Pre-K4 Program Highlights

Our Pre-K4 program is directed toward a readiness for Kindergarten while learning in a hands-on classroom rooted in the Catholic faith. We explore integrated instruction across all content areas with the Children Study Their World Curriculum.  Children Study Their World (CSW) is an early childhood curriculum for 4-year-olds, based on principles of project-based inquiry and driven by evidence-based practices that build teacher capacity and support successful implementation.  CSW consists of eight interdisciplinary, content-rich projects that build upon children’s knowledge and increase in complexity.  CSW was developed by the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention with funding from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood.

The children explore story elements, alphabet, vocabulary and concepts, and phonemic awareness. Our math program is based on daily calendar practices, counting, cardinality, numerical operations and algebraic thinking. Science and social studies concepts are taught in hands-on, age-appropriate methods. We utilize Smart Board and iPad technology in support of the curriculum.

Our religion curriculum covers the Catholic faith through symbols and articles, Bible stories, and prayer.  We study the liturgical events of the Catholic Church and instilling a love of, and devotion to Jesus. We share meaningful spiritual lessons and develop a sense of community.  Our students participate in the weekly faith formation program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Parents choose St. Jane Frances' Pre-K4 program knowing their child is taking part in an early educational curriculum that prepares their child for Kindergarten and beyond.

Pre-K4 Program Schedule

Our Pre-K4 program offers full-time options for students. Our Pre-K4 programs are staffed by caring, certified teachers, who are highly qualified to create a safe and ideal environment for the good of the whole child. The goal of the Pre-K4 program is to prepare students for Kindergarten and to become life-long learners.

Pre-K4 Requirements

Students must be 4 years old by September 1st and are independent when using the restroom.

Early Education Subject Areas

Found below is a listing of the areas of study with example content and essential skills.


Released in 2011, “Bringing Good News” is the Archdiocese of Baltimore Religion Curriculum for Elementary Schools. This standards-based curriculum serves as a guide, a roadmap for both
teachers and students as they embark on a journey, which will provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the faith as witnessed in the teachings and the traditions of the Catholic Church. The curriculum is built on the Six Tasks of Catechesis: Promoting Knowledge of the
Faith; Liturgical Education; Moral Formation; Teaching to Pray; Education for Community Life; and Missionary Initiation and is aligned with the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG:ACRE). By the completion of preschool, students will master a variety of skills

  • Identify self and my family as belonging to God’s family.
  • Identify the Bible as a special book about God.
  • Dramatize the stories about Jesus from the Bible, i.e. The Last Supper, The Christ Child in the Temple, The Good Samaritan.
  • Demonstrate how we show our love by using kind words and positive actions.
  • Participate in prayer with the family, alone, in class and at Church.
  • Identify the saints as God’s special friends who are part of the family of the Church in heaven.
  • Discover that God has made each of them special and that individual differences are gifts from God.
  • Understand when we help our family and friends we are showing love to others like Jesus did.


Revised in 2013, the curriculum for all elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore include the following units:

  • Counting and Cardinality 
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Measurement and Data 
  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten 
  • Geometry
  • Numbers and Operations

Catholic educators never forget that our schools exist to bring our students to Christ. By continuing to implement new standards that are challenging, we work to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic
education that educates the whole child, both mind and soul. By the completion of preschool, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Count groups of objects to 10 in order to solve a problem.
  • Subitize: immediate recognition of the number of a group without counting.
  • Manipulate actual, physical objects to represent the problem when working on a solution (e.g. apples to represent apples).
  • Use measurement vocabulary when describing the attributes of objects.
  • Recognize shapes in their real-world environment.

English Language Arts

Revised in 2014, the English Language Arts Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Baltimore is designed using the Catholic, College and Career Ready clusters as its foundation. Through literature, this course of study fosters students' Catholic identity, shaping them to be models
of Christian living for others. This curriculum is fully integrated with our Catholic faith. We provide students with a curriculum that is rigorous and rich in literature, oral and written language, grammar, writing, vocabulary, informational literature, and multimedia/technology. By the completion of preschool, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Exhibit curiosity and interest in learning new vocabulary (e.g. ask questions about unfamiliar vocabulary).
  • Describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
  • Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or through other media by asking and
    answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.

Additional Subject Areas

While there are not defined standards in preschool for the following subject areas, Catholic schools offer exploration and introduction to the content that will be learned in future grade levels:

  • Science
  • Instructional Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education/Health
  • World Languages
We invite you to learn more about our Pre-K2 and Pre-K3 programs!



Ready to Apply to St. Jane Frances Preschool

Located in Pasadena, Maryland, St. Jane Frances Preschool is a private Catholic school for students in Pre-K2, Pre-K3, and Pre-K4.To learn more about our school and the admissions process for the upcoming school year we encourage you to schedule your private tour today.