First Pres Preschool
The First Presbyterian admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Here at First Presbyterian Church Preschool, in obedience to God's Word, our vision and mission is to educate and nurture the preschool-aged children of our church and our community through loving Christian instruction in a quality learning environment.
We seek to provide a preschool experience that will facilitate learning, foster self-esteem and encourage spiritual growth at your child’s own pace.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read or write. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child."
We offer a Developmental Readiness Program designed to ensure that each child develops his/her cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual potential based on his/her ability to understand and internalize the concepts needed for growth in these five areas.
Our three curriculum's are combinations of the Creative Hands-On Curriculum recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Work Jobs, which uses Whole Language, Fastie Alphabet, Letter People, and Biblical teachings to foster learning. Our children learn through repetitive, creative exposure to and performance of tasks/concepts to be learned; because the retention of information learned increases with the number of senses used to learn it.
We encourage acquisition of both gross and fine motor skills through large and small muscle activities during music and exercise in the classroom and on the playground.
Spiritual, Emotional, Social
Daily Bible activities and weekly Chapel classes (held on Wednesdays) encourage children to develop responsible Christian behaviors. In classes, our teachers, by developing supportive relationships with the children, by sharing Bible stories, and by example, encourage their students to:
- See themselves as secure Children of God, created just the way God designed them
- Respond to God's love by being concerned for and compassionate with others, especially those in need
- Develop a respect for and a desire to protect all God's creations.
REGISTRATION FOR 2020/21 IS NOW OPEN.
CONTACT THE PRESCHOOL OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Online registration is not available at this time. Registration for 2019/20 is available by appointment in the Preschool office. Registrations must be verified by the Preschool Director, Diana Wise.
NOTE: Our current Registration Brochure is available in PDF format only as it must be turned in directly to the Preschool Director for verification along with a non-refundable $250.00 check made payable to First Presbyterian Church. Office hours are
The 2019/2020 Parent Handbook is available here or via pickup in the Preschool Office.
Take a moment to review our Emergency Plan.
Preschool Registration Fee is $300.00
- Preschool Supply and Parent Committee Activity Fee is $230.00
- Parents provide snack for their child’s class once during each class list rotation
- Parents are asked to volunteer and provide goodies for preschool activities and programs
- Our program calendar includes the public school holidays and teacher workdays
- Class numbers are determined by the Director
- We offer three programs: Terrific Twos, Pre-K 3, and Pre-K 4 (see more info below)
*Prices on this site are subject to change. Please confirm all costs prior to registering your child for class.
Terrific Two's Class Information
(2 Options Available)
M-W Option: Monday, Wednesday
T-Th Option: Tuesday, Thursday
CLASS TIME / Aug - Sep: 9am - 11:30am &
MINIMUM AGE / 2 years of age as of September 1st of this year
CLASS RATIO / 13:2 (13 children : 1 teacher + 1 teaching assistant)
TUITION / $2,430 or ten payments of $243
POTTY TRAINED / We encourage child to be potty trained
Pre-K 3 Class Information
(2 Options Available)
MWF Option: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
T-Th Option: Tuesday, Thursday
CLASS TIME / 9am - 12 noon
MINIMUM AGE / 3 years of age as of September 1st of this year
CLASS RATIO / 6:1 (18 children : 1 teacher + 2 assistants)
TUITION / M-W-F Option: $3,200 or ten payments of $320 OR T-Th Option: $2,800 or ten payments of $280
POTTY TRAINED / Child must be potty trained
Pre-K 4 Class Information
CLASS DAYS / Monday - Friday
CLASS TIME / 9am - 12 noon
MINIMUM AGE / 4 years of age as of September 1st of this year
CLASS RATIO / 16:1 (16
TUITION / $3,600 or ten payments of $360
LUNCH BUNCH / Available Sept - April on Wed til
POTTY TRAINED / Child must be potty trained
Diana Wise, Director
Carol Atwater, Terrific Two's
Debbie Bierman, PreK-3
Kimberly Cassino, PreK-4
Camille Marro, PreK-3
Lisa Finnegan, Terrific Two's
Sarah Herritt, PreK-4
Sue Staley, PreK-4
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING...
First Pres Preschool offers our children what we always hoped we would find in a preschool; a loving, nurturing, God-centered environment. The sign outside of my PreK 3 classroom sums up how we view learning at this critical age: “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.” And this is what both of our boys have received at First Pres, a top-notch education while learning at their own pace. It also says a lot when they run to their classroom every morning excited to be there with their teachers and friends! I am confident in sending my oldest son off to kindergarten next year knowing that he has received a solid foundation academically, socially, and spiritually. Thank you, Miss Diana, for providing us with a school that exceeds all of our wishes.
Coming from the Northeast and relocating to Florida, we spent a lot of time looking at Preschools for our daughter. As a former teacher, there were certain things I was looking for and First Presbyterian had it all. From the most loving and nurturing staff to the “family like” small environment, we knew this was the perfect place. And it was! Our daughter has flourished and grown in so many ways and is now more than ready to begin Kindergarten. I highly recommend this incredibly wonderful school to anyone. Thank you Miss Diana and all the teachers for taking such great care of our daughter and preparing her so well for the next phase. We love you all!
We have had the pleasure of being at FPCP for the past 4 years. Our 5 year old daughter started in the two’s, due to a late August birthday we chose to have our daughter repeat Pre-K 4 to give her one more year of getting “the basics” down. She has grown wings and absolutely flown this year. We have no doubt that she is truly prepared for Kindergarten next year. FPCP is such a warm and loving place! The children learn to walk with Jesus. They are reminded to love their friends and be kind to others. Our son started his journey in the 2’s and will be in the 3’s MWF next year. His experience has been nothing short of amazing! We are so blessed to have FPCP in our lives! We are setting our children up for success – they make learning fun! We highly recommend FPCP to any family looking for a place that will love their children like their own!
My son absolutely loves going to school at FPC Preschool. He would go seven days a week if that was possible! Our whole family has felt valued and supported through the school year. Matthew’s teachers put God’s love at the center of all they do; they are truly a beacon of His light. We are so glad to have found a preschool that meets all our child’s needs at a pace appropriate for him.
My daughter went to PreK3 & PreK4 and loved it and now my little boy is going to PreK2 and will continue to PreK3 and PreK4; Every day we pass the preschool and he asks for his two teachers by name. He loves it and my husband and I do too. Everyone involved with the preschool gives their best and does it with love, so come join us!
-Tatiana Sanchez Angel
We were new to the area two years ago and visited numerous preschools. I knew immediately First Pres would be a great fit for our kids. The teachers are so loving and offer a nurturing learning environment. All of the parents are very involved and make it feel like one big family. Attending First Pres has been a positive experience for both of our children and we are grateful to have found it.
What greater compliment could you give this program than a child who cried on her days off from school because she wanted to be there so badly?
If I had to describe FPC Preschool - the first word that comes to mind is 'family.' We relocated to South Florida with no friends or family in the state and we stumbled upon this preschool. From the first moments we walked in you could feel the warmth and see the smiles on everyone's faces. Two years later we not only have a child graduating but have made so many new friendships that will last forever. I can't thank them enough for all they have done for my children and my family.
My daughter just completed her first year at First Presbyterian Preschool. I can honestly say it was such a wonderful year for her to grow. I am a teacher myself and out of all the preschools I looked at, not one had what First Pres. does. It is so nurturing and loving and safe. It feels like a family when you walk in and out every day, and parental involvement is so important there. We couldn't be happier and we highly recommend this wonderful preschool. Thank you Miss Diana for running such a fabulous preschool!
We are so glad and blessed to have our daughter in this school where the people really love and care about kids. During PreK 3 and PreK 4 our child was so happy to go and learn there - that it's hard to find another now that meets all our expectations. The teachers are fantastic! Thank you so much for such dedication and for treating our kids so well. Our first memories of school will be great thanks to you all.
First Pres Preschool has been the best choice we made for our children. The teachers exemplify true love, compassion, understanding and teaching skills of the highest caliber. Not to be understated is the leader of this group, Miss Diana. She and her staff have given God, friendships, learning skills, guidance and lifelong memories to help my children to perform to the best of their abilities. I would highly recommend this school for any preschooler.
Having had a child enrolled here each year for the past seven years, I have been so pleased with our overall experience that I wouldn't dream of sending any of them elsewhere. I am also pleased to say that with another little one on the way, we will enjoy several more years of happy memories at First Presbyterian Preschool!
-Piper Johnson Crisafi, proud mother of four
We are in our 3rd and final :( year with one son and will begin a second year with another son next year. Our experience has been nothing short of wonderful. Its a very nurturing environment with a lot of family involvement. The teachers are fantastic and they really care for our children in every way. The only bad thing is First Pres has set the bar so high that other schools pale in comparison.
Having chosen FPC Preschool for our children was the first best decision we've ever made as it relates to their education and building on a foundation for life! The teachers are nurturing and really spend time ensuring every child gets the attention needed in preparation for kindergarten. We could not be happier and are looking forward to sharing many more years with the welcoming of our new baby this fall.
-Laura and Dave Herlong
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