ArtStart Preschool


    The ArtStart program offers a developmentally appropriate, arts-based curriculum with the goal of enhancing the students’ creative, physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.         ArtStart provides children the opportunity to explore in a nurturing environment with highly qualified and experienced staff and classes of no more than 12 students with two teachers!                  The ArtStart curriculum is a solid academic foundation for kindergarten but fosters skills in a playful and meaningful way.  Play IS the work of the young child.  Find out more about this mixed-age classroom where the children set the tone and help guide the specifics of the curriculum!

ArtStart 2018-2019 tuition
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2018-2019 Classes and Tuition

Class Schedule

  • April and Ashley’s Class ( Blue Team) 8:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Summer and Maia’s Class (Green Team) 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Tuition Fees

  • 4 day program – $ 1755  (this includes a PAC family membership*) This can be paid in 9 monthly payments of $195
  • 2 day program – $ 945  (this includes a PAC family membership*) This can be paid in 9 monthly payments of $105

The first tuition payment for the 2018-2019 school year will be due on August 1 then by the 15th of the month September through April

*PAC family membership means you and your immediate family can get our e-newsletter, attend exhibit openings at no cost, get 20% discounts on art classes, 20% discount at The Framing Gallery, 20% discounts on summer Camp Creativity and attend any member-only events.

2018-2019 Calendar

We will inform you of special party dates, field trips or schedule changes.  If Wood County Schools are closed, we are closed. If there is a 2 hour delay, classes will start ONE hour later but finish at their regular time.

  • August 28/29                       Classes begin
  • October 18 & 19                    No school
  • November 20-23                 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20-January 2     Winter Break
  • March 19-22                         Spring Break
  • April 18-19                             Staff Development
  • May 10                                  Tentative last day

ArtStart Teaching Team


April Jenkins is a mother of four, a Marietta College graduate in Studio Art and Psychology. She has worked as the Curator of Education at the PAC, with Washington County Children and Family Services and, most recently, as an in-home child care provider.  In addition to teaching in the preschool, she will also be our education outreach instructor, taking weekly art lessons into two area elementary schools. Email April at


Ashley White has devoted her career to working with children and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from West Liberty University. In her spare time, Ashley volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation acting as a liaison between families and staff.  She has a passion for nurturing young children and watching them discover and grow through their play and experiences.  Email Ashley at


Maia Day is a mother of two children; a son and daughter. Both of whom attended ArtStart and loved every minute of it. "There is nothing better than experiencing life through the eyes of a child. They see wonder, magic and beauty in everything. That's what makes ArtStart so wonderful, we cultivate those sweet, special interests through learning, art and play!"  Email Maia at


Summer Webb-Sundstrom is a proud mother of two intelligent, beautiful girls, both of whom are ArtStart preschool graduates. Summer loved being part of the ArtStart family as a parent and classroom volunteer. In the spring of 2015 Summer joined ArtStart as a substitute teacher and later became a regular part of the ArtStart teaching team! She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University and enjoys working with children. Email Summer at



ArtStart Program Director, Jessie Siefert, has been teaching since 1991.  She has a M.S. in Education from Bank Street College in New York, NY. Jessie has presented at local conferences and at National Conferences (NAEYC), has written parenting columns for local magazines and teaches early Childhood Education and Child Development at WVU-P. Before coming to the Parkersburg Art Center in 2005 her experiences included teaching preschool and kindergarten; working as a teacher/naturalist at a nature center and a national park; consulting for the Cincinnati Art Museum; presenting teacher education programs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, working as an adjunct teacher at WVU-P and raising her two children. Jessie can be reached via email at