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Mission Statement

St. Paul Catholic Preschool’s mission is to encourage the spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth of each child using developmentally appropriate practices. Working in partnership with family members as well as our parish and community, we provide a nurturing, safe, Catholic environment where children are free to learn, play and grow.

Our Philosophy

Our age-grouped classes encourage children to be actively involved in the learning process. Activities are designed to foster self-concept, to develop social skills and to encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment. All activities are planned to encourage language, physical and creative expression and to promote sound health, safety and nutritional practices. Personality and language are largely formed by the sixth birthday so we view these early experiences as vital to a child’s growth and development.

Our History

St. Paul Catholic Preschool has grown in both physical size and number since becoming established in 1980. Our first classes were enrolled in January, 1981 with the approval of Father Austin Mullen. We started with two classes of three and four year olds. The Tot Co-Op, a mother’s morning out program for one and two year olds, was started a year later.

The program has remained current and flexible through the years. We have renovated the building twice, been accredited by NAEYC, become a Gold Star School and a VPK Provider. Currently the preschool has more than one hundred students enrolled in eight classes.

Our current staff reflects the impact we have on our parents and students. Nearly all of them, as qualified educators, chose St. Paul to be their children’s first school experience. We are blessed to have such a loving environment in which to work and educate our future leaders.

We are very grateful to have touched the lives of many young children and their families and to help them develop academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. It has been our goal to lovingly cooperate with parents and share in the spiritual direction and education of these young children.

Our Accreditation 

St. Paul Catholic Preschool is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Fewer than 10% of American preschools have met the stringent guidelines for facility design, staff qualifications and programming, as well as health and safety, physical environment and administration. We have also received Florida’s Gold Seal Quality of Care and Hillsborough County’s Quality Counts Five Star Quality Designation. Come see what sets us apart from the rest!




We would love to hear from you!


Please contact us using any of the following information, or complete the contact form HERE for any questions you have about our program.


Abbie Johnson, Director
12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 813-264-3314
Fax: 813-962-8780
E-mail: Director@StPaulChurch.com

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Twitter: @SPCPreschool



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