Vision

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Providing excellence in developmentally appropriate preschool education in an accredited, Christian environment.

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mission Statement

A ministry of Mandarin United Methodist Church delivering quality preschool education by:

  • Maintaining a safe and loving Christian environment
  • Providing activities to help children reach their highest potential:
    – Spiritually
    – Emotionally
    – Intellectually
    – Physically
    – Socially
  • Building values and skills to ensure the children’s future well rounded success through fun and creative activities
  • Providing opportunities for family involvement

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Voted Best Preschool in Jacksonville by Jax For Kids

Meet Our Team


Cindy Kirby

Cindy Kirby

Preschool Director

Cindy: CKirby@mumc.net

Cindy has been a preschool director for 18 years and prior to being a director she was a kindergarten teacher at a local Christian school. Cindy has been the director of Learning Ladders Preschool since 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a State of Florida Advanced Director’s Credential. Cindy has a passion for the field of early education and feels blessed to be a part of the Learning Ladders family.

Phyllis Allen

Phyllis Allen

Assistant Director

Phyllis: PAllen@mumc.net

Phyllis holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Reading. She has been on staff at Learning Ladders since 2007 and has 20 years of experience as an assistant director. She is a member of Mandarin United Methodist Church and enjoys seeing the same families at school and at church.