St. Matthew's Preschool
Lehighton, Pennsylvania
St. Matthew's Preschool is a place where
young children can learn, create, explore,
discover, make friends and have FUN!
Our Program Features…
*Observation-based assessments that
demonstrate progress
*Thematic units that encourage curiosity,
self-direction and confidence
*Math and science skills heightened through
hands-on experiences
*Daily art experiences that capture your child's
unique creative expression
*Large and small group instruction
*Regular communication between the director,
teachers and parents to keep you informed
about your child's development
*Morning and afternoon sessions for 3, 4 & 5
*Experienced teachers with Early Childhood
Education degrees
*Montessori lessons that not only teach but
inspire a life-long love of learning
*Age appropriate daily devotion and prayer
St. Matthew's Preschool
222 Church Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 377-2972
Mrs. Donna Austin-Ahner, Director
Our Purpose...
It is the philosophy of St. Matthew's Preschool that early
childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration
and discovery. Preschool children are creative and receptive. Our
staff strives to nurture and encourage those qualities in the
children who attend.
Meet our teachers...
Ms. Donna, Director & Preschool Teacher
Ms. Donna has been the Director of St. Matthew's Preschool for twenty-four
years.  Ms. Donna holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, as
well as Early Intervention.  Ms. Donna has also completed a year long
course in Montessori training as well as teaching using the Project Approach,
certified by Dr. Sylvia Chard through the University of Alberta.
Ms. Nancy, Preschool Teacher
Ms. Nancy has been teaching here at St. Matthew's Preschool for ten years.  
Ms. Nancy holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and has
many years experience as both a teacher and director in the field of
early education.
Ms. Kathy, Preschool Teacher
This is Ms. Kathy's fifth year teaching with us but she has also been a parent
for six school years...all three of her boys have attended! Ms. Kathy holds an
Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and did her internship here with
us at St. Matthew's Preschool.

Although all of our teachers have their ECE degrees, we believe that in the field
of early education it is important to continue with training.  Our staff is
regularly attending professional development sessions to keep current with
today's standards and philosophies and are certified in Pediatric CPR, AED and
First Aid. The teachers have up-to-date clearances through the Pennsylvania
State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Child Abuse
Registry and are registered through the FBI's fingerprint system.
St. Matthew's Preschool offers morning and afternoon sessions
for 3 & 4/5 year-olds.
Three year-old sessions meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..  Children registering
for these session must be 3 years of age on or before
September 1st.  Curriculum for our three year-old classes has a
focus on socialization, independent skills, building motor
development skills and following a basic school routine.

Four year-old sessions meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Children
registering for these sessions must be four years of age on or
before September 1st. Curriculum for the four year-old classes
has a focus on all the skills necessary to make a comfortable
transition into kindergarten.
Registration Information...
Registration forms are available on February 1st. Registrations
are accepted anytime after that, however, priority is given to
returning students and St. Matthew's congregation members
throughout the month of February. Registration officially opens
to the public on March 1st.  As of March 1st, all registrations
will be placed in the order they were received.
Please see our Parent Information Handbook Page to read more
about our policies and procedures.
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