St. Mark Lutheran Preschool

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St. Mark Lutheran Preschool is a ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church.  We have been serving young children and their families since 1941. We offer a low cost, high quality Early Childhood education for 3 and 4 year olds.  Class runs from 9:00am-12:00noon.

We offer a combined age class for 3 and 4 year olds with both a 5-day and a 3-day option.

We are currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year

Enrollment Application

2019-2020 Tuition Rates

Preschool Scholarship Fund information and application

2019-2020 Preschool Holiday calendar


Our Philosophy 

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool is a ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Congregation which strives to treat its students as individuals, to educate and work with the whole child. Our school values the family, who provides the fundamental experience for growth and development. It sees the parents as the primary educators of their children. In working closely with parents, it builds on this foundation by helping each child reach his/her maximum ability intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically.

About Our Program

We are a play-based program. We believe that children learn best by “doing”. Knowledge and skills are developed through “hands-on” experiences that are engaging and meaningful. In class we explore all content areas through activities that are designed to engage the child both physically and mentally. The materials and toys we use encourage curiosity and creativity. In addition to growing academically we also help the children to grow spiritually. We create a safe, loving environment where children learn about Jesus love and forgiveness. Each day we spend time exploring a Bible story and talking about how it relates to the daily lives of the children. We teach the children that Jesus loves and cares for us and that He came to teach us how to live; how to be good, and kind, and honest; and that when we make wrong choices, if we go to Him and are sorry for what we’ve done, He forgives us. It’s through that forgiveness that we are saved. We teach the children the importance of prayer and studying God’s Word.

More information about our program is available in the Family Handbook, by phoning the church office at (716)693-3715 or by emailing

For the safety of all in our building, we have a security system. All who enter the building during the school day need to press a buzzer to be admitted by the staff.

Non-Discrimination Policy

St. Mark admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration or its education policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Meet Our Staff

Diana Cooper is a single mother with three adult children. She has worked in the early childhood field for more than 20 years, following the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Quality Stars NY, developing and utilizing strategies to enable students to develop to their fullest potential.

Besides teaching in a preschool setting, Diana is a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Buffalo where she also serves as the Sunday school superintendent, VBS director, member of the Leadership Team, as well as delivers the children’s sermon during their worship service.

Diana loves children and has a passion for teaching. She believes that through Christ, and the ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Preschool, we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.