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Learn to Play! Play to Learn!

Jefferson Street Preschool opened in September 2009 as a non-profit community outreach of the Louisville United Methodist Church, which is located next door to the school. JSP offers a play-based program that has been influenced by The Creative Curriculum, Tools of the Mind and The Fine Arts of Literacy, an award-winning arts and learning program developed by Donna McNellis. We offer our learning program to children 2½ to 5 years of age.

Day to day operations are coordinated by our Director, Bree Schaffer, who has been with the school since its beginning. She is an incredible teaching director and we are proud to have her on our staff. Bree reports to the Board of Directors, who meets at least quarterly and is also accessible to any staff member or parent if needed. The Board of Directors ensures that the school follows all State regulations and sets the policies of the school, plus meets any needs the Director may have.

At JSP, we think that play is vital to a child’s academic success and social-emotional development. That is why we have an abundance of free play in every class so that the children have time to explore the classroom and their interests. Children learn so much by playing. They work out fine motor skills while creating art projects, they discover mathematic and scientific concepts by building a block tower, and they lay a foundation for literacy by looking at books. When you have a group of children in a classroom together, there are going to be ample opportunities to work on compromise, cooperation, sharing, and conflict resolution. These teachable moments would not exist without play. As Mr. Fred Rogers put so perfectly, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”