First Presbyterian Church Early Preschool

Caring for children ages 18 months through 5 years old

About the Early Preschool

The First Presbyterian Church Early Preschool is a Christ-centered program that follows the Reggio Emilia approach, valuing every child and recognizing that they are beloved children of God, deserving of love, respect, and attention.


  • We accept children 18 months – 5 years old.
  • The school year begins in late August and ends in mid-May.
  • Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We offer one rest time, after lunch, to all age groups.
  • Extended care options are available one hour before and after each school day.
  • Two teachers are in every class. 
  • All classes attend weekly chapel.
  • Daily outdoor play happens year-round.
  • A summer camp is offered to current students for several weeks in June and July.
  • Our curriculum follows the Reggio Emilia approach.


  • Learning Through Play: Powerful Interactions
  • Outdoor Exploration: Expanding the Horizons
  • The Whole Child: Emergent Curriculum
  • Community: Building Life-Long Learners
  • Family Engagement: Connecting Through Relationships

Licensing & Accreditation

The program is currently licensed through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and is an accredited program of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2014, meeting the highest standards of Early Childhood Education.

Age & Class Groups

Your child’s age group is determined by his or her age on August 15 of the attending school year.

Toddlers | Age: 18-24 Months, must be able to walk and eat independently.
Ratio: 1:4 – Maximum of 8 children per class
Class Options: M/W/F, T/TH, or M-F

2-Year-Olds | Age: 2 years 
Ratio: 1:5 – Maximum of 10 children per class
Class Options: M/W/F, M-TH or M-F

3-Year-Olds | Age: 3 years
Ratio: 1:8 – Maximum of 12 children per class
Class Options: M-TH or M-F

Pre-K | Age: 4 years or 5 years
Ratio: 1:10 – Maximum of 18 children per class
Class Options: M-TH or M-F

Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year is closed.

Registration for the 2025-26 School year will open in January 2025. Click the button below to join the waiting list for the 2024-25 school year.

School Year Registration Process

  1. Registration opens in January for the following academic year.
  2. Complete the online registration process, indicating the days and/or options desired. A non-refundable registration fee of $85.00 will be due at the time of registration.
  3. We will honor priority for acceptance until January 30. Priority for acceptance is as follows:
    1. Current Early Preschool students
    2. Siblings of current EP students
    3. Children of FPC church members and/or siblings of EP alumni
    4. Open registration applicant (everyone else)
  4. After January 30, registrations will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis, without the priority listed above.
  5. Confirmation of Placement
    1. You will be notified via email of your acceptance into the Early Preschool for the following academic year.
    2. A deposit in the amount equal to your monthly tuition rate, the non-refundable supply fee, and an up-to-date immunization certificate are due after you receive a confirmation letter. The deposit is non-refundable, even if you decide not to attend the Early Preschool. The tuition portion of the deposit will be applied to your first tuition payment.
    3. If your child needs to leave the program for any reason, we require written notice at least 30 days in advance of the child’s last day of school to stop tuition autopay through Brightwheel.
    4. Families pay tuition monthly, through Brightwheel. Autopay can be set up in October of the academic year.

Extended Care (Before- and After-Care)

  • Extended care registration for the school year is sent out in July.
  • To guarantee a space for your child in Before- or After-Care, they must be registered by the date specified when registration is sent out.
  • Before-Care is from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • After-Care is from 2:30-3:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday. There is no after-care on Fridays.
  • If your child needs to drop Extended Care for any reason, we must receive written notice at least 30 days in advance of the child’s last day to remove Extended Care charges from your Brightwheel autopay.
  • Occasional “drop-in” Extended Care is available as space allows for $30/session. You will be invoiced on Brightwheel and payment is due when the reservation is made. Inquiries for the availability of “drop-in” care must be made 24 hours in advance.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is determined by the age of the child as of August 15, 2024 and the number of days enrolled.
  • Tuition is collected through Brightwheel Autopay.
  • Invoices are sent on the 3rd of each month and will automatically be withdrawn on the 7th of each month.
  • Fee for ACH is 0.6% (min of $0.25 and max of $2).
  • Fee for Credit Card is 2.95% of charges on each invoice.
  • A deposit in the amount equal to your monthly tuition rate, the non-refundable supply fee is due at enrollment and will be applied to the first month of tuition. This is non-refundable.


  • 18 Months-24 Months (Birthdate Range: 8/16/2022-3/1/2023)
    1. 2 Days: T/TH | $479
    2. 3 Days: M/W/F | $725
    3. 5 Days: M-F | $1,210
  • 2-Years-Old (Birthdate Range: 8/16/2021-8/15/2022)
    1. 2 Days: T/TH | $437
    2. 3 Days: M/W/F | $656
    3. 4 Days: M-TH | $875
    4. 5 Days: M-F | $1,094
  • 3-Years-Old (Birthdate Range: 8/16/2020-8/15/2021)
    1. 4 Days: M-TH | $823
    2. 5 Days: M-F | $1,030
  • PreK: 4/5-Years-Old (Birthdate Range: 4 by 8/15/2020)
  1. 4 Days: M-TH | $823
  2. 5 Days: M-F | $1,030

Yearly Supply Fee

The supply fee is determined by the number of days enrolled and collected at time of enrollment.

  • 2 Days | $180
  • 3 Days | $260
  • 4 Days| $345
  • 5 Days | $410
  • Pre-K | $485

As a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, the Early Preschool serves as an outreach of our Children & Families Ministry.


All families are welcome to be a part of the Early Preschool. As a Christ-centered program, we have a weekly chapel class for all children, and lead them in a worshipful time, singing, praying, and hearing a bible story.

The NAEYC is the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Accredited programs have met their 10 standards for high-quality early childhood education. These programs have demonstrated that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have well-trained educators, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.

Early Preschool educators are highly qualified, either by experience or education. Most of them have both! We know that training for early childhood educators is very important and provide at least 18 hours of training per year. EP educators value play and view children as capable, competent, and rich in potential.

We believe potty training is a developmental skill and we do not require children to be trained by a certain age. Every classroom has a child-sized potty, and we are ready to support your child in potty training when you and they are ready.

Yes. Many children have allergies to food, and peanut allergies are especially dangerous. Therefore, we ask that no peanut butter, nut butters, or products that might contain nuts be packed in lunches.

Brightwheel is our communication and billing platform. Parents download the app to their phone. Most of our communication is conveyed through the app, including daily notes and pictures, newsletters, reminders, billing invoices, and tuition payments. We use a QR code through Brightwheel for check in/out.

If it is safe to play outside, we do. Giving children time to explore the outdoors is one of our core values, so we dress for the weather (raincoats and boots are kept in our cubbies). We play on the playground or take walkabouts to explore the many beautiful areas of the church’s 60+ acre campus. Children regularly explore creeks, hedgerows, trails, and other natural areas.

The EP follows Oak Hill School closings for inclement weather. These closings do not happen often and are based on road and campus conditions. School closings are announced to parents through the Brightwheel app.

No. The EP asks parents to provide a well-balanced lunch that includes protein, dairy, fruit, and vegetables. Children eat together in their classrooms.

Facility Early Preschool Entrance


The Early Preschool (EP) is situated on the beautiful grounds and property of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville in a secure EP wing with classrooms, an art studio, and a multi-purpose room. Outside, we have a traditional playground with equipment for gross-motor development and a mud kitchen with gardens to enhance imaginative play. We frequently take advantage of the expansive FPC grounds for more in-depth and hands-on experience with nature.

Curiosity Camp

Where curiosity and exploration are encouraged and celebrated!

This summer, current Early Preschool students are invited to join us for Curiosity Camp, where we will learn and grow as a curious community! Curiosity Camp will offer experiences in an art studio and a shadow room. There will be mud days, ooey gooey tables, water days, copious amounts of sensory experiences. Many days will be spent exploring and being curious about what’s happening on the beautiful church property that surrounds us. All this and more awaits you this summer!

  • This is for current EP students only.
  • Space is limited, and available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Use the registration link below to register for the weeks you need.
  • Summer Supply fee is $65, each week of camp is $250.
  • You will be invoiced through Brightwheel. Payment is due March 29.
  • Because we will hire summer staff based on registration, payment is non-refundable.
  • Hours of Curiosity Camp are from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Dates of Curiosity Camp 2024:

Week 1: June 4, 5, 6
Week 2: June 11, 12, 13
Week 3: June 18, 19, 20
Week 4: July 8, 9, 10, 11
Week 5: July 15, 16, 17, 18

First Presbyterian Church Nashville

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