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The Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a historic preschool and mission of Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Augustine.  Since 1955, PDS has excelled in providing outstanding early childhood education to preschool students.

PDS provides a Christian atmosphere in which students learn cognitively, grow socially, and receive preparation to help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond.  The knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff engages the curiosity of their students and fosters self-confidence in each child entrusted to their care.

The preschool day lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the possibility of enrollment in the Extended Day Enrichment Program until 2:00 p.m.  PDS is licensed by the state of Florida.

2014 - 2015 Registration

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Enrollment is open for the ’14-15 school year.  Contact PDS Director, Ms. Regina Pineda, by phone or email to schedule a tour and to receive enrollment forms.  Phone: 904-669-1346, Email: pdsregina@memorialpcusa.org

PDS provides Two-Year-Old, Three-Year-Old, and Voluntary Prekindergarten (Free VPK) Classes.

Two Day Preschool (T/TH) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
   
Three Day Preschool (M/W/F) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
   
Five Day Preschool (M-F)  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
   
FREE VPK – State Funded (M-F) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
   
Extended Day Enrichment Program            12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program is free of charge to eligible four-year-old children.  Please visit www.ecs4kids.org for more information regarding eligibility.

Additional Information

PDS offers children who are in our three and four year programs the option of the extended day/enrichment program/STEAM.  The curriculum for the STEAM program offers activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and math. This is a fee paid portion of the program, also offered to all VPK students.  There are three schedules offered in this program which follow the above mentioned schedule of days.  For a list of the monthly fees please visit our website at www.memorialpcusa.org.

There are two fee paid enrichment programs offered during the PDS extended day.  These are Kinderfit and The Smiling Easel.

“Weekday Programs for Children” is offered to children in our two and three year old classes, and is a curriculum which is broken down into monthly themes reinforcing the areas of language arts, science, math, art, music, gross and fine motor skills, and socialization skills.  Various other resources are used by the teachers to enhance ideas in these areas.

Pre-K / VPK Creative Curriculum: this curriculum focuses on interest areas in the classroom environment.  Each classroom is set up with centers that incorporate interest areas to help support child development.  These center areas include, blocks, reading, dramatic play, sensory tables, writing centers, computer area, math and science and outdoor learning.

Florida Sunshine State Standards: These standards have created the benchmarks which children must meet throughout the school year. These include; physical health, emergent literacy, approaches to learning, math and science thinking, social and emotional development, language and communication, and motor development. To review the standards please visit fldoe.org.

Chapel Time: As a faith based preschool the PDS children in our three and four year old programs go to a one day a week chapel time. Chapel time is led each week by Pastor Dudley Weaver, Anne Reid Broos (director of children and youth ministries), Associate Pastor Hunter Camp and Rev. Amy Camp. Each teacher also incorporates a biblical activity in their curriculum once a month.

Throughout the school year PDS holds several special events for both children and their families to participate in. These include; Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Sing-A-Long and Santa visit, Dad’s Donut Day, Muffins for Moms, end of year parties, and our 4 year olds cap-n-gown graduation ceremony.

The Memorial Presbyterian Day School is a non-for-profit school therefore fundraising is essential in helping us to continue to provide the children in our program with current and quality resources to foster positive child development. The PDS Advisory Board fundraising committee develops different fundraising ideas to bring to our program. We typically have three to four fundraisers throughout the school year, one being our annual silent auction and dinner. This particular fundraiser is created with the help of local business who donate all the food, beverages and auction items for this event. Children and their parents participate in this event and an enjoyable evening is had by all.