SHECP: Southern Hills Early Childhood Program

Director: Ann Fuqua Email:

Assistant Director: Deidre Mills Email:

Business Office Manager: Email:


• Follows guidelines and training of the United Methodist Church Safe Sanctuary

• Pinnacle Faith Based Curriculum

• Staff with outstanding credentials and experience

• Large facility providing us with state of the art classrooms, playground, and gym

• Monthly family activities

• Weekly Newsletters

• Accepting Childcare Assistance

Very Low Staff to Child Ratio

Weekly Enrichment: (SCHOOL YEAR)

    1. Art Appreciation-Taught by teacher with credential’s in this field

    2. Geography- Taught by teacher with credential’s in this field

    3. Music- Directed in the Music Room with Music Teacher

    4. Chapel – SHUMC Children Minster teaches this in the sanctuary

    5. Library Bus every other Wednesday

Summer Fun

    1. School Age Summer Camp

    Field Trips Include

        • Red River Gorge

        • Carter Caves

        • Cumberland Falls

        • Inflatables

        • UK

        • Kid’s Place

        • Southland Pool

        • Lexington City Parks

    2. SHECP Pre- School, Pre-K and K-Prep Program

        • Southland Pool

        • Weekly Picnic at Southland Park

        • Weekly Themes

        • Summer Reading Program w/ Fayette County Library

        • Summer Art classes

    3. Weekly Cost

        • Infants, Toddlers, One’s- $190.00

        • Two’s - $180.00

        • Pre-School- K-PREP- $175.00

        • School Age- $90.00 / $175.00 (Drop-in $40 daily)

        • 10% discount for SHUMC members and second child

Southern Hills Montessori

Director: Diane Lentz (859.223.2867)

Southern Hills Montessori School is an established educational facility now entering its 41st year at Southern Hills Methodist Church. We offer a three year curriculum for the child, beginning at age 3 through age 5, that concentrates on building independence, creative thinking and a positive self-concept by encouraging curiosity and problem solving in a carefully planned and supportive environment.

Our Method and Goal: Montessori Education is both a philosophy of child growth and a means for guiding such growth. It emphasizes that the most important time in a child's development is the first six years of life, when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level. It is during this time that the child possesses his optimum sensitivity for absorbing and learning from his environment. In order to use this ability and develop fully, a child needs freedom within limits. Therefore, our Montessori classrooms are carefully prepared environments offering materials and experiences that allow the child to develop his intellectual, physical, and psychological abilities in an individualized manner that is always based on the careful observation of the child as he demonstrates his needs and interests. In such an environment, the child can develop his strong need for purposeful activity. It is this activity which leads a child to his most important goal-- to cultivate his own natural desire to learn. Our task within our classrooms is to "Follow the Child" and to guide him wisely in his total development of himself as a confident, competent, and considerate human being.