Play is the cornerstone of children's work. 

It is their primary way of understanding the world. 

Through play, children explore their surroundings

and cultivate essential skills for learning and growth.

Year-round care with a focus on love, and learning for Toddlers to 4K.

Our loving and experienced teachers provide engaging and enriching learning experiences for your little ones, year round. We have spaces available for Morning School (8:45am to 12:00), School Day (8am to 3), and Full Day (7:30am to 5) for all ages toddler to K4. Three and five days a week.

We are a SC Licensed Childcare Program participating in the Spartanburg Quality Counts rating system, and the First Steps 4K program, to provide the highest quality preschool environment to all Spartanburg residents.

Barbara Coleman, Preschool Director

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Preschool

license: 22808


St. Matthew's Preschool - A Special Gem

Nestled within the peaceful grounds of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, our preschool offers a serene and nurturing environment for young learners. Shaded by trees and beside the church, the Preschool has been a childhood home to over fifty years of play and growth. Situated near Dorman Shopping Center and Westgate Mall, and easy to access, its a gem just off the main road where children can explore, learn, and grow surrounded by the beauty of nature and the warmth of our church family.

  • Awarded Five Stars for High Quality Learning Environment with a Continuous Improvement Process

    St. Matthew's has been awarded 5 Stars year after year by Quality Counts, a Spartanburg County initiative dedicated to enhancing early care and education programs, ensuring that every child is prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond. By fostering high-quality learning environments, promoting best practices for teachers, and offering targeted professional development and support, Quality Counts establishes a solid foundation for continuous improvement and lifelong achievement.

  • We are open for Full Year and Part Day schedules for children aged Toddler to 4K

    Parents may register for the school year (mid-August through May) or a full calendar year (August to August). This extended care option provides families with the convenience and peace of mind of year-round support for their child's development and growth. Whether parents require consistent care due to work obligations or simply prefer the continuity of care, our full-year program is designed to accommodate their needs while maintaining the same high standards of education and nurturing environment.

  • Announcing Our Exciting Outdoor Adventure Zone for Little Explorers!

    We're thrilled to unveil our expanded outdoor play area, under development, specially designed to spark imagination and delight for our preschool kiddos! With a focus on science, S.T.E.M. exploration, and creative play, this outdoor wonderland is bursting with endless possibilities for fun and learning. The play area includes covered music and theater stage, pitch tubes, gathering space/outdoor classroom, sitting stumps, swings, balance logs, natural areas, shade, bird blind, climbing area, mud kitchen, water play, trike path, music wall, sand play, raised bed vegetable gardens, security fencing and sound shielding.

  • Small class sizes for ample love and attention

    In our low-ratio classrooms, each child receives ample attention, love, and guidance tailored to their needs and developmental stage. With a focus on age-appropriate activities and learning objectives, we ensure every child receives personalized care and support. Our dedicated teachers engage in direct conversation and provide nurturing guidance to foster growth and learning in a warm, welcoming environment. It's our commitment to creating a nurturing space where every child feels valued, supported, and ready to thrive.

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If you don't see what you need here, we would be happy to hear from you. Reach out to Barbara Coleman,

  • AGES 3 & 4

    Space is available for children who are 3 - 4 years old on/or before September 1st.  Space is also available for qualifying families in First Steps 4K.   


    This class is full.  To be contacted if a space opens, please email Barbara, with your child's name, date of birth, and program time of interest.

    Click here to find out more about First Steps 4K eligibility.

    Use the QR code to find us in the First Steps website.

    Enroll for Pre-K Today! St Matthew’s Episcopal Church Preschool is a part of Palmetto Pre-K, a statewide network of publicly funded preschool programs in South Carolina. We proudly partner with First Steps 4K to get children ready for school, work and life by offering FREE, curriculum-based, quality preschool to families.

    Check your family's eligibility to attend for FREE and enroll today at
    #palmettoprek #kindergartenready

  • Enrollment Form - Please print, complete and return.

    Child's Health Form 2900 - Please print, complete and return.


    Waiting List for Enrollment - Please contact Barbara Coleman.

  • Click here to download the Snack Menu

  • Monthly_Themes_and_Character_Traits_2023-2024.pdf

    Click here to download or VIEW the Monthly Themes & Character Traits

    Monthly Themes and Character Traits 


    August 15 – Character Trait: respect

    Welcome Week

    Week -22 Me and My Family

    September–Friendship color–yellow Character trait–respect and friendship

    Week -8/29 Five Senses

    Week - 6 Apples

    Week - 12Fall

    Week - 19 Leaves

    October-Harvest color-orange Character trait- cooperation

    Week – 9/26 Pumpkins

    Week – 3 Community Helpers/Fire Safety

    Week - 10 Transportation

    Week - 17 Book Character Days

    Week – 10/24 Sharing and Harvest

    November-Thanksgiving color-brown Character trait- gratitude

    Week – 10/31 Nocturnal Animals

    Week – 7 “Horn of Plenty” (abundance and nourishment)

    Week - 14 Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving

    Week – 21 Thanksgiving  

    December-Holidays color-red Character trait- caring

    Week – 11/28 Gifts of All Kinds/ Holidays Around the World 

    Week - 5 Christmas Songs

    Week – 12 Christmas

    Week - OFF Dec 19-Jan 2

    January-Winter color-white Character trait- perseverance 

    Week – 3 Winter

    Week - 9 Winter Animals

    Week – 17 Dinosaurs

    Week – 23 Construction

    February-Love color-pink Character trait- honesty/trustworthiness 

    Week- 1/30 Presidents, Dental Health Month

    Week- 6 Favorite Books/Literacy Unit

    Week- 13 Love/Valentines

    Week- 20 Rhymes

    March-Spring color-green Character trait- responsibility

    Week- 2/27 Dr. Seuss

    Week- 6 Weather

    Week- 13 Spring

    Week- 20 Insects, Bees and Butterflies  

    Week- 27 Flowers and Plants

    April-Animals color-purple Character trait- fairness

    Week- 3 - 7 Spring Break Week  

    Week- 10 Pets and Animals

    Week- 17 Farm/Zoo

    Week- 24 Animal Habitats

    May- Graduation color-blue Character trait- courage

    Week- 1 Mothers

    Week- 8 Games

    Week- 15 Gardening

    Week- 22 End of the Preschool Year

    Week -May 31 OFF Summer Program begins on June 7th.  Enroll for June and July Summer Sessions.

  • December_news_2023.pdfClick here to download the Family Preschool Newsletter

  • Community and Family Resources and Links 


    This is the local news station where you will find updated information on their station runner in the cases of inclement weather or school delays/closings. 

    Find out about things to do in the Upstate and more about this area from Upstate Forever. 

    At Partners for Active Living you can learn more about healthy options and active programs and partnerships with communities in the Upstate. 


    We partner with Quality Counts and are guided to follow higher standards in early childhood education. The focus is to create an environment that strives to engage the children and families and better equip them for a successful future in education. 

    First Steps focuses on children ages birth to 5, with programs to help parents and caregivers. Some programs include: Early Headstart, Imagination Library free book program, Quality Counts, and Family Health. 

    This is the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care. You will find good information about care, development, health and safety in their “Families” section. 

    This is the Department of Social Services website, providing helpful information and resources for families. 

    This is the South Carolina Child Resource and Referral network. They support families to raise healthy children and provide important information and tips about child development. This is the Children’s Advocacy Center. They provide services to children who have been sexually or physically abused. Resources are available to parents, caregivers and educators. 


    This is not only the place to go for your child’s online book orders, but is also a place to resource fun activities for children of all ages!


    Hello Family resources + support for families. Hello Family serves parents and caregivers in Spartanburg with children ages 5 and under. We can help answer questions about your child’s development, offer support and connect you to resources and services.

    Find parenting resources, local free and reduced cost social service programs

    Children's Trust of South Carolina. Providing funding, resources and training to help local program partners build strong families and positive childhoods.


    St. Matthew’s Food Pantry every Wednesday

  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERING: school code and info

    Dear Friends,

    With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS).

    Class Order Due Date: 12/01/2022

    Shop Our Class Page:

    Shop Digital Flyers for Our Grade with Your Child:

    Please share the Class Page link above to extended family and friends. All orders also earn FREE Books for our class.

    Thank you for your support!

    Mrs. Coleman

  • Any of the items you might provide is appreciated. Thank you! 

    Clorox wipes

    Lysol spray

    Bleach, regular liquid

    Paper towels


    5 oz paper cups

    3 oz paper cups

    Gallon size zip lock type bags

    Quart size zip lock type bags

    Sandwich sized zip lock type bags

    Wet wipes

    White out correction tape

    Sharpie markers

    Adult scissors

    Scotch tape

    Masking tape

    Packing tape, clear

    Clear Contact paper rolls

    Sticky notes

    Colored tissue paper

    8.5X11 laminating sheets

    Construction paper (colors) 

    Construction paper (white) 

    Finger paint

    Washable markers

    Play dough

    Glue sticks

    Dry erase markers

    Paper Plates, small, colors

    Paper plates regular white


    Old used cell phones

    Dress-up clothes

    Play sand for outdoor sandbox


    Should severe weather or other conditions (snow, storms, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, loss of power or water) prevent us from opening on time or at all, notification to families will be announced via your class Remind App, our Private Facebook page, Local TV stations and their Apps: WSPA (CBS), WYFF (NBC), WHNS (FOX). 

    1 hour delay: opening at 8:30 am

    2 hour delay: opening at 9:30 am

    If bad weather causes us to close early, we will contact you or your emergency contacts as soon as possible. We will allow your child to leave with only those on your release list or your emergency contacts. We expect your prompt attention to any early dismissal. Thank you:)

Employment Opportunities

  • Summary

    St. Matthew’s Preschool is a well-established full day program seeking a highly qualified, energetic, and dedicated person to take over leadership. A successful candidate will assume full responsibility for operating and growing a safe, high-quality educational and nurturing environment for children ages infant to 5years, a First Steps 4K program and a unique outdoor learning environment. We seek a person with a passion for quality preschool education, who will work effectively with teaching staff and care deeply for the children in our care and their families.


    Leadership in care of children and their families: manage and grow the enrollment of children ensuring all health and state requirements are met, establish supportive relationships with them and their families based on Christian principles, establish an environment of respect for cultural and developmental differences, create a safe environment for all, work with Spartanburg Quality Counts to provide an appropriate learning environment.

    Center Operations: Maintain the facility and the outdoor learning environment in compliance with SC licensing standards and St Matthew’s Church requirements, manage an annual budget and fee payments by enrolled students, ensure classrooms have adequate supplies and sanitation, oversee building repairs and improvements as needed with the support of the Preschool Board of Directors. Attend quarterly BOD meetings. Manage recruitment, fundraising, and marketing with the support of the Board and Church staff.

    Staff Administration: Supervise, schedule, and inspire staff to meet center needs and in accordance with SC requirements. Provide training and support as needed. Hiring additional staff as needed that fit our faith based, nurturing program.

    Full Job Description available if offered an interview


    Must meet SCDSS qualifications for a Center Director (CDA/Associates Degree or higher desired)

    Strong administrative skills

    Provide copy of transcripts for level of training

    Strong record keeping skills

    3 Letters of Recommendation

    Nice To Haves

    Experience working in a Faith Based Preschool program

    Familiarity with Spartanburg Quality Counts and First Steps 4K

    Experience with student recruitment


    Starting Salary range listed

    Option to participate in St. Matthew’s 403b Retirement Program

    Salary : $27,000 to $34,000/Yr

    Minimum Education : Associate

    Job Type : Full Time

    Category : Administrative

    Minimum Experience : 2 Yrs

    Location : Spartanburg, SC


    please contact Barbara Coleman, our current Preschool Director, if you are seeking employment as a teacher. We require six months or more experience in a DSS licensed childcare program, and high school diploma or equivalent. Prefer 1 year experience, ECD 101 Certificate, plus early care and education course work.