First Church Preschool

DIRECTOR Kathy MacTavish  

PHONE 269-983-1816    EMAIL

Our mission and purpose is to establish a climate of acceptance, love, trust and discipline, with programs and enrichment where young children will experience growth.

We are a fully licensed preschool through the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. The ministry at First Church of God Preschool is based on the understanding that children pass through a number of predictable, orderly stages in their growing process. We have designed and utilized programs which are developmentally appropriate for children at varying stages of growth in...

  • feelings of confidence and self worth
  • relating to his/her peers in a positive way
  • learning positive ways to handle frustration
  • achieving physical skills
  • expanding desire to learn and discover
  • developing spiritual awareness of God and His creation

All classes include activities such as circle time, free play, story time, snack, show-n-tell, small and large group learning and gym time. Our classes are visited by many traveling field trips that enhance our curriculum. Sarett Nature Center and Citadel visit our preschool with interactive presentations of animal and string instruments.

Our Facility at First Church of God Preschool is a self-supporting, non-profit program. Our preschool is an institution that welcomes families of all faiths. creeds, and ethnic origins and affirms the positive values of diversity.

To Register your child for First Church of God Preschool visit the school office (2627 Niles Avenue, St Joseph, MI 49085) and pick up a registration form. You may also email or call 269-983-1816.


AM Class:  8:45 - 11:15 am  /  PM Class: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Cost:  2 Day $110 mo.  /  3 Day $145 mo. /  5 Day $255 mo. 
Registration Fee: $65 Non-Refundable

3 YR OLD PROGRAM (Required 3 by Dec 31)

M-W-F am (3 day)  •  M-W-F pm (3 day) • T-TH am (2 day)
Most of the children in our classes are experiencing a classroom setting for the first time. For others, this may be their first experience with a large group of children. Therefore, our purpose in this class is to provide the children with an environment which they will learn basic social skills such as sharing, cooperation, self- control, and patience. We also concentrate on colors, shapes, counting, and name recognition. We accomplish these goals by using art mediums such as finger painting, markers, play dough, and lots of glitter! We also teach these basic concepts through song, exercise, finger plays, flannel board stories, circle time, large and small group activities, story time, and snack time. Our purpose is to make their first experience in a classroom as exciting and stimulating as possible. We have an open door policy, and encourage parental feedback.

4 YR OLD PROGRAM (Recommended 4 by Dec 31)

M-W-F am & pm (3 day) • T - TH am (2 day) • M-F  am (5 day)
This class will provide a loving and caring atmosphere where "learning is fun" is incorporated into our lesson plans throughout the year. Our activities are planned to help develop self-esteem, self-control, creativity, and social skills. We work on fine motor skills through drawing, cutting, writing our name and making art projects. Large motor skills are developed through games, group activities, and music with movement. The children create several "books" throughout the year starting with an "All About Me" book and moving on to colors, numbers 1-10, and shapes. We reinforce that books are fun and listening skills develop when we have story time everyday. Other basic concepts are learned through our daily circle time, music, and free play.

PRE-K PROGRAM  (Required 4 by Sept 1)

M-F am, M-F pm (5 day) / M-W-F am & pm (3 day) / T-TH am & pm (2 day)
Our Pre-K program uses a nurturing and caring environment to help prepare the children for kindergarten. We believe that kids learn through play and that their social skills are just as important as intellectual skills. We work on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, counting, introduction of writing numbers and letters correctly, writing their name with control, taking turns, sharing, following directions, "Zoo-Phonics,"and in general helping them to develop into an independent, confident, strong student with positive attitude towards learning. We also will be bringing into the classroom - professional people from the area, that will help us to learn about such things as fire safety, police protection, animals in the winter, proper dental hygiene, etc. We also have a gym available to us for some major fun with the parachute, as well as strengthening gross motor skills.