PARENTS DAY OUT
We welcome families and help children grow.
Our purpose is to provide your child with a nurturing, safe, and loving Christian environment that will further their emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development. We strive to offer more than just a “day out”—our goal is to instill a love of learning, work on building relationships, and foster independence in every child.
The program is a church related ministry, and we strive through actions and teachings to give our children basic Christian concepts. We desire for each child to feel and experience God’s love.
Fall 2022-2023 enrollment – Please contact the director via email for more information or to place your child on our waiting list. Please leave a message for the director at 423-541-9896 or via email at PDOdirector@hixsonumc.org regarding enrollment availability. Wait list options are available for full classes.
Enrollment is open to the public beginning April 1. An enrollment form must be completed and submitted, along with a $35 non-refundable registration fee for each child attending. Our spots fill up fast; however, please know that we make every effort to accomodate new families throughout the year by offering placement on our waiting list. If it is necessary to place your child on a waiting list for a class, you may do so at no charge. The enrollment form and fee are required to be returned two weeks after a tour to hold your spot for our program.
Registration for families currently enrolled in our PDO program begins March 1. To ensure placement in the program, a new enrollment form, along with the $35 non-refundable registration fee, must be submitted by April 1.
Active members of Hixson UMC have first option to enroll their children in our program (before April 1) and will receive a discount on tuition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the Hamilton County School Policy and our Church Policy, we do require all children to be vaccinated.
Our staff is chosen for their warmth, understanding and love for children, experience and teaching skills. They are trained in CPR / First Aid and continue to grow professionally through training in the child development field. All of our staff members have gone through a thorough background check. At HUMC PDO, we work to serve as a child’s natural step from home to school, recognizing the value of play and developmentally appropriate practices.
We offer small class sizes and small teacher to student ratios. We have 5 classrooms: Infants (ratio 2:4), Toddlers (ratio 2:8), Twos (ratio 2:10), Threes (ratio 2:12), and Pre-K (ratio 2:12).
Our PDO uses the Creative Curriculum program, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. This curriculum is used for our Toddlers, Twos, Threes and Pre-K classes.
Each month, in addition to our curriculum program, we focus on a monthly community helper, cooking lessons, gardening, a monthly faith-based character trait and Bible verse. The children also participate weekly in 30 minutes of Chapel, a music class (The Learning Groove), gym time, and outdoor play. We take three school field trips each year — Read Mobile, Kids on the Block, and The Chattanooga Zoo.
In addition to qualified and caring staff, small student to teacher ratios, and a great curriculum, our program engages children in missions. Throughout the year, each child will have various opportunities to be the light of Christ to the world! Our mission projects include: Fuel for School and Compassion International. We provide food for the Fuel for School program. HUMC volunteers pack and deliver packages of nutritious, shelf-stable food items to 5 area Elementary & Middle Schools, reaching over 60 children. These packages provide weekend meals for hungry students. School volunteers discretely place these packages in the backpacks of needy students. We have also adopted a child, Luis, from Compassion International. This allows our children to have hands-on experience with our mission and service projects around the world. We also support local Food Banks and Operation Christmas Child.
The tuition is $1350 for the full 2022-2023 school year, or installments of $135 per month (August – May). This includes all fees except registration. See Director regarding sibling and church member discounts.
“Our child has loved every one of his teachers (and so have we). All the teachers are wonderful.”
“We have been amazed by our child’s development because of this program.”
“The program is wonderful. The teachers do an excellent job and my son loves going to school here. We look forward to another great year.”