Paula Brandt - Preschool Director
Preschool address: P.O. Box 452, Dyersburg, TN 38025
Preschool Phone - 731-287-1251

2023-2024 school calendar

2024-2025 school calendar

First United Methodist Preschool is excited to announce that beginning 2024-25, we will be offering a 5-day (M-Fri), 8:10am-11:00am preschool attendance option for all ages. The new 5-day option replaces our Parents' Day Out program on Wednesdays during the school year, but we will continue to offer preschool summer sessions on Tues/Thurs in June and July. We accept ages 2yr-5yr with 2-5 day enrollment options available. Enrollment applications available online at,, and on our Facebook page at FUMCPreschool.

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"FUMC Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2024-25 program year. First United Preschool offers Christian-based, high quality early childhood care and education, and curriculum in alignment with TN Early Learning and Developmental Standards. Check out our Facebook page at FUMC Preschool!"  



  • The First United Methodist Church Preschool is a long-standing and respected ministry of the First United Methodist Church that has an enduring educational and spiritual impact on children and families in the Dyersburg community.

    It is our belief that the preschool child benefits the most from opportunities to explore and discover, along with guided learning toward school readiness. We provide opportunities for your child to play, explore, discover, and learn! FUMC Preschool serves children ages 2-5yr old, 2-5 days/week. Our preschool uses the "Experience" curriculum. The Experience Curriculum is aligned with TN state and NAEYC Early Learning and Developmental Standards. Implementation of this curriculum allows us to offer high-quality Early Childhood Education while teachers maintain flexibility to adjust/integrate according to child interest and skill levels. Our Full-Day PreK also focuses on concepts and skills that prepare students for kindergarten. We invite you to check out YouTube for information videos about the Experience Curriculum and, check out our program video link for more information and a look at our program!

    For additional information or questions about our preschool program, please contact:

    Paula Brandt – Preschool Director @ (731) 287-1251

    Preschool address: P.O. Box 452, Dyersburg, TN 38025

  • Half-day preschool: 8:10-11:00am (2, 4, or 5 days, ages 2yr-4yr by Oct 1)

    Full-day PreK: 8:10am-2:30pm (M-F, 4yr old by Aug 15 only)

  • Registration and Tuition 2024-2025

    Two-Day, (M/Th or T/F) 8-11:00am - $100.00/month tuition & $70.00 annual material fee

    Four-Day, (M, T, Th, F) 8-11:00am - $127.00/month tuition & $110.00 annual material fee

    Five-Day, (M, T, W, Th, F) 8-11:00am - $154.00/month tuition & 110.00 annual material fee

    Five-Day, Full Day, (M, T, W, Th, F), 8am-2:30pm - $270.00/month & $130.00 annual material fee (rising kindergartners only)


    *Please note the age requirements for each classroom:

    Your child must be 2yr old to start; and must turn 2yr old on/by October 1, 2024 to attend the 2yr old preschool class.

    Your child must turn 3yr old on/by October 1, 2024 to attend the 3yr old preschool class.

    Your child must turn 4yr old on/by October 1, 2024 to attend the 4yr old preschool class.

    Your child must turn 4yr old by AUGUST 15, 2024, to attend the Full Day, PreK class. **Full-day (8am-2:30p) option only available for rising kindergartners.

    2024-2025 registration form - printable

    2024-2025 registration form - online link

  • Wednesdays - 9-3 pm for children ages 2 year through 5 years of age

    $15 non-refundable registration fee

    $20 day – for one child per day

    Contact Preschool for space availability.

    School Year runs from August to May

    pDO Summer registration form 2024

    FUMC Preschool Summer Session:

    Our Summer Session program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June and July from 9am-3pm with Early Care available from 7-9am. Age requirements are the same as for Aug-May. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee. The tuition fee for the Summer Session is $160.00/mth and is not pro-rated according to attendance. *You may, however, enroll for only one day a week during June and July which is a reduced tuition rate.

  • Early Care M, T, Th, F: $5 per day (7-8 am)

    Early Care Wednesday: $10.00 per day (7-9 am)

  • Children attending our program may take advantage of Extended Care on the days they attend. Your child will need to bring a nutritious packed lunch, a crib-size sheet, and a small blanket. The fee for Extended Care is in addition to Tuition, is $15/day, and is pro-rated according to departure time.


    PRETEND CENTER: Pretend/imaginative play supports creativity and self-expression. The pretend play center can help children learn real life skills and social skills (conflict resolution, self regulation, emotional outlet) . Also pretend play supports literacy and helps develop creative thinking.


    ART CENTER:  Art helps children learn about self-expression and creativity. Art projects are also a good way for children to develop fine motor skills and improve their hand-eye coordination.


    BLOCK CENTER:  Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.


    BOOK CENTER:  Children who have been exposed to a literacy-rich environment in early childhood  show a greater number of emergent literacy behaviors and pre-reading skills.  The classroom library enriches language and vocabulary development.


    SCIENCE & DISCOVERY CENTER:  Science allows children to explore, experiment, question, discover, and understand natural and human-made objects and forces. Experiments and activities with science and nature also stimulate children's curiosity, encourage use of all five senses, and help to build vocabulary.


    MATH CENTER:  Math Centers have a positive effect on student confidence, comprehension, and autonomy.  Exploring number concepts give children the opportunity to improve their coordination, learn about counting, sorting, comparing, and expand their problem-solving skills.

    MANIPULATIVES/GAME CENTER: Manipulative sets, pegboards, puzzles, lacing,  beads, and other manipulative items can help children learn to problem solve, develop their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination  and design creative structures.


    CIRCLE TIME/GROUP TIME:  This time encourages the development of listening skills, creative expression, group interaction as well as language skills.  Songs, fingerplays, stories, and discussions are incorporated into this time.  This time is also a time to review instructions for daily activities in all of the learning centers.


    WRITING CENTER:  The writing center is a place where a child can explore different writing utensils and develop pre-writing and pre-literacy skills. Also children begin to associate print with reading, and  develop hand/eye and fine motor skills.


    MUSIC/LISTENING CENTER:  At this center children can explore musical instruments and recorded music/books. Music helps the body and mind work together, accelerates brain development, helps build memory skills, and brings joy!


    QUIET CENTER:  This area provides a quiet place for a child to experience some quieter time and/or help regulate emotions. It can provide them time and space to calm their sensory systems. Books and soft toys are provided for comfort and snuggling.