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Celebrating 27 Years, 1994-2021!

February 4, 2021

It brings me great sadness to let you know that after 27 years, children first preschool will close at the end of this school year.  I want you to know that there was deep thought and extensive discussion with my family and co-owner Jo Fitzsimmons, as well as my amazing staff.  My decision was not made lightly.  I really apologize for not making this announcement sooner, but I wanted to exhaust all possibilities before giving in.

children first has been a pleasure to co-own, co-direct and co-teach…and a true labor of  love.   I cherish my 27 years, working to create a unique, all-inclusive, positive, educational, enriching, and loving environment for the so many children and families that are and were part of our children first family.

I am heartbroken especially for our dear Pre II children, our dear Pre I children and all the siblings who were going to join us next year, but please know great care and thought went into this decision.  I regret the hardships this will cause you, but I truly believe this is the only decision I can make at this challenging time.  My dedicated staff and I worked very hard this year to find solutions to all of the details that needed to be tweaked in order to adhere to the mandated Covid 19 Office of Childcare Licensing regulations to open in September and stay open.  Thank you for your support through this.  Because we are a 9 month preschool with only morning and early afternoon hours, we just can’t continue with the limited income from the limited number of children we are allowed to enroll in our building as well as to move forward not knowing what new changes the next school year will bring.   

cfp is special because of all of you.  It has been a true gift to have such generous thoughtful families and friends throughout all these years. This year is no exception.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of the many treasured memories that I will always hold close.





children first preschool is a developmental preschool. Our philosophy is that "children learn through play." Children are encouraged to be independent and to develop skills that foster a positive self-image. Hands-on activities with age appropriate goals are available in classroom centers. Each child is unique and is encouraged to work in his or her own way to develop to full potential. Our goal is to foster a love of learning in a caring atmosphere.


  • Children 22 months (by October 31st) thru 5 years

  • 2, 3 & 5 Day Programs

  • Preschool Morning - 8:45 - 12:30

  • Before & Extended Care Available

  • All Staff Certified by Delaware Department of Education



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children first preschool is fully licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. Children and staff are welcome regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or disabilities.

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