Amherst Presbyterian Preschool
Amherst Presbyterian Preschool is a Christian based program founded with the belief that preschool age children thrive in a positive, nurturing environment with ample opportunities for learning, exploration and discovery. We provide a theme-based curriculum designed to help children develop skills and concepts that will help to ease the transition from preschool to school. APP follows the Amherst County Public School calendar including inclement weather; we do not offer a summer program. We are a licensed facility regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services. We are excited to offer new operating hours. Amherst Presbyterian Preschool has been providing over 30 years of quality early childhood education to our community.
"I love APP. It gives me great comfort knowing that my child is loved and cared for by his teacher and the staff. The staff is small but works tirelessly to provide quality instruction and care for the children. APP has been a blessing to our family and even though we have no other children to send to APP we will continue to support their efforts." – Jenny Seay
Program Offerings and Fees
Preschool hours Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Morning Care and Extended Care hours available see times and fees below
2 year old class (16 months - 35 months) 16 months by August 1
Preschool 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(potty trained not required)
The two-year-old program is designed to emphasize socialization. With a ratio of one teacher/aide to eight children, individual attention is assured as these young preschoolers discover the world around them through play, music and language.
"So thankful for such a wonderful preschool. I am so thankful for all the staff that work together to make such a great place to learn and play. Emma loved Mrs. Tolbert and we feel so blessed to have had her teach, love, and take care of our Emma. Mrs. Tolbert is the best". – Kandace M. Falls
Pre-K 3 class (3 by September 30)
Preschool 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(potty trained required)
The three-year-old program encourages individual creativity through storytelling, art, creative movement and music, discovery and play. Numerous skills and concepts are introduced in a literacy-rich environment. A ratio of one teacher to ten students is maintained.
"I was on the fence about sending my son to a 3 year old class. When he started explaining about the Mayflower and the pilgrims I thought to myself, “This is going to be ok.” And it is! APP is great. I asked my son what his favorite thing is about school. He answered, “learning.” My son: “I love Mrs. Campbell,” in reply to: tell me anything about school." – Terese Whitehead
Pre-K 4 class (4 by September 30)
Preschool 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(potty trained required)
The four-year-old program combines intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Theme-based activities are detailed to nourish children’s growing attention span, with attention to the skills and concepts necessary for kindergarten. A ratio of one teacher to ten children is maintained.
Morning care is available for enrolled students starting at 7:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Sign-up is required and a monthly fee will be billed in addition to the preschool tuition fee. Enrollment in the morning care is for the school year. **Morning care flat monthly fee: $25.00
Extended care is available for enrolled students 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sign-up is required and a monthly fee will be billed in addition to the preschool tuition fee. Enrollment in the extended care is for the school year. **Extended care flat monthly fee: $75.00
**Rest time is 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
**If a child did not come to preschool, they cannot be dropped off for extended care. Exception; If a child has a morning doctor appointment, they must be at the preschool by 11:00 a.m. to stay in extended care.
**Extended care ends promptly at 6:00 p.m. a late fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged and payment is expected at the time of pick up.
A wonderful addition to our program available to the 3- and 4- year old classes only. Melody Makers is an outside group that comes to our preschool once per week and provides music instruction through song, dance and puppets. Sign-up is required and a monthly fee of $25 will be billed in addition to the regular preschool fee.
We provide the children with a morning snack and an afternoon snack for those enrolled in the extended care program.
All classes will need to bring a packed lunch. Parents are expected to pack a well-balanced, nutritious lunch each day.
The staff of APP is committed to the well being of your child. The love of working with children is evident with the years of experience and the dedication of each teacher. The staff has a variety of educational backgrounds including: Child Development Associate (CDA), Child Care Management. All teachers are required to maintain a current CPR and First Aid certification. We conduct complete Virginia State Police criminal background checks and checks against the Child Protective Services data base on all staff members. Background checks are updated every three years. All staff undergoes a regular Tuberculosis (TB) test which are updated every two years. Continuing Education is expected including a minimum of sixteen hours of workshop/in-service training throughout the year. Monthly staff meetings include in-service programs, business meetings, and planning.
Our Teaching Staff:
Director/Team Leader: Tracy Campbell
Pre-K 4 class: Irene Vasquez
Pre-K 3 class: Tracy Campbell
Two year old class: Phoebe Tolbert
To register or schedule a visit, call the preschool office at 434-946-5244. A $60 non-refundable registration fee will be due at the time of registration.
Amherst Presbyterian Preschool follows the Amherst County Public School calendar, including its inclement weather policy. If the preschool is closed, morning care and extended care will not be available. If there is a morning delay, morning care will also be delayed. If the preschool has an early dismissal, extended care will not be available.
There will be no refund of tuition or additional fees for classes missed due but not limited to: inclement weather, illness, holidays, planning days or any other days that APP may be closed. The tuition and additional fees are flat monthly charges.
There will be no exceptions made to class placement. Both Amherst and Nelson County Schools strongly adhere to the September 30 cut-off date, based on Virginia State Education guidelines. All classes, programs, and program times subject to enrollment and availability.
Parents will receive a 10% discount if tuition is paid in full at the beginning of the school year.
Amherst Presbyterian Preschool is a preschool not a daycare. We strive to maintain a high-quality learning environment. Although we are a small program that seeks to meet family and community needs, our first priority is education.
Applications for tuition assistance are available upon request and will be considered by the Amherst Presbyterian Preschool Board based on eligibility and availability.