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Mother's Day Out

Welcome to First Presbyterian Mother’s Day Out and Preschool

The Mother’s Day Out and Preschool Program at First Presbyterian Church is a ministry of the church to children and their parents. It is our desire for this ministry to provide the highest quality, Christ-centered care for your child with extremely low child/teacher ratios.

2019-2020 School Year Registration has been held. For program availability, please contact our director, Whitney Weiner ( or 225.620.0245).

Priority registration is given for church members, MDO alumni and grandchildren of church members. It is the parents' responsibility to notify the director if their child falls into one of these categories.

Registration Forms

Quick Facts

  • Monday-Thursday from 9 am - 2 pm
  • 2 or 4 day per week programs (Monday-Thursday. Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Ages: 6 months-Pre-K (must be 6 months old by September of the enrollment year)
  • Program runs late August-May (starts prior to Labor Day)
  • Low child/teacher ratios (with small class sizes and two full-time teachers in each class)
  • Video surveillance security system

Mission Statement

It is our desire and responsibility to provide a safe, nurturing Christ-centered environment where each child can develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially just as Jesus did. “And Jesus increased in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2: 52).”


Our Mother’s Day Out and Preschool Program at First Presbyterian Church is a ministry of the church to children and their parents. It is our desire that this ministry provides the highest quality, Christ-centered care for your child. We welcome you to our program and appreciate your confidence in us.

The MDO staff strives to provide an educational program with developmentally appropriate, intellectually stimulating and spiritually nurturing learning opportunities that seek to prepare your child for academic success. We know each child is uniquely created in the image of God and seek to meet the needs of the individual child in a group setting. We have a keen appreciation that each child has a rate and pattern of growth specific to themselves, and in that respect, each child is different from every other child. When a child is ready, they will walk, talk, read and perform academic and physical functions with ease. In planning our program, we look at where the child is now, not where we think he/she should be. Our goal is to give each child an opportunity to grow according to God’s plan, at his/her own pace, and to develop a “joy for life.” We want each child to know God loves them, and that Jesus is their special friend. Our sincere desire is that in all that we do, the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is glorified.


Our teachers use a theme-based curriculum that strives to provide each child with the opportunity to grow and learn. Children enjoy developmentally appropriate activities and “hands-on” learning experiences that seek to develop the skills necessary to be successful when they enter kindergarten. Since children naturally learn through play, our curriculum allows an enriched play experience that fosters a love of learning. 

Our day is filled with planned and spontaneous moments of learning including:

  • Circle Time with story time, songs, music and finger plays
  • Activity Time with planned art activities and learning centers
  • Chapel Time with weekly Bible stories, songs and prayer that share God’s Word and his love
  • Play - outdoor and/or indoor play time in the gym during inclement weather
  • Updated Playground Facilities - We have a toddler playground and separate playground for preschool age.

Snack:  The program will provide a daily morning snack.

Lunch:  Parents provide lunch daily for their child. Finger foods that are ready to serve are requested. Milk or water is served at lunch which is provided by MDO & Preschool.

*If a child requires a special snack or drink, parents will provide.
*Our program is nut-free.

Nap time:  Toddler age and older will need a nap mat for afternoon nap and/or rest time.

Enrichment Classes

King's Praise Creative Movement: Class is held on Wednesdays for children in our Bees, Monkeys and Tigers preschool classes.  
Spanish: Offered once a week (typically Thursdays) for 30 minutes during program hours. There is an additional charge and parents may contact Elizabeth Johnson at
TOT Basketball Program: Children ages 3 and older that are potty-trained may choose to participate in an after-school program from 2-2.45 pm. There is an additional cost. Please contact Sissy for more information.
Teddy Tennis: Children ages 3 and older that are potty-trained may choose to participate in an after-school program from  2-2.45 pm. There is an additional cost. Please visit for more information.


Our Pre-Kindergarten curriculum follows a modified version of the Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum from the Louisiana State Department of Education. For more detailed information on our pre-k curriculum, click here.

Chapel Time

We are a ministry of the church, desiring that each child grows in their awareness of God’s love for them. Our children gather together weekly for Chapel Time which consists of a Bible story, song and prayer all of which share God’s Word and his love with them. Teachers retell the Bible story during the week and plan activities that correlate with that week’s Bible story. 

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