First Baptist Church Preschool
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2709 Monument Avenue
One year old by January 31st through Pre-K.
9:00 a.m. to Noon (Pre-K until 1:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday
Early Morning 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Extended Day 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., except Fridays until 1:00 p.m.
Our school year begins in September and runs through May. We have a three week summer camp called Summer Solution that runs until mid-June. We are closed for the summer after Summer Solution ends.
To register, download the PDF application below. Applications are accepted at any time if there is space in the class.
Please contact Preschool Administrator Alex Hamp for more information.
- 2017-2018 Application Form
- 2017-2018 Calendar
- 2017-2018 Info Sheet
- VA School Entrance Health Form
- 2017-2018 Financial Aid Form
- 2017-2018 Extended Day Application
- Pay tuition online.
Our preschool is proud to celebrate over 70 years of continuing education! We believe children need a learning environment which will encourage the total development of each child physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually by providing first hand opportunities for the child to grow by inquiring, exploring, creating, asking, seeking, and finding. We want to help foster a strong feeling of self-confidence and respect for others by providing first-hand opportunities for the child to grow. Our curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate activities and practices as well as the State of Virginia’s “Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.”
Since we encourage the total development of each child, we plan a variety of activities each day to meet individual needs. We have learning centers which include blocks, art, home living, manipulatives, math, science, and books. The learning centers help to develop many skills, such as language & literacy skills, social skills, cognitive problem solving skills, and large and fine motor skills. During the free choice of activities, teachers and assistant teachers offer guidance, motivation, and encouragement to children on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Each class has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.
A Loving and Secure Environment
We take the security of the children in our care seriously. All teachers are background checked and certified in CPR/First Aid. We hold fire, earthquake, tornado, intruder, and evacuation drills throughout the school year. The doors to the church are kept locked and visitors are buzzed in by a receptionist. An off-duty officer is on site daily.
Our three-, four-, and five-year olds attend Chapel every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Each Chapel service includes a Bible story, music and prayer.
Music & Movement Class
Our three-, four-, and five-year olds attend Music and Movement Class every Monday with our music teacher, Ms. Ruth. They are introduced to music concepts and instruments.
The three-, four-, and five-year old classes enjoy going to the Children's Library once a week.
Gross Motor Development
At First Baptist we have two playgrounds; one for the younger classes and one for the older classes. We also have a full-size indoor Gym for additional motor skill development, and it’s perfect for rainy days!
Throughout the school year our Pre-K children (four- and five-year olds) visit places such as the Pumpkin Patch, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Teddy Bear Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital, Maymont Park, and The Ronald McDonald House.
Throughout the school year, we offer classes after school that include: Soccer Shots, Richmond Ballet, SPARC and Wee Little Arts.
Please note: We are a peanut-free school.
"Mom, I wish I had a time machine so I could go back to when I was at First Baptist. I could play with all my old friends on the playground and play in the Gym."
- Former Student, Age 6.5
"I’ll say it FOREVER: First Baptist Preschool is THE most amazing preschool in the city. An urban location with seasoned and loving teachers who consistently help children find their VOICE in the world through art, music and play. You will not find a better program that embraces the WHOLE needs of a child. You just won’t. First Baptist Preschool: where it’s OK to have too much fun!"
- Melissa Ansley Brooks, Parent
"I always looked forward to the First Baptist preschoolers who were in my kindergarten class at William Fox Elementary School. First Baptist Church does an excellent job preparing the children for the kindergarten experience using a developmentally appropriate approach. The development of their fine motor skills, listening skills, sense of routine and how to follow directions launch them into kindergarten and they soar because of their preschool experience! I would highly recommend the First Baptist Preschool experience."
- Diane P. Harris, Kindergarten Teacher