Curriculum Description

St. James Early Childhood Center follows a planned theme for the week and has a structured daily routine that is center oriented.  The learning centers include: religion, reading, mathematics, play area, art, dramatic play, and computers.  

Our daily preschool routine counsists of circle time, center activities, morning calendar, activity sheets, outdoor/gymnasium play, and group activities.  Children eligible for Kindergarten the following year will be given additional one-on-one learning activities- focused on letter, number, color, shape, and sound recognition.  

A part of a well-planned program for young children includes "circle time.  Here children will have the ability to explore the calendar, weather, weekly themes, letter/sounds, numbers, music, finger plays, stories, games, and flannel board activities.  We will also learn prayers, The Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic songs.

Preschool Subject Areas/Centers

Religion, Language Arts, Math, Manipulative Center, Dramatic Play Center, Art Center, Computer Center, Music Center, Science Center, and Physical Education.

We plan several field trips throughout the school year.  Most of the field trips are local to the library, fire station, farms, and the park.  This past year we visited the Butterfly House, Eckert's, a High school play, and Braeutigam's Orchards.  


Each month we will be participating in the Scholastic book orders.  With each purchase the company donates several books back to the center.  We also earn bonus points on items purchased through our families.  Let's get these kids reading each day!!


This is a program offered through our grade school/parish.  There are gift cards available for purchase, and a percentage of the proceeds go back to the school.  Order forms will be available at the ECC center.  Please ask for more details:)

St. James Early Childhood Center
105 South Lafayette Street
Millstadt, IL 62260
Phone: (618) 476-9490

Parent Handbook 2014/2015

2012-2013 Preschool Supply List

Extended Care Rates


$150.00 -5 days per week

$132.00- 4 days per week

$112.00- 3 days per week

$92.00 2 days per week

The ECC caters to children ages 3-5 years old.  Your child must be 3 by September 1st to enter into our program.  Please visit our Infant/Toddler center if your child's birthday is later than our starting date.  

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