SJECC is committed to re-opening school for the benefit of our students and their families. We are taking extraordinary measures to provide a safe and healthy environment in which children can learn and grow in their development. We are confident that God will continue to bless the work we do in His name. SJECC understands that families have many concerns during this challenging time. We are here for you when you are ready to begin the journey back.
9/20/20 ECC Staff Celebrate Mass Together We welcome families to join our Church community at St. Jerome.
OPEN HOUSE August 2020
Clean, Sanitize, Disinfect
In addition to our thorough cleaning protocols, we are supplying state of the art electrostatic disinfection spraying to our facility NIGHTLY.
We are registering students for the upcoming school year. Spaces are limited. Call today to secure your child's enrollment. 596-9491
Application forms and information for 2020-21 can be found under the Admissions tab at the top of this page. Virtual tour videos of each classroom are posted on this site. Please check us out! In-person tours available in compliance with current CDC guidelines. Call and schedule your tour today!
We offer 2, 3, and 5 day options for 2 year olds and 3 year olds. We also offer 5 day VPK for four year olds. Four year olds have a full and half day option. Call for more information.
Extended Care is available in the morning and afternoons for all students.
Contact us at 727-596-9491 or email us with our contact form
Dear Friends, Thank you for your interest in St. Jerome Early Childhood Center. Established in 1990,, St. Jerome ECC has been blessed to serve the families of our parish and surrounding communities. God has been so good to us! We have been blessed with faith-filled dedicated teachers and staff. Our families are involved and supportive of our efforts, as we seek to provide the best possible early childhood program for children ages 2-5. As the only nationally accredited (NAEYC) Catholic educational program in Pinellas County, the environment we provide is one of the highest quality, as we serve the needs of the whole child – physically, socially, emotionally, academically and most importantly, spiritually. First and foremost, St. Jerome ECC is a Catholic school, one where the presence of Christ is known in our words and in our actions.
.Our preschool children are more than well-prepared for their educational and spiritual journey when they leave St. Jerome ECC for kindergarten. We continue to hold each one in prayer. We are humbled and honored to have been chosen as their first step out into the world. We know that God will be with them on their journey and we ask for God’s blessing as we continue our work in His Name.
Sincerely in Christ, Phyllis Steele, Administrator St. Jerome Early Childhood Center
Thank you to all who participated in our Obstacle Course and Bear Hunt!
Walk Through the Bible Obstacle Course
ECC Families are invited to enjoy an obstacle course in front of our school. It is a non-contact activity. Please observe social distancing guidelines if other people are present when you arrive. Have fun!
What a Wonderful World by the Barnett Children
Going on a Bear Hunt Grab your binoculars and head over to St. Jerome Church. There are hidden bears waiting to be discovered. Drive, ride bikes or walk through the grounds as you search for all 30 of them. Please remember to practice social distancing guidelines. Have fun!
Storytime with a Firefighter
Parade of Students 4-13-20
Storytime with a Local Firefighter
Prayer O God, we entrust ourselves to you during these times. Keep us safe, and give us the grace to be generous to one another and to be courteous and kind to everyone in our lives. Help us to recognize when we are getting on each others nerves, to know when reconciliation is necessary, and to be conscious of each other’s needs. Adapted from Household Rituals: Prayers and Blessings Through The Year (Living With Christ)
Thank you for making our bike course fundraiser a big success! We raised almost $2,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital!
Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Friday, 10/9 to Sunday, 10/11 all are welcome to ride our course! It is self-serve and your family can stop by anytime. Remember to say a prayer for those suffering from childhood cancer and make a donation to St. Judes, if possible.
All donations should be made either online or by check payable to St. Jude Children’s Hospital by Monday October 12th. Online donations can be made by going to https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/school-fundraising-ideas/trikeathon.html. Select “Find a school” and enter St Jerome Early Childhood Ctr (note no period after St) – you can then register as a participant and make your donation. We truly appreciate your support of such a worthy cause!
Blessing of Classrooms by our Pastor Father Tom
New COVID19 Procedures keep everyone safe and healthy!
A New Front Office for SJECC
Family Handbook Orientation Presentation August 2020
Our COVID-19 Response and Re-Opening Plan has been designed. Our Taskforce meets frequently to address new concerns in this ever-changing pandemic situation. Be assured that we will offer the safest and healthiest setting for your children while maintaining a high quality, developmentally appropriate learning environment. Many precautions have been put in place to guard against the transmission of the coronavirus. We are optimistic that our plans give families the opportunity to return to school with peace of mind. We pray that God continue to guide our decisions and protect us from all harm. This comprehensive plan will be emailed to registered families on July 20, 2020. Our revised Handbook will be available on August 4, 2020. Check our INFORMATION tab above for the Handbook and related documents.
Welcome Tour with the Director
Room 1 Tour: 3 year olds
Room 2 Tour: 2 year olds
Room 3 Tour: 4 year olds
Room 4 Tour: 4 year olds
Fours Farewell 5/17/20
Watch our Farewell Mass by clicking the link below.
Coronavirus Update (5/15/20) We are currently closed until the next school year. There will not be a summer program due to the current pandemic. We are preparing for the next school year with new protocols and procedures to meet the safety needs of our students. Thank you and stay well! Remote lessons will continue to be sent to our students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until June 26, 2020.
June Home Happenings!
Send in pictures of your child working on their remote lessons or any other fun activities!
Congratulations to the Hobby Family on the birth of their beautiful baby!
Look what's happening at home....
Tractor Process ArtThis is a process art project, meaning the focus is on the process of creating art rather than an end product. This type of art is perfect for preschoolers. It allows them to be creative without worrying if they made their project the correct way. For this project, children will use mud paint. We used mud paint because it looks like tractor tracks. You can also use tempera paint, if you want to create a more colorful look. from Teaching Mama for Pre-K
Email pictures of how you and your children are staying busy at home. email@example.com
9-1-1 Education Students learn about Emergency Preparedness
We celebrate the Feast Day of St. Jerome
PROJECT CARE SJECC is making cards for our local nursing home residents. Stop by our front table, grab some supplies and return your cards when finished. Thank you for helping us to spread the love of God.
LEARNING HAPPENS HERE!
Aspire Catalog Fundraiser Find some Christmas treasures while helping the school raise money. http://fundraisingshoppingcart.com/ Use seller ID 00233375 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
BACK TO SCHOOL August 2020
We are ready to welcome you back!!!!
This very unique staff photo marks the beginning of a different but exciting school year. We are well-prepared to start provide a safe learning environment for your children so they can continue on their journeys of growth and development.
Thank you to Mr. Tom Kuznicki who generously donated his time to paint our new office doors!!
A dropbox has been installed for your convenience. Located on the wall to the left of the ECC front doors, this secure mailbox is the perfect place to leave documents after regular office hours.
The Safety of Our Students is Our Top Priority
We are creating a Front Office as an added line of defense against all potential intruders including the invisible COVID 19. Follow our progress here.
Ms. Brett has decided to move to a Substitute Teacher position at SJECC as she pursues other career goals. We thank her for her dedication to our two year old class and we look forward to welcoming her back as a Substitute Teacher.
RETIREMENT PARADE for Mrs. Homme 5/26/20
Happy Retirement to Mrs. Homme!!
Thank you for 22 years of education! You have touched many lives with your care and expertise! We will miss you!!
Personal Item Pick Up and Drive-Through Visit Room 1 - Friday 5/8 9:00 - 10:00 am Room 2 - Monday 5/11 11:00 - 12:00 pm Rooms 3 and 4 - Sunday 5/17 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Outdoor Classroom gains a Hopscotch Game! Thank you Mrs. Martin!
New Security Film Installed
On Friday, March 29, 2020 security film was installed on all of the ECC windows to guard against hurricane strength winds and to provide added protection from possible intruders. This project was funded by a grant from the White Family Foundation. It was completed by Custom Window Graphics. We are very happy to offer an even safer environment for our students when they return.
LifeLine Ministries continues to feed the needy
Collection bins are available in the Chapel. Please drop any nonperishable food items. Thank you!
Thank you to Tom Kuznicki and family for pressure washing our ECC building this past week and making it look so nice!