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August 6, 2013

St. Stephen’s under first new director in 28 years

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Preschoolers are exposed to math, language and the arts. Grant said the teachers, three of whom have worked there for 25 years, show a good example to the children and then let them work out problems.

“We do it through play, but it’s planned out. There are standards we go by. We work really hard to make it such a good program for children here. All of us love watching them grow,” the 28-year veteran said.

The school doesn’t do much advertising but keeps a long waiting list. Promotion sticks to word of mouth.

The program works. Former students have come back to work or enroll their children at St. Stephen’s.

“We’ve raised families. It’s very special,” Grant said. “It show’s they understand they went through a good program and still remember it.”

The preschool costs $130 per week for a full day program but also offers half-days. Grant said the price isn’t bad considering the teaching staff and high quality meals.

MyPlates let the kids match proper food groups for daily intake.

St. Stephen’s Day School updates portfolios on each child evaluating learning curves. Twice a year parent-teacher conferences shows the care taken at a young age.

The educational operation works. The school earned National Association for the Education of Young Children and Georgia Quality ratings.

“That’s the highest standard you can get for this age,” Grant said.

St. Stephen’s is a center of distinction with only two other peers statewide.

The 92 students starting this fall have valuable, fun lessons approaching. 

Grant is confident in Robert’s ability to maintain a high standard.

Teaching local youth is truly a calling.

“It’s not a big paycheck, but the rewards are watching them grow and loving them,” Grant said.

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