The First Steps Preschool at First United Methodist Church offers a loving, caring environment for children age six weeks though pre-kindergarten. Also a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) provider, First Steps provides lower child-teacher ratios and room capacities than required by Florida Statutes. Recognized as a Gold Seal Quality Care Center by the Florida Department of Children and Families, First Steps also received the highest rating possible by the United Methodist Association of Preschools (UMAP). For the safety of our children, we adhere to the Child and Youth Protection Policy of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland.

Each child receives the finest care and age-appropriate instruction by trained and certified teachers and assistants. Tours are available upon request. If you are considering enrolling your child(ren) at First Steps, we invite you to tour weekdays between 9am and noon for the best opportunity to observe our teacher-child interaction and instruction.

Cherry McClellan

Director of Weekday Preschool Ministries
cmcclellan@firstumc.org

Kay Bender

Associate Director of Preschool Ministries
kbender@firstumc.org

Preschool Hours

Monday - Friday: 7am–6pm
Telephone: 863-683-9049