Welcome to St. James’.
Thank you for your interest in St. James Nursery School. We believe that the early years in a child's life are truly significant in the development of a child. Through careful and thoughtful planning of the learning environment and hands-on experiences, children are involved in activities which stimulate and motivate their interest and academic growth. We provide opportunities for children to interact with a wide range of materials and with each other through play. Social skills, such as getting along with others and working in a group, are a focus of our program. One of our main goals is for children to be well-prepared for kindergarten and for later life experiences - and most of all - to enjoy their first school experience!
St James’ Nursery School is proud to have achieved dual accreditation from the Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We have the highest possible rating in the Maryland EXCELS Program and hold four additional achievements with EXCELS. We are proud to be the only private preschool program in the state of Maryland to hold these accolades! Additionally, we are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care (#151353).
St. James first received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the March of 2010. We voluntarily went through this rigorous process in order to continue to strengthen our already quality program for young children. NAEYC accredits early childhood programs according to health, safety and education standards. New standards, released in 2006, were intended to provide a more reliable and accountable accreditation system and to encourage the field of early childhood education to strive for a new level of excellence. We encourage families to learn more about NAEYC. Our school celebrates the “Week of the Young Child” each year in April and participates in special activities during this week.
Our school goes through the NAEYC re-accreditation process every five years.
St. James Nursery School decided to do the unusual in 2010. Unlike other preschools we decided to obtain a second accreditation. In June of 2012, St. James received program accreditation from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
This is a process by which programs can significantly improve the quality of the services they provide. In this process, we voluntarily pursued self-study, program improvement, and external program review in order to achieve and publicly confirm that we meet national and state quality standards.
The accreditation process presents a clear, consistent strategy to improve the quality of care and education services. This strategy is “clear” because all participating programs implement a set process for program improvement, and it is “consistent” because programs operate with the same set of national or state standards.
Our school goes through the state’s re-accreditation process every three years.
In addition to our accreditations we have obtained an additional achievement from the Maryland Excels Program which recognizes child care and public prekindergarten programs that provide services over and above those outlined in the standards. We also have achieved the Eco-Friendly Achievement, Health and Wellness Recognition, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Asthma Friendly Environment, and the Accredited Program achievements with Maryland EXCELS.
Our program's goals and objectives align with the Maryland Public School's outcomes for early childhood programs. The teachers keep portfolios for each student making assessment an ongoing process done throughout the school year. Parents are welcome to conference at any time during the year. We ask that all parents attend a conference in January each year.
- Develops social skills – moving from playing beside other children to playing with others
- Develops the ability to share and take turns with their classmates
- Develops their sense of self and adjusting to the separation process
- Demonstrates an increased level of self-control and managing social conflicts in a positive and effective manner
- Exhibits an increasing ability to manage classroom transitions and extending their attention span
- Develops the ability to move with balance and control
- Demonstrates eye-hand coordination while manipulating and exploring objects classroom materials
- Participates in creative movement and dance
- Participates in self-help activities and eventually becomes independent in completing self-help tasks
- Develops the ability to use art materials and tools: scissors, writing implements, paint brushes, etc.
- Explores and uses different creative art materials
- Displays involvement in a variety of art experiences; including music, dance, drama, and creative art and movement
- Shows ability to figure things out
- Identifies colors
- Identifies body parts
- Awareness of classroom rules
- Participates in cleanup
- Develops the ability to listen to communication and to follow directions
- Appreciation for books and an increased ability to comprehend and respond to story contact
- Using writing implements to participate in pre-writing and writing experiences
- Develops the ability to identify letters, both upper and lowercase, and letter sounds
- Understanding comparative and positional words
- Counting and one-to-one correspondence
- Identification of numbers and shapes
- Develops an understanding of graphs, measurement, making and extending of patterns, and matching items
- Uses senses to explore materials and surroundings
- Uses simple science tools