Pre-school Overview

An Armenian Preschool For The Millennium

img_3304The St. Stephen's Armenian Preschool was founded in 1984, as a private, non-profit, bilingual Preschool. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licenses the Preschool center. The curriculum offers a stimulating, nurturing, and educational programs for children from the ages of two years nine months to five years. The hours of operation are 8:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Extended Day is available. The majority of our Preschool graduates continue their education in our Kindergarten and Elementary School.

Our goal is to help each child realize his/her full potential and self-worth. Each child's positive self-image together with ethnic background is of primary importance. The teachers emphasize problem solving, reasoning, and values of fair play, self-reliance and sense of responsibility within each child. An extensive curriculum filled with art, music, movement, story telling, reading, dramatic play, puppet shows, math and science provide age-appropriate opportunities for the children to express themselves creatively and develop their skills.

Pre-school

Our preschool teachers are experienced and state certified. The student/teacher ratio allows us to meet children's needs, either individually or in small groups. Frequent staff meetings provide opportunities for curriculum planning and discussion of classroom issues. Staff professional development is furthered through attendance at early childhood workshops and professional development.

The curriculum is carefully designed to meet the individual needs and interests of the children and to stimulate learning in all of the developmental areas: physical, social, emotional and intellectual. This development is fostered through thematic units and daily activities, free play, music, and outdoor play, as well as through enrichment programs or field trips. A nutritious snack is served in the morning and afternoon.

The preschool has six bright, spacious rooms each equipped with a private lavatory, designed for preschoolers. A large carpeted area, allows room for play with large and small wooden blocks, accessories for blocks and dramatic play, including floor trains, small construction materials, puppets, a doll corner and a play kitchen. There are sand tables, floor and table puzzles, interesting manipulative toys and games as well as a book corner for quiet contemplation and browsing. For outdoor play, there is an adjoining, fenced playground, which has been carefully planned to provide lots of space for outdoor activities. It has the ever-popular Game Time Company climbing structure with slides, swings and walking bridge.

We invite you to visit this delightful Armenian Preschool. Our address is 46 Elton Ave., Watertown, MA 02472. Please call the pre-school office at (617) 923-0501 to schedule a visit.