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Emmaus Patch Offers Variety of Preschool Options

Word-of-mouth helps perplexed parents to find the hidden preschool gems in our area.

Kindergarten registration begins on Monday. Families with children who are five years old or will be five on or before Sept. 12, can get more information about registration on the district’s Web site.

(I will be one of those wet-eyed mums standing in line at an East Penn elementary school next week, preparing my “baby” for the next phase of life.”)

It’s also registration time at most of the preschools in the area and there are a lot of great options out there. Places like , and all offer preschool programs for little ones. And, I have heard great things about all of them.

In fact, my older child spent a wonderful year in .

The options may seem fewer for those with a little one who doesn’t make the kindergarten cut-off – for a child who turns five right after Sept. 12, or a child who has already “done” the four-year-old/Pre-K program at his or her preschool.

I know from experience that this situation can leave a parent a bit perplexed. It’s tough to figure out what to do with a four year old who has “aged” out of a preschool program elsewhere. Taking a year off from “school” is not an appealing choice.

And, I can tell you from experience that for families who find themselves in this situation. Word-of-mouth helped me to find the right preschool program, both times that I was (desperately) looking.

There is a morning class at St. Margaret’s for four year olds and an afternoon program called Pre-K that is designed for kids in between the four-year-old class and kindergarten for whatever reason.

The Pre-K program at St. Margaret’s dovetails nicely with the East Penn kindergarten curriculum and I know my son is more than ready to head off to his kindergarten classroom in the fall.

If only there were a program to prepare me to put him on that big ol’ yellow school bus…

Heather N. March 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Since word of mouth really is key, here's one more to consider: Greenway Creative Learning Center. They have sites in Bethlehem and Whitehall. I can't say enough good things about them, they are amazing, especially if you are looking for something different. There is an open house next Sunday. Check it out! www.greenwayclc.com
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Thanks for sharing that Heather. I really do believe that word of mouth is the best way to find a preschool, so the more information the better!
Michelle Huber March 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM
My daughter went to St. Margaret's and loved it. Best choice we made. She has an Ocotober birthday and this worked well for us. That staff is fantastic.
Katrina Piper March 24, 2012 at 01:36 AM
My older son went to St. Margaret's Nursery School for both the 4s, and Pre-K. WONDERFUL teachers, program, and school. He did great in Kindergarten because of all he learned at SMNS. Can't wait for my little guy to start there this fall. :)
Sue Adams March 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM
All 3 of my chldren attended Emmaus Moravian Preschool. We had a wonderful experience each time! The teachers and programming are terrific. They really do make learning fun so that the kids are more than ready for kindergarten. Some unique aspects of Emmaus Moravian is that children can go one day a week as early as 18 months old! When they turn 3, you can choose what is best for them, anywhere between 1-4 days per week. And, the school day is 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (for 3-5 year-olds). It may seem a bit long for a young 3-year old, but they quickly adjust and take a GREAT nap as soon as they get home!! Also, the school is open year round. I usually only sent my kids 1 or 2 days per week over the summer, but they loved it so much, they would constantly ask me if they could go to school today!
Jenae Holtzhafer March 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I agree with Sue's comments about Emmaus Moravian Preschool. Bev and Connie are amazing. They truly love the children and become like part of the family. They teach with love and kindness. Additionally, they go above and beyond to schedule interesting field trips and get the children involved within the community of Emmaus. They also work with the older 'pre-K' children through small reading groups which results in these children entering kindergarten with strong reading skills. Both of my boys started attending EMP when they were two-years-old. This is the last year for my children to attend. After having been there for a total of eight years, it will be very difficult to NOT go there each week. I'm cherishing these final days and encourage others to check into their program. Rumor has it, they still have two spots open in their Tues/Thurs 9-2 program.

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