Holy Shepherd offers preschool classes for 3 and 4 year old children. Classes include direct play and learning activities, laptop computer activities, supervised free play, craft projects, music and movement, small and large group activities, gross and fine motor opportunities, cooking classes and field trips. The children will also learn simple Bible stories and lessons, as well as prayers.
Philosophy and Mission
Philosophy: Our Preschool strives to encourage children’s learning in many ways. We believe that children learn through play and should be in a safe, clean, and healthy environment. Along with enhancing cognitive development, children experience physical and spiritual growth in conjunction with social and emotional needs to prepare them for an academic future in Kindergarten.
Mission: The mission of Holy Shepherd Preschool is to provide a curriculum that each day provides for the enhancement of education, motor, and social skills in a Christ centered environment. We desire to prepare each child for a well rounded social, spiritual, and academic future in kindergarten.
We are open to the public and any denomination.
Our teachers demonstrate a sincere and loving Christian attitude, identify and relate to each child and his/her needs, and create fun, exciting activities and learning experiences.
Val Solan returns to the Holy Shepherd Preschool as teacher for the eleventh year. Val received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and teaching certificate from Rockford College. Several years later she earned her Montessori Preprimary certification. Val has 41 years of experience working with preschool children!
Sandy Munday continues as the Preschool Aide. Sandy has worked as an aide with Val for the past sixteen years and has 26 years of experience teaching Sunday School.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Sandy and Ms. Val for quite some time now. Between three of my children, we have spent six school years with these two lovely ladies. Being a formal preschool teacher myself, I knew exactly what I was looking for when it came down to deciding on the right program for my own children.”
“We have had three children attend Holy Shepherd Preschool and all three loved it there! … They all learned so much at Holy Shepherd and were treated so wonderfully in a Christian environment that I can’t imagine sending them anywhere else.”
“We love the way our daughter can academically progress at her own speed and pursue her own interests. We feel she is more than prepared for kindergarten.”
Four-year old classes (Pre-K) are for children who will be four by August 1, 2019. The classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Morning only classes are from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with monthly tuition of $145.
Extended day classes are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with monthly tuition of $220.
Pre-K Junior Class
Three-year old classes (Pre-K Junior) are for children who will be three by August 1, 2019. The classes are on Tuesday and Thursday.
Classes are from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuition for this class is $110 per month.
Holy Shepherd’s year begins the Wednesday after Labor Day.
We will follow Lake Central School Corporation’s school year for all holidays, vacation days and emergency snow days (note that Preschool will be held if Lake Central has a two-hour delay).
Each child must have a copy of his/her immunization record on file by the first day of school. All children must be potty trained prior to the start of school.
There is a $70 non-refundable registration fee due with your application. Tuition is due the first day of each month, with the first payment due on the first day of school. All checks should be made payable to Holy Shepherd Preschool.
The Preschool Openhouse will be (Announced in 2019). On orientation day, (Announced in 2019), all Holy Shepherd Preschool policies and general information will be discussed in full, and at that time a parent handbook will be provided.
We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin.