Preschool

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(pictured: 2015-16 team)

If you are interested in more information about Bethlehem Preschool, please contact Sissie Hargreaves at 615-591-0501 or by email at shargreaves@bethlehemumc.com to set up a tour. Tours are scheduled individually at your convenience during school hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The Mission of Bethlehem United Methodist Preschool:

To provide a Christian atmosphere that will help a child grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

The church believes that each child is a child of God and should have every opportunity to develop to the fullest potential.

Sissie Hargreaves is the director of Bethlehem Preschool, a Parent’s Day Out and Pre-Kindergarten outreach ministry of the church. A former teacher in Bethlehem Preschool, Sissie also served as a teacher at Children of the Woodlands Preschool in Houston, Texas, and as director at Priestley Miller Preschool at Harpeth Presbyterien Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. She and her family reside in the Grassland community of Franklin.

Bethlehem Preschool was established in 1976 and is a licensed program with the State of Tennessee. The program has received a three-star rating and is committed to providing a Christian atmosphere that will help a child grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. The Board of Directors is composed of church members and parents of the program.

Tuition, fall 2017:

Registration Fee –  $ 75

Parents Day Out (ages 1 – 3) – $210 / month

Pre-K 4s and Pre-K –  $290 / month

*Bethlehem Preschool offers 3 discounts for tuition:

Church Member discount $15/month

Sibling discount $20/month

Military discount $15/month

There is a supply fee and activity fee charged once per year in September.

These fees are set over the summer dependent on activities planned for the school year.

Rating:

The Bethlehem Preschool ministry is a licensed program with the State of Tennessee and has a Three-Star Rating.

Classes:

  • One year olds (must be 15 months old by August 15th)
  • Toddlers / Young Twos
  • Two year olds
  • Young threes
  • Older threes
  • Four year olds
  • Pre-K one
  • Pre-K two

Schedule:

Parent’s Day Out (Ages 1 – 3): Tuesday/Thursday – 9:30 – 2:30

Pre-K 4’s and Pre-K (Ages 4 – 5): Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday – 9:30 – 2:30

Curriculum:

At Bethlehem Preschool, we structure our play and learning around the philosophies of Creative Curriculum.  This is a comprehensive curriculum that allows teachers and staff to plan meaningful learning activities that are developmentally appropriate, child-initiated and teacher directed.  The curriculum allows us to assess the children’s development in four key areas:  social emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.  In a Creative Curriculum classroom, students learn literacy, math, science, social studies, art, technology and processing skills through intentional play and teaching.  Students and teachers investigate topics of study that allow teachers to determine the children’s strengths and individualize instruction based on their level of development.

All classes participate in Music and Movement class on Tuesday and Thursday. The Wednesday classes attend Chapel each week led by one of our Church Leaders. The Chapel Curriculum includes stories from the Bible taught at age appropriate level beginning with God’s Creation through Easter following the Bible.

Special Events:

Each year there are a number of special events associated with the Parents Day Out and Pre-K ministry. They are:

  • Open House
  • Picture day
  • Christmas Play
  • Parent and Teacher Conferences
  • Pre-K Field Trips to Gentry Farm and the Warner Park Nature Center
  • In-House Field trips with a Dentist, The Science Guy, and Fire Truck Visit
  • Special Dinners
  • Pre-K Graduation

Download the 2017-2018 preschool calendar here.</a)

Download a brochure here.

For more information about the Bethlehem Preschool ministry contact Sissie Hargreaves, Director | 615-591-0501 | shargreaves@bethlehemumc.com