Claymont Preschool at St. Mark has been providing quality early childhood education to children in Ballwin, Ellisville, Chesterfield, Manchester, Town & Country and Wildwood since 1962.

As an outreach program of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, stimulating environment for emotional, intellectual and physical growth. We have caring, loving teachers and enjoy a reputation of excellent kindergarten preparation.

Approximately 80 children are enrolled in 5 classes:

  • We offer daily classes for 2 year old children – Children register to attend class 1 to 5 half-days per week
  • We offer two classes for 3 year old children which meet 2 or 3 half-days per week. More days can be added if available
  • Pre-K classes meet 3 to 5 consecutive half-days per week

Classes at Claymont Preschool at St. Mark meet from late August through mid-May.
Extended day for 3 year olds and Pre-K is offered 5 days a week.
Summer Session for currently enrolled children is held 3 weeks during June.

We welcome children of all faiths. Claymont Preschool at St. Mark admits students regardless of their religious affiliation, national or ethnic origin.

Teachers and Classrooms
– Qualified & Experienced Teachers
– Member of National Association for the Education of Young Children
– Certified in Child CPR and First Aid
– Fully equipped, open classrooms
– Computers with age-appropriate software in older children’s classes
– Full Gymnasium and Multipurpose Room for indoor play

Special Features
– Two playgrounds designed for different ages
– Daily music with qualified teacher in all classes
– Science and P.E. specialist teachers
– Enrichment programs from community resources

Goals
– respect and address each child’s developmental needs, abilities, and experience
– develop positive feelings of self worth
– encourage children to express their needs in appropriate ways
– learn to get along with other children by leading, following and accepting differences
– trust and enjoy adults
– develop gross and fine motor skills
– make choices, explore, questions & use their imagination
– enjoy books, music, and the outside world
– work with parents to guide children through these important early years

Contact Lynne Dauve, Director at (636) 386-5437 or e-mail Lynne at ldauve@discoverstmark.org for more information, registration forms, or a tour of our facility.

For your convenience, you may download a copy of the Registration Forms to fill out and bring with you when you meet with the Preschool Director. The Missouri Department of Health Child Medical Examination report or a similar form from your pediatrician are required before your child starts school. A current immunization record is required annually.

Testimonials from Parents
Thank you for having such an amazing staff of caring, loving, and loyal wonderful ladies. We never had a single day of hesitation or worry when we sent our children to you. We always knew they were in wonderful care. It has made each day of these past 8 years that much easier. You are all just amazing individuals. We are so grateful for such an excellent preschool experience for our children. You all will be very missed. Thank you! Kim and Trey Dean

This program at St. Mark’s has been so wonderful! Thank you for welcoming us and making his time there so special. It is something so great that he was always wanting to go to school! Thank you for everything. – Brody and Family

We will always be grateful that Calvin was able to attend and experience all that the preschool at St. Mark has afforded him. The love, kindness, patience, encouragement and wonderful and creative projects and activities, sometimes so sweet they melted this ol’ Grandma’s heart. May God bless you all to continue on for a very long time! Mary P.

Thank you for another wonderful and memorable year!! The longer we stay at St. Mark, the more it pains me to move on and go to “big kid” school. Claymont Preschool has such a wonderful and exceptional staff whose passions for what they do are very obvious. When I drive away, I’m comforted knowing they’re in the most loving hands I could ask for. Thank you for the kindness and patience and love shown our children. We are so grateful! Kristen Melter

Thank you so much for giving Abigail a wonderfully amazing preschool experience. She has grown so much this year academically and socially and you all played a big role in that. Claymont Preschool has been exceptional from the start and we are so grateful.
Abigail is so excited about learning her letters and being able to write her name. She loves singing all the songs. She is so proud of her artwork and I love displaying it at home. She has made such great friends and this year they truly developed long-lasting friendships.
This entire preschool is filled with caring, kind, patient, nurturing, child-centered educators and we are fortunate that Abigail’s preschool experience was there. You all take the time to really get to know your students and accommodate them. One of my favorite things was how enthusiastically you welcome all the students when they come to school. Abigail learned so much and had such a great time doing it. We can’t thank you enough for being extraordinary teachers. We are going to miss being here, but know that you prepared Abigail well for kindergarten and we can’t stay in preschool forever!
Have a wonderful summer!

I can’t thank you enough for all of your guidance and encouragement this year. You put all of our first time parent nerves at ease as you helped us navigate this new chapter. Addy has grown so much more than we ever imagined this year. We are so thankful for Claymont and its teachers. We look forward to 3s next year. Mindy K.

From the moment I stepped foot in Claymont Preschool at St. Mark, I realized I was home. Yet what I didn’t realize in that first meeting was just how much my children and I would grow to love everything about preschool there. The teachers have cared for each of my children as if they were their own and invested so much of their time helping me along the way. I have been a part of Claymont Preschool at St. Mark for nearly a decade now, and after 5 children I can say without a doubt that choosing Claymont Preschool at St. Mark was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

When I first walked into Claymont Preschool at St. Mark for a tour, I was a nervous first-time mom looking to find a preschool that was the best fit for my son. As a former teacher with an Early Childhood Education degree, I knew what I wished for but hadn’t found it yet. I didn’t have to look far. From the minute we came through the door, we were greeted with warm, friendly faces. I loved what i saw in the classrooms – developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning activities that were engaging to the children, lots of room and time for developing social skills, teachers that treated the children and each other as family, and even a daily music class! What I didn’t see was worksheets! Hooray! I knew children at this age learn from doing and experiencing – not from worksheets – and the doing and experiencing is how Claymont Preschool at St. Mark goes about teaching.

Six years later and five children later, my husband and I know this is still the best preschool match for our family. Our children have loved it here. They were greeted each morning with an enthusiastic ‘hello’, ‘so happy to see you’, ‘we are so glad you are here’, and plenty of hugs! The teachers they had at CPSM are still their favorites – loving, caring happy, basically everything you would want a preschool teacher to be! My oldest children are thriving in their elementary school. They entered school confident and well-prepared. Their elementary school teachers recognized that they came from a great preschool. My fourth child is about to ‘graduate’ from CPSM. I am sad that her time here is ending, but I know she is ready to transition to kindergarten. And although it marks the ‘beginning of the end’, I cannot wait for our youngest child to start his journey with Claymont Preschool at St. Mark this fall!