Program information

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool’s goal is to provide a quality religious educational program for our young children. The preschool provides a play-based curriculum that enhances the social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual development of each child. St. Joseph the Worker Preschool is open to 3 and 4/5 year olds of the community.  Email:  [email protected]

Class times and tuition

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool has a 3-year-old class and two 4/5-year-old classes. The 4/5-year-old classes meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. Tuition is $110 per month. The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11:30am. Tuition is $100 per month. For all students there is a $50 non-refundable registration fee, plus a yearly $30 activity fee to cover field trip costs and other activities. Our school year follows the calendar of the Ball-Chatham school district. If the Ball-Chatham school district is closed for weather, we are closed as well.


Registration begins in January for the next school year. Student openings are filled by current families, parish families, and then opened to the general public. Registration information can be found on our preschool registration page. Students must be 3 by September 1 of the year they will begin attending classes to join the 3-year-old program, and 4 by September 1 of the year they will begin attending classes to join the 4/5-year-old program. No exceptions will be made. Please call the parish office at (217) 483-3772 with any questions.

Class sizes

Our full 4/5-year-old classes can have 20 students, with one teacher and two aides in the classroom. The 3-year-old class, when full, will have 18 students, with one teacher and two aides. When registration for each class fills, potential students will be placed on a wait list and notified should a position in the class open.

Classroom faces

Mrs. Andrea Conlon is St. Joseph the Worker Preschool’s teacher. She is a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and is a proud mother of three of the preschool’s graduates. Mrs. Conlon provides fun, faith-based enriching activities to all of our students. She is assisted by her aides, parish members Mrs. Judy Gartland and Mrs. Melody Clark.

Here's a little information about our teachers and aides:


Preschool Board

The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of the month during the school year, unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 6:30pm in the Resource Room and are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The 2022-2023 Board Members are:

Sarah Flott Director
Nicole Poss Chair/Volunteer
Shannon Guthrie Fundraising
GeorgiaYoung Media
Abby Detmers Treasurer
Morgan Gabelmann Secretary
Jacyln Phillips Events
Fr. Joseph Molloy