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/degree 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

School Calendar 2020-2021

Unknown at this time. 

COVID-19 Procedures & Polices


Our Director

Ms. Tara

Our Teachers

Ms. Missy - Nursery Teacher

Ms. Maria - Older Infant Teacher

Ms. Jennifer A. - Toddler Teacher

Ms. Kim - Two's Teacher

Ms. Hillary - Three's Teacher (full week kids)

Ms. Jamie - Three's Teacher (M/W & TTH kids)

Ms. Morris - Pre-K Teacher

Our Aides

Ms. Patsy- Floating Aide

Ms. Tracy- Infant/Toddler Aide

Ms. Alexa- Two's Classroom Aide

Ms. Julie- Three's Classroom Aide

Ms. Cara- Art Teacher/Pre-k Aide

Ms. Janet- Music Teacher/Aide

Ms. Colleen/Ms. Trista- gymnastics teacher



- Monday- Thursday

- Tuesday/Thursday

- Monday/Wednesday


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

Holidays/Days Off:

We will follow our school calendar. A calendar will be given at the beginning of the year. 

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

4 days per week               $100.00 per month   

Monthly Tuition 2020-2021*

September - May


        9:00-12:00            $190.00

        9:00-2:30              $225.00


       9:00-12:00             $190.00

       9:00-2:30               $225.00

4 Days a Week

       9:00-12:00             $335.00

       9:00-2:30               $410.00

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

15% off tuition for second child in each family enrolled

*Prices are subject to change each year

Annual Fees

Annual Registration Fees

$200- per family

Supply Fee (Annual)

$50.00- per student



We will start fall 2020 class on October 5th, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Please continue to check the web page and Facebook for updates. A letter will be coming out to parents with details and calendar of the 2020-2021 school year. 

COVID-19 Procedures and Polices


Fall 2020 Registration:

We do have some current openings for fall 2020. 

Please email tara.sutherland@fumctemple.org

Call 254-773-1947

Summer Registration:

No Summer Program for 2020