Welcome to our Preschool

The Johnson Memorial School at St. Stephen’s is a preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. Classes are held Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., September through May.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for three and four year old children to learn, play, and worship together in a Christian atmosphere. There is cooperation, democratic living and an opportunity for children to gain new skills and appreciation, to make new friends, to form good habits and to learn to be responsible members of a group.


To register your child for Fall 2020:
Please download our form below or request one from Candice Croker (JMS Director) at [email protected]

Returning families to JMS may submit their completed form with non-refundable $200 registration/supply fee starting February 4. New families to JMS may submit their completed form starting Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Please bring two checks made out to JMS: $100 is non-refundable to hold your spot on our wait-list, and $100 will be refunded by request in case a spot is not available to you for the Fall 2020.

Completed forms/payment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Monthly tuition payments of $275 are due on the first day of each month. You may make your check payable to Johnson Memorial School.

Medical Certificates

Medical documentation is required of all students before the first class day. A template for this purpose, to be signed by a physician, will be sent with a Welcome Packet the first week of August. What is needed: A physician’s statement authorizing a child to come to school, current immunization record, hearing/vision test results (if your child is four years old by September 1, 2020), and a signed Emergency Action Plan (for students with allergies).

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about JMS, about tours, registrations, or anything else you'd like to know, you can email the director, Candice Croker, at [email protected]

More Info

Daily Schedule

Each day begins with a period of creative learning in which the children are free to choose from various centers such as blocks, books, small manipulatives, art, science, cooperative, gross motor, and small group. This is followed by periods devoted to creative art activities, Spanish, music, readiness, outdoor play, unit study and story time. Active times are alternated with quiet times. The daily schedule includes lunch, with each child bringing a lunch kit.


Ours is a developmentally appropriate, unit-based curriculum. Qualified, experienced teachers guide the children through an important year in their lives as they share holidays, experiences, learn of our place in the family, in the community, and of God’s world around us.
Children enjoy field trips, special days, guests, books from the public library and our school and church libraries, and worship in chapel services.

Attention is paid to readiness with carefully selected teaching aids for the child’s next step of development.


Classes meet September through May, observing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring holidays. School hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children must be three or four years old on or before September 1st of the current year to attend.


The Robert A. Johnson Memorial School for Little Children was established with funds given in memory of Sgt. Robert Alan Johnson, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Johnson. Robert was a Green Beret who was killed in action in Vietnam on May 12, 1967. This young man, who grew up in St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, exemplified the best of the youth of our nation.

Since 1967, this school has served families and children of all races and creeds, as a self-supporting, nonprofit part of the ministry of St. Stephen’s. More than 1,000 children have shared in this ministry.

Throughout the years families who know about our school come back and send others. Your support and trust is appreciated.

We endeavor to fulfill the teachings of Jesus in Matthew: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

(Matthew 19:14-15)