FPC Day School

In the heart of the city, First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School is an outreach ministry providing quality childcare from infancy through pre-K for children of working parents. We provide an educational experience that supports cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development in a Christian setting. Our early childhood professionals lead this outstanding program in partnership with each family.

If you are interested in a tour or in information about how to enroll, contact us here.

The school strives to meet the needs of the whole child with instruction, nurture and love. Each age group within our program has a specific curriculum designed to meet the needs of the individual child in the areas of development including social-emotional; physical, language and literacy; mathematics; science; technology; creative expression and appreciation for the arts; and social studies.

The Day School classrooms are set up in a learning center environment where children can actively participate in constructing their learning through hands-on experiences that encourage imagination; enhance skills, and build self esteem. Our early childhood professionals observe a child’s interests and choices, allowing them to develop meaningful, individualized learning activities based on these observations. 

  • Ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten
  • Open 7:15 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Monday-Friday 
  • Developmentally appropriate hands-on curriculum 
  • Music, Spanish, and library
  • Computer skills in pre-k classes
  • Excellent adult/child ratio 
  • Security code entry
  • On-site security guard

Where We Are

The Dallas First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School is located in the First Presbyterian Church, west of the corner of Young and Harwood streets, ideally located to meet the need for high-quality childcare in the downtown area.

What We Do

The school's downtown location provides unparalleled access to some of Dallas' most exciting cultural, civic and recreational institutions. Children 3 years of age and older make field trips to locales such as the main Dallas Public Library, the Farmers' Market, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Children's Theatre as well as such Fair Park locations as the Aquarium, the Science Place, the Museum of Natural History and the Texas Discovery Gardens.

Field trips often extend beyond the downtown area. Creative teachers organize age-appropriate excursions to children's films and special parks for outdoor play/picnics.

At school, the children have opportunities to pursue a wide range of on-site activities. While selections may change according to parent preference, they usually include:

  • Chapel - under the direction of the Director of Children's Ministries for early preschool, preschool and pre-K classes (September through May)
  • Weekly exercise classes provided by Kinder Fit for early preschool, preschool and pre-K classes
  • Weekly music program (for 2-year-olds and older) from September through May
  • Spanish classes - bi-weekly classes for 2-year-olds and older
  • Library time - weekly
  • Vacation Church School (for ages 4 and older) for a week in the summer, lead by the Director of Children's Ministries

Tuition & Fees

$100 Wait List Deposit

$350 Registration Fee

  • Infant (6 weeks – 12 months) $1194.60/mo.
  • Toddler & Young 2's $1141.80/mo.
  • Older 2's $1071.40/mo.
  • Three's (36 months – 48 months) $1054.90/mo.
  • Preschool (48 months – 60 months) $1063.70/mo.

*Additionally, a $130 supply fee will be charged annually per child.

How to Enroll

If you are interested in a tour or in information about how to enroll, contact us here.

Financial Aid

The scholarship program provides access to quality day care for children who would otherwise be unable to secure day care services. The goal of the Scholarship Program is to encompass approximately 10% of enrollment, or about one student per classroom. All scholarships are awarded based on need. The Day School scholarship committee reviews each case on a confidential basis and determines award amounts according to availability of funds and classroom space.

Non Discrimination Policy

We do not discriminate in regard to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin, pregnancy, veteran status and/or disability or other legally protected class.

Our Early Childhood Professionals

The Day School maintains an intimate, family atmosphere. Staff members receive ongoing training in CPR and First Aid and access to continuing education courses. The school enjoys one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the city. Staff-to-child ratios far exceed state minimum requirements, with at least two teachers per classroom through pre-k. Our low teacher child ratio allows for individual attention therefore maximizing each child’s learning potential. The Day School staff includes a mix of degreed educators and CDA (child development associate) professionals with extensive early childhood education experience.


We strive to provide care for children on all business workdays. School is closed for several national and religious days including:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving and the Friday following
  • Christmas Day

Traditional Celebrations and Events

  • Valentine's Day Party
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Individual and Class Pictures
  • Mother's Day Celebration
  • Father's Day Celebration
  • All Saints Eve Party/Parade
  • Vision, Hearing and/or Speech Screening
  • Children's Christmas Program
  • Staff Appreciation Dinner
  • Family Picnic
  • Teachers' Christmas Dinner
  • Fall Open House
  • Scholastic Book Sales

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