St. Stephen's Day School
St. Stephen’s Day School serves children and families of all backgrounds in a program that strives for the development of character and attitudes that will enable children to adopt a Christian approach to values and relationships. We provide a healthy, safe, nurturing environment in which each and every child feels emotionally secure. Our belief is that children “learn through play,” and we, therefore, provide a variety of experiences and exposures to create a developmentally appropriate atmosphere of learning. This environment encourages physical, emotional and mental growth that, in turn, helps children to develop confidence, creativity and an eagerness to learn.
The day school is an outreach program of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The school began in 1985 and it currently serves children two through four years of age. It is licensed and regulated by Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (http.//www.decal.ga.gov). The day school was one of the first schools in Georgia to be awarded the certificate of Center of Distinction. The school is a Georgia Quality Rated program and is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Our four year-olds participate in Georgia’s lottery-funded Pre-Kindergarten program. Along with state pre-k funding our income is derived entirely from tuition fees. The program is self-supporting and operates on a budget separate from that of the church.
For more information about the day school program, please contact Valerie Dixon, Director or at 478-452-3417.
Valerie Dixon is a native of Milledgeville and a graduate of GMC Prep School and the University of Georgia, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Upon graduation, she worked as District Executive for the Central Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America for two years, and then began her teaching career. She has 8 years of combined experience teaching middle school in Jones County and also at GMC Prep School. Valerie and her husband, Coby, have two daughters, Caroline and Madelyn, who are both graduates of the Day School and a son, Logan, who is a student in the three year old class. Valerie currently serves as the Children's Ministry Activities Coordinator for her church and has been a parent volunteer at Creekside Elementary School for several years. St. Stephen's Day School holds a special place in Valerie's heart!