Our Philosophy

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 Tara Sutherland 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. We are proud to announce upgraded security, indoor play area, Musikgarden, and science(for our older kids) will all be offered for the 2018-2019 school year.

Class Placement

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.

Parent Policy Handbook

Please read our handbook for more information on our school. handbook.pdf

Our Teachers

Ms. Missy - Infants

Ms. Maria - Older Infants

Ms. Jennifer - Toddlers

Ms. Kim - 2 year olds

Ms. Hillary - 2 year olds

Ms. Jennifer - 3 year olds

Ms. Tina - Pre-K

Ms. Janet- Music Teacher

Ms. Colleen/Ms. Trista- Gymnastics

Ms. Tara- Director

Our Aides

Ms. Patsy

Ms. Cara

Ms. Tracy

Ms. Jamie

Ms. Jessica



- Monday- Friday

- Tuesday/Thursday

- Monday/Wednesday/Friday


9:00-12:00 or 9:00-2:30

Holidays/Days Off:

We operate on a school years schedule, from September-May . We will have off all federal holidays and typically will follow Temple or Belton ISD schedule. Please note days offs for holidays in the school year calendar. We will have some that differ from Temple or Belton ISD. 

Early Bird

This class is available for parents who need an earlier start. Children can arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. This is non-structured play time with a mixed age group. Children are taken to their regular classes at 8:55 a.m. Children must be at least 18 months of age to attend Early Bird. Registration is required to attend Early Bird. If you will be using the class on an occasional basis, you must call the school to reserve.

Early Bird Fees:

2 days per week               $55.00 per month

3 days per week               $75.00 per month

5 days per week               $125.00 per month   

Occasional use                 $8.00 per stay

Monthly Tuition

September - May


        9:00-12:00            $180.00

        9:00-2:30              $215.00


       9:00-12:00             $235.00

       9:00-2:30               $275.00

All 5 Days

       9:00-12:00             $385.00

       9:00-2:30               $460.00

Payment: We accept check, cash, credit card, or automatic bank withdrawal. 

*15% off tuition for second child in each family enrolled*

Annual Fees

Annual Registration Fees

$200- per family

Supply Fee (Annual)

$50.00- per student


Fall 2019-2020:

*August 29th- Meet the Teacher

      5:00-5:45 Monday-Friday students & MWF students

      5:45-6:30 T/TH students

*September 3rd/4th-First Day of School

We are out of the office until Aug. 26th. Email if you have any questions. 

We have spots in our 18-23 month class only for fall. Please email tara.sutherland@fumctemple.org to inquire about any information.