First Presbyterian Church Preschool is an outreach ministry of First Presbyterian Church, and we serve children and families throughout the community. A "hands-on" approach is encouraged through imaginative play, exploration, and experimentation. We use The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers as our core educational model, and we encourage responsibility and independence in the children, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem.
We serve children 20 months through 5 years of age, and class placement is based on the child’s age as of September. For children under two, classroom enrollment is limited to eight children per class. For other age groups, enrollment ranges from fourteen to sixteen children per classroom. We offer four classes for pre-kindergarten: one is 3-days per week (M/W/F) and three are Monday thru Friday classes. We have two teachers in each classroom.
Everyone on the Preschool Staff has CPR and First Aid certification and completes annual Early Childhood continuing education courses.
All Preschool staff are required, at a minimum, to:
- hold an undergraduate degree in early childhood education or another field; or have successful work experience in early childhood education.
- be currently certified in CPR and First Aid.
- successfully complete annual Early Childhood continuing education courses.
Lunch Bunch is offered Monday through Thursday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. To participate, children must be 2 1/2 years old and not require a nap, as we do not have napping facilities. Pack a lunch and beverage for your child and let him/her join us for this popular activity. There is an additional charge for Lunch Bunch.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Pea Pod Players
Preschool Music teacher, ‘Miss Melanie’ Anderson, offers this program “Pea Pod Players: Preschoolers Playing, Practicing, and Performing”. It is an eight week session focusing on singing and acting, with a performance at the end of the eight weeks. Each week, the children will play games that teach vocal and dramatic skills. They will learn songs for the performance, as well as some basic performance skills. Each session runs from 1:15 to 2pm, and the cost is $100 per child. There will be a fall session and a spring session each year. For more information, see Miss Melanie.
Wee Little Arts
After-school art classes are offered by Mrs. Barbie Brannock, a licensed instructor for Wee Little Arts. Minimum age to attend art class is 3 years old. There are four sessions offered each year, and each session runs for eight weeks. These classes are offered at an additional fee.
Summer Preschool Camp is offered immediately following the end of each academic year. This camp is yearly, contingent upon a sufficient enrollment and a sufficient student/teacher ratio. Minimum age to attend summer camp is 2 1/2 years old. Summer camp is at an additional fee.