First Methodist School

About Us

About Us


First Methodist School is a full service Preschool and childcare facility located at 812 Kirkman Street (corner of Broad and Kirkman Streets) in the Historical District of downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.


First Methodist School is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday and observes major holidays.


First Methodist School is licensed by the State of Louisiana as a Type III Child Care Center with a capacity of 201 children, 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. Our current license number is 1540. Our learning programs are based on developmentally appropriate practices.


Registration Fee is $150 non-refundable.

Supply Fees for Infant and Pre-K are $175.

Monthly Tuition is $785 per month for 6 week to 2 year olds. The monthly tuition decreases to $745 per month for 3 and 4 year olds.

"Drop-In" - Former Student/Sibling Care Daily fee for 6 week to 2 year olds is $40. The daily fee for 3 and 4 year olds is $36.

First Methodist School was founded in 1960 as an extension of First United Methodist Church's mission and community outreach. It continues to be an integral part of First United Methodist Church, under the leadership of Diane Brown - Preschool Director, serving families within and beyond the Church's membership; providing a developmentally appropriate Infant through Pre-Kindergarten Program designed to enhance each individual child's spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.  The school seeks to provide its educational opportunities to an ethnically and economically diverse community.


First Methodist School's quality include, but are not limited to, small group sizes, low teacher-child ratios, teacher training, parental involvement, and an environment which is safe and clean. Quality childcare requires planning activities that promote the total development of children. To achieve the goal of total development, we provide activities planning at First Methodist School that considers all of your child's daily needs, such as physical activities, social and emotional development, and cognitive and intellectual development. Also considered in this development program are outdoor play, indoor play, meals, and naps.  We are flexible in how your child spends each day, but we need to keep in mind that these basic activities are essential to healthy mental and physical development.


We recognize that, if this is your child's first experience with group care, they may have an adjustment period, and we realize that you may require an adjustment period also. Please be assured that we are aware of the need for sensitivity in this area.


First Methodist School is the right place for your child

  1. First Methodist School has been a church-owned Preschool for over 50 years!
  2. The Director, Diane Brown, has spent over 20 years administering successful early childhood programs.
  3. Family atmosphere is fostered at First Methodist School.
  4. Parents spend a great deal of time each day at the school when dropping off and picking up the children.
  5. The school building has been a neighborhood landmark in the Historical District.
  6. Consistent quality of care has kept many families at First Methodist School for several years.
  7. We stress the need for non-aggressive behavior among children.
  8. First Methodist School Believes that language development through reading stories, poems, etc. promotes a love of books and literature. This will foster a love of reading that will follow your child throughout their lives.