About Our Early Childhood Center...
STE...Where you want to be...
St. Elizabeth Preschool and Early Childhood Center, or lovingly named our ECC, is an active and positive environment for quality early childhood education in the Waldo/Brookside area. Closely connected to St. Elizabeth School and Parish we serve approximately 100+ 3-5 year olds. Highly qualified staff and a low teacher to student ratio set the stage for social, emotional and academic growth.
St. Elizabeth Preschool utilizes research based educational practices along with brain based learning strategies to offer curricular content of high interest to young learners and always with developmental appropriate guidelines in mind. Children learn through play, independent work/skill building, small group instruction, centers, art, music, and physical education.
We partner with Rockhurst University to provide support in speech and occupational therapy through direct interaction with students and a collegial exchange. Along with a Catholic/Christian atmosphere we offer the Second Step program developed by the Committee for Children to provide real-life social emotional training and education for students.
Teachers provide a variety of options for students to explore the world around them. Teacher directed and student selected activities are part of each day’s activities so the that children have many options to grow, be challenged and develop a love of learning. Students engage in play with puzzles, Legos, clay, books, blocks, magnatiles, sensory sand and other manner of role play.
Each classroom is fit with an interactive web-ready panel, a Kinderbot, a Code-A-Pilar, an interactive Piano Mat and resources to support our STEMscopes curriculum which infuses Math and Science with Reading.
Please click here for the Pre-K standards from the Kansas-St. Joseph Diocese.
Early Childhood Enrollment Information
ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL IS OPEN!
Monthly Tuition 2021-2022 School Year
5 days a week – Parishioners $715.00 / Non-parishioners $742.00
3 days a week (M,W,F) *PRESCHOOL ONLY - Parishioners $562.00 / Non-parishioners $584.00
2 days a week (T,TH) *PRESCHOOL ONLY - Parishioners $476.00 / Non-parishioners $494.00
Tuition is billed in nine (9) equal monthly payments (September through May), due on the 1st day of the month.
*St. Elizabeth Parishioners must have a current pledge card on file with the Parish.
Early Childhood Admission Priorities
Students must be *3 years of age by December 31 and fully potty trained for admission to the Early Childhood Center.
Prekindergarten children must be four years old by August 1st.
ECC Enrollment is open to children *3 to 5 years of age, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or gender.
Current students and siblings will have priority until January 29, 2021.
New students will be placed beginning February 1, 2021.
Families of current ECC students will have first priority during enrollment provided their registration materials are returned by the specified deadline. After the deadline, registration will be opened to all St. Elizabeth families and others who have requested enrollment information.
Consideration is given to:
- Families currently sending their children to our school
- Families who are active members of our parish
- Families from other parishes and the surrounding community
Preschool Hours are 8:05 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:50 a.m.
School Safety Patrol and faculty supervision are provided during student drop off and pick up to ensure the protection and safety of the students.
To view more information about our Early Childhood Center, click here to visit through the self-guided virtual tour or view below.
Our ECC, through positive interaction between educator and your child, strives to reach the whole child – socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually.
...to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends and feel they are a part of the group. We want to provide positive experiences in a classroom setting for the development of self-esteem and social competence. We provide opportunities for learning in a group, taking turns, sharing classroom materials and following directions.
...to help children experience pride and self-confidence, to develop independence and self-control, to have a positive attitude toward life and to make better connections with others. We want to expand their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
...to help children become confident learners and to acquire foundational skills that lead to the ability to solve problems, ask questions and use words to describe their ideas, observations and feelings.
...to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do. We want to encourage appropriate independence in children through the use of routine tasks and self-help skills.
...to help children grow in their knowledge of God’s love for them. We believe it is our work to nurture a relationship of caring and faith as partners with parents of the children we serve.
2021-2022 Forms and Handbooks Coming Soon!