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St. Ignatius Early Childhood Center

725 East Orange Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

(727) 937-5427


When you go to our website, click under the "ministries" link. We would love to talk to you. Nancy M. Gorby Director

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We are an accrediated NAC center. Our hours of operation are 9 AM until 12 noon with before and aftercare availability. We look forward to hearing from you Nancy M. Gorby Director

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught The children attend chapel every month and have visits from our priests and seminarians. We offer jungle bus, a traveling gym program and "Little Techs", a program designed to teach children the IPAD.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of the teaching staff staff holds degrees and or CRAE's.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"St. Ignatius ECC is foremost a Catholic school where two, three, four, and five year olds are given opportunities to develop spiritually, physically, and intellectually. Each child is a special little human being with individual needs. St. Ignatius provides the staff, programs and environment to enhance the growth and development of young children. To accomplish our task, we work closely with parents in a complementary manner. We are dedicated to the goal of providing developmentally appropriate programs aimed at total child development."
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

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