Early Learning Center Program

Preschoolers work with flour creations

The St. Nicholas Early Learning Center is a an exciting place for a child to begin the educational process.   The PK3, pre-K and kindergarten years are important in forming a child's view of school and learning. In the Early Learning Center, children who are developmentally appropriate for PK3 (3-Year-Old), pre-K (Level 1) and kindergarten (Level 2) are brought together in an innovative learning community.

An academically-based program, the Early Learning Center provides a dynamic balance between nurturing and independence, between directed activities and individual exploration, between large group and small group experiences.  St. Nicholas has a knowledgeable team of teachers who are early learning professionals.  This team works collaboratively to guide and engage students through this initial learning experience. In a context of hands-on, experiential learning, these young children develop strong skills in academic areas as they acquire self-confidence and discover the art of working together as a community. 

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired and nature-based program encourages curiosity, empowers children, and lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.  Students experience problem-solving, collaboration, discovery and creative expression on a daily basis and their natural curiosity is a driving force of the curriculum.

Early learning teaching specialists enhance the learning process through art, science, music, physical education, foreign language, library skills, and technology.  At each age level, themes ignite curiosity and allow children to explore their many talents. All of the things that make the experience at St. Nicholas like no other!

In the early learning environment, respect, responsibility, creativity, and discovery lead to a lifetime love of learning.


ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL 7525 Min Tom Drive | Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421 | ph: (423).899.1999 | fax: (423).899.0109 | [email protected]