First Presbyterian Church is proud to have had a high-quality day care program since 1951. The Day School Ministry is dedicated to providing the finest quality Christian care and early childhood education to children ages two through six. Our educational philosophy is to create an environment that promotes and reinforces a child's self-esteem and self-worth. Our program strives to provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment where each child has opportunities to develop his or her own unique self.
Hours of Operation and Fees
6:30am - 5:30pm Monday thru Friday
The full-time rate for ages 18 months to 3 years is $170 per week, and the full-time rate for 3-7 year-olds is $155 per week. 3-day and half-day tuition costs can be obtained from the director. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $40 per family. Please contact Jennifer Shaw, Director, with any questions or for current application information at 260-426-7421, Ext. 108. We encourage an interview, observation of the classes, and tour of the facility before any enrollment.
Pay your child’s Day School Tuition and fees here.
About the Ministry
First Presbyterian started a preschool program in 1951. It became a preschool/day care combination in 1991 after a survey showed the need for a downtown day care facility open to everyone.
Children need to feel good about themselves. Positive guidance techniques are used by the staff to enhance self-worth. The daily schedule includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. The day includes large and small group interaction, listen and share, and self-selected indoor and outdoor activities. A chapel service takes place on Tuesdays and a music class on Thursdays.
Field trips may include a picnic in the park, a trip to the zoo, Science Central, or Fox Island. In the fall there is a trip to an apple orchard or farm.
A breakfast of cold cereal, juice, and milk is offered to children who have not eaten before arrival. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided as well as a nutritious, balanced lunch.
Each year we have a family night to carve pumpkins, a Christmas program, a pre-K celebration ceremony, family engagements events, and a party to celebrate special people in a child’s life.
The staff members, as caregivers and teachers of young children, are required to have a degree in education or relevant day care or preschool experience. Monthly curriculum schedules, weekly notes, and menus are sent out from the child's teacher. Any parent may request a conference at any time.
First Presbyterian Day School is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church. The Day School shows God’s love in action through caring adults in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Children learn to relate to each other, their family, and their world. The Day School will instill lifelong learning skills in children by offering developmentally appropriate learning experiences affirming each child’s worth, and providing paternal support. The Day School actively demonstrates the church’s commitment to children, education and the community.
First Presbyterian Day School admits eligible students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or handicap and does not discriminate in the administration of its admission, educational, scholarship, or other school policies and programs.