifetime.

Children registered in our program must be self-sufficient in the bathroom. We suggest parents avoid dressing their children in difficult belts, snaps, or overalls.

Students must be of age by September 1 to enroll in the age designated program.

Classes run on half and full day schedules. Families may change from half to full day at any time throughout the school year, and their tuition will be prorated based on when the change is made.

Mother of Sorrows School operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning or Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Full Day: 8:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Morning or Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Full Day: 8:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four year olds

​Mondays through Fridays

Morning or Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Full Day: 8:50 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

 

For more information, or to set up a tour, contact Joseph Rice, principal, by email at jrice@mosschool.org or call 724-733-8840. An online application can be found on their school website: www.mosschool.org.

 Queen of Angels Catholic School

Queen of Angels Catholic School offers a variety of preschool programs for children ages two through five. Queen of Angels Early Childhood Program offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on standards set by the PA Department of Education. The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Diocese of Greensburg. It is staffed by qualified, experienced teachers holding degrees in elementary QOfA2.jpgeducation and specializing in early childhood education. The class ratio considers the requirements set by the Department of Education.

The curriculum allows preschool age children to explore, investigate, observe, participate, sing, laugh, play, pray, and learn and grow physically, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. Children are exposed to many different subject areas and learn important skills, including:

  • Developing perception and memory, self-esteem and creativity
  • Learning rhymes, and the alphabet and numbers
  • Learning to listen and solve problems
  • Learning control and cooperation
  • Taking turns, making choices, and finding solutions
  • Asking questions, discussing stories, and making friends

 The Queen of Angels Early Childhood Program operates under the following schedule:

​Ages​Program​Duration​Times​Cost

​Two to three year olds

(Must be two by Sept. 1)

Toddler Time​ (with Parent)

(Class size is limited)

​Mondays and/or Wednesdays

13 Week Program  (February - May)

​1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

​Registration fee of $10 due with registration (non-refundable)

13 Week Program - $120 total session + $10 registration fee ($130) (non-refundable)

​Three year oldsPreschool​

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning and Afternoon Classes

​Morning Classes: 8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Afternoon Classes: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four year olds​Preschool

​Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Morning and Afternoon Classes

​Morning Classes: 8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Afternoon Classes: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

​Four year olds​Preschool Express​Five Afternoons Per Week (Monday - Friday)​12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
​Four to five year olds​Preschool "Zoom"

​Five Mornings Per Week

(Monday - Friday)

​8:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


For more information, please contact Sandi Dykta, administrative assistant, or Sandra Stonebreaker, principal, at 724-978-0144.

 St. Bernard Regional School

St.-Bernard-1_2.jpgSt. Bernard Regional Catholic School offers preschool programs for three and four year olds. All children must be potty trained. Children must be three or four years old, respectively, on or before August 31, to attend.

The Preschool curriculum includes the following:

  • Literacy skills
  • Number theory: Mathematical thinking
  • Social/emotional development
  • Gross/fine motor skills
  • Religion
  • Morning snack, whole and small group discussion, and afternoon rest/nap time

Three year old students attend music and library specials, and four year olds attend music, library, Spanish, and technology.

Our preschool students are academically and socially prepared to enter kindergarten by the end of the school year.

St. Bernard operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times​Cost
​Three year olds

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​$1,120 per year
​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Morning Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​$1,380 per year
​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Full Day Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​$2,800 per year
​Four year olds

​Mondays through Fridays

Full Day Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​$4,675 per year

 

For more information, contact Denise Swope, principal, by email at dswope@stbernardlc.org or call 724-465-7139.

 St. Florian Parish

StFlorian2.jpgSt. Florian Parish offers a Preschool program for three and four year olds. We offer a variety of activities to prepare children for kindergarten, as well as help them grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to their fullest potential in a Christ-centered environment.

Students participate in many activities throughout that day, such as educational lessons, play time, and discussions and show-and-tell time with guest speakers, which help them to develop skills for kindergarten and beyond.

St. Florian Parish preschool operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Tuesday and Thursday Morning Sessions

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings, Afternoons, or Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Full Day: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

​Four year olds

​Tuesday and Thursday Morning Sessions

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings, Afternoons, or Full Day Sessions

​Mornings: 8:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Full Day: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


For more information contact the preschool at 724-423-4437, or email Lottie Hirak at lhirak@dioceseofgreensburg.org.

 St. John the Baptist Parish

St.-John-the-Baptist.jpgSt. John the Baptist preschool is a place where Christ and children meet. The program enables the children to develop social and academic skills needed for primary school. We are committed to helping each child develop a relationship with God and realize their God given talents.

This program offers three and four year old classes. A child must be three or four years old by September 1, to be admitted. If a child enters the three year old program after September 1, because of turning three after that date, the child will repeat the three year old program the following year. If a child is not four years old by September 1, he or she is eligible for the three year old program.

Students must be fully toilet trained and may not wear diapers or pull-ups while at school.

St. John the Baptist preschool offers rolling admission, and financial aid. Our program consists of activities and events, including: lunch, table play, circle time, art activities, reading and story time, field trips, guest speakers and more.

The St. John the Baptist preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Two, Three or Five Day Options

Full Day

​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
​Four year olds

​Two, Three or Five Day Options

Full Day

​8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
​Before/After Care (For Eligible Students; Rates depend on the number of children participating)​Five Days a Week​7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and/or 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

For more information, please call 724-887-9550, or fill out an online form.

 St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School

SJE.jpgSt. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School offers preschool programs for three and four year olds. All children must be three years old by September 1, to be eligible for the three-year-old class, or four years old by September​​ 1, to be eligible for the four-year-old class. A state birth certificate, a baptismal certificate, and a completed immunization record is required. Your child must be toilet trained. There is a teacher as well as an aide in all the classes. The preschoolers are incorporated into all school activities, such as the Spring musical, Christmas program, marathon, and other school-wide events.

The St. John the Evangelist preschool program is currently operating under the following schedule for the school year:

​AgeDays​Times​
​Three year olds

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning and Afternoon Sessions

​Mornings: 8:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Afternoons: 11:45 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Full Day Program

​8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
​Afterschool Care for four year olds​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays​2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

For more information about our preschool, please contact Christine Roskovensky, principal, at 724-438-8598, or by email at croskovensky@stjohntheevangelistschool.org.

 St. Sebastian Regional School

St.-Sebastian-1.jpgSt. Sebastian Regional School offers preschool programs for three and four year olds. These programs are centered on better preparing children for a happier adjustment to kindergarten. Some of the many skills taught include:

  • Colors and shapes
  • Listening and thinking skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Social skills and sharing
  • Math readiness skills: Number recognition, number ordering, and counting
  • Reading readiness skills: Letters and sounds

In addition, students in the three-day program participate in physical education, music, art and computer classes.

The St. Sebastian preschool program operates under the following schedule:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Tuesdays and Thursdays

Morning Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
​Four year olds

​Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Full Day Sessions

​8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact Steven Dorko, principal, at info@sssbv.org, or call 724-929-5143.

 Verna Montessori School

Verna.jpgVerna Montessori School (VMS) seeks to build within the child the foundation for a lifetime of creative and joyful learning. The Children's House groups, mixed-age level classrooms (ages three to six), in a Montessori program provide children, both younger and older, a wonderful opportunity to practice their social skills and learn at their own pace. The Montessori curriculum is designed to ensure development in human relations, engagement in self-discovery and full realization of the individual.

In the carefully prepared environment of the Children's House, materials are designed to help students develop their natural sense of order. These materials can be divided into three main groups: practical life experiences, sensorial materials, and academic materials.

The three and four year olds of the preschool program work especially on the practical life exercises, such as: pouring, sorting, washing, polishing, sewing, and cutting. These activities help in coordination and concentration by training the child to pay attention to detail and to follow a regular sequence of action. However, the youngest children are not excluded from working with the academic material if they are ready for it.

Employing the child's already heightened senses, mathematical and aesthetic-based materials prepare the child for academic learning. Academic materials in language, science, math and geography encourage students to explore the world and acquire the basis for more advanced studies in the lower elementary class. In addition, music, Italian, and Spanish enrich the experience for all Children's House students.

All students must be potty-trained. VMS is a non-denomination school because it welcomes children of any religious background. However, religious instruction is the core of school curriculum.

The VMS Children's House operates under the following schedule, though any exceptions to this schedule can be discussed on an individualized basis prior to registration:

​Age​Days​Times
​Three year olds

​Morning Sessions Monday - Friday

​8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
​Four year olds​All Day Sessions Monday - Friday​8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

For more information, please contact Sister M. Letizia Tribuzio, principal, by email at letrib@zoominternet.net or call 724-887-8810.