Brief History

February 7th 1962, the Session of Columbia Presbyterian Church voted to approve the recommendation of the Christian Education Committee to begin a weekday Kindergarten program for the families of Columbia. The news was well received and on April 19th of 1962, the Columbian Progress newspaper ran an article titled, “Local Presbyterian Church to Sponsor Kindergarten”. Mrs. J.H. Murphy was chosen to serve as the director for the new school which was set to open in September of the same year. The Kindergarten was organized as a ministry of the church with the express purpose of “helping each child reach his highest development spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically; to cooperate with the public schools so that he may be better prepared for public secular education.”

Since that time numerous families and generations have attended and enrolled their children in the school as it continued to grow and develop. On March 7th, 2018 the Session of Columbia Presbyterian Church moved to have the school renamed as Columbia Presbyterian Preschool. This action was taken to align the name with its current structure and service. The purpose was further clarified to emphasize the intention of teaching the children the power of the Gospel, a love for Jesus, knowledge of the Bible, and care for others in their world.

The Preschool will continue to seek to produce new “Sprouts” of faith so that our children will grow to be the light so needed in this world today.

Our Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Columbia Presbyterian Preschool (CPP) is a non-profit ministry of Columbia Presbyterian Church, caring for children, showing concern for families of its own congregation, and the surrounding community. The CPP seeks to encourage the development of young children and give them watchful, loving care in a warm and nurturing environment that demonstrates God’s message of love expressed through Jesus Christ.



CPP strives to:

-Create a warm, loving environment in which each child will feel a sense of self-worth and have the opportunity to develop his or her own gifts.

-To make the transition from home to school a natural one, while developing skills to meet the new challenges their transition entails. This will be done through the use of age-appropriate activities and materials.

-To commit ourselves to excellence by striving to reflect the highest values and care. Staff members will be expected to exemplify the Christian life in their dealings with children and their parents.

-To approach the learning process with the belief that play is fundamental to the social, emotional, and educational development of each child.

-To be responsible stewards of all that God and, CPP have entrusted with us, especially in the areas of space utilization, fiscal management, materials use, and human resources.


Statement of Faith

We believe that God is holy, loving, merciful, just, and righteous; that He created the world and everything in it to display His glory.
We believe in the trinity, that God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that man is sinful and that Jesus is the only way for forgiveness of sin.
We believe that Jesus was born into the world through the virgin Mary, that He lived a perfect life, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin, and that He was resurrected in victory over sin and death to purchase life, freedom, and eternity for those who trust in Him.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone and that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
We subscribe to the summary of Scripture and theology as taught in the Westminster Standards.
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