Arts Integrated Preschool/Kindergarten

As always, the safety of our students and staff are top priority. In alignment with CDC and State of Pennsylvania, the Yocum Institute is implementing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit to view our Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures.



The Yocum Institute for Arts Education has operated a preschool and kindergarten program for over 75 years. Our goal is to focus on the individual child, enabling him or her to increase their self image, develop self-reliance and confidence, to foster the desire to question, and learn through: creating, concept building, language development, problem solving, concentrating, socializing, perceiving, fostering independence, and emotional growth .

Through the collaboration of classroom teachers and art specialists, your child will use art to actively organize his or her experience in an aesthetic environment. This type of learning integrates with all pieces of the curriculum: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Your child will have many opportunities to use art media, materials, and concepts to communicate ideas, feelings, and stretch his or her imagination. As research demonstrates, these skills will create pathways for future learning, building critical literacy and communication skills in your child.

Check out our 2020 Preschool Virtual Art Exhibit!


Registration is now being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year.
We also have a few spaces available for the current school year. 

**2 & 3 Day Toddlers, 2 & 3 Day/3 Year Old, 3 & 5 Day/4 Year Old classes are FULL for 2021-2022. Please contact Elsa Mierzejewski, for waitlist information or for spaces available in other programs in the Preschool Department.**

View 2021-22 Preschool Program Flyer
View 2021-22 Preschool Department Calendar

All families interested in registering for Preschool (both new and returning) must complete the PRE-REGISTRATION FORM and submit a non-refundable $50 registration fee to hold an available spot. If registering for more than 1 preschool program (Preschool and Discovery) or more than 1 kindergarten program (Kindergarten and Discovery), you do not need to submit additional registration fees. Only 1 is required per student. **PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT A PARENT LISTING THE CLASS BEING REQUESTED IN THE “ANYTHING ELSE WE NEED TO KNOW” SECTION DURING THE PRE-REGISTRATION PROCESS


All Pre-Registration Forms are reviewed and confirmed by the Preschool Director. If there is a space in the class being requested, the family will be notified by the Preschool Director in order to complete the registration process.

If there is no space in the class being requested, a family can remain on the waitlist in which case the registration fee will not be returned. If they opt not to remain on the waitlist, the fee will be returned in full.

You can find the Pre-Registration Form HERE

Prior to completing the Pre-Registration form ALL questions should go to Elsa Mierzejewski, 610-376-1576 x202 or

Not ready to pre-register?
For more information please complete the form below. Our Preschool Director will contact you and answer any questions that you may have.


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The first tuition payment for the year is due at the end of August, prior to the start of the school year. Families may opt to make semester or monthly payments which is selected at the time of registration. Monthly payments are due the 1st of each month. We do provide automatic billing and payments for families through our online Parent Portal.


Instructional Aides:

  • Paula Auman
  • Amy Barlolone
  • Marissa D’Onofrio
  • Alejandra Beswick

Arts Specialists:

  • Debra Stoudt, French (Kindergarten)
  • Nadia Perfect-Riznyk, Music
  • Kristina Dennis, Creative Movement
  • Joel Gori, Creative Drama

TODDLER CLASSES, Age 2 by September 30, 2020
Early Childhood Enrichment classes integrate visual arts, music, drama, movement, and social experiences with weekly themes to give the child an introduction to preschool.

Children enrolled in this program do not need to be toilet trained.

2020 – 2021 Toddler Classes Tuition Rates

  • Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00 – 11:15 AM
    Annual Tuition: $1,806 
  • Tues/Thurs 9:00 – 11:15 AM
    Annual Tuition: $1,292 

3 Year Old Class: Age 3 by September 30, 2020
4 Year Old Class: Age 4 by September 30, 2020

Educating through an art-infused learning environment, including visual art, music, drama, and movement, our Preschool classes challenge the child to communicate, problem solve, and develop creative and critical thinking.

Children enrolled in this program must be toilet trained.

2020 – 2021 Preschool Tuition Rates

Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • 2 Day Program/3 Year Olds
    Annual Tuition $1,544
  • 3 Day Program/3 Year Olds
    Annual Tuition: $2,069
  • 3 Day Program/4 Year Olds
    Annual Tuition $2,069
  • 5 Day Program/3 or 4 Year Olds
    Annual Tuition: $2,625
  • Monthly or semester payment options are available
  • Full Day available by adding Discovery Classes
  • Early drop off and late pick up options are available, if interested contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski.

KINDERGARTEN, Age 5 by October 31, 2020
Our Kindergarten program utilizes learning through the arts to develop communication, problem solving, creative thinking, and critical thinking. This class prepares children for public or private education. French lessons are also integrated into the program.

2020 – 2021 Kindergarten Tuition Rates

  • Monday through Friday, 12:15 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Annual tuition: $2,625
  • Monthly or semester payment options are available
  • Full Day available by adding AM Kindergarten Discovery Class
  • Early drop off and late pick up options are available, if interested contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski.

Discovery classes let students travel through creative art, drama, music, and stories.

Preschool Discovery (Ages 3-5): Monday – Friday: 12:00 Noon- 3:00 PM
Students will explore the USA and unique facts pertaining to each of our 50 states.

Kindergarten Discovery: (Ages 5-6): Monday – Friday: 9:00  AM – 12:00 PM
Students will travel around the world, discovering the different cultures of many countries.

2020 – 2021 Tuition Rates

Discovery tuition is charged monthly.

  • 1 day/week: $74
  • 2 days/week: $131
  • 3 days/week: $194
  • 4 days/week: $250
  • 5 days/week: $291

Break Time: For children attending a morning class and staying for an afternoon Preschool Discovery Class, supervised Break Time (11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon) will be provided. Children do not eat lunch at this time. Lunch is during the Discovery class time. Children must bring a packed lunch.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski at (610) 376-1576 ext. 202, submit the form below, or email

Tuition rates are subject to change for the 2021-2022 school year.

We understand that during these difficult times you may decide to withdraw your child from our preschool program. To do so, please complete the 2020 Preschool Withdraw Request Form.