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The Methodist Children’s Academy (MCA) is a thriving ministry of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. We believe that each child is a unique gift from God, and therefore worthy of love, acceptance, and support.

MCA offers a year-round preschool program to infant through pre-kindergarten with an after-school program for elementary children select locations. Our childcare programs run continuously throughout the year except for designated school holidays. (See MCA Calendar for a list of closures.)

This ministry began in 1983 as a half-day, Mother’s Day Out program and playgroup with approximately 18 children. A full-day, contracted program began in 1997 and FUMC Pensacola took over full operation on May 27, 2000.

Our goal at MCA is to assist every child in reaching their fullest capable potential and to help build an excellent foundation for future learning. Our open-door policy encourages our student’s loved ones to be active participants in their education through volunteering, and attending special events and school-wide activities. 

The curriculum incorporates monthly themes and provides music, chapel, movement, art, language, and age-appropriate special events. Religion is integrated into our program through stories, songs, art, and many other forms. We start every morning with an assembly, which includes The Lord’s Prayer.




“Know Your Childcare Facility” Brochure

MCA – Downtown
2024/2025 Online Registration

• The pre-registration period for FUMC members will open at 9:30am, February 20, 2024. All forms are password-protected until open registration. Church Members must email MCA@FUMCPensacola the week of February 12 to receive the password. 
• Open Registration begins at 9:30am on February 26, 2024.
• School Age/After School Care Registration begins March 7.
Summer Camp Registration begins March 20.
• 2024/2025 School Year Begins on August 12

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 the registration limit has already been met for your desired classroom, please email to be added to our waitlist.


Infant Classroom: Born between September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
Infant Registration

Ones Classrooms: Born between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Ones Registration

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

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

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


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

Tuition: September – May
Infant: $1,100/monthly
One (1) Year Old: $950/monthly
Two (2) Year Old: $850/monthly
*Three (3) Year Old: $800/monthly
Four (4) Year Old (Non-VPK): $800/monthly

**Four (4) Year Old (VPK): FREE
Four (4) Year Old (VPK Extended Care) $700/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 diapering needs. 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 place of the three-year-old tuition.

** The Methodist Children’s Academy offers school-year Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK). VPK is a free, half-day (9:00am – Noon) educational program through the state of Florida that prepares 4-year-olds for success in kindergarten and beyond. Contact for more information on how to get started. Click HERE to find out more from the Florida Department of Education.

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 immediately notify the Child Care Accountant. 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.

Methodist Children’s Academy Contact


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