Early Childhood Center

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Director: Marianna Toscano       

(919) 468-6110


About Us | Registration | How to Find or Contact Us | Important Documents | Mission Statement | Parent Curriculum Overview | Tuition Rates

Spiritual Development | Preschool | Two Year Old | Three Year Old | Four Year Old |

Developmental Kindergarten |  

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About Us

St. Michael Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides half-day preschool programs for

  • Two Year Old: Two (2) years old by 8/31/2014
  • Three Year Old: Three (3) years old by 8/31/2014
  • Four Year Old: Four (4) years old by 8/31/2014
  • Developmental Kindergarten: Five (5) years old by 10/31/2014

Programs begin in September and end in May.

Registration 2014-2015

Please see our January 2014 Newsletter or email dmandzak@stmichaelcary.org or mtoscano@stmichaelcary.org for information regarding registration.

How to Find or Contact Us

The ECC is located on the middle floor of the Trinity Center. Office hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when school is in session. Visitors are welcome. Except in the summer, appointments aren’t necessary.

  • Phone: (919) 468-6110
  • FAX: (919) 468-6130

Important Documents

Mission Statement


St. Michael Early Childhood Center provides a caring environment in which children can grow socially, emotionally, mentally, creatively, and spiritually. In this catholic preschool, children can discover the inherent goodness in all that they are and how God is part of their everyday lives.  It is an atmosphere in which children can learn to live effectively with themselves and others and also begin to acquire a sense of identity while experiencing many chances for success. In a world that grows more competitive each day, the staff of the ECC assists children to experience happiness and success in a noncompetitive environment by making material available in an interesting, exciting manner so that they can be children, free to play, explore, and imagine in the course of a child oriented day.

Spiritual Development

The ECC is a Catholic Center where spiritual enrichment is recognized as an essential part of learning.  It is, therefore, an integral part of our program.  Throughout our everyday activities, the staff of the ECC strives to help each child to know that God is Love, and that He is the maker of all that is great and beautiful in this world.  Children who attend our three, four, and five-year-old programs meet in the sanctuary monthly for prayer, song, and learning centers based on the liturgical calendar, learn the Sign of the Cross, begin each morning with prayer and honor Mary with a May Crowning ceremony.  In addition, clergy members present bible stories to the children several times each year. Besides fostering the spiritual growth and development of the children who attend, participation in our programs provides parents and families many opportunities to build and strengthen ties to each other and the parish community of St. Michael.


Our preschool programs serve 152 children:  32 children in our two year old program, 54 children in our three year old program, 50 children in our four year old program, and 16 children in our Developmental Kindergarten. There are thirteen to fifteen children in the three-year-old classrooms and sixteen to eighteen children in the four and five-year-old classrooms  taught by a teacher and an assistant. Each of our teachers holds a teaching certificate or has a minimum of four years experience working in early childhood education. All members of the ECC staff are certified in child CPR and first aid.

Each program offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum and each level builds on the previous one.

Whether exploring the many facets of dinosaurs, traveling to Mexico, England or the moon, play-acting famous fairy tales, collecting bugs, or experimenting with erupting volcanoes, our ultimate goal is to expose the children to a wide variety of wonderful units and provide an atmosphere of learning through play. Our units are designed to develop readiness skills and they all provide developmentally appropriate activities directed to that end.

In addition to regular classroom activities and outdoor play, the children go to the Music Room for music and movement with our Music teacher.

Two Year Old

Two day (M/W or T/TH): Two years old by 8/31/2014

This program is a cooperative program in which parents work, on a rotating basis with teachers, to provide a play experience for toddlers. It is an opportunity for parents to have time away while their children play and socialize in a safe, caring environment. Activities are developmentally appropriate for the age of the children.

Three Year Old

Two day (T/Th) or Three day (M/W/F): Three (3) years old by 8/31/2014

The emphasis of this program is strictly on socialization. The teachers strive to help the children build self-confidence and self-esteem while they learn through play. We encourage and promote interest in socializing, imaginative play, group activities, and solitary play. All of these activities are enriched with stories and music.

Four Year Old

  • Three day (MWF), Four day (M-TH), and Five day (M-F)

Both four-year-old programs encourage children to look for peer relationships, to play cooperatively with others as well as alongside them, to share, contribute and interact with others in a group, to explore and to create!  This program consists of a vast array of units and themes that concentrate on continuing to develop social skills while introducing kindergarten readiness skills in a fun, exciting, and developmentally appropriate way.

Developmental Kindergarten

Five day (M-F) - Five (5) years old by 10/31/2014

This program organizes developmentally appropriate activities into units and themes designed to accomplish readiness for kindergarten as well as further strengthen the children's confidence and self-esteem. The luxury of five days affords the teacher the opportunity to more fully explore each unit with the children. Teachers encourage readiness to learn and question, utilization of the children's developing sense of responsibility, and their abilities for imaginative play, dramatic play, construction, and simple games. This program offers a "kinder, gentler" approach for children who need an extra year to grow before entering a full day kindergarten.

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Developmental Kindergarten or Five Day 4’s
Full tuition:  3540/yr. – Stewardship family:  $3000
4-Day Four-Year-Old Program
Full tuition:  $2830/yr. – Stewardship family:  $2400
3-Day Four-Year-Old
Full tuition:  $2130/yr. – Stewardship family:  $1800
3-Day Three-Year-Old
Full tuition:  $2490/yr. – Stewardship family:  $2100
2-Day Three-Year-Old
Full tuition:  $1690/yr. – Stewardship family:  $1440
2-Day Two-Year-Old Program
Full tuition:  $1950/yr. – Stewardship family:  $1630