The Parents’ Day Out (PDO) program is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church.
Our Mission Statement is as follows:The Parents’ Day Out program at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee,provides a loving and trusting place where children are nurtured socially and spiritually,
through age-appropriate activities. The teachers create experiences for success in a family atmosphere filled with love and respect.
We believe that we serve as a very important link in the long chain of a child’s education. We continually seek to improve and keep our link strong. Click here for Parents’ Day Out Parent’s Guidebook
with detailed descriptions of all aspects of PDO. Note: fees are subject to change.
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Due to state requirements, children are allowed to attend no more than two days per week.
ENROLLMENT: Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of the registration fee.
REGISTRATION/SUPPLY FEE: $100.00 one child, $125.00 two siblings (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Summer: $40.00 one child, $50 two or more siblings
All fees are non-refundable
1 Day per week (Monday only):
1 Child (13 mos. & Older) = $115
2 Children = $200
3 Children $365
2 Days per week:
1 Child (13 mos. & Older) = $165
2 Children = $265
3 Children = $415
FIRST DAY: Our school year begins the Tuesday after Labor Day
and ends the last Thursday in May.
Our Summer program begins the first Monday in June.
It is only for children who are already enrolled in the PDO program.
Lauren Nunn – Director and Teacher for 2 Year Olds (Monkeys)
Lauren, husband Kevin, and sons, Darwin and Max, are members of First Presbyterian Church. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Berry College. We welcomed Lauren to our staff in 2006. In 2008, she became Childcare Coordinator for First Presbyterian Church.
Iva Skinner – Curriculum Planner, Teacher, 3-5 Year Olds (Bears)
Iva attended MTSU. She taught nursery school in Pennsylvania for 10 years, and has taught Sunday school for 30 years in the pre-school area. She and husband, Bill, are members of First Presbyterian Church. They have four grown children and four grandchildren. We welcomed Iva to our staff in 2002.
Misty Harrison – Curriculum Planner, Finances, and Teacher, 2 Year Olds (Monkeys). Misty previously worked as a teacher for Headstart. She majored in nursing at ETSU. She is married to Jamie and has two sons, Hunter and Jayden. We welcomed Misty to our staff in 2006.
Christa Dansereau – Curriculum Planner, Teacher, 1 year olds
Christa has a degree in Psychology and English Lit from UT. She has taught preschool and kindergarten at Thackston School. Christa is married to Rob and has three children, Kate, Henry and Lilly, who are all graduates of PDO. We welcomed Christa to our staff in 2015 after being a substitute teacher for 5 years.
Fran Surber – Teacher, 1 years olds
Fran previously worked as an assistant preschool teacher at Second Presbyterian Church. She currently works in the church nursery at First Presbyterian. Fran is married to Joe who is also employed at First Presbyterian Church. We welcomed Fran to our staff in 2015 after being a substitute teacher for 5 years.
Terri Ramsay – Teacher, 3-5 years olds (Bears)
Terri and her family are members of First Presbyterian Church. She has a B.A. in Biological Sciences and worked at the Knoxville Zoo for over 10 years. She and her husband, Ed, have 2 children, Zachary and Gwythian. We welcomed Terri to our staff in 2009. She has been on a brief hiatus to work with the apes at the Knoxville Zoo. We are glad to have her back.