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Preschool

​ "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me...." Mark 9:37 ​

 

We are currently open and having a great beginning to the 2021/2022 school year!

Our Vision

 

At Immaculate Conception Catholic Preschool, in partnership with our families, we will provide our students with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a loving environment, which inspires confidence, respect, honesty, as well as a lifelong love of learning. We will encourage and model a loving relationship with God to help our students grow in their faith and enable them to become caring members of our community and the world.

Our Program

Children learn best through engaging play experiences. Immaculate Conception Catholic Preschool provides fun, play based learning opportunities all throughout the day.  Students engage in free choice center activities as well as small and large group activities with their teachers and enjoy plenty of outdoor play time.

Our staff is made up of Early Childhood professionals who are knowledgeable and passionate about developmentally appropriate teaching practices in a Catholic preschool setting. Our staff truly understands that each child is unique and special and is capable of making a powerful, positive contribution to their school community and beyond as a beloved son or daughter of God.  We believe that parents are the first educators of their children and because of this we are committed to partnering with our families during this important time of development.           

We view nature as a valuable component of learning for young children as it allows many opportunities for inquiry, exploration and creativity.  Along with our wonderful indoor classrooms, our preschool has established an outdoor classroom within our playground space which allows our students to experience learning within the beauty of nature.

Preschool Classroom

Students are 3 years old, potty trained, current on all immunizations. Families can choose from a variety of half and full day schedules. Click here to see options.

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

Students are 4 years old by September 1st of the school year, potty trained, current on all immunizations. This is a full time program.

Tuition

Click here to see our current Tuition and Fee Schedule

Scholarships

Immaculate Conception Catholic Preschool is proud to be Four Star Rated Quality First preschool. Quality First Scholarships are available in a limited number for those who Qualify.  Click here to inquire about availability of these scholarships. What is Quality First? Click here for more information.

 

ICCS Preschool News

Click on the links below to see our newsletters and find out what we have been up to in preschool!

*Please stand by for out first 2021/2022 newsletter*          

                                             

Our Curriculum

Our Preschool uses the Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum for Preschool. This curriculum uses the Project Approach to learning which allows them to dive deeply into subjects that are meaningful to them. The Creative Curriculum meets the AZ Early Learning and Diocesan Standards in the context of real world experiences.     

Zoo Phonics is the program that our teachers use to teach letter recognition, letter sounds and beginning reading. This active, engaging program allows students to students sing, move, and play as they learn these important Kindergarten readiness skills. 

                                                                                             

Teachers also use standards-based thematic units with the interests of their students in mind. Our students are regularly engaged in STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning in the classroom as well as outdoors. The goal is to develop and enhance student learning by encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperative learning. Weekly lesson plans are posted in each classroom for parents to review.

Our Preschool uses the Sadlier Religion Curriculum for Preschool. This wonderful program includes a family engagement piece that involves parents in their child’s learning. Students learn about the Catholic faith through stories, hands-on activities, and attending Mass each Friday. Our Preschool encourages students to develop a personal relationship with Jesus through daily prayer which is modeled by their teachers and learning that God created all that is good, especially His children whom He cares for lovingly.         

 

                        

Social/Emotional Development

Social/emotional teaching and learning is critical during the preschool years and, therefore, is our number one priority. Friendship skills, regulating emotions and problem-solving in social situations are important life skills that we teach and support in our preschool. Healthy social/emotional development begins with nurturing, caring relationships between children and the adults in their lives. Our staff provides this solid foundation while children are in their care and support the social/emotional growth of each and every child. 

Our preschool uses the Pyramid Model to support social/emotional development in our students. To learn more about the Pyramid Model click .

To view our Preschool Classroom Behavior Expectations click here. To view our Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Expectations click here.

Resources for Families

Do you have questions about behaviors that your preschooler is exhibiting?  The Backpack Connection Series has answers! This series of helpful articles is presented by The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations. The topics covered in this series cover issues such as helping children cope with fears, handling anger, speaking so that your child will listen, following directions, and so much more! Click on the link below and click on Backpack Connection to view this resource.