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Preschool Learning Center


For more information on the PLC , school tours, & class availability, please call our Preschool Director Dana Patterson at the church office at 270-843-4707, or by email:

Join our Parents of Preschoolers monthly gathering for nurture and support! Next meetings will be Tuesday February 19 and Wednesday February 20, 9:00-10:00ish. We gather in the Infant Nursery. Plan to come for light refreshments, fellowship and an opportunity to share and support one another. This is for ANY who parent preschoolers, whether or not you are enrolled at our Preschool! Questions? Email Leslee Kirkconnell or Dana Patterson.

2018-2019 PLC Calendar


The PLC is open to all children ages 2-4 regardless of race, nationality or creed. If your child turns 2, 3 or 4 years of age on or before August 1st of the school year -- they are eligible to attend the corresponding class at the PLC.


Class Offerings

2, 3 & 4 year old classes are offered. The 4's class meets on Mon/Wed or Tues/Thur. from 9:00 am till 1:30 pm. Four's classes bring a lunch from home. Lunchtime is shared in the classroom as a class. The 3's class can choose from Mon/Wed meeting from 9:00 am-12:00 noon OR Tues/Thurs meeting from 9:00 am-1:30 pm with a lunch from home and a quiet time with a nap mat from home.

We are now offering a 2’s class meeting on Tues/Thurs from 9:00 am-1:30 pm with a lunch and nap mat brought from home. There is the possibility of a Mon/Wed meeting from 9:00 am-12:00 noon if we receive enough interest. All classes meet on the same schedule on Tues/Thurs for convenience of parents with multiple enrollees.

The PLC class year begins in August and ends in May. In general, the PLC follows the Bowling Green City school calendar.


Each student pays a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00. This is a one-time fee that includes the cost of supplies.

Fees for the school year:

$140 per month tuition for the 4's class.

$115 per month for the 3's class meeting on Mon/Wed, & $140 for the Tues/Thurs.

The Tues/Thurs 2’s class is $150 per month.

Tuition is paid on the 1st of the month, August through May.

2018-2019 PLC Enrollment Form The completed enrollment form with fees must be received to be fully enrolled.

Our philosophy

As a ministry of The Presbyterian Church, the PLC seeks to provide a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered educational environment where children and their families feel a sense of support, unity, and acceptance. Our classes are intentionally small (6:2 for 2 year olds, 8:2 in the 3's class and 10:2 in the 4's class) to enable the teachers to focus more on the individual needs and strengths of each child. The PLC was created to give preschool children the best possible start as they begin their school years. Our program was developed over 14 years ago to fill a need for high quality Christian preschool education in our community. At the PLC, children flourish as they experience the joy of learning in a warm and caring place.

At the PLC, our teachers are one of our most important assets. Their most important attribute is an understanding and appreciation for young children and how they learn. We hire the most qualified teachers available. Our teachers have Bachelors Degrees or beyond, as well as experience teaching in public and/or private schools. They continue to attend conferences and classes to enhance their skills.

Parent Reviews:

“My son had the privilege of attending PLC for both the 3s class and the 4s preschool class. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this facility. From the moment my husband and I walked in, we were welcomed and shown around the entire place and it immediately felt like a second home. After 2 years, we were saddened to leave and start our new adventure in Kindergarten, but I couldn’t have asked for a better place to get my son ready. He learned so much, and grew from his great experiences there. The faculty is so nurturing and loving and the amazingly low ratio of 8:2 students/teachers in the 3s to 10:2 students/teachers in the 4s allows them to work with each student individually.

When we went for his Kindergarten screening, he took 3 sections of tests and scored 72/81! They said he did excellent, especially in the “concepts” section where he scored 27 out of 27 where many other kids were scoring 18! I felt so proud, but also so grateful that he had such a great place and teacher the past 2 years! Thank you for everything you have done, I love PLC!!!”

--Christan Curtis

PLC Staff:

Dana Patterson (PLC Director and 4's Teacher)

Helen Hatchett (4's Aide)

Clarissa Moore (3's Teacher)

Kimberly Watkins (2’s Teacher, 3’s Aide MW)

Courtney Harris (3’s Aide TTh)

Melanie Pardue (2’s Aide TTh)

Dana Patterson (PLC Director and Shooting Stars 4’s Teacher )

Dana is a native of Bowling Green and WKU alumna. She holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with experience teaching third grade before coming to The Preschool Learning Center. She began teaching the four-year-old class in 2006. Due to the demand for a high quality program such as the PLC, a second four-year-old class was offered. Dana is involved in other ministries as well. She is married to Rev. Chris Patterson, the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church. She is the mother to Alex, Cierra and Ben (a graduate of PLC). Dana has been the director of PLC for 8 years.

Helen Hatchett (Aide 4's class)

Helen is a graduate of WKU where she received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. She retired in 2005, after a 30 year teaching career in the Warren County Schools. She is the mother of two married children, Jason Hatchett and Megan Hatchett White. Helen is also the grandmother of two girls, Peyton and Landen White. She enjoys volunteering at SKYPAC, W.R. McNeill Elementary, traveling, reading, and being an actively involved grandmother.

Clarissa Moore (Teacher Rising Stars 3’s class)

Clarissa Moore is a native of Poole, KY. She is married to Jeff Moore. She has four children who are all PLC alumni. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Ed with Kindergarten endorsement from WKU and a Master's degree in Elementary Ed. from Indiana State University. She is a former Kindergarten teacher, substitute teacher, and daycare teacher. She is actively involved with her church (St James United Methodist), United Methodist Women, volunteering at Cumberland Trace Elementary, Girl Scouts, and Fountain Square Players.

Kimberly Watkins (2's Teacher)

Kimberly Watkins is a native of Bowling Green and has been working in the church nursery for many years. Kimberly has a bachelors degree in Political Science Pre-law with a minor in Family Studies from WKU. She also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Child Advocacy from WaldenUniversity. Kimberly is currently working part time as an Independent Living Adviser for Uspiritus. She has been working with children since the age of 16.

Courtney Harris (3’s Aide)

Courtney grew up outside of Charlotte, NC and attended East Carolina University, studying dance and child development/family relations. She has been married to her husband Scott for almost 25 years and has four children: Kelsey, Dylan, Logan, and Sydney. Her oldest two attend WKU, her other children attend Greenwood HS and Briarwood Elementary. She has lived in West Virginia and Texas. She has worked as a Christian Education Director and Youth Leader, as well as an Assistant Director for Kindercare Learning Center. She moved to Bowling Green in 2013 and has become an active member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Melanie Pardue (2’s Aide)

Melanie Pardue has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Murray State University, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from WKU. She has taught both elementary music and high school choir. In addition, she has served a a church choir director and pianist. She has been primarily a stay at home mom for about 18 years! Melanie is married to Matt and has three children, Alec (18), Aubrie (13), and Daniel (11). Her two youngest children attended PLC and they loved their experiences!


Our Three Year Olds Singing A Tootie Ta

Our Four Year Olds Singing Three Little Pigs


We believe that a love for learning is one of the most important gifts we can give to any child. We see our role as one of helping children enjoy school while we lay a foundation for the years to come. Throughout each school day we will work with children to help develop the skills that are necessary for success in school, such as:


Resolving conflicts appropriately

Taking turns

In addition to these skills, children are engaged in art, music, science, social studies, language arts, math and faith development. The PLC uses the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. This is the same curriculum adopted by Kentucky public preschools.


Our classrooms are bright, engaging places filled with the activities of learning. Our teachers know that children grow by experiencing lots of different things, so our days are planned with the needs of active preschoolers in mind. Some of the things our preschoolers may be doing on any given day are:

  • Art projects
  • Music
  • Playtime
  • Both fine and gross motor activities
  • Storytime
  • Computers (there are two stations in each classroom)
  • Circle time
  • Snack time
  • Faith development
  • Multifaceted
  • At the PLC we provide a well-rounded program that addresses the many needs that children have.
  • We hope to instill in children a life-long love of learning by encouraging creativity, using developmentally appropriate methods, and helping children develop new skills when they are ready.
  • We offer a safe environment where children can play and experience different kinds of resources, materials and equipment.
  • We encourage children to enjoy school by providing a friendly, nurturing environment. Children are helped to become independent and self-confident while developing friendships and respect for others.
  • We provide a loving place where children can develop an awareness of God and a love for Jesus.
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