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Presbyterian Preschool Celebrates 60 Years – Brevard NC


February 23, 2017

Betsy Langston plays her guitar at the church's preschool (Courtesy photo)

Betsy Langston, recently named director of the Presbyterian Weekday Preschool, explained her goal this way: "I want every one of these precious little people to leave here knowing that they are safe and secure, surrounded by God's love."

The preschool, located in Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, cares for 72 children ranging in age from four months to four years.

Langston said the youngest children "are right across from my office. It's so difficult not to drift over there... The babies don't ask me about budgets, or class rosters, or immunization schedules - they just want to play!"

Langston often spends time with the older children, too, and brings her guitar for a sing-along.

Langston's experienced staff consists of 13 women, and she points out that she and her staff have more than 70 years experience in this preschool alone. A typical school day depends on the children's ages, but in general includes group time, music, reading, art projects, writing, snack, hand washing and outside play time.

Parents are encouraged to become involved with preschool activities like walking field trips and art projects, sending healthy snacks, playing games and sharing their music talents. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are also invited to help out.

"It's the best place in the world, like Disney World for kids! They come in happy and leave happy. That's a result of what the staff does and how they do it," Betsy said. "I want to make sure the staff has all the resources they need so they can do their job."

Currently the Presbyterian Weekday Preschool operates half-days, Monday through Friday, on a flexible schedule structured around the ages of the children and their parents' work schedules. The school curriculum follows guidelines established by the National Association of Education for Young Children, covering age-appropriate games, snacks and activities. Tuition pays most of the school's expenses, and Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church pays the rest. Some scholarships are available based on need.

Unique to the Presbyterian Weekday Preschool is the Kindermusick program, which Langston describes as an "internationally-renowned program of music and movement, designed specifically for preschool children. The teachers really like the philosophy of Kindermusick, and are working to make it part of the everyday curriculum." Langston said that the Kindermusick program was established in the preschool with a generous donation from a member of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.

The preschool was started as a kindergarten in 1957 and was called the "Kiddie Kollege." Carolyn Winchester (still an active member of the church) was its first director and 12 children were enrolled. At that time the Brevard school system did not offer kindergarten classes. When kindergarten was added to the public schools, the church program added classes for three-year-olds along with a Mother's Morning Out.

As it nears its 60th anniversary, the Presbyterian Weekday Preschool offers young children a loving, safe environment to learn and grow,

Langston believes that "there is a spiritual energy here that exists nowhere else... going to full days and serving more families is my dream."

Parent who want further information about the Presbyterian Weekday Preschool may contact Betsy Langston at [email protected]


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