Mission Statement

The St. James UMC Preschool is a ministry of St. James UMC. We’ve been Following Jesus, Loving Others and Changing the World one child at a time since 1965. Our MISSION is to provide opportunities for spiritual, academic and social growth through qualified instruction and prayerful nurturing.


Research has shown that preschoolers learn best through play. We have developed an internal curriculum with guidelines in place to help our staff develop and broaden childrens’ learning experiences in key areas of development (social/emotional, language/literacy, cognitive, physical). We aim to make them confident, eager and enthusiastic learners! Most importantly, we want them knowing just how much God loves them and that each of them are special.


“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Mr. Fred Rogers (famous children’s TV personality and educator)


Our Bible curriculum is called “First Look”. It was developed by Think Orange Resources. The entire curriculum is constructed to meet your preschoolers where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate to Kindergarten they know these three basic truths: God Made Me, God Loves Me, Jesus Wants to be my Friend Forever!


Our Preschool hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm. We offer an early drop off (breakfast club) at 8:00am which is $5 per day and billed the following month. For our 3’s and 4’s we also offer lunch bunch from noon to 1:00pm and is also $5 per day and is billed the following month.

Each classroom offers the following centers:

Family Living/Dramatic Play:


  • Role playing/socialization
  • Engage in problem solving
  • Skills for conflict resolution

Reading/Book Center:


  • Develops language/vocabulary
  • Using imagination
  • Develops interest in books/reading

Block Center:


  • Develops coordination through balancing/lifting/stacking.
  • Promoting spatial relationships
  • Develops sense of design and form



  • Helps develop fine motor skill
  • Develops eye-hand coordination
  • Develops skills of matching, sequencing and categorizing


  • Encourages creativity
  • Stimulates the imagination
  • Assists in learning about colors, textures and form
  • Music/Movement once a week
  • Outside play daily (weather permitting)
  • Story time once a week in the Children’s library
  • Chapel once a week in our Sanctuary and Chapel

St. James Preschool 2024-2025 Registration is Here!

Please click on links below to find all the information you need to register your child


preschool enrollment packet 2024.25


preschool enrollment application24.25