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Early Education Center

About Us

St. Barnabas UMC Early Education Center opened in 2001. It was established to meet the needs of parents with preschool children in our church community. As we've grown, the Center provides preschool classes for children 6 weeks to Pre-K. 

Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered environment where learning and faith work together. This prepares children spiritually, academically, emotionally, socially and physically for all God desires for them. 

The Center is governed by an appointed committee and administered by a Director.

Enrollment Documents

For more information, contact 

Angela Purselley, EEC Director, at (817)476-6174

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Our Staff

The safety, love and spiritual growth of the children in our care is our top priority. Our staff undergoes continuous training to ensure they provide an environment that is secure, nurturing and rooted in faith. We are committed to:

  • Small student/teacher ratios;

  • Competitive prices;

  • Academic-based curriculum with Christian values;

  • Frog Street Curriculum taught in all classes infant through Pre-K


Hours of Operation

EEC hours operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Infant care 

Classes meet Monday through Friday.

EEC follows the Arlington ISD school calendar for holidays and closures. Our academic calendar begins the same day as Arlington ISD starts and ends the same day AISD’s end date ends. We also have an 8 week summer program in June and July.

EEC offers an eight-week summer program. This program is broken into two (2) four-week sessions: May 28 through June 21 and
July 1 through July 26. A child is enrolled for the entire eight weeks when enrolled for the summer. Prior registration must be completed before a child can attend this program. 



Early registration begins in February each year for families already enrolled in the program. Open enrollment for the public and those on the waitlist begins on March 1st 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.

We accept children age 6 weeks of age through Pre-K. All of our classes are structured based on the child’s age as of September 1st.



Our school year tuition is set on a yearly fee divided into 10 equal monthly payments from August 1st through May 1st. Our summer Tuition is divided into 2 equal payments due June 1st and July 1st.



The curriculum is appropriately designed for the age groups and to the stage of development of each child. Children learn best through hands-on activities. We believe that a child absorbs his/her concept of God through people, things and experiences that are a part of his/her environment. Thus, a love and appreciation for God, Christ and the things God has made are stressed through appropriate activities. The curriculum is designed to help the child develop in all facets of his life ― physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We have adopted the FROG STREET curriculum in addition to many other resources.  Frog Street is a comprehensive, research-based program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines.

The cornerstones of the program include:

  • An extensive integration of theme, disciplines, and domains

  • Social and Emotional development includes Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline ®

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Equity of English materials and instruction

  • Joyful approach to learning


EEC Payments

You can make registration and tuition payments online; simply click the button below.



Physical Education

Physical activity benefits children's health and development in many ways. It builds muscles, improves coordination, reduces disease risk and improves self-esteem. Activity may even boost academic performance.


Children will be encouraged to move and play actively every day: 

• Infants will have supervised tummy time. 

• Toddlers will play actively for 60 minutes daily. 

• Preschoolers and Pre-K will play actively for 90 minutes daily. 


Outdoor time will be offered when weather permits: 

• 30 minutes for Preschoolers  
• Another 30 minutes for aftercare program.

Children will have:

• At least 2 structured active play/games daily.
• Continuous opportunities to develop gross motor skills.


Specialty classes (Music & Movement, Spanish & Science)

 Specialty classes (Music & Movement, Spanish & Science)

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.


Spanish is an excellent way to introduce children to a second language. Children will be introduced this language through vocabulary words, songs, stories, and pictures.


Science for preschoolers is an introduction to the basic principles and concepts of scientific thinking and discovery. It is a way for young children to explore and understand the world around them and to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.



Children will attend chapel in the sanctuary. During this time, the children will sing songs, hear a Bible story and talk about God and the Bible. This will be in addition to the Bible stories that are read and the spiritual growth that will take place in their individual classrooms.


For more information, contact Angela Purselley

EEC Director, at (817) 476-6174.

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