A Mission Field Right Here at Central – Let the Little Children Come to Me

Sandy Pilotte, Director of the Central Presbyterian Church Preschool (CPCP), believes that God sent her straight to this position “like an arrow,” and prepared her each step of the way to lead and support the preschool community.

Sandy was raised in a Christian home, but she describes her faith growing up as a “Sunday and holiday Christian.” Her spiritual awakening happened when she was a new stay-at-home mom to two young boys and started attending Women on Wednesdays and Bible Study Fellowship, where, over the next 7 years, her faith and passion for the Old Testament really grew. After moving to Towson from Alexandria, Virginia, Sandy had been feeling isolated as a new stay-at-home mom, but connecting with other Christian women revitalized her socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Before moving to Towson and attending Central, Sandy was an elementary school counselor, establishing one of the first grant-funded after-school programs in the state, and a third and fourth grade teacher focusing on math and science that provided the foundation for her to establish a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program at CPCP.

An experience that Sandy’s eldest son went through at another preschool where the teachers lacked early childhood education experience opened her eyes to the need for high quality early childhood education and ignited a passion for supporting young families, and offering them positive experiences at CPCP. 

In 2005, Sandy was offered a Pre-K teaching position at CPCP, and became the Director in 2008. God prepared her well to guide teachers and families by providing her with exceptional school counseling and teaching experiences earlier in her career in addition to a B.S. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland.

At CPCP, Sandy makes it a priority to support and guide well-trained, loving teachers who meet 95 preschool children and their families where they are, and send them well equipped for their next level of education.  

“This place is different because of Jesus,” according to Sandy, who believes the preschool is a mission field because only about 5 percent of the families attend Central. “We’d love for these families to come to Central.”

Sandy invites Central members to pray for each preschool family and the classes. The preschool hosts family events Grilling for the Greats and Trunk or Treat in the Fall, and a Christmas pageant. Sandy would like to invite church members to volunteer to make these events fun and relaxing for the children and their families.

Central members are welcome to visit the preschool. Sandy can be reached at 410-823-6164 or preschool@centralpc.org to schedule a visit or to learn about volunteer opportunities. For more information about CPCP go to www.centralpcpreschool.org.