St. Stephen Preschool

Established, 1965

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St. Stephen Preschool, Williamsburg, VA


Thank you for your interest in St. Stephen Preschool. Our holistic approach offers a variety of opportunities for individual and group participation. We strive to develop strong self-help and school readiness skills, encourage creativity, and provide engaging language arts and math activities.


  Mission Statement

We provide a kind and friendly atmosphere in which each child will expand his/her cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development, focusing on positive self-concept and an enjoyable preschool experience.

We introduce preschool members and their families to the St. Stephen congregation and ministry, and to invite them to become participants in the study of God’s word.


Our Programs

  Class times are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We offer 2, 3, 4, and 5 day programs for children ages 3 to 5.  All children must be potty trained. Early Morning Care is available daily beginning at 8:15 am. An extended day program runs Monday – Thursday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM from mid-September through mid-May.


Meets two days (Tuesday and Thursday) or

three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) per week

Maximum class size is 12

Should be 3 by December 31


Meets three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday),

four days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Maximum class size is 14

Should be 4 by December 31


 Meets five days per week

Maximum class size is 12

Prepares children for Kindergarten

Must be 5 by December 31.


All student participate in:

-Reading Room and Pre-literacy skills

-Math and Science Activities

-Art Activities

-Weekly Music Class

-Physical Education Classes

-Weekly Chapel Time

-Outdoor Play

-Field Trips

-Monthly visits from the Williamsburg James City County Book Mobile

St. Stephen Preschool Calendar 2013 – 2014

August 29 — Orientation – all 3s – 10:00-11:30

August 30 — Orientation – all 4s & 5s – 10:00-11:30

September 3 — First full day of School – all 3s, 4d & 5d 4s & 5s

September 4 — First full day of School – 3d 4s

October 5&6 — Occasion for the Arts

November 4 — Lifetouch Pictures – all 4s

November 5 — Lifetouch Pictures – all 3s & 5s

November 27-29 — Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

December 16 — Christmas Party – all 4s & 5s

December 17 — Christmas Party – all 3s

December 18-January 1 — Christmas Break – No School

January 20 — Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

February 17 — Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

March 3 — Father’s Night – all 4s & 5s – No School

March 6 — Grandparents’ Day – all 3s

April 6-13 — Spring Break

April 16 — Easter Egg Hunt – all 4s & 5s

April 17 — Easter Egg Hunt – all 3s

April 18-April 21 — Easter Break – No School

May 2 — Kindergarten Registration for Williamsburg/James City County

May 9 — Mother’s Day Luncheon – all 4s & 5s

May 26  — Memorial Day – No School

May 29 — School Picnic – all 3s – no school for all 4s & 5s

May 30 — School Picnic & Graduation – all 4s & 5s


Non-Discrimination Policy

St. Stephen Preschool shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational p0licies, admissions, scholarship, and other school administered programs.

Our Teachers


laurenLauren McQuain, Preschool Director and Ducks Teacher, is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Special Education, and has done graduate work in Elementary Education at the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. She has taught for 18 years, including 12 years at St. Stephen Preschool. Her daughter is a graduate of St. Stephen Preschool.



Susan Ruane, Frogs Teacher, is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Fine Arts. She has taught for 12 years at St. Stephen Preschool. She is the mother of four boys, two of whom have graduated from St. Stephen Preschool.



Christine Hanlon, Bunnies Teacher, is a graduate of Florida State University, with BA degrees in Multicultural/Multilingual Education – French and History. She has experience working in Special Education and general education K-5 within James City County for the past several years.  She has two children who are graduates from St. Stephen Preschool.  This is Mrs. Hanlon’s first year teaching at St. Stephen Preschool.



Amy Colafrancesco, Little Bears Teacher,is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a Registered Nurse in NY and Virginia and has her Preschool Child Development Associated Degree. She has taught at St. Stephen Preschool for 12 years. She has three children who are all graduates of St. Stephen Preschool.


SamSamantha Shearer, Teacher’s Assistant, attended Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She is a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and has substituted for the Preschool for five years and has been involved in Children’s Education Programs for the past six years. Mrs. Shearer has two children who are graduates of St. Stephen Preschool.


Patty Ballentine, Music Teacher, is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BS in Elementary Education. She is a former Kindermusik teacher and has 18 years experience teaching preschool music at the Wilmington Music School in Delaware, Walsingham Academy, and St. Stephen Preschool.




Kelly KKelly Kirkpatrick, Assistant Art Teacher, is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Lenoir-Rhyne College with degrees in Sociology/Social Work and Special Education.  She has 25 years’ experience working in preschool programs in North Carolina and Tennessee. Mrs. Kirkpatrick is excited to be at St. Stephen for her second year.