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St Vincent's Episcopal Preschool

5441 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

(727) 321-0563

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are unique. All staff respect, realize, and appreciate the difference.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe...
1. Each child is unique. We respect, realize, and appreciate the difference.
2. By attending to and complimenting the good behavior and by redirecting the negative, we can increase the positive.
3.We provide an environment that will give each child love, security, and a means of learning exploration on a level of success for him/her.
4. Learning should be made an enjoyable and rewarding experience and should not place pressure on the child.

A Typical Day

All classes adhere to a schedule of a quiet activity then a loud one. We have found that by allowing the children movement after a quiet learning experience keeps them on task and helps keep behavior positive. We provide morning and afternoon outside play. We have Chapel from 9-9:30 am M-Th. We encourage sensory activities along with our themed curriculum. Art is done daily. We also teach spanish and sign language. Each child is sent home with a daily report of who they played with, and what they learned.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are engaged with a Family Involvement Program. The Director attends monthly meetings and networks with other Directors for exciting new ideas. We do family spaghetti dinners, pancake & PJ's Day, Parent Appreciation Breakfast, Open House, and Parent/Teacher meetings. We have an open door policy and encourage feedback. All children receive a daily note along with newsletters. The Director calls families to brag about super behavior and accomplishments.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to never sneak away. If the child has seperation anxiety, we develop a routine of using the restroom, or reading a book before a hug and a kiss goodbye. Parents smile and if they need to they are welcome to sit with me in my office to cry, talk, or just relax. The child will calm down and the parent becomes aware first hand.