DAYCARE

Our Daycare and Kindergarten are ministries of First Baptist Church.   We, as early childhood professionals, set our goal not to simply be a substitute for parental care, but to be a partner team with parents to provide the best environment possible for your child.  Research has shown that the business of children is play; therefore, children learn primarily through play and activity—they need play to learn.  We strive to provide a great variety of learning experiences for the children in our care.  Although we understand the value of cognitive learning, we at First Baptist Preschool place a high value on the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development for our children.

DISCIPLE

MINISTRIES

Sunday School-All Ages
9:45 Sunday Morning
Children's Church
K4-2nd Grade
Wednesday Night Discipleship
Dinner 5:00-6:00pm
6:00-7:00pm
Prayer Meeting
REACH
Youth Worship
Children's Programs
Women's Mission Union
Brotherhood

MISSION STATEMENT

First Baptist Preschool’s mission is to provide innovative and creative programs that encourage children, families, and staff members to work closely together in all areas of the preschool experience so that each may strive to be their very best, and all to the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that each child is unique and special; that each on is endowed with his own individual dignity, which should be nurtured and developed as one with the body, mind, and spirit.  The support of a caring and intimate environment allows each child to develop self-confidence. We are committed to helping children develop their identity by recognizing different learning styles and temperaments, by challenging and encouraging, and by working together as a team with parents and/or guardians.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

​An Enrollment Application Form for each child completed with all required signatures is required.  A certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form #121) is required before entering and each time immunizations are given.  This form must be kept up-to-date.

To enter Daycare 1 a child must be at least 16 months old and able to walk on his/her own with the teacher down the preschool hallway.

To enter Daycare II a child must be two years old on or before September 1 of the year entering.

To enter Kindergarten a child must be three, four, or five years old on or before September 1 of the year entering and completely potty trained.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.

A waiting list is started when classes become full.  Call us at 601-736-4914 to find out about fees and space availability.

​Our teachers are well-qualified and eager to work with you and your child.  ​Each staff member must have 15 hours of continuing education annually and must take basic First Aid and CPR training.  First Baptist Preschool is licensed and inspected yearly by the Mississippi Department of Health.

HOURS OF OPERATION

OPEN ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7:00AM-5:30PM
(A LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED IF A CHILD IS PICKED UP AFTER 5:30 P.M.)

CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:  
NEW YEARS DAY, GOOD FRIDAY, MEMORIAL DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LABOR DAY, THANKSGIVING DAY AND DAY AFTER, AND THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS.  (KINDERGARTEN HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOLLOWS COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM).  IN THE EVENT THAT A HOLIDAY FALLS ON A WEEKEND, EITHER FRIDAY OR MONDAY WILL REPRESENT THE HOLIDAY CLOSING.

​CLOSURES DUE TO HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS:
THE CENTER WILL REMAIN OPEN AS LONG AS SAFETY ALLOWS.  IF CONDITIONS FOR DRIVING BECOME TOO HAZARDOUS DURING THE DAY, THE DECISION MAY BE MADE TO CLOSE THE CENTER.  FIRST BAPTIST PRESCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLOSE IF THE COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.  THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WILL ANNOUNCE THE CLOSING IN THE EVENT HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS EXIST BEFORE OPENING HOURS.  STAY TUNED TO MEDIA BROADCASTS (WCJU, WJDR, AND WFFF) IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER.

GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE

ALL DISCIPLINE IS DONE IN A POSITIVE MANNER.  WE ATTEMPT TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP INNER CONTROL SO THEY CAN MANAGE THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR IN AN ACCEPTABLE WAY.  WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY ARISES THAT REQUIRES DISCIPLINE WE WILL ATTEMPT TO:  

  1. DIRECT THE DISCIPLINE TOWARD TEACHING THE CHILD TO UNDERSTAND AND PRACTICE ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR.

  2. USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD SELF-ESTEEM.

  3. BE CONSISTENT AND INDIVIDUALIZED TO EACH CHILD.

  4. BE APPROPRIATE TO THE CHILD'S LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING

  5. NEVER BE HUMILIATING, FRIGHTENING, OR PHYSICALLY HARMFUL TO THE CHILD.

  6. NEVER USE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERY (TEACHERS OR PARENTS).

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 Address. 900 High School Ave, Columbia MS

Tel. (601) 736.2608