The Chapel of the Cross Preschool is a family ministry of Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church.
Our Preschool is designed to be a safe, nurturing and enriching space that provides children with high quality care including low teacher-child ratios, structured play and developmentally appropriate activities.
The Preschool is licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Child Care Facilities Licensure Division. This license is renewed annually after on-site inspections. The Preschool is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools with staff members completing the required Episcopal training, “Safeguarding God’s Children”.
Curriculum is designed to promote cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth. It is based on a holistic design and rooted in sound child developmental principles.
Except when they are sleeping, infants are placed on floor blankets to experience tummy and teacher time. Board books and infant toys are provided and cleaned daily.
Toddlers and young two year old children are provided with books, age appropriate toys, opportunities to climb, and music and art experiences in a large classroom. Toys are cleaned daily.
Our young preschool classroom is designed in simple learning centers (library corner, home-living center, manipulative table, art center and block center). Children are allowed to choose the center in which they want to spend time within the structured classroom. Teachers plan art, math and science activities based on a theme or unit topic for that week, i.e. insects, community helpers, summer, etc.
Children spend time outside each day.
Our older preschool classroom is also designed in learning centers, with an additional focus on reading and math readiness skills needed for kindergarten.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the Episcopal curriculum used for children’s spiritual development. Our trained staff catechist invites children to explore and deepen their relationship with the Good Shepherd. The program is provided in the church atrium classroom and includes Christian themes, values, prayers, and music.
Fees and Tuition
There is a registration fee of $100.00 payable upon enrollment into the program and due annually.
$180.00 for a child attending two days per week M/W or T/T
$330.00 for a child attending four days per week
Lunch Bunch is $12.00 per day
Days and Hours of Operation
The Preschool is open Monday through Thursday.
Regular hours are 8:15am to 12:00pm.
Lunch Bunch is 12:00 to 2:00pm.
The Preschool is closed six weeks per year (Spring Break, VBS, August/Week Before School, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Children can be registered at any time during the year and are accepted when there is an opening. Enrollment follows Chapel-approved priorities: 1) Church Members 2) Children of currently enrolled families 3) General public.
Once enrolled in the program, requirements include:
1. Completed Paperwork
2. Paid Registration Fee
3. Current Immunization Form (121)
Preschool staff members are selected based on interview results, educational background, experience and character references. Staff must pass both Fingerprinting Background Checks and Child Abuse Registry Checks. Many staff members have their A.A. or B.S. degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. Staff are required to earn 15 hours of professional development and undergo First Aid/CPR annually. They also complete the Safeguarding God’s Children curriculum through the Episcopal Church.