Catholic preschools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles serve children younger than kindergarten age and date back to the early 1990s. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in this level of education. As of fall 2010, there are 85 preschools located in all five regions of the Archdiocese, but this number is growing every year.
A focus in all of the preschools is children’s Faith Formation—the process by which young children come to know the God who is within them. All areas of a child’s development—cognitive, linguistic, social, physical, creativity– are addressed in preschool through developmentally appropriate play activities. Most preschools serve children and families for a full day, five days a week. A few offer half day programs. Several offer day care before and after classes are actually in session.
Some preschools are operated by sisters of various religious communities and there are some that are operated by a parish without a K-8 Catholic school. The majority of preschools are on the same campus as one of our elementary schools. In all instances children leave preschool prepared for kindergarten.
All Archdiocesan preschool programs are licensed through the California Department of Social Services and follow all of the regulations of Title 22, Division 12. More information about preschools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can be found at the link below.