FPC Day School

In the heart of the city, Dallas First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School (DFPCDDS or the Day School) is an outreach ministry providing quality childcare from infancy through preschool for children.  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 would like additional information, contact us here.

General Information

Dallas First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 7:15am – 6:15pm except for holidays which include: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr, President’s Day, the Monday following Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day and the day after as well as at least two days during the course of the year for mandatory teach in-service. Additionally, the Day School will close at noon the day before a major holiday (the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day and New Year’s Eve Day).
Children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age are eligible for enrollment. Enrollment is not restricted based upon race, national origin, sex, disability or culture. Admission is based on available space and student needs.
The address for the Day School is 1835 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. The main number is 214-653-1390 and the fax number is 214-382-5880.
The Day School is governed by a Board of Directors and run by the Executive Director.

Tuition & Fees


$100 Waitlist deposit

$350 Enrollment Fee

$250 Annual Registration Fee to guarantee your child’s spot for the upcoming year ($250 if paid by February, otherwise $350; must be paid by April 1)

Note, all fees are non-refundable.

2019 Tuition:

$1,360 Infant 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

$1,275 Toddler 1 & 2

$1,260 Beginning 2s & Young 2s

$1,140 Older 2s & PreK 3

$1,140 PreK 4 & PreK 5

Note, tuition is due monthly.


Getting On The Waitlist

In order to get on the waitlist, you must tour the Day School and then submit a pink card (given at the conclusion of the tour) along with a $100 non-refundable deposit. Checks can be made out to DFPCDDS.

How The Waitlist Works

When a spot opens in one of the classrooms, we first offer the spot to priority families (siblings, church members / staff and Neiman Marcus employees, since we have a partnership with Neiman Marcus) who need the spot at that time or around that time. If none of those families take the spot, then we ask other families on the waitlist in the order (based upon date) they got on the waitlist.
If the date you need care passes and we do not have an open spot for you, you can remain on the waitlist and you will keep your same order (date) on the waitlist. Now and then we have a spot open a month or two after a family needs care, therefore, remaining on the waitlist can be beneficial, but we cannot guarantee a spot will definitely open.
If a spot opens and it is offered to you a month or two ahead of when you need care, you have the right to accept the spot and begin paying tuition at that time to guarantee you have a spot on the date you need care. If you decide to pass on the spot, you can remain on the waitlist and maintain your same order, but we will continue going down the list asking families if they want the spot. If you pass on a spot because you do not need it until a later date, we cannot guarantee a spot will be available on the date you requested.
When a classroom is full, a spot will not open in that classroom until a child who is currently in that classroom is developmentally ready to transition. Since children grow and development so quickly when they are young, it is hard for us to predict months in advance who will be transitioning thus how many spots will be available.
We are committed to being open and honest regarding the waitlist, therefore, please let us know if you have any questions.

Meet Our Staff

Farrai Smith, Executive Director

Farrai Smith’s reputation as a caring child development professional with proven leadership skills is well known throughout Dallas. Her career, which includes starting and running Park Cities Baptist Church Preschool, Education Director for Head Start of Greater Dallas, Director of Center Operations for Childcare Group and Validator for National Association for the Education of Young Children, demonstrates a lifelong passion for providing children with the best possible social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and physical development opportunities right from the very start.

Emily Hill, Assistant Director

Emily Hill previously worked at Dallas First Presbyterian Church, which provided her with great insight and exposure to the operational side of the Day School. Her strengths include office management, accounting, internal and external communications and content development. Emily enjoys advocating for children and working closely with parents, teachers and the children.

Ramona Randle, Director of Curriculum

Ramona Randle has her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood as well as a wealth of experience from her time working at University Park Day School, The Community Day School and Park Cities Baptist Church Day School. She is a registered trainer with the State of Texas as well as a Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition.

Zoraida Aguilera, Administrative Assistant

Zoraida Aguilera, known as Zory, is the beloved and dedicated Administrative Assistant. Zory handles all front office duties and is the welcoming face of the school as you enter each day. However, her most important duty is handing out stickers to the children at the end of the day! We are grateful for Zory and the compassion she demonstrates on the daily basis.

Job Openings

The Day School is looking to hire two part-time floaters. All applicants must have at least one year of experience working in a licensed childcare facility and a background in early childhood education is preferred. If you are interested or you know someone who is interested, please send a resume to Farrai Smith.