First United Methodist Kindergarten & Daycare

  • First united Methodist kindergarten program had kicked off its 60th year on August 6th, 2007.
  • The program was started in 1947 when Rev. Dan Whitsett was just starting his ministry in Sylacauga.
  • There have been thousands of girls and boys whose lives have been enriched by the dedication and hard work of many wonderful teachers.
  • Sylacauga Cooperative School for Children Under Six sponsored by the First Methodist Church opened under the direction of Mrs. Cloyd Smith as a kindergarten and first grade in 1947.
  • The staff was kept to a minimum as parents who had a child in the school were required to volunteer a set number of hours per month as part of their tuition.
  • The Brown family donated a bus and children were picked up and returned home after school.
  • Lunch was prepared daily by the Kindergarten cook. The philosophy of First united Methodist kindergarten is the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus says a person keeps the commandment to love God and neighbor by ministering to his neighbor.
  • When you read the context in which that parable was first given, you see that Jesus was responding to a question from a teacher of the Law asking about who his neighbor was.
  • Like many of us, he was entangled in the interpretation of the commandment to love God and neighbor rather than focusing on its implementation.
  • Belief will express itself in ministry. Authentic faith in Jesus will cause us to respond to human hurts and hopes as he did.
  • Such ministry cannot be done from a distance. Operation Inasmuch challenges our children to get "up close and personal" with their involvement in missions.

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
Religious AffiliationMethodist
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten

Student Body

Total Students152 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade First United Methodist Kindergarten & Daycare Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers1 teachers

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

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