Christ is the Reason for St. Stephen School. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in our classes.  He is the model of our faculty and the inspiration of our students.In this spirit-filled, safe and supportive environment, the dedicated faculty of St. Stephen School works closely with families to provide students with a solid academic foundation for their future studies and a solid spiritual foundation, based on the values of the Catholic faith, to last a lifetime.  We want our students to catch this Spirit.



Our Pre-Kindergarten Program, along with the entirety of the school, adheres to the ArchDiocese of Hartford Curriculum.  The complete Early Childhood Curriculum can be found by clicking here.


The students will:

  • Be given opportunities during "free play" to make choices
  • Be provided with opportunities to work and play cooperatively
  • Be provided with opportunities for problem solving
  • Discuss the topics of respect for others and for classroom materials, class rules and responsibilities
  • Learn to solve conflicts with others
  • Develop imagination through creative play
  • Receive love and respect from caring adults


The students will:

  • Associate speech with print using various labels, charts, books, and a "word bank"
  • Participate in story time
  • Recall details, make predictions, make comparisons and draw conclusions during activities or discussions
  • Identify sounds using listening games
  • Sequence story parts
  • Dictate original stories to adults
  • Share items with beginning alphabet sounds
  • Participate in counting activities and games
  • Discuss daily calendar and seasonal topics
  • Experience tactile games
  • Use left to right progression
  • Play with water, sand, snow and other sensory awareness materials
  • Explore graphing
  • Explore patterning
  • Enjoy caterpillars, insects, leaves, seeds and other natural materials
  • Experience magnets, shoots, levers and slides for experiences in physical science 


The students will:

  • Use crayons, markers, tape, glue, chalk, paints and Play-doh
  • Create group murals
  • Be introduced to nicely illustrated books
  • Use rhythmic instruments, Cd's, records and tape cassettes for enjoyment and creative movement


The students will:

  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Play circle games in a group
  • Play with balls and beanbags
  • Use outdoor climbing structures and slides
  • Play balancing games
  • Use "Sit and Spin" and "Romper Stomper" toys
  • Use beads for stringing, hammer and nails, peg boards, Play-Doh, pencils, crayons markers, glue, scissors, puzzles, construction toys,blocks and other materials to enhance fine motor development
  • Recognize and discuss health and safety issues such as nutrition and fire safety


The students will:

  • Recite opening and closing prayers and grace at snack and lunch times
  • Observe nature as God's creation (shells, rocks, leaves and seeds)
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Use sequential lessons from Discovering God's Child by Sadlier


We believe  philosophically that it is our responsibility to introduce the following objectives to all of the children.  We introduce, reinforce and review all of them.  The children progress at their own rate, depending upon where they are developmentally; the expectation being that they would have accomplished most of these objectives before moving on to kindergarten.
Children should be capable of:

  • Taking responsibility for personal belongings
  • Dressing him/herself
  • Using the toilet appropriately and washing hands
  • Using tissues and disposing of them in trash receptacles
  • Playing independently and participating in cooperative play
  • Following social norms
  • Using the environment appropriately
  • Displaying self-control
  • Respecting the property of others
  • Taking turns and sharing
  • Speaking clearly in complete sentences
  • Recognizing his or her first name
  • Working from left to right
  • Recognizing his or her first name
  • Working from left to right
  • Recognizing some letters of the alphabet
  • Recognizing the numerals 0-9
  • Counting sequentially up to 10
  • Counting objects up to 10 with understanding
  • Matching one-to-one correspondents
  • Identifying four basic shapes (circle, square, rectangle and triangle)
  • Identifying primary and secondary colors
  • Exhibiting hand dominance
  • Using markers, crayons, scissors and glue appropriately