OLPH Preschool/Prekindergarten Program

Director: Amanda Athey, 614-875-7079, aathey@ourladyofperpetualhelp.net


Preschool Enrollment Form

Preschool Child Medical Statement

***** Our Lady's Preschool is the recipient of a grant from the state of Ohio which provides tuition for additional Pre-Kindergarten students. *****

The requirements for children to be eligible to participate in the Early Childhood Education Expansion Grant are:
* 4 years old and eligible to attend Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year
* Family income
* Not currently receiving other publicly funded preschool services.

Prekindergarten Program Options

Prekindergarten Monday-Friday MORNINGS

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Length: September through May
Age: 4 years of age and eligible for Kindergarten the following year
Cost: $250.00/month (WITHOUT Lunch)  or  $265.00/month (WITH Lunch Bunch)

Lunch Bunch – 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (option)

Prekindergarten Monday-Friday AFTERNOONS

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Length: September through May
Age: 4 years of age and eligible for Kindergarten the following year
Cost: $250.00/month (WITHOUT Lunch)  or  $265.00/month (WITH Lunch Bunch)

Prekindergarten: Monday – Friday FULL-DAY

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Length: September through May
Age: 4 years of age and eligible for Kindergarten the following year
Cost: $475.00/month (WITH Lunch Bunch)

Preschool Program Options

Preschool: Monday, Wednesday, Friday MORNINGS

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Length: September through May
Age: 3 & 4 years of age by first day of school and potty trained
Cost: $190.00/month

Preschool: Tuesday, Thursday MORNINGS

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Length: September through May
Age: 3 & 4 years of age by first day of school and potty trained
Cost: $140.00/month


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool encourages our children to learn and grow through appropriate activities that support their talents in a loving and Catholic environment. Experiences and opportunities are provided to promote a positive self-esteem and individual development as well as community growth.

  1. Together, we will build upon the foundation of our current preschool program and extend its kindergarten readiness approach. This goal can be met by continuing to foster a play-based curriculum, yet enriched with enhanced structure and guidance. This will allow teachers to scaffold concepts in such a way that the children will have the support needed to learn the material through play. The children will have the opportunity to visit learning centers that allow them to develop motor skills, handwriting, phonemic awareness, number sense, and social skills.
  2. We will extend our academic curriculum to include the Catechesis of the Good Shepard program – an amazing way to exhibit God’s love for children. This program brings faith and religious concepts to life for the students.
  3. Our preschool will reaffirm its mission as “in partnership” with Our Lady Grade School. This will further demonstrate our commitment that we exist to serve our parish and school families as well as function as an effective entryway to our grade school. We will create opportunities for families to get involved in the life of our grade school by including our preschoolers in grade school activities and service projects, and their families opportunities to experience the kindergarten program throughout the year.
  4. In addition to the traditional two and three morning options for 3 and 4 year old preschool children, many families are looking for an all-day/every-day option for their older prekindergarten child. For some, this accommodates the real-world need for extended coverage while the parents work. But, for many, this recognizes some children are ready, both academically and socially, for an extended preschool experience. So, we look to provide both a morning (8:30-11:00) and afternoon (Noon-2:30) program for prekindergarten with both options bridging with “lunch bunch” from 11:00-12:00 (outdoor play when finished eating). Prekindergarten (those students expecting to register for kindergarten in the next school year), can attend both the morning and afternoon session if they choose a “full day option.”
  5. For the upcoming school year we will use both classrooms in the Our Lady Center for preschool classrooms. One classroom will be for the younger groups attending just the morning program, and the second classroom will be for the prekindergarten groups attending M-F morning, afternoon or both. Swickard Hall, (the large open area) will be used as a large muscle area and lunchroom during the preschool day. We will acquire gross motor equipment such as tricycles, scooters, etc. for the preschoolers. This will be especially beneficial during indoor recess during inclement weather.
  6. In addition to the Our Lady Preschool programs, the Our Lady Center is home to the Before & After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) program which serves Our Lady Grade School students. Tables and stations in Swickard Hall will be stocked with supplies and manipulatives in different areas of interest. Homework help and tutoring will be available, as well as enrichment with opportunity to build, create, and explore according to the students’ aptitudes. These centers will be stored away at the end of the day, leaving ample space for tables, chairs, and technology needed for evening Parish events.
  7. Guiding the preschool program is a team of parents, experts, and constituents who form the Our Lady Preschool Advisory Board. The parents, teachers, and administrators will assemble regularly to discuss best practices, share ideas, address challenges, and serve our children during these, their most formative years.


Our goals are to plan and structure play experiences to educate the whole child, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually in an atmosphere of love, respect and acceptance. We will integrate the preschool standards throughout everyday experiences and the curriculum.
  • Encourage children's joy of learning through their imagination and curiosity.
  • Foster a positive self-image and enable growth in self-knowledge.
  • Encourage problem solving and decision making skills while fostering friendships and cooperation with others.
  • Provide an environment for children to experience and become aware of God's love.
  • Offer experiences that support and encourage language development and emerging literacy.
  • Establish a positive partnership between home and school.


Tuition can be paid in monthly installments beginning in September and ending in May. Our Lady offers a 5% multi-child discount to those families having more than one child enrolled in the preschool. COACE teacher discounts are not available for this program.  Guardian Angel tuition assistance is available for families with special financial circumstances. 

A $15.00 non-refundable fee is due with registration. In addition, a $50.00 deposit is required with the tuition contract. Should a family decide to withdraw their child from the preschool, the $50.00 becomes non-refundable. Otherwise, the $50.00 is applied to the family.s tuition account.

Our Lady accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks or a family may choose to use EFT (electronic funds transfer). Families choosing EFT have the option of having their tuition withdrawn on the 5th or on the 20th of the month. Other methods of payments must be received by the 5th of the month. Should the 5th of the month occur on a weekend or banking holiday, tuition is due the next business day.

Payments may be mailed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Attn: Tuition; 3752 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123 or may dropped off at the school or preschool office during regular school office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our Lady charges a $25.00 late charge for any payment not received by the scheduled due date; as well as a $25.00 charge for any payment returned due to insufficient funds, closed accounts, etc.


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Upcomming Preschool Events

Amanda “Mandy” Athey, Our Lady Preschool Director

“I was drawn into teaching at a young age. I enjoyed playing school with my younger brother. Lucky for me he would play along even when I assigned him book reports! I come from a very large extended family with too many cousins to count. I was always with my younger cousins and siblings playing games, sports, reading books etc. Some of my proudest moments include teaching my younger brother to play a song on the piano and helping my younger sister learn to read; both at a very young age.

Children learn so quickly and watching them have that “Ah Ha” moment is amazing. I love the questions my son asks. He seems to do his greatest thinking in the car and he has stumped me many times with his profound thoughts. Young children can absorb an enormous amount of information in every day experiences. I stayed home with my son for 2 years, and it was my goal to provide a preschool like environment for him. We had shapes and colors on the dining room walls. We loved creating things with different art materials. We used word and number vocabulary as often as possible. My son has a love for science, so I used science to interest him in other areas that were not his favorite. We made every day an opportunity to learn.

It is hard work to create an environment that is fun and educational. Sometimes teachers have to really “sell it” in order for the children to be excited about it as well. Children need choices with safe boundaries, and structure with flexibility. We can provide those things and meet the needs of the whole child by simply changing the way we speak to children. Asking questions with a higher level of thinking is a great way to allow the child to use knowledge and creativity in their answers.
Preschoolers do not need numerous worksheets to be ready for kindergarten. They need a chance to experience learning through play. And the teacher is responsible for creating opportunities for meaningful play that will enhance the occasions the child will have to discover, create, and learn on his/her own.”
Amanda "Mandy" LaTorre

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