In PreK, one of our main goals is to prepare your child for a smooth
transition into kindergarten. With the help of a classroom aide, we’ll work on developing each child’s academic and social skills, while encouraging independence. Through engaging, hands-on activities, we hope to instill a lifelong love for learning in each of our students. We can’t wait to see how much our PreK friends grow and learn this year!
About Ms. Kunkel
Ms. Kunkel is very excited to be teaching PreK at Saint Ann. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and then taught preschool in Lakeview for two years. She is currently working on a certification to teach English as a New Language through the University of Notre Dame. Outside of the classroom, she spends a lot of time with friends and family. She also loves being outside and exploring Chicago.
About Ms. Schaeffer
Mrs. Schaeffer has lived her whole life in the Chicago area. She received her undergraduate degree from UIC, her MBA degree from Loyola, and after changing careers, her Master’s in Teaching, Early Childhood from Concordia University. She has taught preschool and first grade but really enjoys teaching preschool children most. “I love reading and it’s great to install that enthusiasm in children when they are young!” she says. She currently lives in Lyons where her two sons, John and Noah, live nearby.
Preschool for All Program at St. Ann School
Preschool for All is the state of Illinois’ initiative to ensure high-quality preschool programs are available to 3 and 4-year old children. The Preschool for All program is a five-hour, five-day a week program provided to eligible* families at no charge.
St. Ann School offers a Preschool for All Program. The school also offers a voluntary supplemental preschool program, which extends the preschool day to the end of the regular school day. Payment is required for participation in the voluntary supplemental preschool program. The payment is proportionate to the amount of non-Preschool for All time a student spends in the supplemental preschool program.
The hours for the preschool programs are noted below.
- Preschool for All program begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m.
- The supplemental preschool program begins at 12:45 p.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m.
Families who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)* will not be charged anything for participation in the Preschool for All program or the supplemental preschool program. The only payment required for CCAP students is the CCAP co-pay.
For more information regarding the preschool programs call 312.829.4153.
*To find out if you are eligible for the Preschool for All program and/or CCAP, please contact the school at 312.829.4153.