Early Childhood Education

 Early Childhood Education Calendar (PDF)

If you have and questions, comments or concerns, please call (608-271-8081), email or stop in to talk; we love to hear from our parents.


Our Sunday Morning Early Childhood Education program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children meets October through March during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please check our calendar for dates. To enter the program, a child must be 3 before September 1st.

Through stories, crafts, games and songs, our youngest parish members develop an awareness of the presence of God in their lives and learn why living a faith-filled life is important.

The program is structured so parents have the opportunity to bring their children to classes three times per month and attend Mass once a month with their families. Attending Mass monthly is important so youngsters can begin to respectfully participate and understand the rich tradition of the Mass.

Our mission is to help you teach our faith to your child through enjoyable, age-appropriate activities. At St. Maria Goretti, we want each child to know that they are valued members of our parish community.

Lovely Traditional Prayers to Teach Your Little One

The Young Child’s Grace

God is Great
God is Good.
Let us thank Him
For our food.


Evangelists’ Prayer

And John,
Bless this bed
That I lay on.


Here’s the Church Finger Play

Here’s the church,
Here’s the steeple,
Open the doors
And here are the people!


The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father,
And of the Son,
And of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord,
And these thy gifts,
Which we are about to receive, From thy bounty,
Through Christ, Our Lord.


Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.


Thank You Prayer
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything!
Thank you for my family.
Thank you, God for loving me.
For each and every child, I pray
And thank you for this special day.


Now I Lay Me Down
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Watch me safely through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.


A Bedtime Prayer
Bless this home for my family.
Bless Mother and Father for loving me.
Bless my friends, both old and new.
Bless my pets, so dear to me too.
Bless my stuffed animals—to sleep I will take.
Bless the birds that call me to wake.
Bless the butterflies that flutter above.
Bless the cookies that are baked with love.
Bless each square on Grandmother’s quilt.
Bless the wooden toys that Grandfather built.
I count my blessings, one through ten.
Keep us safe, I pray. Amen.


Preschooler’s Forgiveness Prayers
Dear Jesus,
We are sorry when we do something wrong.
We try to be good.
We want to be good boys and girls.
Please help us to be good.
When we do something wrong,
Help us to remember to say “I’m sorry.”
We want to be good children because
We love you, Jesus!


Dear Jesus,
Sometimes I am selfish and unloving
When I speak to others
And the in the way I behave.
Sometimes I do not do
What my mom and dad and teachers say.
I am sorry when I do the wrong thing.
Please help me to be a good little (boy or girl).