Weekday Children's Ministry

Contact our Weekday Children’s Ministry Office at  334-793-2179.

Enrollment packets available at the weekday office.
For info or to register, call 793-2179, or email krysten@fumcdothan.org.

Our Mission

The First United Methodist Church Daycare/Preschool is child-centered, biblically-based and educational. We offer a hands-on, developmentally-appropriate program where your child will be enriched spiritually, socially, cognitively and physically.

DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL

2021 – 2022 School Year Details:

  • Ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten
  • Full-time only and a year-round program
  • $130/week – includes two snacks and lunch daily
    • second child discount of $10/week
  • Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm

Once children reach the age for preschool (K3, K4, K5), they will automatically receive preschool for the morning (8:30-12:00) during the school year (August-May) and will have before and after childcare.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:
Registration begins in February for children already in our program and for church members. Remaining spots are opened to the public at the beginning of March.  Enrollment packets should be returned at least one week before the first day of attendance. Before the child can be admitted, all forms (registration packet, current immunization record, signed agreement page of Parents’ Handbook and copy of insurance card) must be completed and turned in with the registration fee. 

WAITING LIST:
You may call to be added to our waiting list at any time, including pregnancy. Our waiting list for younger ages is extensive and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will be contacted if/when a spot becomes available, at which time you will be asked to pick up and fill out our enrollment packet and pay the registration fee. 

KINDERGARTEN

2021 – 2022 School Year Details:

  • Child is not required to be five years old before September 1, 2021. If your child is on the borderline of meeting the city’s age cutoff, this may be a great way to challenge them this year!
  • Smaller class with greater individualized attention
  • Abeka’s comprehensive, biblically-based curriculum features lessons in phonics, reading, manuscript writing, numbers, and developmental skills like mazes and coloring.
  • Before and after childcare is included
  • $130/week – includes two snacks and lunch daily
  • Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm

REGISTRATION PROCESS:
Registration begins in February for children already in our program and for church members. Remaining spots are opened to the public at the beginning of March.  Enrollment packets should be returned at least one week before the first day of attendance. Before the child can be admitted, all forms (registration packet, current immunization record, signed agreement page of Parents’ Handbook and copy of insurance card) must be completed and turned in with the registration fee. 

SUMMER TIME!

SUMMER CAMP

WE MISSED YOU IN 2020!! We are so happy to offer Summer Camp 2021!

2021 Summer Details:

  • June 1 – August 13
  • Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm (full-time only)
  • Rising 1st – 5th Graders
  • Space is limited!
  • $130/week – includes two snacks and lunch daily
    • second child discount of $10/week

FUMC’s Summer Camp is a program created to assist parents and their children by providing faith-based and exciting childcare during the summer months. Children who are entering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades are invited to join us for daily activities, Bible lessons, and outdoor fun.

COVID Safety Measures:

  • Children at our summer camp will not be required to wear masks. Current protocols, however, do require staff to wear masks in the building.
  • In previous years, summer camp included field trips. We wish we could this year, but for the health and safety of everyone, there are no field trips planned for this summer. Our hope is that this change is for the summer of 2021 only.
  • Sanitizing of the rooms, equipment, and toys is part of the daily routine.
  • In the event that your child shows any signs of sickness, please keep your child out of summer camp until their condition has improved.

Weekday Children's Ministry Staff

Krysten Watts

Director of Weekday Ministry
krysten@fumcdothan.org

Teryn Bendinger

Assistant Director of Weekday Ministry teryn@fumcdothan.org

Meet Our Teachers

Carolyn Adams

Brittany Bachelor

Laura Barnes

Sandra Binford

Jennifer Bostwick

Nicole Bowman

Dawn Bryan

Patricia Caswell

JoAnnie Dixon

Leigh Ferguson

Eleanor Flippo

Sandy Gaier

Sandra Lucius

Hannah Pitts

Pamela Tharpe

Mandi Waters

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