We extend a warm welcome to you and your child to Saint Vincent de Paul Preschool. Your child is very important person, God’s own child. We welcome your child as an individual and we will try to understand and help each child develop in healthful, happy ways.

Young children learn through creative play, actively exploring and manipulating their environment. Concrete experiences contribute to concept development in the preschool age child. Through creative play, a powerful tool for young children, the stage is set for self-discovery and self-realization. Play is the major vehicle for the development of the whole child in all areas: spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.

If during the year, you have any questions about what is happening at preschool please feel free to call me at any time. The phone number for Saint Vincent de Paul is listed below, as well as my e-mail address.

We are looking forward with great anticipation to an exciting year of activities with your child.

God Bless,

Shelly Gilardi, Preschool Director
(740) 393-3611

Preschool Handbook

The St. Vincent de Paul Preschool Handbook contains information regarding our preschool program. It is very important that you read this handbook and keep it available as long as your child is enrolled in the program. It will answer many of the questions you have about our preschool.


St. Vincent de Paul Preschool is an extension of Parish ministries and was established to meet a growing need for a quality early childhood program for the young children of St. Vincent Parish and the surrounding community. We will strive to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs of the whole child. Our goal is to have a safe and loving atmosphere where a child can explore and discover through hands on interaction with his/her environment. Opportunities will be provided to use and share existing skills and to learn new skills which will help the child establish a positive self-esteem. We will approach these goals as followers of Jesus, the perfect teacher, with a sense of commitment, service, wonder, and love.


Our goals are to plan and structure play experiences in a Christian environment which will further enhance and facilitate growth and development for each child.

1. To become independent and self-motivated.
2. To be a creative thinker and problem solver by encouraging him/her to think, reason, question, and experiment.
3. To be able to express her/himself as an individual through language development and creativity.
4. To function successfully in a group of peers (i.e. cooperation, sharing, friendship values.)
5. To gain a sense of self-worth as a special part of God’s community.

General Information

Please do not send children in cloth, disposable diapers, or pull-ups. Children must be able to use our bathroom in the preschool classroom.

Parents will be notified if a child exhibits behavior that is a safety hazard to other children or to a teacher. Because of unacceptable or uncontrollable behavior the director or principal has the right to suspend or dismiss the child from preschool.

A list of the names and telephone numbers of parents or guardians of children attending our preschool is available upon request. Each class list includes all parents who have given us permission to release their names and phone numbers.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled twice yearly to discuss each child’s progress. A conference may be scheduled at any other time throughout the year by request of a parent or teacher.

Parents have the right to obtain a copy of the State Inspection Report or to file a complaint, if necessary. Please contact the school office if you should need to do so.

Our classes are in session for only 2 ¼ hours, therefore, we do not administer medication of any kind (exception for asthma inhalers).

Admissions Policy

The Admissions Policy for St. Vincent de Paul School and Preschool may be found on our Admission and Tuition Information page.


According to Diocesan Policy, all school volunteers must have attended the “Protecting God’s Children” workshop and have a BCI report on file in the school office. You will not be able to volunteer at the school in situations where care, custody or control of other school age children are present, unless you have both of these forms on file. This policy also applies to attending classroom parties.

Hours and Days of Operation

The Saint Vincent de Paul Preschool year runs September through May with classes beginning on the Tuesday after Labor Day and running through the last Friday before Memorial Day.

The 2 Day A Week class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-11:30. Students should not arrive before 8:50

The 3 Day a Week class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:30. Students should not arrive before 8:50

The Flex Program class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00-11:30. Students should not arrive before 8:50.

The Pre-Kindergarten class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00-12:00. Students should not arrive before 8:50.

Snow Days

If St. Vincent de Paul School is on a one-hour delay, the morning sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. (regular time) If St. Vincent de Paul School is on a two-hour delay, the morning sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and dismiss at their regular times of 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Late Fees

Parents are responsible for picking up their children promptly at 11:30 and 2:30. To pickup children later than dismissal time is not permitted. Should late circumstances occur, parents will be charged a late fee of $5 for each 15 minutes.

Management of Communicable Diseases

The following shall be recognized as signs of illness:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit taken under the arm
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Evidence of lice infestation, or other parasite infestation
  • Sever coughing causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound
  • Difficult or rapid breathing
  • Yellowish skin or eyes, or conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Unusually dark urine and/or grey or white stool
  • Stiff neck

The child who shows any of the above signs of illness shall be separated immediately from the group. The parent or a designated adult will then be phoned so that the child may be picked up immediately. One member of the school staff shall remain with the child who is ill until he/she is discharged.

The child who has been discharged due to illness upon re-admittance to preschool will be observed by a person or persons trained in first aid before re-entering the class.

The preschool has a first aid kit on hand at all times. Our staff has had training in first aid and in prevention, recognition, and management of communicable diseases. Parents will be notified by a letter home when their child has been exposed to a communicable disease.

Safety Policy

When an accident or injury occurs which requires the administration of syrup of ipecac or emergency transportation of a child, an incident report shall be completed and a copy shall be given to the parent(s) of a child. The use of aerosols shall be prohibited when children are in attendance at our preschool.

A staff member in charge of a child or group of children shall be responsible for their safety.

  • No child shall ever be left alone or unsupervised
  • A child will not be allowed to leave the room until a parent or designated person has arrived to pick him/her up.
  • In case of an emergency, a staff member shall contact a parent or other designated person.
  • Fire drills and tornado drills shall be held at varying times throughout the school year.

A plan is posted in each classroom which explains emergency routes out of the building and staff responsibilities in case of fire or severe weather.

Guidance Policy

The Saint Vincent de Paul Preschool staff believes that helping a child to learn self-control is very important. Our hope is that each child will learn self discipline through careful guidance. Each child will be treated with love and respect and forgiveness. Teachers will act as models of positive behavior. Our expectations will be kept within the child’s capabilities and the child will be made aware of these expectations. Positive reinforcement and positive redirection (removing the child from the situation and giving them an appropriate activity) will be used. A child may be separated from the group for a short time when he/she is unable to control his/her behavior, which infringes on the rights and safety of others.

The method of discipline for the Preschool personnel shall be restricted as follows:

  • There shall be no cruel, harsh, or unusual punishment such as, but not limited to, punching, pinching, spanking, or biting.
  • No discipline technique shall be delegated to any other child;
  • No physical restraints shall be used to confine a child by any means other than holding a child for a short period of time, such as in a protective hug, so the child may regain control;
  • No child shall be placed in a locked room, closet, box, or cubicle;
  • No child shall be humiliated or subjected to profane language, threats, or derogatory remarks about himself or his family, or other verbal abuse;
  • Discipline shall not include withholding food, rest, or toilet use;
  • Techniques of discipline shall not humiliate, shame, or frighten a child;
  • Discipline shall not be imposed on a child for failure to eat or toileting accidents;
  • Separation, when used as discipline, shall be brief in duration and appropriate to the child’s age and developmental ability. The child shall be within sight and hearing of a staff member in a safe, lighted, well-ventilated space.

Snack Time

Snack time is a very enjoyable time at preschool. Parents will be asked to donate snacks on a rotating basis. The snack schedule will come home with your child shortly after school begins. Each day at snack time your child will have the opportunity to drink white milk, chocolate milk, or orange juice. Your child’s teacher will let you know the price of drinks for the year. Please send in a check at the beginning of the year to cover the cost of drinks for your child from September to May. A snack container will be sent home with the designated “snack helper” to help remind the student’s family. On the side of the container is the number of children in the class and any allergies that children may have in the class. Please be observant of the allergy notations. Please indicate on your child’s health form if he or she has any food allergies.

If it is inconvenient for your child to bring snack on their assigned week please notify the teacher and another week can be rescheduled. Parents are encouraged to bring simple, individually wrapped nutritious snacks. Birthdays are special occasions and can be celebrated with “goodies”. Please keep in mind that full size cupcakes are usually not eaten in their entirety and can be very messy. Perhaps a better solution would be mini cupcakes, muffins, or ice cream cups.

Snack Milk Prices-Per Year

Preschool 3’s – $24.15
Preschool 4’s – $33.60
Pre-K – $57.40
Kindergarten – $63.00


There is no dress code for our preschool classes, but keep in mind that flip flops are not the best choice of shoe wear as they can be dangerous on the playground and stairs. Should you have a question about what is best for your child to wear, please see the following section on our school age dress code. (insert code here)

Please label your child’s personal belongings, including jackets and mittens. One child’s belongings may look exactly like another’s. We cannot be responsible for lost articles.

Please provide a change of clothes for your child in case of an accident. Please put the change of clothes in a large Ziploc bag and label his or her name on the front. We will store the clothing for your child during the year and return it at the end of the school year.

Book Orders

Your child will be bringing home a form to order books about once every other month. If you wish to order, simply fill out the form and send the correct amount of money or a check made out to Shelly Gilardi in an envelope. These orders are provided as a convenient way for parents to buy quality books for their child at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar that is spent on books, we earn bonus points which are used to purchase books for classroom use. This is a win-win situation because you get quality books at a low price and you are helping to provide new books for the classroom. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order.

Staff/Child Rations–Group Size

St. Vincent de Paul Preschool teachers are qualified Early Childhood Educators with degrees and/or college coursework in the areas of Child Development and Education, as well as practical experience working with young children. The staff-child ratios at Saint Vincent meet the Ohio Department of Education Standards. They are as follows:

 ODE StandardsMax. Group Size
3-Year-Olds1:1224 w/ full time aide
4-Year-Olds1:1428 w/ full time aide
Pre-Kindergarten1:1428 w/ full time aide

Age Cutoff Dates

Children will enter the 3 year old class, 4 year old class or Pre-Kindergarten class based on their age as of August 1, unless other arrangements have been made with the administrator. Children will remain in that class for the school year unless a child’s parents, teacher, and the administrator agree that another classroom setting would be more appropriate.

Mandated Reporters

All staff members are mandated reporters of child abuse. If staff members have suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, they MUST make a report to the local children’s services agency. The safety of the children is always our first concern.


You received a few forms in your registration packet which need to be filled out and returned by the first week of school. The State of Ohio Department of Education will be sending a representative to our school to make sure that all forms are turned in and filled out properly. Missing or incomplete forms may cause our operating license to be in jeopardy. Please make sure to return these completed forms in a timely fashion. If they are not filled out properly they will be returned to you for proper completion.


Shelly Gilardi Tuesday, Thursday Preschool
Director and Teacher Morning session 9:00-11:30

Katie Delozier Monday, Wednesday, Friday Preschool
Teacher Morning session 9:00-11:30

Patty Dudevszky Monday- Friday Pre-K
Teacher Morning session 9:00-12:00

Jocelyn Gilardi, Kathy McGuire, Heather Canter – Aides