We believe that all children are precious gifts that we are called to love, nurture, protect and teach.
In our program, children are afforded the opportunity to engage in developmentally appropriate play and learning activities with their peers. We encourage positive social experiences in order to develop social-emotional skills and social language abilities. Incorporated into our daily routines are sensory-rich activities that encourage growth across all developmental domains. Our program works to support the development of the whole child, to include cognitive development, faith development, fine and gross motor skills, social/coping skills, problem-solving skills, language abilities and pre-academic concepts. We follow a faith-based curriculum, but we also plan activities based on children’s interests. We incorporate the natural environment into our daily routines to encourage environmental conscientiousness and to help children establish a positive relationship with nature. Opportunities to participate in movement and music classes nurture children’s artistic abilities.
We also believe that all children should be included regardless of ability level, race/ethnicity, or cultural background. We believe that we can all learn from each other’s unique perspectives and life experiences. We partner with families and provide many opportunities for families to volunteer and interact with the school by contributing their unique gifts and talents. We partner with the church to include children and families in service learning projects in order to teach stewardship within the larger community and to our church family.
Finally, it is our hope that children graduating from the Weekday School program are well-prepared to enter elementary school with the skills necessary to face whatever comes their way with grace, kindness, and the confidence that knowing God can provide.
Welcome, Amy Kirkman, as the Weekday School’s new director!
Amy comes to First Baptist having worked with children of all ages for the past 17 years. She brings broad experience in early childhood education, staff management, curriculum development, and implementation of vision and creativity that are a great fit for our Weekday School.
“To be able to provide a nurturing and educationally rich experience for preschool children, while also showing them the fullness of God’s love and grace, is truly a gift.” -Amy
Read more about Amy, her background, her family and her recommendations here.
Parents are the child’s first and most significant spiritual guide and the FBC Weekday Preschool’s role is to interpret a child’s experiences in terms of God. We offer a prayer at Thanksgiving before eating; we hear stories from the Bible; we focus on a Bible verse/thought each week; and, four and five year olds participate in monthly worship times in the First Baptist Chapel. First Baptist Preschool does not teach doctrine.
The basis for classroom instruction is the Wee Learn curriculum. Written from the Christian perspective, this developmental curriculum offers age-appropriate learning experiences.
School Term / Calendar:
The school year is based on a 166 day calendar beginning the day after Labor Day and ending the Thursday before Memorial Day. There are two length-of-day options: 9am – 12 noon, and 9am – 1pm. Children register to attend school on specific days of the week for the entire term. There is no drop-in service.
A child’s eligibility for a class is based on their age on August 31 prior to the opening of school. Infants must be six weeks old; Toddlers must be one year old and walking; Transitioners must be eighteen months old. Fives must have completed a preschool four year old program or be five years old by August 31. For each age group we have a maximum class size and child teacher ratio.
Infants – 6 children | 3:1
Toddlers – 8 children | 4:1
Transitioners – 10 children | 5:1
Twos – 15 children | 5:1
Threes – 15 children | 8:1
Fours/Fives – 18 children | 9:1
Weekday School Classes & Registration
Infants, Toddler, and Transitioners:
These three classes are offered each weekday morning. Children may attend two to five mornings, depending on availability.
Daily capacity: infants-6; toddlers-8; transitioners-10.
# Days Attending 9 a.m.-noon OR 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2-5 days
Twos, Threes, Fours, and Fives (by August 31):
These classes meet on specific days each week from 9 a.m.-noon OR 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 Year-Olds Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thur OR 3, 4, or 5 days
3 Year-Olds Tues/Wed/Thur OR Mon-Fri
4 & 5 Year-Olds 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon-Thur OR Mon-Fri
- Thanksgiving: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of holiday week
- Christmas: two weeks at end of calendar year to include Christmas and New Year’s days
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Spring Break/Easter: one week, either the week before or the week after Easter; including Good Friday
FBC Preschool follows Guilford County Schools decisions on closing for inclement weather. Please consult media announcements or the GCS website.
Arrival & Departure
The school day begins at 9 am. At 8:50 am, a welcome flag is displayed at the Guilford Avenue entrance to indicate that children may enter the building. There are two entrances to the Weekday Preschool: Mendenhall Street door: Parents of Infants, Toddlers, and Transition classes use the Mendenhall entrance Guilford Avenue/Red Door: The director or a teacher will be availalble to help children out of cars and into the building. Parents are also welcome to walk children into the building. Cars should NEVER be left parked under the porte-coche/covered entrance. A late fee of $5 is due if a parent is more than five minutes late for pickup and has not called to inform the school. Parents will receive a late slip and should attach payment and return to the director.