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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.
–EC TEACHER

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.
–EC PARENT

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

Videos: In Stuart tradition, closing ceremonies celebrate a wonderful year!

In Sacred Heart tradition, all three divisions finished the school year with Prize Days and the Closing Celebrations in Early Childhood. Prize Day is an opportunity to honor our students for their intellectual and personal growth throughout the year and showcase their incredible talent. We also celebrated the Class of 2022 for being the first group of graduating eighth graders who started the Middle School as fifth graders.

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Watch Prize Days and Early Childhood Celebration LIVE!

The 2017-2018 school year has come to a close, and we have many special events for you to watch! In addition to Graduation and the Baccalaureate Liturgy, the traditional Sacred Heart Prize Days are a wonderful way to celebrate each girl's academic accomplishments and personal growth throughout the year. We're happy to announce that all end of year ceremonies will be available via live stream for those who are unable to attend in person.

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The zoo came to school for Early Childhood Congé!

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart has many traditions and ceremonies, which afford our community with opportunities to learn, lead, and celebrate together. This week served as one of those special moments, as we celebrated Early Childhood Congé! As stated by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, "this announcement is recognized by students at Sacred Heart Schools, as signaling a day when they take leave of their regular studies and channel all energy into having fun. Congé comes when it is least expected, since the planning for it is done in secret."

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Early Childhood and Lower School students treat grandparents and special friends to a day of learning, music and fun

On Monday, May 14, students in the Early Childhood and Lower School welcomed their grandparents and special friends to Stuart for the annual Grandparents Day celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls and young boys to show off their school, friends and classes to those special people in their lives. Early Childhood grandparents were treated to a delightful musical presentation and the Lower School grandparents enjoyed a performing arts program full of songs, dance and laughter.

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