St. Dominic Preschool is a center for learning where academics meet faith. We proudly serve the parishioners of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, as well as those families who live in the greater Benicia area. We offer flexible programs in a nurturing environment that support the varying needs of our students in order to prepare them for success in primary education. We believe it is the responsibility of the teachers and parents to help each child develop a set of standards and morals by giving him/her careful advice and guidance. This includes patience, understanding, and acceptance of others, regardless of social, ethnic, or religious backgrounds.
The State of California, Department of Social Services, licenses St. Dominic Preschool and Extended Care (Licensing # 480108518). The facility is limited to handling only well/ambulatory children and personnel and is licensed to care for up to 30 children per day. To be considered for enrollment, a child must be at least 4 years old on or before September 1, completely self-sufficient in the bathroom, and display basic comprehension of colors, numbers, and letters.
Utilizing these competencies, the child should be ready to follow basic directions in order to fully participate in a group learning environment. Our curriculum, The Experience Curriculum Prekindergarten Learning System, is a comprehensive, fully integrated curriculum, which is aligned with all 50 states’ early education and NAEYC.
In addition to a structured curriculum, students also learn to grow in their Catholic faith through classroom instruction, attending monthly St. Dominic School Masses in the front row, celebrating the lives of the Saints, and honoring special Holy Days. We begin and end each day with a friendly Christian prayer and we say a blessing before our mealtimes.
The Preschool maintains a 10:1 ratio of students to teachers for guided learning and directed playtimes, and our class size capacity is maximized at 30 children. Upon acceptance to St. Dominic Preschool, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
- Recognition of the following: Primary colors, shapes, numbers 1-10, letters A-Z, and their written name
- Taking on and off theory jackets or outerwear
- Self-sufficient in the bathroom
- Basic cutting skills and handling of scissors
- Use of basic manners, such as “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me”
- Respectful during prayer time and in Church
During the academic year, students will develop skills including writing letters, reading sight words, counting to 100, grouping, memorizing songs and prayers, social skills which support group learning and team play, as well as leadership and presentation.
Choose a 3 Day Program (Tuesday – Thursday) or a 5 Day Program (Monday – Friday)
Choose hours from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pricing varies depending on the schedule you choose. Please call us for more information.