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Our Catholic Preschool

Nurturing Children since 1986

Catholic Preschool LogoWho We Are
Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool is an early childhood program which is sponsored by the parish.  Our preschool is licensed by the State of Wisconsin.

 What We Offer
* Part-time morning sessions for ages 2-1/2 through 5 years old
* Morning preschool with extended afternoon care
* Reasonable tuition/fees
* Available Extended Care
* A non-denominational preschool education
* A professional, caring staff
* Bible Stories (opt-out option available)
* Weekly themes
* Kindergarten readiness
* Schedule based on the Madison Metropolitan School Calendar for vacation and convention days
* Located on Madison’s east side
* Field trips
* Much, much more

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool is designed to promote the emotional, social, spiritual, cognitive and physical development of each child.

We focus on creating a warm and accepting environment which contributes to the development of a positive self-esteem as well as encouraging cooperation and interaction among children.

Skills to enhance independence, self-reliance and problem solving will be developed.

A variety of learning situations will be provided to stimulate creativity and encourage exploration and investigation of the environment.  There will be opportunities for both gross and fine motor development in both indoor and outdoor settings.

We feel that a molding and mixing of a friendly, secure, warm and safe atmosphere is conducive to the continued healthy development of children.

Our Goals and Program
As important as early childhood programs are, parents are the most important people in the lives of young children.  A goal of Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool is to work with parents to prepare the child for successful future school experiences.  In order to achieve this, a close relationship will be maintained between school and home.  Communication between parents and staff is an integral part of our program.

It is our goal to help each child become a productive, healthy and self-motivated individual who is happy and secure.  Our program emphasizes an awarness of values and a positive self-image and skills for communicating with both adults and children.  We help children to develop to their fullest potential in several developmental areas.

Enrollment Eligibility
Admission to preschool is open to any child who is 2-1/2 years old by the date they start preschool and who is successfully toilet trained.  Younger children may be admitted after screening by the director and consultation with the parents on an individual basis provided the child is succesfully toilet trained.  The preschool does not discriminate in either services or admission on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, or sexual orientation.  The program is non-denominational and therefore open to all families.

Sessions Offered
Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Preschool and 4 year old kindergarten sessions)             
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Preschool sessions)
Tuesday, Thursday:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Preschool sessions)
Extended Preschool:  11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  (Based on demand)

For an additional fee, we offer an Extended Care Program:
     7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  (Early Care)
     11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.  (Lunch Bunch) – please bring a lunch for your child
     11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (Extended Preschool)
These times are offered to facilitate your schedule.

Other Program Offerings

Bible Stories
Each week, for 20 minutes, the children are taught Bible Stories through song, prayers, stories and activities.  Parents are asked to opt-out their child if they are not wanting their child to attend the Bible Stories sessions.

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool has implemented our own program of Music~Movement.  The classes include elements of body and locomotor movement and musical concepts of rhythm, beat, tempo, etc.

Click here to view/print the 2013-2014 Preschool Brochure.

For More Information
To request more information about Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool, please contact us at or call our Catholic Preschool Director at 608/249-7288 x228.  Be sure to state what you are interested in, the age of your child, your mailing address and your telephone number.

Catholic Preschool Registration Information

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool 2013-2014 Enrollment
Registrations for the 2013-2014 preschool year are no longer being accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Our classrooms are currently at capacity.  However, we still leave open the possibility of any enrollment changes during the school year.  Click here to view/print the 2013-2014 Preschool Registration Form.  It shows the various 2013-2014 preschool school year session options and the tuition for each option.  Tuition and extended hours payments may be made by check payable to:  Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool or cash will be accepted.

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool 2013-2014 Preschool Supply List
For all enrolled families to our 2013-2014 preschool year:  Supplies are an essential part of your child(ren) preschool year.  Each year we ask parents to bring certain supplies to the classroom.  Click here to view/print the 2013-2014 Preschool Supply List.  

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool Late Fee Policy 2013-2014
Tuition is due on the first school day of the month.  Parents have until the 15th of the month to pay without penalty.  On the 16th of the month and after, any fees are considered late.  A late fee of $20.00 will be applied to your account.  All accounts need to be current by the first of the next month or your account will be considered delinquent and your child may be dis-enrolled from the program.  If any check does not clear your bank,  a returned check fee will be assessed.   This returned check fee is set by the parish’s financial institution.

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool 2014 Summer School
Registrations for the 2014 preschool summer school program are no longer being accepted.  Our enrollment has reached its capacity.  For those families inrolled int he Summer School program, tuition and extended hours payments may be made by check payable to:  Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool or cash will be accepted.

Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool 2014-2015 Enrollment
Registrations for the 2014-2015 preschool year are now being accepted for families with children currently enrolled in our preschool program.  Beginning on March 3, 2014, registrations for the 2014-2015 preschool year will be accepted from all new families on a first come, first serve basis.  Click here to view/print the 2014-2015 Preschool Registration Form.  It shows the various 2014-2015 preschool school year session options and the tuition for each option.  Tuition and extended hours payments may be made by check payable to:  Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool or cash will be accepted.