M. D. O. & Preschool
The Preschool and Mother's Day Out Program of the First United Methodist Church is an extension of the total ministry of the church, serving not only families of the church, but the entire community. It is a learning center concerned with the whole child, where in an age appropriate, fun environment, children are encouraged to explore, discover, create, and communicate, while developing a positive self concept which will foster a never ending desire to learn.
For more information, please contact the M.D.O. office at 254-773-1947 or contact Sonia Arndt here.
About Our Program
For 40 years, we have provided excellent part-time care for young children in Bell County. We are a unique program in that we offer consistent, quality care for infants and toddlers, along with a stimulating and educational environment for preschool children. Many of our children stay with our program from nursery through Pre-K. The program is structured to benefit stay at home Moms and Dads, parents who work part time, college students, and other caregivers such as nannies and Grandparents. We do not offer full-time daycare. Our goal is to provide the best care and a great education for your child while Mom and Dad are away.
Curriculum & Classroom Activities
Our teachers plan their daily activities based on a curriculum outline that list goals and objectives for each age level. The goals and objectives build on each other from the nursery through the Pre-K classes. Our goal is to provide developmentally appropriate environments and activities for all children. We believe that preschool children learn through play with a purpose. We also believe that it is our job as a school to provide the atmosphere, the materials, and the support for each child to play, learn, grow and develop. All of our curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best through play and a wide variety of meaningful, hands-on experiences.
Children are registered for classes according to the child’s age on September 1st. Classes remain constant throughout the year, we do not promote students to the next age group as they have birthdays. The children learn, grow, and develop together. Occasionally, classes are combined or divided according to registration.
Infants & Toddlers
Nursery 6-11 months
Older Infants 12-17 months
Toddlers 18-23 months
In our Nursery class we provide excellent care from experienced, loving teachers. Teachers work closely with the parents to provide individualized care for each infant. Teachers document major aspects of each child’s day, take a daily walk in the bye-bye buggy, and offer many opportunities to explore the world around them with stimulating toys, music and books.
Our Older Infants and Toddlers enjoy adding more activities to their routine. In addition to meeting their daily needs, teachers incorporate a short circle time each morning where they share favorite songs and finger plays. Classroom activities include a variety of opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills through puzzles, table toys, large blocks, climbing, and riding toys.
In our preschool classes, teachers provide learning centers and a wide variety of interactive materials. The children are exposed to pre-phonics and pre-math concepts and have many opportunities to practice their early reading, writing and math skills. Children are encouraged to participate in a more involved circle time, as well as develop social skills such as the importance of respecting the classroom and personal belongings. Our classes have experienced, certified/degreed teachers. We also offer an optional gymnastics program for children 2 and up.
All 5 Days
All classes are offered for
Mornings only 9am-noon
Full Day 9am-2:30pm
Optional EarlyBird 7:45am-9am (for enrolled children only)
We operate on a school year basis, from September through May. Holidays are based on the Temple ISD calendar, exact dates are listed in the current Parent Handbook.
Summer classes are offered separately.
2 day program……….$150.00
3 day program……….$175.00
5 day program……….$325.00
Registration fees are collected at the time of registration.
There must be an opening in the appropriate class before a registration will be accepted.
Registration fees are non-refundable
2 days $155.00; $190.00
3 days $210.00; $250.00
5 days $360.00; $435.00
*our program only charges for the months we are actually in school*