The Mission of St. Mary’s Preschool is to help each child grow in compassion and understanding for others and to develop skills at an age appropriate level.

”From the first moment that a family sets foot in a Catholic preschool, they ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith and having its own unique characteristics, an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom."

Saint Mary’s Preschool
139 E. Chestnut St.
Canton, Illinois  61520
Director/Teacher: Vernel Oppe

Families of all faiths are welcome into our school to enjoy the opportunities provided by a Catholic preschool program. Our goal is to help each student develop a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Together with parents, the primary educators of their children, our preschool will pursue the development of skills necessary for kindergarten and develop friendships among the students and families.

Traditions are embraced.
Dedication is the norm.
Excellence is the expectation.

Our program is designed for children ages 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are not attending kindergarten.  Our Preschool offers small class size with personal attention to each child. 

Choose from two class options:
  • Two day: Tuesday and Thursday 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Three day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12:15-2:45 p.m.

Each school year begins the Tuesday after Labor Day,
and ends the Thursday before Memorial Day.

“I love St. Mary’s program!! My child LOVES going to school.  Mrs. Oppe is a wonderful teacher, kind and available. My child lovers he as do I.  My child has learned so much, I see growth and love the smaller class size.  I intend to send my other children to this program when they are ready.  It’s been great! Classroom is so clean.  Can tell you really care about the children.” -One Very Happy Parent

St. Mary’s Preschool is a learning environment that strives to promote spiritual, academic, social/emotional, and physical growth. We believe in developing preschool thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and preparing our students to enter an increasingly challenging society. 

Our parents say:
“I could not be happier.  I’m thrilled she’s starting to connect some with God and do better in church.”

“We love the preschool!  My son doesn’t adjust well to change, but he did with preschool.”

“Small class size has worked will for our child to help them with socialization, and to help refine their skills.  LOVE how “Jesus Time is incorporated into each class.  Thank you!!”