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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

Stuart celebrates diverse community with annual Flag Ceremony

It was an amazing day at Stuart filled with community spirit! The traditional Flag Ceremony was a beautiful way to celebrate our diverse global community. First and second generation students, faculty and staff from 57 different countries paraded into a full house in Cor Unum proudly carrying their flags. See photos from the Flag Ceremony in the gallery. The Flag Ceremony was followed by the Mass of the Holy Spirit given by Monsignor Gregory E. S. Malovetz.

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Green and White Day brings out the competitive spirit among students and faculty

After Flag Ceremony on Friday, students and faculty donned team shirts, face paint and colorful accessories for the annual Green and White Day festivities. The Early Childhood boys and girls got the day started with some relays in the gym, and the rest of the school hit the turf after lunch for a high-energy afternoon of friendly competition. Thanks to the Athletics department for a wonderful afternoon of fun and games. With both teams giving their 100% up to the end, the Green Team proudly took home the prize with a score of 40-55!

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Welcome Back to School!

Happy First Day of School 2018! It was a beautiful day and the energy was palpable as our green brick hallways filled with welcome back hugs and squeals of joy as girls caught up with old friends and welcomed new ones. Please enjoy a video of highlights from the first day featuring the song "Leading With Heart," written by Lower School Media Specialist Jill Work and sung by our JK-12 community.

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#SummerStories from the Stuart community

Over the summer months, we asked you, our Stuart community, to share your #summerstories with us. Whether you are globetrotting to other Sacred Heart schools, being a risk-taker with a new skill, or running into fellow classmates and alumnae at local events, we want to share those moments with everyone! For as we all know - no matter where or how far you go, Stuart and Sacred Heart is always with us! We will be updating this feed throughout the summer; if you want to be featured, send your photos and a brief description to

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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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