St. Gabriel Preschool welcomes children ages 3 years (and potty trained) to 5 years of age from all different backgrounds and ethnicities. Our Preschool program holds its own vast richness in its tradition. St. Gabriel Child Care was established in 1986 with twenty children and two staff people. It now serves up to 250 children and operates four school-age programs with a staff of 27. Our program includes a 3-year old Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, After-School Enrichment for grades kindergarten through sixth grade, and Summer Camp. Over the last 29 years, the program has grown and evolved under the leadership of Jeannie Cockerel, Dot Brandenburg, Cindy Bowen and now, Shelly Pierce. In 1995, we expanded and again, in 2000, we constructed the facility where the Preschool resides today. A three-year-old classroom was added shortly thereafter when we purchased the property at 8608 Augustine Way. This is clearly a rich program, now bursting at the seams.
During the summer 2015, we renovated our entire St. Gabriel Preschool facility. Our new facility has an expanded capacity of 102 students – all students are accommodated in the main school building. In the Fall of 2020, we have expanded once again to accommodate the Emergency Regulations issued by Kentucky State Child Care Licensing. We now offer 10 classrooms that hold 10 students to one teacher. The additional classrooms are right above the original preschool in the school Library. We are offering three Junior Kindergarten classrooms, 5 Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and two 3-year old Preschool classrooms.
Our facility features 10 separate classrooms. Our younger students enjoy classrooms in our main facility with their own child-sized bathrooms, teacher station, refrigerator, and hand-washing station. As a reflection of St. Gabriel’s continued desire to incorporate technology in to teaching, each room has its own Smartboard technology or touchscreen computer. There are observation windows for parents, a parent-teacher conference area, separate under-the-weather room, and a dedicated lobby space.
Our facility design is a reflection of our continued commitment to see our children continue to rise above and soar beyond. It’s an investment in our future as a parish, a faith-based community and a school committed to excellence in education. We realize that excellence goes beyond the exterior appearances, that it is achieved with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love working with children, and a classroom experience with demonstrated results. We hold ourselves accountable to achieving this mission.