Our Mission StatementAbout Us

Our Mission Statement

The Gingerbread House Preschool and Childcare Center is a Catholic ministry sponsored by Franciscan Sisters. The Center strives to recognize and accept each individual as he/she fulfills and achieves his/her God-given potential from infancy through five years of age. The Gingerbread House has been serving the city of Syracuse and it’s surrounding communities for over twenty-four years, and is committed to offering our parents and children a loving and nurturing Catholic environment.

About Us

The Gingerbread House Preschool and Childcare Center encourages knowledge, wisdom, and understanding by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum in early childhood education. The Gingerbread House is located at 3020 Court Street, just minutes from downtown Syracuse. Our hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing care for children six weeks to six years of age. We offer Preschool programs for three and four year old’s, as well as an enrichment program for four year old’s



In addition to holding and cuddling the infants, our teachers are always interacting with them to encourage their mental and physical development. Your child will develop the ability to grasp toys, vocalize sounds, recognize pictures of familiar objects and acquire a variety of other skills.

Teachers work with each child in a series of stimulating activities that incorporate the natural routines of feeding and play. The teacher reinforces the babies’ development without disrupting their daily schedule.


Toddlers have the opportunity to physically explore their world inside and outside of the classroom. They also begin more structured activities, such as learning centers and circle time. Your toddler will begin learning concepts of color and size, and will start to build their vocabulary.

We understand the challenges that toddlers face in a social learning setting, and have experience in helping them adjust to being part of a group and the classroom environment.

Three and Four Year Old’s

Three and Four year old children are more secure and ready for a higher level of challenge. Our academically structured days are filled with opportunities to explore different learning centers including language arts, mathematics, block building, exploratory science, literature, sensory play and dramatic play.

The children in our three and four year old classrooms are encouraged to develop emotionally, academically, and socially to become more independent as well as develop the skills necessary to form meaningful relationships with their peers.


Three Year Old Preschool

  • Language and Literacy

Children experiment with different letter sounds and begin to explore characters and story plots within books.

  • Mathematics

Children explore number concepts and practice comparing and measuring.

  • Social Emotional

With a variety of different group activities, children will learn to follow directions and take turns with their friends.

  • Science

Children will perform simple experiments, learn about weather and its effect on us.

  • Religion

Children are introduced to our religion through simple prayer in order to gain a respect and understand for the people around us.

Four Year Old Preschool

  • Language and Literacy

Children learn letter sounds relationships, sight words and the use of critical thinking skills to solve problems.

  • Mathematics

Preschoolers will be introduce to addition and subtraction, patterns, graphs and overall general problem solving with math.

  • Social Emotional

Children learn to express feelings verbally and to act appropriately. Character education is introduced.

  • Science

Children explore different species of animals, study various cultural traditions, and compare family traditions.


The Enrichment program is offered to four-year-old preschool children as a supplementary program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There are monthly themes thereby allowing time to really explore a topic creatively. Most topics are science based that stimulate a child’s mind to higher levels of thinking and problem solving.

The enrichment program starts in September and runs through May. Through the “hands on” themes, children experience science, language arts, musical expression and artistic creativity. Class size is intentionally small to adhere to students interests.