About Early Preschool

Our Philosophy & Mission Our History Our Program
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Our Building Our Curriculum Our Leaders


Our Philosophy & Mission

Early Preschool at First Presbyterian Church provides a Christian environment for the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development of children ages 18 months through 5 years. In our safe atmosphere of mutual affection and respect, children learn healthy social skills and build self-esteem.


Our History

Tracing its roots to a Mother’s Day Out Ministry in 1986, Early Preschool at First Presbyterian Church provides a Christian environment for the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development of children ages 18 months through five years. The program is currently licensed through the Department of Education and is an accredited program of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), meeting the highest standards of Early Childhood Education.


Our Program

  • Children ages 18 months to 5-years-old can be enrolled.
  • Our school year is from August – May.
  • Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
  • Extended care options are available one hour before/after each school day.
  • A 6-week summer camp is scheduled every June and July.

Our Building

The Early Preschool is situated on the beautiful grounds and property of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville. The Early Preschool building and facilities were completed in 2008 as part of a larger construction and renovation campaign for FPC and Oak Hill School. We have a secured Children’s Wing with 11 classrooms, chapel, kitchen, Grundy Hall for music class and indoor play and a large outdoor playground and garden.


Our Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum,” written by Diane Trister Dodge and Kate Heroman, is implemented in all Early Preschool classrooms. Creative Curriculum helps children become enthusiastic learners.  Children are encouraged to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. (teachingstrategies.com/curriculum)

We utilize “Godly Play” as our Chapel curriculum. Godly Play teaches children the art of using religious language — parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action — helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. (McClain, Rebecca, godlyplay.org)

Handwriting Without Tears’ (HWT) “Get Set For School” pre-K curriculum uses a developmental approach that is based on the most relevant research about how young children learn best. HWT features Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy, and Numbers & Math. (hwtears.com)


 

Our Leaders

Brenda Lutz, Director of the Early Preschool

Brenda Lutz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Rochester, New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from the State University of New York, College at Potsdam. She and her husband, Paul, relocated to the sunny south about 30 years ago...


The Early Preschool
First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220
(615) 298-9580
Director: Brenda Lutz
Assistant Director: Melanie Ritz
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