The First Independent STEAM School in Orange County, CA
Serving Early Childhood to 8th Grade

Early Childhood Division

Welcome to St. John’s Early Childhood Center where we have programs serving children beginning at 8 weeks of age through Pre-Kindergarten. The Early Childhood Center sets the foundation for a long career at St. John’s Episcopal School. 

In the ECC, your child will be supported by our caring faculty as they journey into the world of sharing, taking turns, listening to peers, and following instructions. Social-emotional learning is very important in these early years and we will provide them with the tools necessary to navigate new situations and experiences to become active listeners and learners.

Our knowledgeable teachers make intentional choices in their curriculum planning to introduce your children to a variety of activities that spark their curiosity. Looking at their learning through a STEAM lens allows us to offer open-ended activities where students explore, create, play, learn, problem-solve, and collaborate with their peers.

Being a part of an ECC-8th grade school allows our students to connect with the larger community and provides us with the resources of a robust independent school. The children partake in weekly Chapel, Music Together, and Fitness Fun classes, as well as visits to the Learning Commons once a week for story time.

We would love to meet you and share our magical environment, so please schedule a tour so that you can see for yourself. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Warmly,

Susie Canchola
Early Childhood Division Principal

early childhood student
early childhood students

Programs

Cardinal Nest for Infants and Toddlers (ages 2 months to 23 months old)

Enrichment Classes:
  • Music Together
  • Fitness Fun (Toddlers)

Program Focus:

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Perceptual/Motor Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development

Early Preschool (children 2 years old by September 1)

Enrichment Classes:
  • Music Together
  • Fitness Fun

Program Focus:

  • Social Emotional Development
  • Fine/Gross Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development

Preschool (children 3 years old by September 1)

Program Curriculum:

  • Get Set for School Math and Numbers
  • Get Set for School Readiness and Writing
  • Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program

Enrichment Classes:

  • Chapel
  • Music Together
  • STEAM
  • Fitness Fun

Program Focus:

  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development

Pre-Kindergarten (children 4 years old by September 1)

Program Curriculum:

  • Get Set for School Math and Numbers
  • Get Set for School Readiness and Writing
  • Open Court Language and Literacy
  • Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program

Enrichment Classes:

  • Chapel
  • Music Together
  • Library
  • STEAM
  • Fitness Fun

Program Focus:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development



Susie Canchola

Susie Canchola

Early Childhood Division Principal