Preschool provides foundation for a lifetime of learning

Taking a break from playing are Prince of Peace Preschool students Caden Beland, left, and Jordin Dringenberg.

The Prince of Peace Preschool program is a partner center with the Clinton Community School District. Prince of Peace Preschool is in its third year of offering no-cost, 4-year-old preschool five days a week through the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.

New to Prince of Peace’s 4-year-old program is the addition of early learning special education students. There is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and a full-time assistant to meet students’ needs. Prince of Peace Preschool currently serves 36 4-year-old students between its morning and afternoon sessions.

The Prince of Peace Preschool Program also has a 3-year-old program. Sixteen 3-year-old students meet three times a week. Both age groups are presented with the research-based “Creative Curriculum” as recommended by the Iowa Quality Preschool Programs Standards. Students build knowledge and skills while learning about the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes and more through age-appropriate lessons and activities.

Mary Jensen, preschool director, says, “Unique to our center is an indoor gross motor room, or as the children call it, ‘Playplace.’ This room is appreciated most in the dead of winter when it is too cold outside and everyone has a case of the wiggles.”


Jensen and her staff take advantage of opportunities to infuse and nurture a love of each other and God’s gifts in every child. The academic, social and spiritual lessons are the building blocks to ensure a child’s lifelong success.

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