FPC Playschool

2017-18 REGISTRATION

The dates for registration are as follows:
Monday, March 6 – church members; grandchildren of church members 9:00 AM (Playschool building)

Tuesday, March 7 – presently enrolled families: 9:00 a.m. Returning 4-year-olds and their siblings (Gym building lobby)
10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds moving up to 3 & 4-year-old class and siblings of children who are not returning (Gym building lobby)
1:00 p.m. Children of families whose siblings or parents have attended Playschool (Gym building lobby)

Wednesday, March 8 – new children 9:00 AM (Gym building lobby)

In the event of inclement weather go to www.fpcjacksontn.org for updated information. To simplify the process and to be as fair as possible, names will be drawn to determine the order in which you will register. You may come no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your registration time, names will be drawn no earlier than the times noted above. Registration will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

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The First Presbyterian Playschool began in 1971 and operates today as a licensed half-day program for two through four year olds. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for preschool children in this Church and community to participate in a structured educational program with the companionship of their peers in an environment scaled to their needs under trained supervision. The Playschool meets primarily in the Education Building, but also makes use of the gymnasium (Gym-Ed Building) and playground for recreation during the day.

There are six permanent teachers. All teachers have degrees in early childhood education and many years of experience in the classroom. In addition, teachers attend eighteen to twenty-one hours of workshops yearly. All teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Three and Four Year Old Class Teachers:

  • "Miss" April West
  • "Miss" Mary Beth Gibson
  • "Miss" Anita Langdon
  • "Miss" Debbie Gomez

Two-Year Old Class Teachers:

  • "Miss"Jennifer Geraghty, Director
  • "Miss" Libby Carmichael

Programs are offered either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday. Classes will be filled by a lottery system in the spring and from a waiting list during the school year. The Playschool has been licensed by the Department of Human Services and received a Three Star Rating under the new assessment program for daycare and preschools. 

MISSION
The First Presbyterian Playschool provides the preschool child with the companionship of children his/her own age in an environment scaled to his/her needs under trained adult supervision. In addition to the child-directed play and activities such as the dress-up corner, blocks, and kitchen area, there is provision for activities requiring special adult direction such as story telling, PEP program, reading, use of rhythm instruments, and singing games. It is our desire that each preschooler becomes confident in his/her own abilities and has acquired the cognitive, social and emotional skills to be successful in Kindergarten. Some of the things that enrich a child's experience in preschool are:

  • Companionship with others his own age who have similar interests and abilities.
  • Learning to share and cooperate with one another.
  • Opportunities for creative expression in paints, blocks, clay, cutting, and pasting.
  • Quiet concentration with books, puzzles, pegboards, sensory boxes, etc.
  • Dramatic play- doll corner, kitchen, dress-up clothing, acting out simple stories, etc.
  • Language development (Peabody Language Development Kit), Spanish vocabulary, classification PEP boxes (Primary Educational Project)
  • Music in many forms: listening, singing, dancing, and rhythmic activities.
  • Stories, poems and finger plays with all their possibilities.
  • Outside play- use of large equipment and development of the "big muscles."
  • Number fun (pre-readiness activities with math) and math PEP boxes.
  • Appreciation for God’s beautiful world thru observing nature and participation in nature and science activities.

PURPOSE
The Playschool functions as an approved program of the First Presbyterian Church. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for preschool children in this church and community to participate in a structured educational program with the companionship of their peers in an environment scaled to their needs under trained adult supervision. First Presbyterian Playschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender or national origin in its acceptance of students or in its hiring practices.

  

2016-17 INFORMATION
Parent Handbook
Annual Calendar
Classes and Fees
Daily Schedule

MARCH MONTHLY CALENDARS 
Two Year Old Class 
Three & Four Year Old Class (M,W,F)
Three & Four Year Old Class (T,TH)

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Week 1

For more information contact Jennifer Geraghty, Playschool Director, at 731-424-6515 during school hours between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You may also contact the office of the First Presbyterian Church at 731-422-1591.

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