Pre-K Class

Pre-K Class Options

(Must be 4-years-old by 9/1/17 and potty trained)

  • One Day: Wednesday $728.00 yearly / $81.00 monthly 9 am – 1:00 pm
  • Two Day: Tuesday/Thursday $1,455 yearly / $162.00 monthly 9 am – 1:00 pm
  • Three Day: Monday/Wednesday/Friday $2,184 yearly / $243.00 monthly 9 am – 1 pm

Class Activity Schedule:

Your child’s (children’s) typical day will include:

  • Supervised free play
  • Art projects
  • Directed play and learning/academic activities including language arts, math, social studies, and science activities
  • Gross and fine motor skill opportunities
  • Music and movement
  • Large group, small group, and individual learning experiences
  • Christian faith concepts, prayer, and devotions
  • Snack

Pre-K Teachers:

Mandee Culp

Lead Teacher

Mandee has been teaching for more than 10 years and has attended many training sessions and seminars for early childhood education, specializing in Montessori education. Most of her training has been done through the Applebaum Institute and the ReThink Group. Mandee has been working with preschool aged kiddos for over 12 years. She first began working with children as a nanny and then as a preschool teacher in Virginia. Before coming to DCP, Mandee was the Preschool Ministry Director for Gateway Church in Parkesburg, PA for 9 years.

Mandee lives in Paradise, PA with her husband and three children. It is her passion to partner with parents to help young children thrive academically, spiritually and socially. She believes every child is made in the image of God and considers it an honor to walk beside them and guide them as they discover this amazing world and find their place in it.

Debbie Fitzsimmons

Assistant Teacher

Debbie has been working with children since she was 12-years-old, when she began babysitting. She served as a Camp Counselor at Arrowhead Day Camp in Malvern, PA, where she taught  horseback riding to children ages 5-13 during the summer.

Debbie trained for 3 years at Goddard University through the Goddard School, where she also had 2 years of Keystone stars classes. At the Goddard School for children age 3 through 5-years-old, Debbie served as a floater.

Next, Debbie moved to Chesterbrook Academy, where she worked with children ages 3-year-old and 6-9 month olds. She also served as a volunteer at Springton Lake Presbyterian Church for two years, where she served at Camp Treasure Island and worked with Special needs children. Debbie has been teaching and working with children for more than 15 years!

Debbie has two children and her husband is an Army/ Iraq war Vet and a truck driver. She has been married for more than 10 years. Debbie was raised Catholic and was taught the Jewish faith by her Dad’s family. She became a Christian in youth group in 6th grade and continued to practice her faith at home. Debbie loves to sing worship songs and spend time with family.

Why Choose DCP?

Discovery Corner Preschool (DCP) operates as an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church. It’s is overseen by the DCP Board of Directors.

DCP uses the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum: https://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/.

DCP participates in many fun activities throughout the year. This includes going on field trips and bringing in special guests, such as Johnny Appleseed, Smoky the Bear, the Lancaster Fire Department and visits from FUMC’s lead pastor.

DCP students that are in the 3-year-old and Pre-K classes will have access to FUMC’s library. They will visit it once per week to check out one book.

DCP is a non-profit Christian school. Scholarship assistance is available. If you would like to apply for scholarship funds, please request the necessary paperwork from the Director. The Board of Directors meets to review applications and may grant a reduction in tuition based on need.

It is assumed your child is enrolled for the entire school year. No refunds are given for absences. Should your circumstances change, and you need to withdraw your child, please give DCP no less than two weeks’ notice.

DCP reserves the right to dismiss a child, if we cannot not meet his or her needs as a result of emotional, physical, or behavioral concerns. This is a collaborative process and would never happen without extensive work and partnership to evaluate what might be best for your child.

We encourage volunteers to assist and participate at DCP! Parents, grandparents, family members, and friends are always welcomed, needed and encouraged to help. Please contact your child’s teacher or the Director.

If you have a talent or special activity you or someone you know would like to share with the appropriate class, please let us know in advance, so the staff can plan class time. Please contact the Director.