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Donelson Heights Early Childhood Program

84 Fairway Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

(615) 883-1257


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Donelson Heights Early Childhood Program is a ministry of the Donelson Heights United Methodist Church. We serve children 6 weeks to 5 years.

DHECP is a Tennessee State Licensed childcare provider. We are also a member of the Tennessee Conference of United Methodist Association of Preschools.

DHECP was established in September of 1975 as a service to young mothers. Throught the years it has grown into a high quality educational childcare and preschool program.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Chapel services with the pastor of the Donelson Heights United Methodist Church in which we are housed is offered to the children once a week.

From the Director:

Through individual and group activities, DHECP strives to provide each child the opportunity to develop a postive self-image. DHCEP strives to provide educational and social experiences through a program of play, art, literature and music, with special attention given to each child's development.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers at Donelson Heights Early Childhood Program are dedicated and loving teachers who treat each child like a members of the same family. The teachers here know each child by name and personality.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Donelson Heights Early Childhood Program is a ministry of Donelson Heights United Methodist Church. The Early Childhood Program strives to provide loving care and learning opportunities for young children in a stable, Christian environment and to develop each child to his/her greatest potential socially, physically and intellectually.

A Typical Day

9:00 - 11:00 = Arrival, Free Play, Small and Large Group Time, Playground

11:00-2:00 = Lunch and Nap Time

2:00-2:30 = Preparing to go home, Departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We view education as a partnership between home and school. Therefor we encourage our parents to be involved at DHECP. We have many functions and parties during the school year and parents are always invited and welcome to attend. We send home a monthly newsletter with each child telling of upcoming events and important notices. The younger classes have a daily report sent home telling of each child's activities. We offer teacher conferences at the parent's request.

DHCEP is governed by a Board of Directors. This board along with the director make decisions and determines the policies of the program's operation. The nine-member board has three parent representatives.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation