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 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
We offer two, three, four and five-day-a-week programs for children ages 1 year to Pre-K.


REGISTRATION

Early registration begins in February each year for families already enrolled in the program. 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.


2019-2020 School Year

Download the Fee Schedule

Download the Enrollment Form

Download the Automatic Payment Form

Download the EEC Year-at-a-Glance Calendar


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

EEc activities

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Two days 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 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 musical performances each year involving all classes which is shared and enjoyed with families.


CHAPEL

The children attend chapel in the Sanctuary twice a week. Basic Bible stories and Bible truths are shared using books, puppets, music and other storytelling techniques appropriate for preschoolers.


CURRICULUM

We have adopted the Get Set for School Learning Without Tears curriculum. Using the Pre-K Readiness and Writing, Literacy, and Numbers and Math components 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.


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.