163 Main Street
About our Preschool
Sandwich Village Preschool was founded in 1982 by the parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal Church to fill a need for professional and nurturing child care for parish families and the greater community.
The preschool's first sessions were held in the parish hall. The house and property at 163 Main Street was purchased and renovated by the church in 1983, and operations have continued here since. Sandwich Village Preschool is licensed through the Department of Early Education and Care and holds a group child care license (#801879.) The preschool is owned and operated by St. John’s, whose members continue their support of our program with their time and talents.
Sandwich Village Preschool provides a unique and meaningful early learning experience for children aged two years nine months and older. Our curriculum includes social and emotional development, intellectual and creative growth, and the development of fine and gross motor skills. Our environment provides learning opportunities through art, music, circle time, science and math activities, and dramatic play. We also place a strong emphasis on language development, building self-esteem, and promoting good nutrition and health.
The mission of Sandwich Village Preschool is to provide an environment which allows students of diverse abilities to strive, thrive, and succeed during those critical early learning years. Our objective is to provide them with an age-appropriate educational experience that will provide a solid foundation for all future learning. Our commitment to educating young children is reflected in our high teacher retention and low student to teacher ratios. We provide family- friendly, flexible scheduling in a warm and caring atmosphere designed to support young students and their families.
We believe that all aspects of your child’s development (social, emotional, intellectual, motor, and language) are interrelated, and ’s rate and style of learning is unique.
Fundamental to the development of the whole child is the enhancement of a positive self-image, enabling that child to explore and use these emerging skills to their fullest capacities. Play is an important avenue for learning, expression, and development in a child’s world, and is an integral part of our program.
Finally, the family is the primary source of love, guidance and education in every child’s life. We strive to build on that foundation with an early educational experience designed to assist in guiding your child as he or she journeys into the outside world.
Sandwich Village Preschool is governed by a Preschool Committee, a group of nine members. Committee membership is comprised of members of St. John’s church, preschool parents, and community members. The rector of St. John’s church serves as an advisor and liaison between the preschool staff, the parish, and the community. The director and assistant director attend meetings in a non-voting, advisory capacity.
The committee is responsible for program offerings, the school’s calendar, and for setting and administering the fee structure. The committee also sets general fiscal, personnel and administrative policies, assists in the hiring of personnel, and establishes methods and means to comply with the Office of Child Care Services.
The director and assistant director are responsible for day-to-day operations, including implementing administrative policy, overseeing curriculum, and staff scheduling and supervision. In addition to working with the families and children in the program, the director also is the primary contact with the state licensing authority, the Office of Child Care Services.
Registration for our fall program begins in January of that school year. We give priority to current students enrolled and their siblings. Registration then is open to the community on a first come, first served basis and is subject to the specific availability of preschool openings. Those interested in enrollment should contact the director, Larry Smith, or the assistant director, Betsy Mason, to schedule an appointment to visit the program. The purpose of this visit is to tour the center and to learn more about the program. Your child is welcome to join you for this visit.
If there is an enrollment opening, you may secure it with the payment of the $50.00 non-refundable registration fee. The family will be required to complete an enrollment packet prior to their child starting at the preschool.
Sandwich Village Preschool is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Preschool sessions begin at 9:00 a.m.. All children must arrive no later than 15 minutes past the starting time.
Enrollment and Staffing
Our program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care for a capacity of 26 children ages two years, nine months through age five years.
Our staff consists of five teachers. The three morning groups each have a lead teacher. Two additional teachers serve as additional support or for special small group instruction.