A Word of Welcome from Our Director,  Ms Jenette

Dear Families,

What a wonderful privilege it is to begin this new school year with you as we teach and learn and grow with your child. Together the days ahead are filled with exciting possibilities! Our preschool teaching team stands ready to engage your child, provoke her wonder, spark his curiosity, and promote learning in a rich environment. You will find our teachers also still curious and full of wonder. We cherish every opportunity to provide children with enriching and empowering experiences every day, honoring and respecting their strengths and potential. 

We will build foundational skills through hands-on explorations using unique materials. The power of nature will inspire research and investigation. Muscles and coordination will be built through time spent enjoying our nationally-recognized and award-winning Playscape. The children will work in small groups in our atelier studio space to strengthen their abilities in artistic representation. Not only will time in the music studio equip children with the skills that advance music knowledge, but they will be exposed to exercises in steady beat and rhythm which support literacy development. Spiritual development will be nurtured through Bible story times, as well as time spent in nature. As the children’s capacities for awe, wonder, joy, and reverence grow, so will their characteristics of kindness, empathy, and love.

Allison LaPorta, our Office Manager, along with our HiPUMPS Parent Association Classroom Reps, are eager to meet you and help you find ways to connect with the work of our preschool. Parent partnership is essential to the success of Highland Plaza Preschool. We need you!

We look forward to collaborating with you this school year as we provide the best possible preschool experience we can design, keeping your child foremost in mind. We invite you to join us on the journey as we continue to be unique in our educational approach, closely connected to God’s natural creation, teaching from the heart.


Jenette Dean, Preschool Director


  • Help your child attend regularly and on time, except when ill.
  • Teach self-reliance and independence by encouraging students to do things for themselves: to put on, take off, hang up wraps, put away toys, eat regularly and properly, and get plenty of rest.
  • Confer with teachers, but not in the child's presence.
  • Take time to listen to daily experiences.
  • Read to your child every day.
  • Take an interest in the school and in the work your youngster brings home.
  • Help your child become aware of and care for the world we live in.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no.”
  • Volunteer to help with special activities.
  • Be honest about the way you feel about the school. If there is a problem or something you don’t like or understand, please talk with the teachers or director.

“I sustain myself with the love of family.” 
― Maya Angelou