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.
Full Day Program
MCA offers a full-time, year round program in our beautiful facilities with an experienced staff. The hours are 7:00am-5:50pm and the program operates throughout the year with the exception of designated school holidays.
After School Care
MCA offers after school care for children Kindergarten through 5th grade on our campus in downtown Pensacola. Our program provides quiet homework time, snack, group games and outside free play. Transportation is available for children from N.B. Cook Elementary and Suter Elementary. We offer school age camps throughout the year during school closures with field trips and theme based activities.
Pricing and Payment
Please contact the MCA office at 850-438-6761 or view the most current pricing and payment information here.
The Methodist Children’s Academy is located on the campus of First United Methodist Church in historic downtown Pensacola. The children also use playgrounds on the campus of First Church and our newly renovated Henry Roberts Activities Center for additional activities.
History & Philosophy
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.