Christian Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten

It is the purpose of the Duluth First United Methodist Church to minister to our congregation and our community by providing an early learning program for children ages 1 through 5 years and their parents. We strive to support the development of sound basic social and spiritual skills; a love of learning; and an appreciation of self, others, and God's world in a loving, Christian environment.

Welcome to Christians Beginnings!

It is the purpose of the Duluth First United Methodist Church to minister to our congregation and our community by providing an early learning program for children ages 1 through 5 years and their parents. We strive to support the development of sound basic social and spiritual skills; a love of learning; and an appreciation of self, others, and God's world in a loving, Christian environment.


Your child will have fun and make friends while attending our accredited, award winning school:

  • “Best of Gwinnett” award in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021;
  • “Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice" award in 2019.

We hope you will come join us!  If you know of anyone looking for a wonderful preschool, please send him or her our way.


For more information, please contact Leslie Yokeley by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org or Pat Szathmary at pszathmary@duluthumc.org or 770-497-1743.


Registration forms for the 2023-2024 school year are available by clicking on Christian Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Forms.

Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten’s 2023-2024 School Year Registration is Underway

Registration for Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten’s 2023-2024 school year has begun!  What better way for your child, or a friend’s child, to learn their ABC’S, numbers, shapes, God’s love for us and so much more, than in a caring, loving, Christian environment. They will have fun and make friends while attending our accredited, award winning school.  We hope you will come join us!  If you know of anyone looking for a wonderful preschool, please send them our way.


Our preschool and kindergarten program is for children ages 6 weeks (by September 1, 2023) through kindergarten. Registration is underway and we are running an early registration special through Tuesday, January 31st. We are offering a discounted registration fee of $162.00. Beginning on Wednesday, February 1st, the registration fee will be $180.00 for everyone.

Click on REGISTRATION FORMS to download the registration forms for the 2023-2024 school year.  If you would like more information regarding Christian Beginnings Preschool and Kindergarten, or if you would like to schedule a tour, please contact Pat Szathmary by e-mail at pszathmary@duluthumc.org or call 770-497-1743.


Christian Beginnings Nu-Beez Program

The Christian Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten's “Nu-Beez” program is an opportunity being offered at Duluth First UMC.  This ministry, for children ages 6 weeks – 11 months, is available from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, or a combination of two days during the Christian Beginnings school year.  For more information, please contact Pat Szathmary, Assistant Director of Christian Beginnings, by e-mail at pszathmary@duluthumc.org or call the Christian Beginnings office at 770-497-1743.