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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 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.

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

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

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

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


2023/2034 rates will be available January 30, 2023.

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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