Day School Information

First Presbyterian Church is proud to have had a high-quality day 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 Jennifer Shaw, 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 nutritiously balanced. 

In addition to our regular classroom experiences, students attend 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.


Our curriculum is Creative Curriculum.  We believe children learn best by exploring, prepared environments for them to learn through play and discovery.  This includes both indoor and outdoor experiences.  Children have two gross motor times per day, 30 minutes in the morning, and a longer recess each afternoon.  Weekly lesson plans based on the state foundations for Early Learners, weekly newsletters, and monthly menus are all made available to parents . We have formal conferences in fall, although parents may request a conference at any time. 

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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