Early Childhood FAQs

Q: Who can attend St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School's Preschool and Pre-kindergarten programs?
A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Kindergarten Readiness Program includes both Preschool and Pre-kindergarten classes.  Children must turn 3 on or before September 1st and be fully potty-trained.  Pre-Kindergarten is our Kindergarten Readiness Program.  Children must turn 4 on or before September 1st and be fully potty-trained.  

Q: Do my children have to be Catholic to attend?
A: No.  Although St. Francis is a Catholic school affiliated with our trip-parish communities, the school accepts children of all faith backgrounds.

Q: What is the class size?
A: Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes will be limited to 22 students with a lead teacher and a teacher's assistant, who are both teacher qualified.

Q: Do the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students wear uniforms?
A: No.  Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students wear comfortable play clothes and close toed, rubber soled shoes (Tennis shoes are preferred).  

Q: What is the Kindergarten Readiness Program Curriculum?

  • Faith Formation / Spiritual Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Social Studies
  • Art and Creativity
  • Technology
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Zoophonics
  • Pre-Math and Problem Solving Skills
  • Language Arts Development
  • Science

Instruction and activities using Pocket Preschool curriculum are used starting in the 4-year old classes to further prepare for Kindergarten. 

Q: Is St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Accredited?
A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is fully accredited by WASC/WCEA.  All staff in the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Program possess the required Early Child Development units or Early Childhood Certificate/Degree.  Teachers and aides are also trained in CPR and First Aid.