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A Preschool Learning Experience for Boys and Girls Ages 2–4

Princeton, NJ Preschool for boys and girls ages 2–4

From first discoveries to lasting skills, Stuart’s Early Childhood Program (EC) provides girls and boys with a joyful initial classroom experience and a solid foundation for the future. We nurture a sense of wonder and uncover what each child is curious about through frequent one-on-one interactions. We guide children to play it forward by exploring, questioning, and problem-solving—the essence of play. Our social and emotional skills-based curriculum, along with our academic program, provides girls and boys the building blocks for kindergarten. With our faculty’s love and support, the children develop confidence and independence by speaking in front of others and learning to do for themselves. We know each child, and we are dedicated to helping children express themselves, discover their world, and become engaged and enchanted with learning.

Our students learn various skills – how to interact with peers and adults, how to imagine and be creative, and how to take care of themselves. It’s exciting seeing how eager they are to learn new things and how thrilled they are when they do.

Princeton Preschool Community

Children in the Early Childhood Program reap the rewards of an intimate, cheerful, age-appropriate environment that is part of a larger, caring, values-based community that extends through high school. Learn more about Stuart.

Heart is at the heart of all we do, and character-building—instilling respect, responsibility, cooperation, and kindness—is integral to the program and to a Sacred Heart education. The children feel our warmth when they spend time with their older “sisters.” Parents sense it, too. Welcomed into the extended Stuart family, they are involved in EC life and supported by a strong partnership between home and school.

Being part of a larger school also gives our youngest learners access to our wealth of facilities: beautiful classrooms, music and art rooms, playgrounds, libraries, gyms, fields, a nature trail, and stream—all on our 55-acre wooded campus. It is a peaceful place to make some joyful noise.

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The experience of the teachers, coupled with the love they share with the children, is unmatched.

Princeton Preschool Faculty

The Early Childhood Program’s experienced, caring faculty are dedicated to preschool-age children. Experts in child development, our classroom teachers integrate reading, writing, math, science, and art with visits from specialists in music, religion, Spanish, technology, and creative movement. Our teachers have a genuine love for the children and are as excited by “I did it” moments as the children are themselves.

With wisdom and professionalism, helping hands and hugs, our teachers partner with parents to focus on the individual and the giant steps each will take.

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Early Childhood News

A celebration of Holi, the Hindu festival of colors

Tuesday, March 6, was a very special day in our Early Childhood Program. The Madala family gave a special presentation about Holi, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the coming of spring and colors. Reyaansh, Mrs. Madala, Bhannvi, Reyaansh's sister, his little brother Derek and Reyaansh's grandmother came dressed in beautiful traditional clothing and share many things about this wonderful holiday!

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Faculty Spotlight: EC Teacher Mary Jo Kahn cares for self and others

Mary Jo Kahn joined Stuart in September 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in early childhood teaching. She taught in New York City in public and private schools. After moving to Princeton, she taught an art program and also taught preschool. Mary Jo has a post-masters specialization in reading and literacy from Bank Street College. Her true passion is working with young children.

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Celebrating Mardi Gras with the EC Chickens

The Early Childhood 3's "Chickens" learned about Mardi Gras last week and on Monday and Tuesday they created their own Mardi Gras masks. On Fat Tuesday they put on costumes and showed off their masks as they held their own Mardi Gras parade around the halls of Stuart! Dr. Fagin gave each student some beads as they marched on their parade. All the Chickens had so much fun celebrating this special holiday!

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