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First United Methodist Developmental Learning Center

1928 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201-3282

(214) 220-0453


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We also believe in teacher-led instruction. We know the developmental milestones children should reach by Kindergarten and have a structured curriculum in place to ensure that all of our children learn to their utmost potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide laughter through a loving and nurturing environment resulting in quality childcare for children.

A Typical Day

7:00-8:30 Arrival
8:30-9:00 Clean-up, quiet story time
9:00-9:15 Snack and bathroom
9:15-9:30 Small group time
9:30-9:40 Planning time
9:40-10:30 Work time and clean up
10:30-10:45 Recall
10:45-11:30 Gym/Outside Play
11:30-12:40 Lunch, bathroom, brushing teeth
12:40-1:00 Naptime story time
1:00-3:00 Naptime
3:00-3:30 Snack/bathroom
3:30-3:50 Large group time
3:50-4:50 Planning and work time
4:50-5:45 Clean-up and recall; Gym and outside time
6:00 Departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Two open houses (fall and spring); student goals every six weeks, parent teacher conferences available at all times, parent workshops conducted by education consultant, newsletter, parent-teacher council.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

It is not always easy to say goodbye at drop-off time, either for parents or the child. The beginning of school may bring a few tears as your child adjusts to this new environment. This usually ceases after a few weeks. Some children have a difficult time, and you can be assured that the teachers and staff will do everything possible to make this transitional time of growth go smoothly for your child. We ask that parents spend no more than 10 minutes in the class before saying goodbye.