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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


Dear Parents,


I first want to welcome you all to First Academy Preschool. We are so excited and eager to have your precious child/children. As you can see, we have had many changes in our preschool with the same Christian and Academic foundation.


The mission of First Academy Preschool, Inc. is to teach children spiritually for their growth in their walk with Christ, socially and physically prepared for early development, academically ready for Kindergarten. We strive to establish a strong partnership with the parents in the total development of the child. We currently have eleven classrooms, from Babies to VPK (4 year olds). We also have Monday Chapel, Art, Music Sensory classes for the students to attend weekly. Our Chapel is every Monday from 9:15 to 9:40 with your children, led by our pastors and our art/music teacher, and we welcome you to visit with us during this time too. 



Our teachers and I eagerly prepare for the each school year. Our teachers going above and beyond to prepare their classrooms and curriculum for your child/children. To help with communication between teachers and parents throughout the day and year we have a classroom app we use. If during the year, you have any concerns or questions, or just want to talk, please stop by or call me at 352-787-0155.


Looking forward to a great year!


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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