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About our Preschool


First Presbyterian Preschool, founded in 1954, offers a weekday early childhood education experience that provides a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum with a focus on nature. We serve children 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. Our program runs Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, with a flexible option to drop your child off for FUN FRIDAYS! from 9-12pm. 


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Mission Statement

It is the mission of First Presbyterian Preschool to impart a lifelong love of learning through meaningful play-based experiences with an emphasis on a child’s social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and character development.

Curriculum

Our program is a play-based, project rich, hands-on, creative and thematic curriculum. Children will develop strong thinking skills, problem-solving skills, pre-literacy skills, basic mathematic skills, interpersonal social skills, a love for learning, and a curiosity for exploration. Teachers attend to children’s communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive development, physical, social emotional development, sensory and personal well-being.  The Pre-K program is a slightly more academic model of the curriculum with an emphasis on Kindergarten readiness skills. 

Spiritual Component

First Presbyterian Preschool is a Christian preschool. Part of our Character Development curriculum includes learning child-friendly prayers and listening to bible stories that promote a sense of community and caring for others. Families of all world views are welcome and not discriminated against.


Philosophy

At First Presbyterian Preschool we value early childhood as an important stage of development that is unique to all stages of life. We understand that the primary role of an early childhood education is the socialization of young children. Our goal 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. We believe that children learn best through hands-on play opportunities and social/emotional experiences.


Our play-based, thematic curriculum allows for an integration of the whole child. Our learning activities allow for growth in a child’s social, spiritual, physical, cognitive, and emotional 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 each other.


We partner 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 your child, and value a team approach to the instruction of each child. First Presbyterian Preschool serves families of any race, color, national, religious and ethnic origin and we do not discriminate. All families are welcome!