823 Merchant
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-6186


Enrollment for Fall is open now for church members and alumni preschool families.
Your child will need to be 3 on or before August 31 of 2022.

Dear Parents,
Friends Together Preschool is a Christian preschool located inside the First United Methodist Church building located at 823 Merchant Street. Children of all faith backgrounds are welcome.

We would like to introduce Cris Wilson to the program as our Teacher/Director.

Cris Wilson comes to Friends Together Preschool with more than 25 years of teaching experience. She has owned and operated a Christian preschool for the past 15 years in NW Kansas. Cris holds a degree in Early Childhood Education Administration as well as a CDA (Child Development Associate).

Her teaching philosophy is simple… children learn best with hands-on experiences! Play IS their work in the preschool years. Cris uses a developmentally appropriate curriculum and lessons that encompass physical motor, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and language areas of development. A unique quality of her teaching style includes the ability to differentiate learning lessons – not all children learn at the same pace or in the same style and Cris adjusts the learning goals to meet each child’s level of need. Specific areas of focus are music and movement, creative arts, and social development.

Preschoolers need to be involved in hands-on learning in every area. Children learn best by doing. Her classroom management style and routine will include developmentally appropriate activities which give children the opportunity to experience learning on their personal level. Their successful entry to Kindergarten depends upon their ability to become independent, be critical thinkers, and be problem solvers.

Cris grew up in a farming and ranching family and utilizes Kansas Farm Bureau AG in the classroom curriculum as a supplement to the themes being studied. In her free time, she enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and antiques. She also volunteers as a 4-H leader. She has served as a missionary in Haiti and Honduras and hopes to continue in this mission field should God provide that opportunity.

She resides in Council Grove and is familiar with the Flint Hills area, having lived in Manhattan in the early ’90s. She is excited to become involved in the Emporia community and to be in ministry at Friends Together Preschool. Chris sets a goal as Director/Teacher to continue to provide a quality educational, Christian classroom environment that Friends Together Preschool is known for!

Classes Offered

3 & 4 – Year-Old Class

Tues/Thurs mornings ~ 8:30 -11:30 a.m.
Tuition is $80 per month for August-May

4 & 5 – Year-Old Class

Mon/Wed/Fri mornings ~ 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuition is $95 per month for August-May

A $30 non-refundable enrollment fee is required for all classes.

Our preschool features small class sizes (limit of 12 children per class) and provides a loving and safe environment where children can learn with others their own age. The chart below highlights some of the themes we explore throughout the year. These themes are explored through use of the various learning centers set up in the classroom. All activities are developmentally appropriate to help children learn and grow at their own pace.

Enrollment Form 2022-2023

Classroom Highlights

Concepts & Themes

Learning Centers
Field Trips
Alphabet, Numbers,
Shapes, Colors,
Seasons, and Holidays.
Community Helpers, Pumpkins, Dinosaurs,
and more!

Learning Centers

Computers, Math,
Art, Writing,
Reading, Science,
and Sand/Water

Field Trips
(Trips may not be guaranteed due to whatever the current CoVid protocol is.)

Police Station
Fire Station
Lyon County Museum
Grocery Store
4-H Petting Zoo
Emporia Zoo
Johnson Geology Museum
Roga Pumpkin Patch
The Orchard
Gambino’s Pizza
Sweet Granada
and more!