Mission, Vision & Philosophy
We strive to provide a high quality academic education within a Christian environment of love, support, and acceptance. We pursue a learning community that nurtures creativity and critical thinking and in which children develop skills that prepare them for their next academic steps.
Each child at First Presbyterian Preschool is celebrated as a unique creation of God. Therefore, we attempt to individualize instruction to meet the needs and skills of each student. We do this in an atmosphere of love and understanding rather than a climate of pressure. The Preschool welcomes and celebrates children and families of all ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Core Values & Beliefs
The three pillars of our core value system are nurturance, community, and spirituality.
- An inclusive environment that embraces individuality is essential to a child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual growth and development.
- Validating children’s feelings builds self-esteem and mutual respect among students and teachers, while a warm and accepting approach to teaching encourages their self expression and ability to make appropriate choices
- An intimate, expertly guided, small group atmosphere provides the best early out-of-home setting to develop socialization skills.
- Exposing children to people of varied ages, ethnic, social and religious backgrounds, familial dynamics, and physical and mental abilities teaches respect for others and fosters a climate of inclusion.
- A partnership with parents is essential to the learning and overall success of our children and the school.
- Teaching children to care for their surroundings and the people with whom they interact promotes compassion, empathy, and responsible stewardship of resources.
- Each person is loved by God and has worth and dignity.
- Through monthly chapel, prayer, and adult modeling, children find responsibility and empathy for our world.
- In embracing children of varied faiths, while celebrating Christian traditions.
Faculty and Staff
First Presbyterian Preschool teachers bring outstanding qualifications and talents to our classrooms. Our teachers are all degreed, with over half holding Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Early Childhood Special Education or Early Childhood Development. They eagerly incorporate early childhood research and ideas into their curriculum planning and daily practice. Working in classroom teams, our teachers are the pillars of our community.
In addition to their bachelor’s degrees, fifteen percent of our team hold Master’s degrees in either ECE or Special Education. 100% of our specialists (Art, Music, Gardening/physical health) hold degrees in their respective fields. Being a learning community is a high priority at FPP. Our teachers participate in 25-30 hours of professional development each school year. They eagerly incorporate their enhanced knowledge and skills in early childhood research and ideas into their curriculum planning and daily practice.
History First Presbyterian Preschool is the oldest, continuously operating preschool in Georgia. Founded by Mamie Heinz, a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church (FPC), and a noted Atlanta educator, conceived the idea of a weekday preschool at FPC as an environment that would stimulate the social and spiritual growth of children. After much planning and prayer, the school opened in 1946. In the spring of 2005, the preschool received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2010 accreditation was received from AdvancEd/SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As a tribute to Mamie Heinz’s vision and devotion to FPP and the field of early childhood education, the preschool announced the creation of the Mamie Heinz Scholarship program. Created by friends motivated by appreciation for one of the premier preschools in Atlanta, the scholarship fund provides children the opportunity to benefit from a superior early childhood education.