Vision Statement

The vision of the Learning Center at First Baptist Church is to work with families to enhance the development of young children, to provide support while working in partnership with like-minded organizations in our community, and to develop the best practices for teaching and ministering to young children and families. This vision will continue to guide our program's growth and development.

Welcome

We are so pleased that you have taken a moment to find out more about the opportunities available at the First Baptist Learning Center. Our Christian-based preschool and kindergarten classes are accredited through Cognia. The Center's staff recognizes the precious gift of babies and children and takes seriously the responsibility to care for and demonstrate God's love to the families in Madison County. It is our prayer that it is evident how much we love children and to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment in which our families can experience God's amazing love.
The Learning Center utilizes Bible-based, age-appropriate curriculum in our classrooms. Our purpose is to provide a safe environment that promotes the healthy, age-appropriate, development of the whole child. Our program provides various hands-on, child-centered, experiences that guide and encourage cognitive, motor, social, emotional and spiritual growth. With the knowledge and understanding that children progress at different rates we encourage an individualized approach to classroom activities and structure. In addition, the ministry of the church is extended through the Learning Center in order to strengthen and provide support to the family as a unit.

"He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.’ And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.”    
Mark 10:14-16 (NIV)
The Learning Center is governed by the First Baptist Church (FBC) Learning Center Council which consists of the Learning Center Program Director, Preschool/Children Ministry Director, one Learning Center Teacher, two Learning Center parent and six FBC church members. The Council meets periodically to discuss and evaluate the center's needs, review progress of set goals, and assist the ministry by guidance and support to teachers and parents.
Please feel free to contact The Learning Center at 859.623.4028, ext. 211 with any questions or come by for a tour of our facilities.
We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

The Learning Center offers Three Cognia Accredited Programs

Early Preschool for 2's

Monday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - Noon
or
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Preschool for 3's & 4's

Monday/Wednesday 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
or
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
or
Monday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Kindergarten

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fees, Tuition, and Late Fees
Registration Fee is $110 for preschool, and $130 for kindergarten due at the time of enrollment.
These fees are non-refundable. There is a supply fee of $50 for 3's and 4's.  A $75 supply fee for Kindergarten. The supply fee is due by August 1.
Tuition:   2's - $160 per month; Sept.-May            
  3's & 4's: (2-day) - $220 per month; Sept.-May
              3's & 4's: (4-day) - $340 per month; Sept.-May
              Kindergarten (4-day) - $350 per month; Aug.-May
All tuition is due by the 1st of each month.
A $25 late fee will be assessed after the 8th of each month.
Note:  Multiple siblings’ discounts are available.

Meet the Learning Center Staff

DeLee Farley Collier

Director
DeLee started her journey at First Baptist Church Learning Center in 2007 as a mother of a preschool student. She loved the program so much at that she joined as an assistant teacher in 2008. In 2009 she took the lead three year old teacher position and in 2015 became the director of The Learning Center. She loves getting to know the families and students that she serves within Madison and surrounding counties.
DeLee has a CDA in pre-school and holds the Kentucky Director’s Credential; both obtained through Morehead State University.
DeLee has an associates of applied science from Lexington Community College
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three sons Joshua, Colton, and Kaden. She loves hiking, reading, and traveling.

Alaina McClanahan

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Alaina lives in Richmond with her husband John and their son Xander. She has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2017 and enjoys singing in the choir and volunteering in the worship ministry. Alaina has been teaching at The Learning Center since 2010 and has taught both preschool and kindergarten classes. She has also served as the assistant director since 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Elementary Education and a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.

Sarah Martin

Kindergarten Assistant
Sarah Martin, has been the Kindergarten assistant with The Learning Center for 3 years. Sarah graduated from Northern KY University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in dance.
Sarah and her husband Steve have been married for 13 years and have 2 sons and 2 dogs. They moved to Richmond in 2017 after living in Charlotte NC for 5 years and love KY. When not at school you will usually find Sarah at the baseball fields or an archery tournament with her sons. She also enjoys gardening, painting, and crafting.

Valerie Frost

Lead Teacher Four Year Olds
Years of service: 11
Highest level of education: Masters in Education, Reading Literacy
2 fun facts: Valerie was a contestant on Let's Make a Deal, she doesn't have a middle name.
Family info: she has twin 3 1/2 year olds and a cat named Heidi.

Kathy York

Lead Teacher Four Year Olds
Kathy has served in The Learning Center ministry since it began 15 years ago. She graduated as a math teacher before moving from Oxford, England to Richmond, KY. with her family in 2004. Now that her two grown children have flown the nest, she and her husband Mike give their aging cat lots of attention! Kathy loves Jesus, chocolate, reading, puzzles and visiting family in England.

Claudia Blackburn

Lead Teacher Four Year Olds
Claudia  has served in The Learning Center for
4 years
She holds a CDA in preschool from
Morehead State University.
She is married to Will and we have two daughters Rosey and Raegan and baby girl
 #3 on the way.
Fun facts about Claudia: She weighed 2 pounds at birth and can type really fast!

Ashley Ratcliff

Assistant Four Year Olds
Ashley has been with The Learning Center for 4 years giving her a total of 20 years in early childhood education. She has lived in Richmond almost 16 years with her husband and three kids (Griffin-25, Logan-21, and Rowan-13). She is a coffee drinker and loves ice cream.

Pam Short

Assistant Four Year Olds
Pam Short has served in The Learning Center
for 8 years.
Pam holds a CDA in preschool from
Morehead State University
Pam has 2 adult children Claudia and Patrick. 2 grad daughters Rosey and Raegan
I enjoy gardening and singing in the choir at First Baptist

Melanie Ward

Assistant Four Year Olds
Melanie graduated from EKU with a Bachelor’s in Early Elementary Education K-4.  She has been an assistant teacher at The Learning Center for the last 4 years. Melanie taught Kindergarten for 4 years before coming to The Learning Center.

Jessica Stolz

Lead Teacher Three Year Olds
Jessica has served 6 total years at The Learning Center 5 of which she has been a lead teacher.
She holds a Commonwealth of Kentucky Credential.
Jessica is married to her husband Jason and they have 2 daughters
Makayla age 14 and Skyler age 9
Jessica enjoys watching her girls play ball.
Her favorite drink is a cherry coke.

Christy Richardson

Lead Teacher Three Year Olds
Christy has been employed at The Learning Center for 3 years.
 Worked for 4 years prior in Children's Ministry at First Baptist Church.
Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Christy loves to vegetable and flower garden and go to the beach. Her love for the beach comes from growing up in South Florida

Felicia Delph

Assistant Three Year Olds
Felicia has been employed at The Learning Center for almost 3 years.
She is currently finishing her CDA at
Morehead State University.
She is the proud mom of two boys.
When not at work you can find her either on a ball field or camping!

Ashleigh Fletcher

Assistant Three Year Olds
Two years with The Learning Center
Ashleigh and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 8 years. They have four children, Alexa, Brelynn, Kennedy, and Trace. They also have two dogs (Rosetta and Trixie) and a cat (Winter).
Two fun facts: Ashleigh loves to travel and spend time with her family. She also loves coffee.

Sue Boggs

Lead Teacher Two Year Olds
Sue has been employed at The Learning Center for 15 years. She has 20 years of experience working with preschool aged children.
Sue is married to Basil and they have two adult children Andrew who works at Clark Moores Middle School and Callie who is graduating in May from EKU with a BS in Biology.
Sue grew up riding horses and motorcycles.

Jessica Mink

Assistant Two Year Olds
Jessica has worked at The Learning Center for
7 years. She is working toward earning her
CDA in preschool.
In her spare time Jessica enjoys going on hikes and walks at Lake Reba.

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