We are a safe and loving place for children ages 3-5 to learn and grow. We are committed to the truth of God's Word and teach of God's love for each of us.
St. Paul's Community Preschool provides an academic, social and spiritual program that will help children develop physically, emotionally, and cognitively. We provide an atmosphere that is conducive to children's learning while building their faith, self-esteem and foundation for education.
To provide an environment where children can get a head start in basic academic fundamentals while incorporating social, emotional and spiritual growth.
The program will ready children for Kindergarten by giving them the basic fundamental academic tools they need while nurturing their emotional and developmental needs. We also seek to provide our children with an age appropriate spiritual life, which celebrates the joy and wonder of God's creation, as well as the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We achieve these goals with the employment of traditional and special educational systems and tools. We seek to develop the thinking and learning skills that will enhance a child's ability to reach full potential.
Our staff consists of our Head Teacher and Director, Jill Duden, and Classroom Assistants Cindy Lustfeldt and Jo Anne Barracks.
Jill has been the Director of the preschool since it started. She lives in Gifford with her husband Gary and their two daughters. Jill attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and graduated in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Family Service with an emphasis in Child Development. After graduation, she worked at the University of Illinois' Childcare Resource Service as a Quality Counts Specialist and provided training's for child care providers.
Jill, Cindy and Jo Anne are all members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where the preschool is located. We are a member of the AFLC (Association of Free Lutheran Churches). We would love to have you join us for Sunday services which begin at 10:00 with Sunday School starting at 8:45. Please visit our church web site at www.stpaulsgifford.org.