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Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a weekday program for children ages 17 months to 5 years.  Our goal is to provide a consistent, caring and respectful environment for children.  We encourage creativity, individuality and self-expression for every child.  We actively promote the values and skills needed for social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development.

Arkansas Better Beginnings Accreditation

Better Beginnings

The First United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center is proud to maintain the highest level (Level 3 status) with the Arkansas Better Beginnings Program.  ECC has been a state-accredited facility since 2003, and the teachers and staff are excited to be a part of the state’s current Quality Improvement Rating System.  The children of Conway deserve nothing less than the very best, and ECC strives to offer that!  For more information on the Better Beginnings Program, click here!

At the Early Childhood Center we will nurture Christian values and equip each child with skills for social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development.  The Early Childhood Center opens for classes each fall, and closes in late spring.  Options for enrollment are as follows:

Two-Day Preschool

Developmental preschool classes are offered to children 17 months to 3 years (note: Class assignments are based on your child’s age as of August 1 of the current school year).  These classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or there is an additional option of 7:30 a.m.

We currently have three classrooms serving children 17-35 months.  The age ranges for each class vary slightly from year to year based on enrollment.  The Monkey class serves the toddlers.  The younger 2-year-olds meet in the Frog class, and the older 2-year-olds in the Lamb class.

Three-Day Preschool

A second developmental preschool class for 3-year-olds is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:45-11:30, 8:45-2:30 or 7:30-4:30)  Depending on enrollment, this class may consist of all 3-year-olds, all 4-year-olds or a mix of 3- and 4-year-olds.

Five-Day Pre-Kindergarten

The five-day classes for 4- and 5-year-olds provide enrichment opportunities weekly through additional guest speakers, science, language and a variety of classroom learning centers.  This class is a morning program (8:45 to 11:30 a.m.), with extended care (11:30 a.m. to 2:30p.m.) available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and/or Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a MondayFriday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm option.

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Learn more by reviewing our Family Handbook 2017-2018  For more information, call 501.329.1467 or e-mail:

In your email, please include the following information:

  • Name of Parent
  • Name of Child
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail
  • Child’s Birthdate

To receive text alerts — Text @eccof to 81010

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Questions & Answers

Where are we located?

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200073911639436832987.0004bWe are located in the Trinity Building at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St. (the corner of Prince and Clifton streets), in Conway, Arkansas.  The entrance to our facility is on the northwest corner of the campus, nearest to Duncan Street.  To reach the church campus from Interstate 40, take the Oak Street exit (Exit 127).  Travel west on Oak into the downtown area.  After you cross the railroad tracks, please turn north (right) onto Locust Avenue at the next stop light and curve around to the left onto Prince Street, and travel two more blocks to the church.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes.  The ECC offers a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need. Applications for scholarships can be picked up in the ECC office.

How will my child spend each day?

The classes offer developmental learning activities in a loving and nurturing environment.

All classrooms provide age-appropriate learning centers and activities that encourage “hands on” learning.  The learning centers allow children to explore, create and develop decision-making skills through the world of play.  Each child will gain physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills.  ECC learning centers include: Pretend, Art, Block, Discovery, Science, Game, Reading, Music, Listening and Writing.

Enrichment activities may include: science experiments, cooking experiences, age-appropriate field trips and special guests.  Parents are encouraged to become involved in the ECC classroom by sharing their talents and skills with the children.