First Presbyterian Preschool, founded in 1954, offers a weekday early childhood education experience that provides age-appropriate, play-based curriculum. We serve children 3 to 5 years of age who are potty trained.
Mission: It is the
mission of First Presbyterian Preschool to extend the ministry of First
Presbyterian Church to young children and their families by imparting a
lifelong love of learning through meaningful play-based experiences with an
emphasis on a child’s social, emotional and spiritual development.
Presbyterian Preschool helps your child CLIMB high to a successful future.
Philosophy: At First Presbyterian Preschool we value early childhood as an important stage of development that is
unique to other stages of life. We create
meaningful experiences within a Christian context that are developmentally
appropriate and impactful to the life of each unique child. We recognize that every child has his or her
own learning style and life experience. We welcome children of all abilities
and backgrounds who may benefit from our program. Together we explore the world around us, with
an emphasis on a Christian world view.
First Presbyterian Preschool understands that the primary role of an early childhood education is
the socialization of young children. Our goal at First Presbyterian Preschool is to impart
a lifelong love of learning by instilling Christian values and fostering
opportunities for the development of positive social skills. Through
cooperative play, opportunities for exploration of individual interests, and time
interacting in a community, the children of First Presbyterian Preschool grow into
children who are excited about learning and equipped for future success. First Presbyterian Preschool believes that children
learn best through hands-on play opportunities.
thematic curriculum allows for an integration of the whole child. Our learning activities allow for growth in a
child’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and cognitive areas. Emphasis is placed on language development
and literacy in the context of literature rich experiences and a text-rich environment. Leadership and independence are fostered
through serving each other, trying new things, and sharing information and
ideas with others.
First Presbyterian Preschool knows that a child’s parents are his or her first and primary
teachers. First Presbyterian Preschool partners
with families to provide the very best early childhood education possible. We encourage and create open lines of
communication, regular feedback on the progress of children in our care, and
value a team approach to the instruction of each child.
First Presbyterian Preschool serves families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and
does not discriminate. Children of all religious backgrounds are welcome to
attend First Presbyterian Preschool.
Spiritual Emphasis: First Presbyterian Preschool is a Christian Preschool. Teachers and Aides are Christian in faith. Praying, Bible stories, weekly chapel experiences, and developmentally appropriate scripture memorization are all part of the preschool experience at First Presbyterian Preschool. A student does not need to be a Christian to attend. Families of all world views are also welcome and not discriminated against with the understanding that our teaching is done with a Christian world view in a Christian context.
Curriculum: First Presbyterian Preschool is a play-based, project rich, hands-on and thematic curriculum. With emphasis on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, children will develop strong thinking skills, interpersonal social skills, a love for literature, and a curiosity for exploration. The 5's program is a slightly more academic model of this curriculum with more of an emphasis on Kindergarten Readiness skills.
Outside or indoor large motor free play takes place daily. Art and music classes are offered during the regular program hours weekly. A weekly library time is also a part of our curriculum.
Teachers attend to children’s communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive development, social and emotional development and personal well-being.
Monday-Thursday 1:00-2:30 PM Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM