Preschool Program

Serving Francis Howell Children Preschool Age to Kindergarten Entry
Located at the Early Childhood Family Education Centers:

Central School Road
4535 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304
Serving Central, Fairmount and  Families
phone: 636-851-6400 fax: 636-851-4106

Hackmann Road
2555 Hackmann Road, St. Charles, MO 63303
Serving Henderson, Harvest Ridge and Becky David Families
phone: 636-851-6200 fax: 636-851-6202

Meadows Parkway
4810 Meadows Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304
Serving John Weldon, Daniel Boone, Independence, Castlo and Warren Families
phone: 636-851-6000 fax: 636-851-6198

Fairmount Elementary (Full Day Program Only)
1725 Thoele Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

Warren Elementary (Full Day Program Only)
141 Weiss Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

Our Learning Philosophy
Francis Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that children of all abilities can learn. Together they will develop a strong educational foundation built on good character that promotes independence, appreciation for diversity, a healthy self-concept, and positive socialization skills. All learning is child-centered, process oriented, and choice driven. Learning is guided by setting clear limits, redirecting, modeling, providing positive praise, and encouragement.

Our Curriculum
Francis Howell Preschool is guided by the Missouri State Standards for pre-kindergarten education in conjunction with research and best practices on a child’s ability to learn. The Francis Howell Preschool provides instruction and assessment of a child’s growth in the following learning domains:

  • Personal-Social Development
  • Language & Literacy
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Physical Health and Development 

Our Preschool programming is aligned with the elementary level and follows curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of each child.

We utilize the following curriculums:

  • Growing with Mathematics
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Early Childhood English Language Arts Curriculum

All lessons and activities are crafted into theme based units that encompass all aspects of learning, to best ensure success for each child at their appropriate level of development.

Our Staff
The Francis Howell Preschool employs teachers certified in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Educational Support Counselors.  We also employ classroom assistants and para-educators to support students in the classrooms.


Minds in Motion
Minds in Motion is an age specific classroom designed to provide educational experiences for students who turn 3 years old on or after August 1. Students learn foundational skills to prepare them for the multi-age preschool program. The curriculum includes instruction in Language and Early Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Pre-Handwriting skills, and Personal-Social development. Students can enroll at 2 years, 5 months to reserve a spot in the classroom and begin class at age 2 years, 6 months.

Multi-Age Classrooms
Learning and instruction is individualized as children progress at their own rate and experience success.  Children engage in real, meaningful activities at their own level of development.  Research shows that when the classroom is composed of a community of learners with a range of abilities and gifts there are measurable gains in socialization, independence, and interaction with peers.  Younger children will be nurtured by older children and benefit from collaborative learning.  Older children will show increased levels of competence and leadership. 

Off to Kindergarten (O2K)
Off to Kindergarten is an age specific classroom designed for the student who will be going to kindergarten the following school year. This class is available to children who are 4 years old before August 1. This classroom has a more comprehensive literacy component that provides greater depth in pre-reading and pre-math skills. The ‘O2K’ class will include: Growing with Mathematics, Handwriting Without Tears, and Early Childhood English Language Arts.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
ECSE services are provided for preschoolers with disabilities. A variety of settings are available in order to provide the Least Restrictive Environment. Early Childhood Special Education eligibility criteria are used for initial eligibility determination for students who are identified as disabled.  All children have much to contribute in an inclusive setting where learning is enriched by diversity among students.  Further information is available on our websites or in the school office.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, please speak to your child’s teacher and/or call one of our early childhood offices to schedule a DIAL - 4 Developmental Screening.

Before and After Care
Before Care allows Half Day morning preschool students to arrive as early as 6:30 a.m.

After Care allows Half Day afternoon preschool students to stay as late as 6:00 p.m.

This option is offered for one or more days of scheduled attendance.  Planned activities in all areas of development will be provided by Facilitators.

Minds in Motion students are not eligible for before and after care.

Program Hours
Full Day Preschool: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Half Day Preschool: 8:40 a.m. to 11:43 a.m. and 12:43 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Minds in Motion: 8:40 a.m. to 11:43 a.m.

Before Care: 6:30 to 8:40 a.m.

After Care: 3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Additional Programs Early Childhood Offers

Intersession Program
This program will be available to all students during school calendar breaks and certain holidays, as well as Teacher Professional Development Days. Our intersession program is designed to provide care for our students on the days that fall outside of the school calendar.  Facilitators design learning activities which enrich the preschool curriculum.  Families register only for the intersessions which meet the needs of their family. 

Teacher Professional Development Days/Work Days: August 28, 2015, September 18, 2015, October 19, 2015, November 3, 2015, January 5, 2016, February 12, 2016, March 28, 2016. 

Days Program is Closed
The following days the program will be closed.  Care will not be offered on any of the following dates.  May 25, 2015, July 3, 2015, September 7, 2015, November 25-27, 2015 , December 24-25, 2015, December 31, 2015, January 1, 2016, January 18, 2016, February 15,  2016, and March 25, 2016.

Parents As Teachers
Our district’s Parents as Teachers program offers resources for families with children prenatal through pre-kindergarten. There are personal home visits that provide an opportunity to discuss child development and parenting issues.  A variety of parent meetings are available to address topics of child development. 

Developmental Screenings
These screenings are administered at the preschool sites.  They provide insights into the child’s development according to standardized measures.  It is recommended that children are screened each school year prior to Kindergarten entry. Please call your preschool office to set up a screening appointment.

Saturday School
This activity takes place on a designated Saturday at your child’s home elementary school. This will help you and your child become more familiar with your child’s future elementary school and is an excellent opportunity for your child to transition to the elementary level.  Saturday School registration information will be sent home with all students.

Early Childhood has obtained a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board to help fund appropriate staffing for the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular education environment.  First Steps or a St. Louis Regional Center client service number must be provided for children that receive services through the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board grant.  If special staffing is required, there may be a delay in the start date to allow us to provide your child with the appropriate care that he or she deserves.

English Language Learners (ELL)
The Early Childhood provides connections for families who speak other languages through preschool opportunities, Parents as Teachers, and group meetings.  Interpreters are provided if necessary and families are connected with the Elementary ELL program before their child enters Kindergarten.