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About our program


Our purpose is to provide an environment that will:

  • Nurture and stimulate the development of the whole child.
  • Increase each child’s knowledge and understanding of God.
  • Surround each child with the feeling of God’s presence in themselves, others and creation.
  • Encourage each child to actively participate in Catholic Christian life by loving God and sharing God’s love with others


Our curriculum will promote emotional, social, creative, physical, cognitive and spiritual development through:

  • A structured yet flexible classroom routine
  • A balance of self-selected and teacher directed activities
  • A wide variety of materials and meaningful, learning play centers
  • Classroom and community prayer experiences as well as outreach projects

View Curriculum Specifics (PDF)


Our emphasis will be on developmentally appropriate, experiential education that is safe, satisfying and fun for children in order to promote an eagerness for life-long learning and Catholic Christian living.

Job Openings

St. Francis Preschool is seeking two part-time associates starting with the 2020-2021 school year. Positions are Mondays and Tuesdays, or Wednesdays and Thursdays – both 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

All staff are required to be flexible and available to work hours outside of their regular schedule for staff professional development and collaboration, as well as to provide substitute coverage for one another. Interested applicants should be professional, enthusiastic, and energetic educators with a passion for working with early learners, drawn to a collaborative, teamwork-enriched environment and eager to learn themselves.

Classroom and teaching experience preferred. Heath/safety and orientation training provided and required. To obtain additional information and application specifics, please contact Heather Gunson, Preschool Director, by email.

Important Announcements & Dates:

Important Update for Preschool Families:

For the families that pay Preschool tuition monthly, charges for the month of March have been pro-rated effective March 1st through March 13th. Your FACTS Preschool Tuition account will be credited the remaining March charges.
Please note that our offices will not invoice FACTS for Preschool tuition for the months of April and May.
For those Preschool families that have already paid Preschool tuition in full for 2019-2020, you will receive a credit on your FACTS Preschool Tuition account for the remaining charges for March through May.
If you wish to request a refund rather than a credit on your FACTS Preschool Tuition account, please contact us by April 1, 2020.

2020-21 Enrollment Available for Little Learner Class

This class meets Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:35-11:05 a.m. A child must have turned 2 years old by January 1, 2020, to be eligible for this class. Openings will be filled on a first request, first served basis. If you have questions or would like to seek enrollment, contact Heather Gunson, Preschool Director, by email or at 515-223-4577, ext. 153.

2020-21 Back to School Dates

June 19: Final registration information & materials email out to parents
July 24: Final registration due back from parents
September 3: Parent Night (7 p.m.)
September 8: Pre-K and Growing Learners Student/Parent Visitation Day (1 hour to be designated for each class)
September 9: Pre-K 1st day of classes & Little Learners Student/Parent Visitation Day (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
September 10: Growing Learners 1st day of classes
September 11: Little Learners 1st day of class

Helpful Links

Request for Enrollment Form

2019-20 Preschool Calendar (PDF)

Program Levels/Times & Eligibility Information

St. Francis Preschool offers 3 levels of programming to prepare children to progress toward Kindergarten.

Little Learners (children must have turned 2 years old by January 1 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 16 children in the morning (8:35-11:05 a.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Intended for the youngest classroom learner (possibly 3 years from Kindergarten). Program emphasis on separating from parents, self-help skills, awareness and acceptance of others, sharing space and materials, exploration and creative expression.

Growing Learners (children must be 3 years old by September 15 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 16 children in the morning (8:35-11:05 a.m.) and 16 children in the afternoon (12:20-2:50 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Intended for the progressing early learner (possibly 2 years from Kindergarten). Program emphasis on growing independence, increasing self-regulation, building social and communication skills, and awakening of academic interest.

Pre-Kindergarten Learners (children must be 4 years old by September 15 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 24 children in the morning (8:30-11:15 a.m.) and 24 children in the afternoon (12:15-3 p.m.) Mondays-Thursdays each week. Intended for the maturing early learner (the year before Kindergarten). Program emphasis on school readiness skills of self-assurance and regulation, character building, social awareness, decision making, time management, problem solving, and increasing academic interest/skill.

*All children must be toilet trained prior to attendance.

Note: Enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi Preschool is not related to enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi School or vice versa. No prioritization is given to those enrolled in one program for admittance in the other.