Early Education

The Early Education program includes students from 2 years through Kindergarten. The curriculum is designed to meet each child’s developmental needs by offering a stimulating hands-on approach to learning, which encourages appropriate development of emotional stability, social competency, intellectual ability, and spiritual awareness and maturity. Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in chapel, designed to lead young children to God, to participate in worship, and to learn how to serve Him.
The Pre-K 2 and Pre-K 3 programs are offered five, three (MWF), or two days (TTh) per week. The morning program is from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Extended Day is from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Pre-K 4 program is offered five and three days (MWF) per week.

The Pre-K 5 program is offered five days, half or full.

The Kindergarten program is offered as a full or half-day program. For the 2022-2023 school year, all Kindergarten classes will be full day.

Early Education Team

List of 4 members.

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    Sara Jo Dillard 

    Early Education Principal
  • Photo of Stephanie Breit


    Assistant Early Education Principal
  • Photo of Stephanie Hopkins

    Stephanie Hopkins 

    Early Education Administrative Assistant
  • Photo of Valerie Brett

    Valerie Brett 

    Beyond the Classroom Director

Allison and Jon, School Parents

It is a great feeling to drop your child off at a school where you know they are valued, cared for, challenged academically, and most importantly, taught to love the Lord.


SummerQuest partners with parents in providing a safe, nurturing, and fun-filled learning environment for the summer. The program focuses on the whole child, building on the same foundation for early learning during the school year. For more information, please click here.

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Sara Jo Dillard

    Sara Jo Dillard 

    Early Education Principal

Meet the Early Education Principal

Sara Jo Dillard

Sara Jo Dillard has over 30 years of experience teaching and leading in the Early Education field. She holds a bachelor's degree from Winthrop University and a master's degree in education from Columbia International University.  She taught in the Early Education Program and served as Early Education Principal at Southside Christian School for 20 years before accepting the call to serve as Early Education Director at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). During her tenure at ACSI, Sara Jo had the privilege of training and mentoring Christian early education teachers and leaders across the United States and in Indonesia, China, Paraguay and Nigeria. After serving at ACSI for ten years, the Lord called Sara Jo back to Southside Christian in 2021. She and her husband have two grown children who are both graduates of SCS and her grandchildren are also Sabres.

(864) 234-7595 | (864) 234-7575 (voicemail) | (864) 234-7048 (fax)

Early Education Principal
Sara Jo Dillard, ext. 1346 |