In 2000, upon approval of the Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Council and the support of Father Angelo Artemas, AGAPE Orthodox Preschool was created. The idea of a Preschool began with the love and support of Carrie and John Colis along with five other founders including Elizabeth Cox and Julia Mantice. The founders worked together to plan, organize, and develop an Orthodox Christian Preschool that would nurture the spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth of young Orthodox Christians.
AGAPE Preschool opened its doors to the public on September 4th, 2001. Upon the creation of the preschool, the staff ensured that the school was certified and approved by DCFS. Back in 2001 when the preschool first began, it only offered two programs: the Disciple or 3 Year Old Class and the Apostle or 4 Year Old Class. Over the past ten years, AGAPE Preschool has added a Turning 3′s class for two year old children which is referred to as the Fishermen Class. We have also extended the school day for the 3 year old and 4 year old students to 1 o’clock pm. Some of the other additions through the years have been a hot lunch program for the 3 and 4 year olds as well as Come and See Time with the parish priest, Greek instruction, and an Art Special once a week. Throughout AGAPE Preschool’s existence it is proud to have grown and adapted to fit the ever changing needs of its community.