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Founded in 1968, Emmanuel Preschool (EPS) offers a play-based, developmentally appropriate, enriching education for preschool-age children. We strive to prepare children to be confident learners who can transition smoothly to future settings. We do this by providing a rich and well-rounded educational environment in which children are met at their individual developmental level in order to help them grow into confident and inspired students.

In addition, we seek to build a strong community where the children, families and faculty feel supported, enriched and valued.

Play is the beginning of knowledge.

˜ George Dorsey


Our classrooms allow for a variety of experiences including teacher-planned and scaffolded explorations, and emergent explorations based on children’s interests. In their classroom, children are invited to engage in morning meeting, small group activities, story time, snack, lunch, free play, and child-directed play during choice times.

Choice Rooms

We have four choice rooms that are a unique feature of Emmanuel Preschool. Our Art Room, Block Room, Dramatic Play Room and Exploration Room provide children the opportunity to freely explore the materials and equipment in each room, which promotes imagination, creativity, social skills and cooperative play.


Our playground provides the opportunity to develop large motor skills, to run and climb, engage in pretend play, and create in the sand box. During inclement weather, we use the Big Room (Parish Hall) to explore riding toys, obstacle courses and games.


Through songs, a blessing at snack and lunchtime, and holiday celebrations, children are exposed to God. The Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church meets regularly with our 3- and 4/5s-year olds for Chapel.