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Our Program

The purpose of our ministry is to offer children a Christ-centered early education environment in which they can grow in all developmental domains.


Starting with children as young as six weeks, we believe it is important for every child to feel safe and loved in order to have the greatest opportunity for positive outcomes throughout early childhood and beyond.


We are committed to providing a high quality, stimulating, and loving learning environment for all children at West Nashville Preschool.


It is our greatest priority to share the love of Jesus with all children and their families, which we do out of the abundance of grace we have been given.

Program Information


We offer full-time enrollment for our program, which runs Monday through Friday, 7:15 am – 5:15 pm.


We do not currently offer part-time enrollment, "Parents' Day Out," or drop-in options.

School Calendar

See our planned opening and closure dates for holidays, in-service, staff meetings, and other important events.

Parent Handbook

Additional details about these areas, as well as more information about our program, policies, and procedures can be found in our Parent Handbook.

Tuition & Fees

​Monthly Tuition Rates (Effective Fall 2023)

  • Infant & Infant/Toddler Classes - $1,297

  • Toddler Classes - $1,197

  • Preschool Classes - $1,118


Additional Annual Costs

  • New Family Enrollment Fee - $175

  • Current Family Enrollment Fee - $150

  • Enrichment / Special Events Fee - $75

  • Wait List Fee (nonrefundable, but can be applied to future tuition) - $50


  • Sibling Discount - 10% off lowest tuition

  • We accept DHS Child Care Certificate subsidies


West Nashville Preschool uses Brightwheel, a child care app, for a secure check-in/check-out process. We also use the app to share lesson plans, daily reports, parent communications from teachers and the director, and other important information/updates.

We host parent-teacher conferences and open houses, and send email newsletters, to keep families apprised of the happenings at West Nashville Preschool. 

We encourage you to follow us on social media for other fun updates!

  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Children are assigned a classroom based on DHS grouping guidelines, including age and developmental level/milestones. Typically, students advance to the next age group/ classroom in either June and/or in August.



6 wks-15 mos

Ratio: 2:6

Teddy Bears

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Infant/Toddler 1

6 wks-15 mos

Ratio 2:8



Infant/Toddler 2

12 mos-30 mos

Ratio 2:8



Toddler 1

12 mos-30 mos

Ratio 2:8



Toddler 2

24 mos-35 mos

Ratio 2:10


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3 yrs

Ratio 1:9




3 yrs-5 yrs

Ratio 1:10



Teddy Bears 

  • 6 weeks to 15 months

  • 2:6 Teacher-to-Student Ratio 
    (below the 1:4 DHS maximum)

Infant / Toddler


  • Mobile infants: 6 weeks to 15 months​​​​

  • 2:8 Teacher-to-Student Ratio
    (below the 1:4 DHS maximum)


This classroom is specifically for mobile infants.

Infant / Toddler 2


  • Mobile infants: 12 months to 30 months

  • 2:8 Teacher-to-Student Ratio
    (below the 1:6 DHS maximum)


This classroom is for older infants/young toddlers.

Toddler 1


  • 12 Months to 30 Months

  • 2:8 Teacher-to-Student Ratio
    (below the 1:6 DHS maximum)


Older toddlers will be enrolled in this classroom (typically around 24 months).

Toddler 2


  • 24 months to 35 months

  • 2:10 Teacher-to-Student Ratio
    (below the 1:7 DHS ma


Children must be at least 24 months old to be enrolled in this classroom. This age group is actively potty-training based on readiness.


Foxes and Elephants

  • Elephants, 3 years

    • 1:9 Teacher-to-Student Ratio

  • Foxes, 3 to 5 years 

    • 1:10 Teacher-to-Student Ratio

   (DHS maximum is 1:9 and 1:13 respectively)

All children must be out of pull-ups or diapers and successfully using the potty independently with minimal accidents.


Weekly lesson plans are based on both individual and classroom interests and developmental needs as determined by ongoing observations of the students (not necessarily on a monthly or weekly theme). We focus on creating a stimulating learning environment where children are allowed to explore what interests them rather than planning “crafts."  

Christian Emphasis

As a Christian program, we include Bible stories, prayers, and songs in order to share with all children that they are wonderfully made by God. All children, regardless of race, religion, or culture are a welcome part of our program and experience these Christian activities daily.

Play-Based Learning

West Nashville Preschool utilizes Emergent Curriculum by Susan Stacey to help guide our program. This book promotes our philosophy of play-based learning. We believe play is the work of children, and children naturally learn concepts through play.


As teachers, we are here to provide provocations and invitations, document play to plan further, and facilitate appropriate play. Through purposeful, meaningful play, children are able to explore the world around them.

Nature Focus

We take advantage of fresh air and being outdoors whenever possible. And when it's not, we try to bring the outdoors indoors too! Exploring nature, from bugs to leaves to weather and more, helps children understand the world around them. Plus, it's good for their souls! 

Developmental Standards

We follow the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS) to align with developmental milestones for both age ranges: birth through age 48 months and 4 through the end of pre-K. The standards address the areas of Social Emotional Development, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creative Arts, Physical Development, and Language and Early Literacy. 

Each day is filled with playful learning opportunities in all developmental domains.

Enrichment & Extras

We hope to stimulate curiosity, creativity, communication, and excitement for learning by offering a variety of enrichment opportunities.

We also sprinkle in some "extras" to add more fun to learning. These activities are usually themed around the season, a holiday, or another overarching theme.

Chapel Days

Ms. Bonnie Knapper

"Children have a special place in my heart because of their curiosity, energy, honesty and natural desire to love and be loved. My desire is to teach every child they are special. (Psalms 139:14) To teach children of God’s love helps them realize God has a plan for them. (Jeremiah 29:11) Teaching chapel is an opportunity I take seriously and appreciate. It is an honor and joy to share God’s love with children."

Music Enrichment

Ms. Rachel Sumner

"There is no better job in the world than working with young children and helping them learn through the arts. They make me smile and keep my creative juices flowing. It is fun and rewarding to hear their giggles, watch them wiggle, and to feel their excitement."

Public Safety

Police and fire personnel visit to share personal safety tips and show children how they help keep our communities safe!

Bringing Books to Life

with the Nashville Public Library

Bringing Books to Life is an early literacy initiative that emphasizes the importance of developing literacy skills through a rollicking read-aloud with music and movement!


with Mr. Bond Science Guy and Nashville Zoo

From creepy crawly reptiles to chemical reactions, the kids get to experience science experiments in fun ways!

The Puppet Truck

with the Nashville Public Library

Wishing Chair Productions
performing artists present children's favorite stories in an interactive way to help spur their imaginations and create more enthusiasm for reading!

Water Play

Summer Fun

In the summer months, we take full advantage of the weather and engage children with water play!

Dress-Up Days

Imagination Exploration

From Halloween to Dr. Seuss Day... And crazy Christmas hats to cozy pajama days... the children (and our teachers) love getting a little silly!

Field Days

Outdoor Challenges

Field Days allow the children to use their gross motor skills in fun ways!

Family Days

Building Partnerships with Families

Parents, grandparents, siblings and other loved ones are invited to share in fellowship with us for holidays and other celebrations!

Movie Days

Occasional Treats

Movie days coincide with holidays or seasonal fun activities and feature an age-appropriate film. Some examples include The Polar Express at Christmas and It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Teacher Appreciation Celebration

Celebrating Staff

Parents love celebrating our educators and support staff for their dedication and hard work caring for their child! Our staff is awesome!

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