Toddler Bridge Program

Toddler Bridge Program

2016-2017 Dates:
  • January 11, 2016: Registration opens for the 2016-2017 school year. Classes are formed on a first-come, first-served basis as contracts are returned.
  • September 8, 2016: Parent Orientation for families starting in 2016-17 to meet with teachers and other parents.
  • September 12, 2016: Classes begin for Monday, Wednesday, Friday Program
  • September 13, 2016: Classes begin for Tuesday and Thursday Program
  • January 4, 2017: New January students begin
  • February 2017: Registration for 2017-18 goes live
 
For more information, or to register for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Grey McIntosh in the Early Childhood Education Office at 310-454-1359 or gmcintosh@smps.net
 
The St. Matthew’s Toddler Bridge Program is for those children who will be age-eligible for preschool the following school year and who would benefit from an independent program. In short, this experience provides a safe and positive bridge – first step – from a parent-toddler program to the greater independence of a preschool program. Bridge Program classes provide young children the opportunity to build confidence, gain valuable social interaction skills and cultivate a positive self-image through the support of our experienced teachers. The curriculum includes hands-on experiences, including art activities, stories, music, movement, and outdoor play. Age-eligible students may join during the school year if a class has room. Online registration begins January 11, 2016 for the September 2016-2017 school year. Classes form on a first-come, first-served basis as contracts are returned. Depending on space, children may join throughout the year once they are age-eligible. We encourage families to join the Toddler Bridge Program to supplement, not replace, their parent-toddler class!
 
The first weeks of class time are devoted to gaining trust and building familiarity, as our nurturing teachers support the children (and their parents!) through the separation process. We begin fall classes with a short visit, which include both parents and children. Gradually, over the first few weeks, we increase the length of class time, so the children are able to build on a positive experience.
 
Classes are held from 12:40 to 2:40 p.m. in the St. Matthew’s Preschool. We recognize that young children are best served when participating in a predictable, core program that increases familiarity and comfort. For that reason, parents choose either:
  • Option 1: Tuesday and Thursday - $3,300
  • Option 2: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - $4,300
If a child is ready for more, and if we have room, parents are welcome to add more days.
 
Parents often ask if participation in a Toddler Bridge class is a prerequisite for admission to St. Matthew’s Parish School. It is not. The Bridge Program is an auxiliary program of St. Matthew’s and admission to the Parish School is separate and distinct. We encourage parents who are interested in admission to the school to make a Preschool application in the fall (information available in the Admission section of the website).
 
The Toddler Bridge Program is open to all families whose children meet the age requirements. We encourage you to share information about the program with any friends who might be interested.
 
2016-2017 Bridge Program Eligibility (Children who will be age-eligible for Preschool in fall 2017):
 
Boys:
If your boy’s birthday is before January 31, 2014, he may join the Bridge Program anytime starting September 2016.
If your boy’s birthday is between January 31, 2014 and May 31, 2014, he may join the Bridge Program anytime starting January 2017.
 
Girls:
If your girl’s birthday is before April 30, 2014, she may join the Bridge Program anytime starting September 2016.
If your girl’s birthday is between April 30, 2014 and August 31, 2014, she may join the Bridge Program anytime starting January 2017.
 
Tuition for 2016-2017 (Adjusted for mid-year applicants)
 
Additional days may be added to Option 1 (T/Th) or Option 2 (M/W/F):
Total of three afternoons: $4,300
Total of five afternoons: $6,000
(Note: Total above indicates core option plus additional days)
If you are interested in receiving a contract, please contact Grey McIntosh in the Early Childhood Education Office at 310-454-1359 or gmcintosh@smps.net.
 
 
Questions may be directed to:
 
Grey McIntosh
Early Childhood Coordinator, Assistant to the Principal of Grades PS-4
310.454.1359
gmcintosh@smps.net
 
Dana Berlin
Principal, Grades PS-4