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Early Childhood

Preschool - 8:15 am-11:30 am, Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday; students must be 3 years old by September 1st

Junior Kindergarten- 8:15 am-1:30 pm, Monday-Friday; students must be 4 by September 1st

Full Day Junior Kindergarten - 8:15 am-3:15 pm, Monday-Friday; students must be 4 by September 1st

Kindergarten - 8:15 am-3:15 pm, Monday-Friday; students must be 5 by September 1st


The three-year-old Preschool and four-year-old Junior Kindergarten programs follow the Illinois Early Learning Standards along with developmentally appropriate practices. Letter recognition, conducting experiments, visits from community helpers, and patterning expose students to the foundational skills of all core curricular subjects. Days are structured to support individual curiosity through play-based, experiential, and project-based learning. Developmental centers encourage learning through individual, hands-on materials and experiences. Language and literacy, math, home living, building, art, science, and dramatic play areas are set up for children to move freely about the classroom. Social-emotional learning, cognitive development, and early literacy skills provide the readiness for early success in school. Students who attend Preschool and Junior Kindergarten at Sacred Heart are successful in the elementary grades, adjusting easily to the familiar school and procedures.



Kindergarten follows the Common Core State Standards utilizing a teacher-guided curriculum. Kindergarten is a full-day program that provides opportunities in all core areas of learning. Children learn through hands-on experiential activities as well as instructional strategies in an organized independent manner. We are committed to using developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow creatively, physically, socially, and spiritually. Children build self-esteem and develop confidence by focusing on a child’s natural curiosity and love for learning.