Early Childhood

St. Mary’s Place for early childhood education (2 years old by June 1) through Senior Kindergarten

In the Marlene R. Shaw Early Childhood Center, each day is an adventure of wonder and discovery.  Our youngest St. Mary’s girls begin their journeys in an environment that is steeped in language and filled with a spirit of independence and inquiry. A rocking chair is tucked into every kindergarten classroom at St. Mary’s and is a symbol of the love and security each young girl will experience as she begins her transition from home to school.

Girls in Early Childhood attend Chapel once a week and participate in our ongoing character education program fondly known as the Bridge to Caring. Read more about the character traits here.

Brennan Adrian
Head of Early Childhood

Early Childhood Office:
Jacinta Miller
(901) 537-1456

Contact us


  • Early drop-off and after care available

  • Special Subjects - Spanish, Art, Library, Creative Movement, P.E., Science, Religion, and Music

  • St. Mary’s Place - 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day options including mornings and full days

  • Pre-Kindergarten - 3-day and 5-day options including mornings and full days

  • Noon enrichment classes available for PK and JK 

80% of brain development happens by age 5. 
Research has shown the importance of early childhood learning experiences and its impact on later learning, behavior, and health