Frequently Asked Questions

Preschool classroom

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend preschool?

Yes. We require that children are potty trained when they enter preschool.  Preschoolers may use the bathrooms at any time during the entire session.

Do you have to be Lutheran to attend the preschool?

No. Preschoolers who attend St. Paul may or may not have a church home in Ames.

Can I be refunded the registration fee or September’s tuition if there are no openings in the preschool?

Yes. If the classes are filled to capacity you will get refunded the registration fee and September’s tuition.

Will my child play and have positive social interaction with other children?

Yes. Each day your child will have one hour of Free Choice Time in Interest Centers where they will play and have social interactions with other children.  During this time children and teachers work together to problem solve social situations.  This length of time is required for the curriculum recommended by the State Of Iowa.

What discipline do you use at preschool?

St. Paul Preschool uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program in the classroom. PBIS uses proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behavior to create positive classroom environments.

Do you offer scholarships for St.Paul Preschool?

St. Paul Preschool offers preschool tuition assistance to children’s families who qualify through BooSt (Boone and Story County) Together for Children/Early Childhood Iowa. Download the BooSt Application 2023-2024 to apply for Preschool Tuition Assistance.

What is BooSt Together for Children / Early Childhood Iowa?

Early Childhood Iowa (formerly called Community Empowerment) began in 1998 as a statewide initiative to build partnership between communities and state government with an emphasis on improving the well-being and quality of life for children ages 3 to 5 years and their families. The Boone and Story County Empowerment areas merged July 1, 2012.

Form: Application for Enrollment 2023-2024

Preschool Tuition Assistance: BooSt Application 2023-2024