Early education center

St. Barnabas' Early Education Center began in August 2001 as a Parent’s Day Out program. The program was an extension of the ministry of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church as a need was determined for a program that catered to parents of preschool children in our community. As we have continued to grow, the program has become a place where children can experience a balanced program of early education grounded in biblical values. Our mission is to provide children with a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.


Our wonderful staff is continually trained, providing a safe, loving and godly environment for the children. We proudly offer:

  • Small student/teacher ratios;
  • Two teachers per class;
  • Competitive prices;
  • Academic-based curriculum with Christian values;
  • The STEAM approach to learning through science, technology, engineering, art and math.


HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with extended hours available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


We offer two, three, four and five-day-a-week programs for children ages 6 months to 4 years old.


REGISTRATION

Early registration begins in February each year for families already enrolled in the program and members of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church. Open enrollment begins in March and continues until all available spaces are filled. A completed enrollment form and a registration/supply fee are required for each child to be enrolled. This is a one-time annual fee and is non-refundable.


Download the Fee Schedule

Download the Registration Form

Download the Year-at-a-Glance


For more information, contact Julie Fletcher, EEC Director at (817)476-6174.

EEc activities

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

One day a week the children enjoy fun, recreational activities that are age appropriate. Organized activities include parachute play, simple exercise, games, dance and other music movements, relays and “play” motions promoting gross and fine motor skills. Along with sportsmanship and sharing skills, our P.E. program helps to empower the children with good health choices.


MUSIC

Music is a wonderful way for children to express themselves. The music program teaches music awareness through rhythms and patterns, listening skills, instrumentation, finger plays, singing and musical movement. Exploring these different variations of music gives children a sense of accomplishment and makes them feel good about themselves. We have two musical performances each year involving all classes which is shared and enjoyed with parents.


CHAPEL

The children at EEC attend Chapel in the Sanctuary once a week. Basic Bible stories or Bible truths are shared using books, puppets, music or other storytelling techniques appropriate for preschoolers. A form is sent home each week about Chapel to allow parents an opportunity to share and discuss the lesson with their children so that God’s love can become an integral part of the family’s life.


CURRICULUM

We have adopted the Get Set For School Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Using the Pre-K Readiness & Writing, Literacy and Numbers & Math addresses the diverse learning styles of all children and ensures that they are learning the many social skills that prepare them for elementary school. Many other resources are used so that our teachers are selecting activities that provide a balanced program of early childhood education.


COMPUTERS

All classes have access to the Hatch computer tablets and computers. The apps on the Hatch system help reinforce numbers, letters and other fundamentals.


STEAM

In addition to daily opportunities for individual STEAM exploration through centers such as free art, science, manipulatives, Legos, and a variety of blocks, on Fridays, we take on a more intentional approach to exploring by focusing on specific concepts through a student-guided approach. Science, technology, engineering, art and math come together to make learning fun at a developmentally-appropriate level that creates life-long learners beginning in early childhood.