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St Luke Lutheran Preschool

905 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 545-0512


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This preschool program is for children turning 2 years 9mos. to entering Kindergarten. St. Luke provides a hands-on learning environment for children to develop the necessary social and academic skills for life. Through developmentally appropriate play, children learn skills to prepare them for Kindergarten. St. Luke strives to provide structure and play to nurture these children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

St. Luke Preschool strives to provide an affordable, quality education to our community with Christian values that will nurture students for a bright future. St. Luke Lutheran Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Play is the \"WORK\" of the young child and it is through imitative play that the child learns. Play, however, is guided to serve educational and developmental means. Therefore, a wide variety of play situations are aimed at specific purposes.

St. Luke Preschool provides an environment created for children in which the staff provides activities and experiences to develop the spiritual, intellectual, academic, emotional, social and physical skills of each child.

Christian values are shared with the children through the entire curriculum and especially in stories, songs and prayers. Social development is based on Christian behavior and respect toward other children and the staff.

Play equipment provides many opportunities for children to develop muscle coordination through climbing, pulling, running and building.

Books, stories, puzzles, pegboards, tools, manipulative equipment, games, plants and animals encourage the children to explore, problem solve, develop cognitive skills, expand their understanding of the world around them and \"learn to learn.\"

Through dramatic play, each child may try out various \"roles\" and expand creativity and social skills.

Creative art materials are available for self-expression, such as clay and play dough to shape and squeeze, easel and finger painting, water and sand with which to build and explore.

Teacher directed projects help children learn new skills as well as extend their ability to follow directions. The day includes times for individual and group play, self-directed and teacher-directed activities, physical activities and quiet time.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on