First Presbyterian Preschool was established in 1956 under the name of the First Presbyterian Kindergarten Day school. Through the years the program has expanded and currently serves children from the ages of 12 months to 5 years. We are a nonprofit school guided by the mission and principles of First Presbyterian Church. The school was established as an educational service to the community. First Presbyterian Preschool is proudly accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC).
We believe that the unique qualities found in each child bring an excitement to our program. This excitement inspires our teachers and engages our students. Each child brings his/her own experiences and abilities to school. This results in varying rates of development. Knowing that all areas; physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental, work together towards a child’s maturation, we have the following goals:
Promote Christian nurture and enthusiasm for living.
Develop a strong sense of self-respect within the child as well as respect for others.
Promote an awareness and acceptance of the diversity of our culture.
Nurture the child’s ability to both express and control emotions and feelings.
Plan activities appropriate to the child and encourage sharing and communication.
Promote creative thinking and encourage powers of observation.
Provide the child with a wide variety of stimulating activities in a responsive and enriched environment.
Aid the child in forming positive, trusting relationships with others.
Work in harmony with parents to provide support services if needed.
First Presbyterian Preschool admits children from age 12 months to age 5. First Presbyterian Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in the admission of its educational policies, admissions, scholarship, employment policies or any other programs administered by the school.
To enroll your child, apply here. Preference is given to children already enrolled in the school, followed by siblings of enrolled children, and finally to members of the church. All other applications are processed in the order in which they were received. The school reserves the right to maintain a gender balance in classes.
Our curriculum provides an environment where children learn in an atmosphere of love, security, acceptance, and success. Emphasis is placed on helping each child develop self-esteem and on giving the child a positive school experience. We emphasize the process of independent thinking and interaction with the environment. This occurs through self-direction and child initiated activities. Our curriculum is designed to help each child reach their personal potential physically, mentally, emotionally and socially thereby insuring future success.
The faculty at First Presbyterian Preschool is experienced and caring. Through monthly staff meetings the teachers collaborate to provide every child with appropriate developmental experiences. All teachers actively participate in ongoing professional development each year through staff conferences and workshops. The teachers maintain a classroom blog on the website highlighting each classroom’s activities.
For the Tuition Payment Schedule, please contact us.
The Mission of the First Presbyterian Preschool Parents’ Council is to support the efforts of faculty and administration of the school to guide, educate, and nurture students in a spiritual and caring environment. Parents’ Council Board chairmen for 2018-2019 are Molly Gee and Ashley Raggi.