First Congregational U.C.C. Preschool is a not-for-profit preschool in Elyria that is open to the public and offers classes for three, four and five year-olds September through May.

Who We Are

The First Congregational United Church of Christ Preschool in Elyria, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1950 by a group of parents who were interested in developing a preschool program for three and four year old children. The program devised provides a broad range of learning experiences. These experiences include group participation, individual creativity and the development of new skills. The program’s goal is to guide the child to attain greater independence, social competence and self-fulfillment.

As a United Church of Christ preschool, the parents are encouraged to work directly with their child’s school and deal closely with his/her teachers. The child benefits from the sense of continuity between home and school. Basic emphasis of the program is a blend of play and academics. This preschool is sponsored by the Christian Education Board of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

First Congregational Preschool - Elyria Preschool


Curbside Pick-up and Drop-off

Teachers and parent helpers come right to the car to get your child each day; no need to unload the rest of the family!

Encouraged Parent Involvement

Parents are welcome to visit any time. Parents of students take turns signing up for parent helper days to bring in a snack and lend a helping hand to better connect with their child’s classroom experience, creating a better sense of community for all. A parent advisory board meets regularly to ensure the preschool operates effectively.

Child-Centered Learning

Activities and learning experiences are designed to be developmentally appropriate for students, while still incorporating age-appropriate choices and state standards for early learning and development.

Field Trips

Students take several field trips throughout the school year to extend their learning and experiences with one another.

Whole-Child Development

Students are encouraged to be creative, learn how to get along with others, learn about themselves and how to be their best self, explore in a safe environment, and progress academically.

Kindergarten Readiness

First Congregational UCC Preschool in Elyria is part of the Ready Set Kindergarten(RSG) community collaborative powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County that work to improve the health, education, and financial stability of all residents in our communities.