FPDS to Open New Preschool Program for 2017-18

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2017-2018 Preschool Quick Facts

  • Opening in August of 2017, the FPDS preschool will be founded upon developing a child spiritually, emotionally, socially, and academically through both small and large group learning opportunities.
  • The preschool will open with four classes each of K3 and K4 with two teachers per room.
  • Children must be three or four years of age by September 1 and potty-trained.
  • The FPDS Preschool will be located within the current school facility.
  • The preschool will offer K3 and K4 five-day a week classes only. The preschool will maintain the same calendar schedule as FPDS.
  • The 2017-2018 tuition is $4,500 for both K3 and K4, with a non-refundable $75 application fee and $300 annual enrollment fee due two weeks after acceptance.
  • K3 and K4 will run 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with drop-in Crusader Circle (preschool’s own after-school program) available until 6 p.m.  Early room is provided beginning at 7:30 a.m. for no additional cost. The Under the Oaks summer program will also be expanded beginning summer of 2018 to accommodate K4 and K5 students. (Students must have attended FPDS one year prior to enrolling.)
  • The cost of Crusader Circle from 12:15 to 6 p.m. is $4.50/ hour. Parents will only be charged for the time that their students attend and will be billed at the end of each month.
  • The FPDS K5 kindergarten admissions process and testing will remain the same. Students whose parents are advised or decide to delay kindergarten a year will be guaranteed a spot in the K4 program, with a two-week deadline to accept that placement after the child has been assessed. K3 and K4 students will not be assessed prior to entering FPDS.
  • K3 students will focus on developmentally appropriate pre-reading skills, concentrating on a letter sound each week. K4 curriculum will include SuperKids Happily Ever After and developmentally appropriate math. Science and social studies topics will be woven throughout for all ages.
  • Bible stories, characters and concepts will be taught daily. Special subjects such as music will be included during weekly class time.
  • FPDS believes in a balanced approach to technology. We view technology as a tool to learning and as an important resource in helping students collaborate and create. However, we also believe that holding a book in your hands and turning the pages is essential to the learning process. Therefore, FPDS will reinforce the skills preschoolers are learning with an appropriate amount of technology.
  • For children staying for Crusader Circle, a hot lunch will be available for purchase and delivered to the classrooms from the cafeteria. Lunch may also be brought from home. FPDS will provide a morning snack.
  • Students will be required to wear uniforms.
  • A variety of after-school, extra-curricular activities will be offered to preschool-age students. Parents will not be charged the hourly Crusader Circle rate while their children participate in these programs.
  • Students and their parents will be invited to a Welcome Party in the summer prior to the first day of school.
  • Apply online and pay registration fee at A birth certificate and up-to-date immunization record must be submitted, either electronically or with enrollment fee and contract. 

Cathy Miller Bio

Cathy Miller
Cathy Miller

Cathy is a native of Clarksdale, and she and her husband, Craig, have resided in Jackson for the past 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in early childhood education from the University of Mississippi. Cathy was a classroom teacher for eight years, followed by director of Broadmeadow Preschool for eight years. In 2003, she became the director of Meadowbrook Preschool, a combined mothers' day out and preschool for children ranging from six months to five-years-old.

Cathy’s children are all FPDS alumni. Farris, 26, lives and works in Jackson; Murray, 24, lives and works in Madrid, Spain; and Tate, 18, is a student at the University of Mississippi.

A member of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Cathy enjoys all Ole Miss sports, along with walking, cooking and reading.

Cathy has been involved in several charitable organizations in her community and has served as president of the board for the Salvation Army and her local YMCA branch. She also served as chairman of committees for both Mistletoe Marketplace and the Jackson Symphony League.