First Kids Academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church that provides quality early childhood education and care for the community of Grand Prairie and surrounding areas through a stimulating, loving Christian environment and a curriculum of active learning that nurtures the growth of the whole child. It is our purpose to prepare each child for the next level of learning and growing cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. Our hours are from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday.
We want to introduce God’s plan for the children, encouraging His values and character into their lives. (Jeremiah 29:11; John 3:16; 13:34)
We value Christ as our focus by striving to ensure that He is always the center of everything we do and teach. (Matthew 6:33)
We value the uniqueness of each child and encourage hands-on exploration, creativity, and innovation using a developmentally-appropriate curriculum. (Psalm 78:1-4; Psalm 127:3; Exodus 35:31-32, 35; Romans 12:6)
We value formative discipline as a means for guiding and teaching that will build up a child’s self-worth, confidence, self-discipline, and self-control. (Psalm 25:4-7; Proverbs 22:6)
We value the health and safety of every child and strive to provide a loving and safe environment. (Isaiah 54:13; Psalm 55:22; Psalm 91:4)
We value a child’s family as the most important part of their lives and parents as our partners in teaching. (Mark 10:9; Proverbs 17:6; Exodus 20:12; Psalm 127:3-5)
We value on-going communication with the parents about their child’s experience at school. Each child is treated with discretion and confidentiality.
We value the parents as an important part of the overall school success and encourage involvement in their child’s preschool experience.
We value partnering with families by providing opportunities and resources to increase their knowledge of child development and parenting skills. (Genesis 18:19; Ephesians 6:4)
We value our staff as professionals devoted to the development of young children.
We value teamwork and the promotion of positive and edifying conversations and relationships. (Ephesians 4:29; 1 Timothy 4:12)
We value our relationship to First Baptist Church and aspire to be loyal and respect those of authority. (Romans 13:1-3)
Educational Philosophy and Curriculum
We believe that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and that we have been given the great responsibility and privilege to help them grow and learn through the stages of their young lives. We believe that through play and guided learning, children develop all the skills they need for school and life. Childhood is a time for fun, exploration, and self-discovery. First Kids Academy offers an environment that encourages the love of learning and independence while providing opportunities to explore new ideas.
We believe that the Lord is the center of all things (Matthew 6:33). Because of this, we base our instruction on Christian beliefs and biblical principles. Each child is seen as a true gift from God and is treated as such (Psalm 127:3). Because each child is unique and has been given different gifts and abilities, we work to initially discover each child’s strengths. We then can design activities that will build on these strengths, while encouraging development in areas of weakness.
At First Kids Academy, we offer age-appropriate activities that are designed to develop the whole child. The curriculum offers opportunities for learning in language arts, math, science, social studies, large and small motor development, social skills, fine arts, and the Bible through a rich environment of play.
As you participate in and visit our school, please remember that this is a child’s world. Work is play! Concept development comes from experimenting with the environment. We direct our children in some of their play so that they will learn important concepts. We also provide free time for them to explore the world and learn on their own. We also understand that children’s ideas of art, beauty, and fun do not always coincide with adult ideas. We strive to be open to their imaginations to see what we can learn from them.