St. Paul Preschool to add B4K

News | February 7, 2019

St. Paul Preschool will add a new classroom this coming year, one especially for 5-year-olds. B4K (Before Kindergarten) is designed for students who are eligible to start kindergarten but could benefit from an additional year of preschool. The class will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:45-11:45 a.m. Tuition is $200 per month.

“The emphasis of this program is to cultivate the skills needed for kindergarten through small group and individual instruction,” said Karen Strusz, preschool director. “The curriculum is an expansion of what is currently being taught in our 4-year-old classrooms and supports the foundation of what children are expected to know upon entrance into kindergarten.”

The effort is being supported by a $3,000 startup grant for curriculum and supplies from the Endowment Committee, which also regularly supports scholarships for children who come from families with lower incomes.

B4K is the most recent way the preschool is responding to community need. A few years ago, St. Paul began a free 4-year-old preschool program, in connection with the state of Iowa’s efforts to ensure access to high quality preschool for all kids.

St. Paul Preschool is devoted to integrating the love of God into a developmentally appropriate setting for young kids. The program shines with weekly chapel services, art, music, language, science, math, and field trips. Special events wrap in family, friends, and honored guests. With a highly trained staff leading the way, St. Paul Preschool is solidly constructed with Christ’s love. This year, approximately 100 children are enrolled in three programs: two-year-olds (two- and three-day program), three-year-olds (two- and three-day programs), and four-year-olds (four-day program).

Registration set for 2019-2020 school year
Registration for St. Paul Preschool will take place in the Library Commons on February 12-13, 9 a.m.-12 noon, for currently enrolled students. New students will register on February 25, 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, or to request a tour, contact Karen Strusz, preschool director, at karenstrusz@stpaulqc.org or at 563-326-3547 ext. 219.

3 Comments on “St. Paul Preschool to add B4K”

  • Sheila Mesick

    February 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    This is great!

  • Sue Grove

    February 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    This is a wonderful idea. We would have loved to have had an opportunity like this when our son was five in August, forty years ago. He went to preschool another’s year but this class will be much better focused for kids like him.

  • Jennie Barnds

    February 7, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    This is wonderful news and an excellent addition to St. Paul’s preschool offerings. Ben greatly benefitted from the gift of an additional preschool year and we were sorry that after several years of instruction at St.Paul that he needed to enroll elsewhere for this class level. I’m so excited for current SPP students who will continue to grow because of this addition.

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