Seton Catholic Preschool opened in the fall of 1990 serve the preschool needs of families in Fayette and surrounding counties. Since that time our program has evolved into a top notch preschool program that is well respected throughout the community. Seton preschool is licensed by the Child Care Council of Kentucky and accredited by the Kentucky Nonpublic Schools Association.
In 2010-2011 we opened our Playschool Program, expanding our current preschool “extended day” to include morning care for our afternoon preschoolers and afterschool care for preschool students each day until 6:00. Our preschool program has the ability to provide full-time childcare or allows families to add morning or afternoon sessions of Playschool for only the days they need. The focus for the Playschool Program is to provide children consistency in their schedule, socialization, gross motor and fine motor development all in a faith based, nurturing environment. Mrs. Tricia Mitchell will work with Preschool Director, Mrs. Graves to create and maintain this program.
Preschool Class Sessions
2 ½ Year Old Program
Children must be 2 before April 1st
Sessions are Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 7:50-10:50
3 Year Old Program
Children must be 3 before October 1
Morning session meets MWF from 7:50-10:50
Afternoon session meets MWF from 11:30-2:30
4 Year Old Program
Children must be 4 before October 1
Morning Session meets M-Th 7:50-10:50
Afternoon session meets M-Th 11:30-2:30
Full Day – 5 Day Pre-K Program
Children must be 4 before October 1
Meets M-F 7:50-2:30
The 2-day class/ The 3-day class (Preschool) The 2-day and 3-day program at Seton Catholic School gives children a first experience into school. The classroom is center-based, giving children the choice to explore art, book/cozy area, blocks, dramatic play, easel, musical instruments, puppets, puzzles, math & science areas and sensory activities each day. Children are taught in individual, small, and large group settings, inside and outside of the classroom using songs, music & movement, Spanish, and sign language. Children will gain knowledge and experience in all the developmental areas: Cognitive, Adaptive, Motor, Social & Emotional, and Communication. The preschool program uses the Kentucky Early Learner goals to plan experiences for children, as well as “Discovering God’s World,” curriculum to plan spiritual experiences for children.
The 4-Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Class
The Pre-K program is a rich learning environment that uses themed units to teach children the concepts needed to be successful in Kindergarten. The Pre-K class is center-based giving children the choice to explore art, books, blocks, dramatic play, math & science, music, and sensory activities each day. The children develop fine and gross motor skills in individual, small and large group settings, in the classroom, and outside. Children will gain knowledge and experience in all the developmental areas: Cognitive, Adaptive, Motor, Social & Emotional, and Communication. Some of the cognitive skills, the children will learn will be alphabet and sound recognition, and number recognition. The children will practice writing skills daily, and learn some basic sight words. The preschool program uses the Kentucky Early Learner goals to plan experiences for children, as well as “ Discovering God’s World, “ curriculum to plan spiritual experiences for children. The Pre-K program will also gain experience in the humanities; Spanish, Music, and Art with the specialized humanities teachers.
Our Preschool Staff
Karen Graves is the Director of Preschool and began teaching here at Seton 18 years ago, when preschool was in the church hall! She started out teaching the 2-1/2 and 3 year olds for 2 years, then moved up to the 4 year olds. Every year has been new and exciting, always ever changing. She started as Director of Pre- School seven years ago. “The Lord continues to bless us as we provide service to our parish families and the community.”
Jessica Pennington is the Instructional Assistant in the Pre-K classroom. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is currently working on her Master’s in Early Childhood at Eastern Kentucky University. She spent one year teaching first grade in Fayette County Public Schools and is now in her second year in Pre-K at Seton.
Vicki Faro obtained her Degree in Early Childhood Development from Eastern Kentucky University as well as an Associate Degree in Business Management from Lexington Community College. She began her teaching career working with a Two’s class at KinderCare Learning Centers. After working with all age groups, she found the Four year olds stole her heart. She has eleven years of experience with Early Childhood Education, including six years as a Center Director. She has played a leading role in the MOMS Club in Lexington, lead Girl Scout troop while living overseas, and spent the last several summers volunteering with SEAS VBS. She began teaching at Seton in 2011 as the lead teacher in a half day Pre-K program. In 2012 she began teaching the first All Day Pre-K program.
Mandi Spears has been the Pre-K aide in Mrs. Faro’s classroom since 2012. Mandi was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky and has lived in Lexington since college. Although a CPA by trade, Mandi has been an active volunteer at Seton and worked as a substitute teacher for the younger grades.
Kelly Laungani is the Teacher in the 2 and 3-day preschool classroom. Kelly is beginning her seventh year in the preschool program at Seton Catholic School. Ms. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education at the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!), and a graduate degree in a Teacher as Leader program at Asbury University. Ms. Kelly loves teaching our youngest Seton Stars, and feels very blessed to be a part of this special faith-based community.
Solita Haggerty is the Instructional Assistant in the 2 and 3 day preschool classroom. This is her first year at Seton. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. She was an active volunteer for the preschool that her children attended. She decided to continue this work once they reached elementary school by joining Ms Kelly Laungani’s class. She has a passion for science and for helping young minds develop in this critical stage.