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 2014 – 2015

August 28 Orientation – Two-Day Threes Classes (Cubs & Raccoons) and Four-Day Fours Classes (Owls)

August 29 Orientation – Three-Day Threes Classes (Bunnies) and Three-Day Fours & Five-Day Fives Classes (Bears & Frogs)

September 2 – First full day of School – Cubs, Raccoons, Owls & Frogs

September 3 – First full day of School – Bunnies & Bears

October 4 & 5 – Occasion for the Arts

November 5 – Jamestown Fieldtrip – Bears, Owls & Frogs

November 11 – Lifetouch Pictures – Cubs, Raccoons & Owls

November 12 – Lifetouch Pictures – Bunnies, Bears & Frogs

November 26-28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

December 17 – Christmas Party – Bears, Owls & Frogs

December 18 – Christmas Party – Cubs, Raccoons & Bunnies

December 19-January 4 – Christmas Break – No School

January 19 – Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 25 – Children Sing at St. Stephen 8:30 AM Worship

February 16 – Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

March 2 – Father’s Night – Bears, Owls & Frogs – No school for Bunnies

March 27 – Grandparents Tea – Bunnies

March 31- Easter Egg Hunt – Cubs, Raccoons & Frogs

April 1 – Easter Egg Hunt – Bunnies, Bears & Owls

April 2 – Grandparents Tea – Cubs & Raccoons

April 3-13 – Easter Break

May 1 – Kindergarten Registration for Williamsburg/James City County

May 8 – Mother’s Day Brunch – Bears, Owls & Frogs – No school for Bunnies

May 25 – Memorial Day – No School

May 28 – School Picnic – Raccoons, Cubs & Bunnies – No school for Bears, Owls & Frogs

May 29 – School Picnic & Graduation – Bears, Owls & Frogs

 Dates are subject to change


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/Ducks Teacher, is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Special Education. She has done graduate work in Early Childhood Education at the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. She has taught at St. Stephen Preschool since 2003. 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 at St. Stephen Preschool since 2002. She is the mother of four boys, two of whom have graduated from St. Stephen Preschool.



Christine Hanlon, Bunnies and Raccoons 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, Bears and Cubs 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 Associate/CDA credential. Mrs. Colafrancesco has taught at St. Stephen Preschool since 2002. 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 has been with the Preschool and various children’s education programs since 2008. 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 taught Kindermusik at the Wilmington Music School in Delaware for nine years. She has been an early childhood music teacher at Walsingham Academy since 2002. Mrs. Ballentine has taught at St. Stephen since 2007.




Kelly KKelly Kirkpatrick,  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 has taught at St. Stephen Preschool since 2001.