Phone: 205-553-3776
Directors:
Mindy Barksdale - mindy@universitycofc.org
The University Church Preschool is a coeducational Christian school serving children ages six weeks through five years.

Mission Statement
Providing a planned environment and developmentally appropriate program for the care, education, and nurturing of young children facilitating their total development: mental, physical, spiritual, and social.  As a Christian school, we strive to fill each child’s spiritual needs through the daily teaching of God’s truth using Bible stories, spiritual songs, and spiritual conversations.  Through the living example and care provided by our staff, children will experience God’s love and see Christian values portrayed daily.

Enrollment
Enrollment is open to any child, six weeks to five years old.  A $50 annual registration fee per family is payable upon enrollment for the fall and spring semesters.  A $25 summer registration fee also applies to each child attending the summer enrichment program.  All registration fees are non-refundable.

Tuition
Tuition is due on the first and late on the tenth of each month.  Monthly tuition remains the same with no deductions made for absences, vacation days, or city school holidays. Please see the registration form for tuition rates.  A sibling discount of $30 is offered to every child after the first.  A non refundable wait list fee of $20 is required to hold a child’s name on a class waiting list.  This amount applies to the registration fee upon enrollment.

Schedules
University Church Preschool follows the Tuscaloosa City Schools calendar for holiday closings with the exception of being open for teacher in-service days and a summer program.  The hours of operation are from 7:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Infant and Young Toddler classrooms only offer full time care. The older three classrooms offer a variety of part-time options.

Curriculum
Children are provided with opportunities to grow and develop in each of the following domains: mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. Classes focus on monthly thematic units with each teacher introducing concepts in ways that are developmentally appropriate for each child.
• Language, math, pre-reading, pre-writing, and social skills are emphasized.
• Bible stories, songs, and memory verses are all integral aspects of each child’s learning experience.

Lunches and Snacks
Children should bring nutritional foods for lunch in easy open containers. Snacks are provided each day.

Rest Time
Children enrolled full time must bring a cloth roll-up mat for nap time. Quiet music will be played while children rest.

Child/Teacher Ratios
Purple Room (Infants) – 7 children to 2 teachers
Orange Room (Young Ones) – 10 children to 2 teachers
Red Room (Toddlers) – 12 children to 2 teachers
 Yellow Room (Young Threes) – 14 children to 2 teachers
Green Room (Older Threes) – 16 children to 2 teachers
Blue Room (Fours/Fives) – 18 children to 2 teachers

Inclement Weather
University Church Preschool follows the Tuscaloosa City Schools weather policy for closings. Check local news and social media for information.

Staff
Each teacher and director participates in teacher in-service training, monthly staff meetings, professional development workshops, and annual infant/child CPR certification.  University Church Preschool also collaborates with students in the child development program at the University of Alabama.  Giving future early childhood educators hands-on experience in the classroom also enables our children to benefit from the most current educational methods and concepts.

Scholarships
University Church Preschool offers a limited number of scholarships to families who qualify. Scholarships are awarded on a semester basis. Candidates and recipients must reapply each semester.

Non-Discrimination Policy
The University Church Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.