The teachers at First Presbyterian Preschool provided an excellent foundation for my three daughters' education. The combination of academics and play-based instruction focused on the needs of the whole child. They were both academically and emotionally prepared for kindergarten and beyond. I cannot say enough about the creativity, enthusiasm, patience and genuine care the teachers of First Presbyterian Preschool have for their students.
Our family highly recommends First Presbyterian Preschool. Their staff is highly qualified and passionate about early childhood education and the warm, welcoming environment is nurturing and safe. The preschool offers a well-rounded education with year-round outdoor play, art, music, free choice activities and field trips. My children made friends, loved their teachers and were more than ready for Kindergarten, both academically and socially.
- Adriann Divozzo
The play-based curriculum implemented at First Presbyterian Preschool provided my two children with an exceptional foundation to build their academic careers. With this as their first formal educational experience, both of them have enjoyed tremendous success in elementary school in all areas of the curriculum, often times scoring above grade level in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. I am forever grateful for the intentional and meaningful experiences the teachers at First Presbyterian Preschool planned to build my children’s literacy skills, math concepts, gross and fine motor skills and social skills. They were fully prepared to meet the goals of Kindergarten and beyond. Thank you First Presbyterian Preschool!
- Kendra Hackney (Former First Presbyterian Preschool Parent/Board Member and Kindergarten / 1st Grade teacher)
Watching my children grow and learn at First Presbyterian Preschool was so rewarding. I found it so refreshing for them to be in an environment so academically and socially age appropriate. My children were allowed to be kids and to learn through play and fun, in their own unique ways. They not only left FPP fully prepared to be successful in elementary school, but they also walked away with imaginations that were nurtured, instilling a love for creativity and problem solving that has helped them in their friendships and school work.
- Former First Presbyterian Preschool Mom
I'm so grateful that all three of my children were able to attend First Presbyterian Preschool. Everyone on the preschool staff was highly knowledgeable in early child development. The combination of foundational academics and play - based learning was ideal. My kids were more than ready to start kindergarten after their successful experiences at First Pres Preschool!
- Former First Presbyterian Mom
Play-based learning is so important in the development of the child. If the child does not first develop gross motor skills, it will be harder to develop their fine motor skills for school-based tasks like writing. Gross motor skills help foster the skills needed to be successful in the school environment. If the child doesn’t develop hand-eye coordination, or weight shifting side-to-side, they will have more difficulty with learning to read (left-to-right skill). Learning how to cross midline helps a child develop hand dominance. If they don’t work on their core muscles they may not be able to sit still in class due to muscle fatigue. If they are wiggling in their seats because they can’t support themselves, they are not going to focus on what the teacher is saying.
They might also try to support themselves by using a hand on the desk due to core weakness, but this will again impede their learning. One hand is used to write and the other hand is the helper to hold the paper. These are just a few examples of the physical benefits of play-based learning, but one I think that is often overlooked. Play-based learning also helps build the necessary problem solving skills, body awareness, and motor planning that will help a child be successful in the school environment.
My daughter still talks about her time with Miss Megan and she is currently in 3rd grade. She would like to be a teacher when she grows up, in part to her time at First Presbyterian Preschool. You can’t overvalue instilling the love of learning in a child.
Rachel Goudie, FPP Mom and Physical Therapist
As a mom, I question my decisions constantly. Like you, I want to do what is best for my children - and sometimes that road isn't always clear. When I got the point where I needed to start thinking about education for my children, I was overwhelmed. There are so many choices! And then there is the whole challenge of cost and registering early enough to ensure there is a space in your program of choice.
First Presbyterian Preschool was my first choice because of philosophy, location, cost and family involvement. And as it turns out, this is one choice I am certain was the right one for our family. I have no doubt that play-based learning is the most developmentally appropriate education environment for 3-5 year olds, inspiring their love for learning and building important social skills.
My oldest child attended First Presbyterian Preschool for two years. She was well prepared for Kindergarten, socially and academically. The preschool day routine taught her what it means to be a student. She learned to take pride in her schoolwork with the projects she did in preschool. First Presbyterian Preschool gave her the foundation she needed for Kindergarten reading and math. Her preschool teachers were truly caring and made a positive and lasting impression on her. Play-based learning was a key to building her confidence and desire to learn.
-Julie DeCook, FPP Mom and MarComm Professional