Day School Information

First Presbyterian Church is proud to have had a high-quality child care program since 1951.
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Hours of Operation and Enrollment 

6:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday thru Friday


We have full time and part-time openings available from age 14 months to PreK.  Please contact Shelby Hurley, Director, with any questions or for current application information at 260-426-7421, Ext. 108. We encourage a tour of the facility before any enrollment.

About the Ministry

First Presbyterian started a preschool program in 1951. It became a preschool/daycare combination in 1991, hence the name Day School.

The daily schedule includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. As participants in the federal food program, our menus are nutritionally balanced. 

In addition to our regular classroom experiences, students attend a library story-time, a chapel service, and a music lesson once a week. Field trips for older students include Fox Island, TinCaps, the  pumpkin patch, and a variety of cultural experiences right here in downtown Fort Wayne.

We believe children learn best through play and discovery.  This includes both indoor and outdoor experiences. Children have at least two gross motor times per day. Weekly lesson plans based on the state foundations for Early Learners, weekly emails from the Director, and monthly menus are all made available to parents . We have formal conferences in fall, although parents may request a conference at any time. We incorporate bible stories and scripture into weekly instruction.

Mission Statement

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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.

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