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The Methodist Children’s Academy

The Methodist Children’s Academy is a year-round, full day preschool program. In addition to our preschool program, we offer after school care. Our childcare programs run continuously throughout the year with the exception of designated school holidays. (See MCA Calendar for list of closures.)

2023/2024 Online Registration

• The pre-registration period for FUMC members will open at 9:30am, February 21 – 23, 2023. All forms are password protected until open registration. Church Members must call 850-438-6761 to receive password. 
• Open Registration begins at 9:30am on February 27, 2023.
• School Age/After School Care Registration begins in March. 

Email for more information. Registration forms will be separated by the age groups below. Please note the birthdate to pick the correct class for your child. If registration limit has already been met for your desired classroom, please email to be added to our wait list.


Infant Classroom: Born between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Please email for more information about registration for our infant room.

Ones Classrooms: Born between September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022
Ones Registration

Twos Classrooms: Born between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Twos Registration

Threes Classrooms: Born between September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020
Threes Registration

Fours Classrooms: Born between September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Fours Registration


$160 registration fee or $320 per family (due at time of registration)

Tuition: September – May
Infant: $1,100/monthly
One (1) Year Old: $900/monthly
Two (2) Year Old: $800/monthly
*Three (3) Year Old: $750/monthly
Four (4) Year Old (Non-VPK): $750/monthly
Four (4) Year Old (VPK Extended Care) $675/monthly

* We understand that children develop at different rates, but our three year old classrooms are designed for children who are potty trained. Having a child who is not potty trained in one of our three year old rooms requires additional staffing to meet the needs of diapering. As a result, we will hold tuition to the two year old rate until the child has successfully learned to use the toilet. If there is a medical condition that does not allow the child to be successful in toileting as noted by a physician, we will waive the two year old rate in lieu of the three year old tuition.

After School Care $75 registration fee (due at time of registration)

Tuition: September – May
School Age (Standard Pick-Up)

Payments should be made to Methodist Children’s Academy and placed in the tuition box in either MCA building. Please understand that by registering your child, you are agreeing to pay the yearly tuition.

Tuition payments are due the first (1st) of every month and are delinquent after the fifth (5th) of the month. Tuition payments made after the tenth (10th) of the month will have a $25 late fee applied. Tuition not paid by the end of the month will forfeit your child’s spot in the program. If there is any difficulty in reaching this deadline, please notify the Child Care Accountant immediately. Be advised that two returned checks will result in a denial of acceptance of any further payment by check. All future payments will need to be made in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, or cash. Payments made by mail must be received by the deadline and not just postmarked by the first.

The Methodist Children’s Academy is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church. Our half day program began in 1983 as a Mother’s Day Out program and play group with two classes, one day a week and approximately 18 children. Our full day program began as a contracted program in 1997 and the church took over full operation of the program May 27, 2000. Today we offer care for infants through pre-kindergarten with a large after school program for elementary children.

The central purpose of the program is to develop good self-esteem and individual personal qualities within each child, while offering the highest possible educational techniques through hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. The program’s curriculum provides a comprehensive program for each child. The staff, who is very creative, energetic, nurturing and educated about child development, implements the curriculum. Social, physical, cognitive, and emotional areas of growth are fostered through interesting experiences in the program’s setting. Positive reinforcement and guidance in learning activities and play foster each child’s self-esteem. We believe that our program should be based on the use of play as a tool in learning basic concepts.

The staff of The Methodist Children’s Academy goal is to assist each child to reach the fullest potential of his/her capability at their particular point in growth and to build an excellent foundation for future learning. We feel that the family is a precious unit and we encourage interaction between parents, grandparents, family members and special others with the children, teachers and administrative staff.

The curriculum is planned with monthly themes and will provide music, chapel, movement, art, language, and monthly special events that are age appropriate.

Methodist Children’s Academy Contact


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