Welcome to First United Methodist Preschool
At First United Methodist Church Preschool St. Cloud, our number one priority is the child. We pride ourselves in not being a daycare and focus on the education of our children.
Each child is welcomed into an age-appropriate classroom that is created as "their space." Our staff adapts to this environment and engages each child on their level. Once a child feels safe and secure, their ability to learn is enhanced. Each child is loved and accepted as an individual rather than a number.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
First United Methodist Church Preschool is licensed under the Department of Children and Families (DCF). In addition, we provide Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) for children, which is governed by the Office of Early Learning (OEL) and the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County. We are an active learning early education provider and not a daycare. Our classes run from 8:30-12:30, Monday through Thursday; August – May.
I have served as a member of a 10-member special task force set up by the Early Learning Coalition to help define what opening-up during COVID19 would look like. I have attended weekly virtual meetings since March that have discussed many issues that early childhood educators will face in these uncertain times. By compiling the task force information, DCF Guidelines, CDC Guidelines and OEL recommendations, I feel that we can open back up safely while still providing developmentally appropriate and safe classrooms for our students. Our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of the staff and children at First United Methodist Church Preschool.
The first day of classes for Preschool students (age 3) will be Monday, August 17 at 8:30 AM.
The first day of classes for VPK Pre-K students will be on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:30 AM. This is a change from the previous date of August 17th due to State regulations preventing private providers from opening VPK prior to public schools opening. When Osceola County made the change of start date, we were forced to do so as well. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.
Ms. Denise, Director
About Our School
Established in 1983, First United Methodist Preschool is nestled in the heart of historic downtown St. Cloud and has been in operation 36 years. Our safe and secure campus features a state of the art video camera monitoring system. All staff are experienced, certified and have participated in annual Active Shooter, First Aid, Fire Extinguisher, and CPR training.
Each classroom provides learning-based centers that cover all aspects of a child’s developmental needs. Class sizes are limited and all classrooms have a teacher and full-time teaching assistant. Our school is a licensed DCF and VPK Provider.
We take pride in being a traditional preschool and not a daycare facility. Children, ages 3-5, learn and develop in a loving Christian atmosphere. Our classrooms are child-centered, active-learning environments where students develop a variety of skills and concepts through meaningful experiences. Activities that exercise the child’s developmental stages and encompass all styles of learning are provided.
All classes participate in the Frog Street Curriculum and our Pre-K classes cover all the VPK Florida State Standards. Children participate in Chapel weekly and school-wide Group Music & Movement events once a month, in addition to what is provided in class daily. Parent participation is always welcomed! In addition, on-site field trips are included in our curriculum.
Click through to see what programs we offer at First United Methodist Preschool St. Cloud! All programs are from 8:30AM-12:30PM.