First Presbyterian Preschool, Inc.
First Presbyterian Preschool, Inc.
110 N. Adams Street
Tallahassee FL 32301
Contact Information
Address First Presbyterian Preschool, Inc.
110 N. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone (850) 222.4587
Fax 850 222.2215
Alternate Address P.O. Box 1574
Tallahassee, FL 32302
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Welcome to our Preschool
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
EIN Number 59-1875230
Year of Incorporation 1979
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $267,088.00
Projected Expenses $267,088.00
Mission Statement

First Presbyterian Preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for young children of diverse economic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Studies in child development teach us that there are universal, predictable sequences of growth and change that occur in children. At the same time we recognize that each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth as well as an individual personality, learning style, and family background. The appreciation of all of these factors provides the framework for the learning environment at this school.

The program follows the Florida School Readiness Performance Standards and the Florida Prekindergarten Education Standards as guidelines for designing and implementing an appropriate learning environment for two, three, four and five years olds. The curriculum is based on the basic developmental needs of young children and offers opportunities and activities through an integrated approach. We believe that young children learn most effectively through concrete, play-oriented activities and that learning is an interactive process.

Teachers prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials. These activities match the child’s interest and understanding. All interactions and activities are designed to develop the child’s positive feelings towards learning. We take seriously our responsibility to prepare the children for kindergarten, and offer many different learning opportunities with early literacy and math skills. We also work with the children on the important social skills that they will need throughout life. 

Needs Statement
  1. Increase and maintain maximum enrollment in all classes.
  2. Continue to increase salary and benefits for teachers, exceeding market rate for each.
  3. Add to the Belinda Kelly Way Scholarship Fund so that more families can have access to our high quality program for their young children.
  4. Provide additional resources and supplies to the classrooms and the outdoor play space at a cost of $3,000.00.
  5. Establish a Reserve Fund for playground maintenance and rebuilding at a cost of $5,000 annually.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from the past year:
  1. Provided a loving and stable Preschool environment for children and their families at a time of economic and social change.
  2. Maintained fiscal viability while holding in balance the differing needs of young families and the increasing costs of operation.
  3. Maintained the highest standards for all Child Care Licensing, classroom and program assessments in cooperation with the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend and the Florida Department of Health.  
  4. Introduced two new, experienced, credentialed teachers to the staff of the Preschool.

Goals for this year:

  1. Increase enrollment to capacity in all classes.
  2. Provide teachers with increased salary and benefits.
  3. Implement Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment program in all classrooms: provide training and introduction for teachers and parents.
Background Statement
First Presbyterian Preschool was established in 1966 as the first racially integrated early childhood program in the City of Tallahassee.  At a time when all children did not receive equal opportunities for schooling, First Presbyterian Preschool wanted to insure that children of different racial, social and economic backgrounds could play and learn together.  This underlying principle has been vital to the 46 year history of our school.  Financially this has been possible through the generous annual support of the Belinda Kelly Way Scholarship Fund by the Friends of the Preschool.  In addition, our school was one of the first programs in Florida to partner with the State to offer early education and care to families who receive some state tuition assistance.  
Currently, the Preschool has three classes of children, age 2 - 5 years old.  The dedicated and well-trained teachers represent many years in the field, and in particular many years in our program.  Staff turnover remains low, as First Presbyterian Preschool is a happy and nurturing place for teachers as well as for children and their families.  
Established many years ago, First Presbyterian Preschool has maintained a visible and strong position in the early childhood community in Tallahassee.
Service Categories
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Located in downtown Tallahassee, parents choose to bring their children into the city center each day.  Most parents work somewhere in the greater downtown area but they might live in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla or other neighboring counties.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement At a time when the importance of early childhood education is being increasingly recognized, it is a privilege to direct First Presbyterian Preschool.  Working with a small, experienced staff of teachers I can see ways that we positively impact the lives of young children and their families.  Not only are we providing the children with the foundation for a lifetime of learning, we are giving parents and families a safe and loving support system.  It is a joy to be part of these young lives and I am grateful for the work which I do.
Description We provide a "home away from home" for children ages 2-5. Within a curriculum carefully planned by well-trained teachers, a typical day offers individual and group activities designed to foster physical, intellectual, and social growth. Our wonderful outdoor playground is incorporated into the learning environment. We foster relationships with parents, who work with teachers to support their children's development. Professional referrals are made for families who need additional resources and support.
From its beginning in the early days of racial integration, the Preschool has striven to be a warm, nurturing place where children of different races, creeds, and social situation play and learn together. Partial scholarships support families who could not otherwise afford tuition.
We have strong ties with Florida State University, The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend, School Readiness subsidized child care, the Dept. of Children and Families, and numerous local agencies.
Budget $310,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Each child is assessed upon entering the Preschool using standard measurements of child development. Progress is monitored and reported through regular communication with parents and through parent-teacher conferences. Children are referred for screening if there are apparent developmental problems.

Long term Success
Recent research into brain development of children reveals that the first five years of a child's life are key to the formation of competent, capable, and successful adults who are able to make their way in the world and contribute to the betterment of society. Ultimately, our program enables parents to maintain employment and children to enter kindergarten ready to face the academic and social challenges of further education. Because of our program, early intervention is available to address developmental issues that would hamper success if undetected, and children begin school ready to learn.
In addition to scoring high in academic measurements of success (upon which the State of Florida places considerable emphasis) the children leave our preschool demonstrating emotional maturity and social competence. They are well on their way to becoming not only good students, but also good citizens and good neighbors.

Program Success Monitored By First Presbyterian Preschool is monitored by the state of Florida Department of Children and Families Child Care Licensing. Annual licensing inspections are the first level of accountability. Our contracts with the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend include regular assessment of both the School Readiness Program and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK). In all of these evaluations First Presbyterian Preschool rates highly, both in reputation and ratings. The Board of Directors conducts an Annual Program Review, which includes surveying staff, parents and the Board itself. A written Annual Review is presented which addresses both successes and challenges.

Examples of Program Success Assessments by both external and internal entities are consistently high.  Published and anecdotal ratings of First Presbyterian Preschool reflect a strong program that is valued by the early childhood community and by those directly touched by the education and care provided to these young children and their families.

Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
First Presbyterian Preschool is a welcoming and safe place for young children.  Families feel secure; teachers work hard and well; the children are happy and busy. This is a place where young children thrive and are prepared for school and beyond. In recent years, many good things have happened at First Presbyterian Preschool in a time of rapid change for early education and care. 
Recent research in brain development and child development has led many to value more highly what might once have been considered “baby sitting”.  Increased national and state standards demand well qualified staff, carefully designed environments, planned curriculum and child assessment. Fifteen years ago, the Board of Directors established an Endowment Fund. This fund has received memorial gifts and pledges which continue to underpin the Preschool’s finances. Ten years ago the Florida legislature established the state Early Learning Coalitions. The ELC of the Big Bend has greatly enhanced local programs. For the past 8 years, the state of Florida VPK program (Voluntary Pre-kindergarten) has offered a limited free program to all 4 year olds. A class of these children are at First Presbyterian Preschool. These higher demands on early childhood programs ensure that we send five year olds to kindergarten ready to learn.  

However, for First Presbyterian Preschool there are new challenges. Each year new child care centers open in Tallahassee. Most of them are modern and sparkly, in lovely buildings, and they attract the parents who can afford high private tuition. There are more families struggling with unemployment or underemployment and limited personal funds for child care. State funding for both the School Readiness program and for VPK is not a legislative priority.  Low reimbursement rates are not enough to offer a high quality preschool program. These and other factors leave First Presbyterian Preschool having to do more with less.  Procuring additional funding streams will allow us to continue the mission for the Preschool.
The Board of Directors and the families of the Preschool strongly believe we have something unique and wonderful to offer Tallahassee families, and we are looking for opportunities to grow and develop in old ways and new ways.  Some new funding avenues could give us the opportunity to secure a continuing strong future for a child care center that has served generations of children in a way that we know makes a difference in the lives of young children and their families.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ann Godley Hingst
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2012 to June 2015
Board Members
Barbara Busharis State of Florida
Mandy Chapman Community Volunteer
Julie Chasar community volunteer
Michael Coleman community volunteer
James Davis CPAD&S Tax and Business Services, LLC
Kaylla Futch Department of Health
Ann Hingst Community Volunteer
Charlee Taylor community voluteer
Christy Williams staff of First Presbyterian Church
Kathee Winstead Retired
Michelle Young community volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 64%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
CEO Comments The Board of First Presbyterian Preschool is consistently a hard working group of community members and parents.  In making the financial decisions for the program they balance the needs of the staff and children, trying to keep salaries competitive and tuition reasonable.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Alexandra J.W. Copeland
Term Start July 1993
Experience Ms. Copeland has 25 years of experience in teaching and administration in early childhood education. This has included both public and private programs. She holds two masters degrees and brings her wealth of knowledge, not only to the Preschool classrooms, but in her work with the families of the Preschool and out into the Tallahassee community.
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 72%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2015
Projected Revenue $267,088.00
Projected Expenses $267,088.00
Endowment Value $80,462.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$253,509$247,071$291,473
Administration Expense$9,265$8,845$9,744
Fundraising Expense$852$850$876
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.960.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$230,354$212,408$220,698
Current Assets$21,570$34,989$43,010
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$3,187$5,939$3,813
Total Net Assets$227,167$206,469$216,885
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.775.8911.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990's.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they are not separated in a 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit First Presbyterian Preschool, Inc.
Address First Presbyterian Preschool, Inc.
110 N. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Primary Phone 850 222.4587
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CEO/Executive Director Alexandra J.W. Copeland
Board Chair Ann Godley Hingst
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1979