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Preschool Program

The Francis Howell Preschool Program is an integrated program that meets children’s educational needs and is developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-5. Experiences are provided to stimulate learning in the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development areas so that all children may reach their potential. 

Our Learning Philosophy
Francis Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that children of all abilities can learn. Together they will develop a strong educational foundation built on good character that promotes independence, appreciation for diversity, a healthy self-concept, and positive socialization skills. All learning is child-centered, process oriented, and choice driven. Learning is guided by setting clear limits, redirecting, modeling, providing positive praise, and encouragement.

Preschool Curriculum
Our Preschool programming is aligned with the District's elementary curriculum, ensuring a smooth transition to Kindergarten. We utilize the following curriculum: 

  • Early Childhood English Language Arts 
  • Bridges Mathematics
  • Handwriting Without Tears 
  • Second Steps Social Emotional Learning

All lessons and activities are crafted into theme-based units that encompass all aspects of learning, to best ensure success for each child at their appropriate level of development.

Caring and Certified Staff
‚ÄčThe Francis Howell Preschool Program employs teachers certified in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Educational Support Counselors.  We also employ classroom assistants and para-educators to support students in the classrooms.

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Marlo Scholle
Principal, Central School Road EC

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Mendi Hopper
Principal, Hackmann Road EC

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Mary Calkins
Principal, Meadows Parkway EC

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Visit the Preschool Enrollment page for more information on how and when to enroll your child in the District Preschool Program.

Enroll your child

Important Documents

  • FHSD Preschool Flyer
  • Preschool Health Form

(links available in late January)

2024-25 Information

(links available in late January)