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Weekly Childcare

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Foothills United Methodist Church is proud to host one of La Mesa's best weekday preschools and infant care centers. Foothills Faith Academy provides childcare options from 7 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
For more information regarding enrollment, or to schedule a tour, please email or call the Director Jo Cantwell at (619) 670-4024.


Sunday Morning Childcare for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Ages 6 months to 3 years (or 4 years*)
We know that you’re bringing your little one to church because you want them to be part of a faith community. So, we invite you to bring your child to the sanctuary when you arrive. Encourage your child to say hello to their “church family” and let the church get to know you and your child.

You can then go to the childcare center and get your infant/toddler/preschooler settled and return to the sanctuary. Or, if your little one gets easily overwhelmed by “too many big people”, you can go directly to the childcare center when you arrive at church.

On Sunday mornings, we offer "Bible story and craft time" for children ages 6 months to 3 years (or 4 years*). The childcare center is equipped with developmentally appropriate toys, baby swings and rocking chairs. All toys and tabletops are sanitized after use. Our childcare workers will read a Bible story with your child and will sing children’s Bible songs, too. There is a craft for the 3 year-olds if they are interested. And when you pick up your child, we’ll give you the Bible story handout so that you can read it to your child at home.

Your child/ren are always welcome to worship with you in the sanctuary. We have a small "cry room" at the back of the sanctuary with rocking chairs if that is more comfortable for you during the service.

*NOTE: If you have a 3 or 4-year old, you have the option to keep them in the childcare center if they are happier in an unstructured play environment with toys, or you can sign them in at the KidsConnect table at the entrance to the sanctuary. Learn about KidsConnect here.

Arranging Childcare
Ages 6 months to 5th grade
If you will be attending an on-campus church meeting, class, or event, please let Lisa Stewart know at least one week in advance so that she can arrange childcare. Childcare can be arranged for meetings/classes/events held on the church campus lasting a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 4 hours. Childcare is always offered during Sunday morning worship service(s) and during the Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday evening services.

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Questions and Comments
Lisa Stewart, Foothills Family & Children Ministries Director, coordinates the childcare workers each Sunday and for on-campus meetings, classes and events. Please email or call Lisa if you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts and ideas. She can be reached at 619/670-4009 x239