The Little School

Program Philosophy and Purpose

The Little School believes every child is unique and each child should be allowed to grow at his or her own rate. We plan a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid children in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Our staff members serve as positive role models; they provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm, and responsive to your child’s individual needs. We strive to create an environment in which children develop a good self-image and a sense of self-worth.

We help each child grow physically by using developmentally appropriate toys in the classroom; planning both gross motor and fine motor activities; and including outside or gym time in each daily plan.

We promote social skills by planning group activities that involve interaction and sharing, modeling appropriate behavior, praising good behavior, and redirecting inappropriate behavior.

We build each child’s self-esteem by using positive reinforcement to shape behavior and skills; showing our acceptance of diversity and creativity in the classroom; and encouraging each child to develop his/her God-given gifts.

We encourage each child to grow spiritually by saying grace before snacks and meals, singing Christian songs, reading Christian books, and celebrating Christian holidays during the school year.

The Little School program at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church is an extension of the Christian Education ministry of the church. Here, we realize and embrace that the early years of life are the most important for laying the foundations of faith, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Classroom Ratios and Ages

The Little School program accepts children as early as three months of age. Our three baby rooms have three teachers with a maximum of seven babies per day. The primary responsibility of the teachers for these age groups is to provide a loving and nurturing environment while providing the highest quality of care possible.

There are three classes of children twelve to eighteen months of age, with a maximum of eight children per day. In addition to providing a loving and nurturing environment for the children, the teachers are also helping the children to learn social skills, how to adapt to a routine, and how to adjust to a classroom environment.

We offer two classes for children nineteen to twenty-four months of age, with a maximum of eight children per day. With this age group, the children are more responsive to the curriculum and can comprehend the combination of the faith-based and educational curriculum. Through stories, songs, and chapel children learn about God and how our daily lives are affected by Him.

From twenty-four months of age and up, we have a maximum of 10 children per day. The curriculum is even more defined, and the children’s social and educational skills continue to improve and develop. All our older classrooms have two teachers to help implement classroom routine and safety.


We implement a faith-based curriculum throughout our program. The older 2’s classes implement Frog Street Press within the faith-base. Our curriculum is a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid each child in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. During the school day, the children may engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, such as Learning Centers, Outdoor Play, and Large-Group Activities.

Requirements for Registration

The 2022-2023 school year is currently full. Please email Ashley Plaisance at to be added to the waitlist.

2023-2024 School Year Registration

New Family Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open Dec 2 at 6:00am.

1. Online registration must be completed through the MDPC website.
2. Registration fee (paid at the time of online registration).
3. Building fee for non-church members (paid at the time of online registration).

Upon placement, the parent and the child’s pediatrician must complete the enrollment form and information form below. Failure to turn in paperwork will result in your child losing their place in our program. You will need to download, fill out, save, and attach in an email to Ashley Plaisance, .

Pictures of the School

Room 104


Room 111


Room 114


Room 118