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Our Mission Statement

The mission of First Academy Preschool is to teach children spiritually for their growth in their walk with Christ, socially and physically prepared for early development, academically ready for Kindergarten and to establish a strong partnership with the total development of the child.​

A Special Message from Administration

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Dear Parents,


Welcome to First Academy Preschool! We are delighted that you are considering joining us on this enriching journey of faith-based education for your child.


At our preschool, we blend the principles of Christian faith with early childhood education. Our nurturing environment is tailored to ignite your child's imagination, promote exploration, and nurture a love for learning rooted in Christian values. With a devoted team of educators, we prioritize your child's growth and development across social, emotional, cognitive, and physical milestones.

With eleven classrooms tailored to different age groups, from Babies to VPK (4-year-olds), we provide a nurturing environment for your child to flourish. Plus, we offer weekly Monday Chapel, Art, Music, Sensory and Spanish classes to enrich their experience. We warmly invite you to join us during our Chapel sessions every Monday from 9:15 to 9:40, led by our dedicated pastors and supplemented by our talented art/music teacher.

We believe in the importance of partnership between home, church, and school in shaping the lives of our young learners.  To keep you in the loop, we use a classroom app for easy communication about your child's progress and daily activities. Together, we can provide a solid foundation for your child's future, grounded in faith and knowledge.


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our preschool program, please do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome your family into our community and to share in the joy of your child's educational journey.



Brandi Simmons

Director of First Academy Preschool

Dear Parents,


We welcome your child to First Academy Preschool, a subsidiary of First Baptist Church, and hope the learning experiences here will be rewarding ones! The program has been planned for babies through pre-kindergarten. Our goal is to help them in their complete development, while giving them loving care and guidance that our children need.


As parents, I invite you to make appointments to visit us, ask questions, and make suggestions. We need the close cooperation and understanding of parents and staff for the success of your child’s experience.


If you do not have a church home, let me invite you to become a part of our church. Our worship services are at 9:45 am and 11:00 am every Sunday. There is a place for every age (birth-adult) at different times for Bible Fellowship. We would love for you and your family to join us! You may also go to our website at to read more information about our church.


Whenever you have questions in regards to your child’s care, please feel free to call me at (352) 787-1005 or Brandi at (352) 787-0155.

We look forward to working with you and your child.


In His Love,

Suzanne Garner

Administrator of Children

Dear Parents,


We, the members of First Family, believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Our mission and mandate is to faithfully share Him with others. In order to do this effectively, it demands spiritual, moral and intellectual excellence daily demonstrated by all involved in First Academy Preschool. To that, we commit ourselves without compromise.


We recognize children are very previous to our Master. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16). Following in the steps of the Master, we at First Family have a special love for children and seek to train them in His way, both by teaching and example.


As Pastor of this great family, I sincerely want to serve you and ensure you of my personal support in the work of this great Academy. Do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way.


In His Service,

Art Ayris

Executive Pastor

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