July 6, 2020

Dear Parents:

As you know, we have a year-round preschool at St. Matthias.  Since early June, our plan has been to open in July under the guidance of our “Readiness Plan” which conforms to San Mateo County Health, Department of Catholic Schools and Community Care Licensing COVID-19 regulations.

Many families have expressed anxieties about sending their children to school in July or have requested to enroll later in the summer or early fall.  Over the past few days, we have experienced a significant decline in enrollment.   We do not have an enrollment level to allow us to open the preschool at the present time.

Our pastor, Fr. Dave Ghiorso, has regrettably decided that St. Matthias Preschool will suspend operations effective immediately.  During the next few months we will monitor the plans for reopening local parochial and public schools.  We will assess and determine when it is timely to re-open in such a way that our preschool can be financially viable, appropriately staffed and provide a high quality program.

We will continue to work with the Department of Catholic Schools and Community Care Licensing to ensure we are fully prepared to re-open in the near future.  Parents who have paid the $400 registration fee will receive a refund.  We will maintain our list of those families who have expressed their desire to enroll for 2020-2021 as well as those on our waiting list.

I will keep everyone informed throughout the summer and into early fall.  We are living through a period of uncertainty.   It is our fervent hope that, as we approach the opening of the traditional school year, we will be able to re-open St. Matthias Preschool.  Please contact our Pastor, Fr. Dave Ghioso (frdave@stmatthiasparish.org) or me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Rose Juarez
Director
St. Matthias Preschool 
(650) 367-1320

 

Teaching our children together for a brighter future at St. Matthias – a place for fun, a place for learning.

Location: The St. Matthias Preschool is located at St. Matthias Catholic Church. Mailing address is 533 Canyon Road, Redwood City, CA 94062.

Contact: Rosemary Juarez, Our Preschool Director, for more information. St. Matthias Preschool phone number is 650-367-1320.

St. Matthias Preschool celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. The preschool is located in the parish school building which features large classrooms, a dining facility, child-sized bathrooms, meeting rooms, and an office area.

Philosophy

St. Matthias Preschool cares for children regardless of race, color or creed. A Catholic Christian environment is fostered at the Preschool which respects the individuality of children. We respect each child, recognize the importance of families and the role parents play in their child’s educational experience.

General Information

St. Matthias Preschool is licensed for 90 children between the ages of 2.6 through 5. 

The outside play area offers a large climbing structure with slides, swings, a sandbox, a bike path, game area, synthetic lawn, and more.

The Preschool offers a curriculum that enhances play, social/emotional learning with academics and incorporating Christian values. In our “home away from home” environment, children are provided a place to grow, learn, and play.

The children are placed in groups by age and development level. There are daily planned and free choice opportunities available for children to explore and experiment.

St. Matthias Preschool is licensed by the Department of Social Services and follows their guidelines. Facility #410502005.