Idlewild Children's Center


The new Idlewild Preschool opens in January 2019

The new Idlewild Preschool will open Monday, January 7, 2019.

The preschool will be for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years and will be housed in what will be a newly renovated preschool space at Idlewild Church. This preschool will work with children, parents, and teachers to provide excellent care and learning for all children. The socially/emotionally-based curriculum will focus on building resilience from the earliest ages. Since studies show that 80% of children's brains are developed by the time they are 3 years old, the Idlewild Preschool is dedicated to loving and consistent care for your children.

The new Idlewild Preschool is being developed by the Children and Family Enrichment Center at Idlewild (CAFE). Currently the CAFE is working with educational leaders and consultants to build the best preschool program in the city. While tuition costs will be comparable to other preschools in the area, definite costs have not been determined yet.

For more information call the CAFEoffice at 901-746-9341.

"What matters most in a child's development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years.  What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence. Economists refer to these as non-cognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us sometimes think of them as character."(Paul Tough, How Children Succeed)

Idlewild Children's Center closed as of May 26, 2017

Due to a major renovation of the entire Jones Education Building, it has become clear that it will not be possible to offer a safe, quiet and comfortable space for the children’s center during the lengthy construction process. Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to close Idlewild Children’s Center at the end of the school year in May.  Our last day will be Friday, May 26, 2017. 

Read Pastor Steve's letter about the closing.


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