Preschool Program

Saratoga Presbyterian Preschool, now known as Kirk House Preschool- Saratoga, was founded in 1992 by the members of Saratoga Presbyterian Church who recognized the need for quality childcare in the community. Our program is open to all young children, regardless of race, nationality or creed, who are two years old in September. We offer a developmentally based program that integrates basic Christian teachings and values into the curriculum.

It is our belief that play is the most important avenue to learning because it actively involves the child in the learning process and enables the child to experience concepts first hand. The programs at Saratoga Presbyterian Preschool provide structured and unstructured times for the children to explore their world in a manner that’s safe and comfortable. Throughout the day the children are offered opportunities to interact socially with peers their own age as well as make individual choices to participate in a variety of “hands-on” activities. See “A Typical Day” for a detailed description.

2017-18 Programs

Twos/Young Threes
This class gives young children the opportunity for group play and the introduces them to a school environment and routine. Children attend 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. two days a week and from 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. all parents participate in a teacher-led Circle Time with their child. Parent participation is required about once a month. Child must be 2 by September 1, 2017.

Threes
Often a child’s first school experience, the focus is on social development and learning through play with the introduction to teacher directed activities such as Circle Time and group activities. Social and emotional growth are emphasized as well as an introduction of academic skills. Child attends 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. two days a week. Child must be 3 by September 1, 2017 and on the way to being potty trained.

Young Fours
The goal of this program is a balance of free play exploration and more structured, teacher-directed activities in order for the child to learn to love school. Children most likely will have another year of preschool or attend Transitional Kindergarten the following year. Social and emotional growth are emphasized as well as an introduction of academic skills. Children attend 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. three days a week. Child must turn 4 by March 1, 2018 and potty trained.

Pre-K
The goal of this program is to introduce more structured and teacher directed activities in order for the child to grow and learn in all developmental areas. Most children will go to Kindergarten the following year. Social and emotional growth are emphasized in addition to academic skills since all are important for Kindergarten success. Parents have a choice for children to attend three or four days. Child must turn 4 by September 1, 2017. Older Pre-K students may add the Jr K day.

Junior Kindergarten Day
This program is designed for the older Pre-K student who would benefit from an additional day in a more structured learning environment. The goal of this program is to help students build their confidence and independent decision making while continuing to develop their academic skills. Child must be 4 by February 1, 2017 or by SPP teacher recommendation.