Jennifer DiCarlo, Director

The close of 2020 was thrilling for me with the knowledge that I would be joining the First Church Preschool community! I had taught FCP graduates for years as one of the Old Greenwich School Kindergarten teachers. I have admired the qualities in the learners from First Church – a testament to the exceptional staff and community that I have the honor of joining.  
What I most admire about FCP is the community. Every person I meet, child and adult, has a smile on their face, happy to be at First Church. The teachers, staff, students, parents and Church community are always offering a helping hand, learning and growing together, and serving each other from a place of love. I look forward to getting to know all of the current member of the FCP community and welcoming new members!



Melanie Garnett, Administrative Assistant

First Church Preschool is a special community of families and teachers.  Not only do the children who attend First Church Preschool have fun, their parents participate and have fun too.  First Church Preschool has a wonderful Parent Committee that organizes school wide events throughout the year, and each classroom welcomes parent participation and involvement as well.  First Church Preschool is also a great place because of its idyllic setting.  Being located across from beautiful Binney Park and just steps away from Perrot Library and the village of Old Greenwich, many families enjoy the ability to walk to and from school and other activities.

I love to work at First Church Preschool because I really enjoy the staff and I feel proud of all that we do to make a wonderful learning environment for children.  I also love interacting with small children on a daily basis.  I am inspired by their curiosity and zest for life!


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Barbara Andersen

It’s the variety of programs, connection with the community, lasting friendships, and dedicated teachers and staff that make First Church Preschool a great place for children and families.

I love the longevity of the staff and the sense of community amongst us and our families.  Ours is a quality program based on play.  I also love that we offer opportunities for exploring nature in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms.  Mindfulness is a part of all that we do for ourselves and others, and our caring reaches beyond our First Church community.

Marie Fernando

First Church Preschool provides a friendly, loving, inclusive, nurturing, and diverse classroom environment that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development.  We have a supportive director, friendly and cooperative staff, opportunity for professional growth and development, and a supportive parental community.

Karen Grant

I was inspired to work with preschool age children when I started substitute teaching. I absolutely love their perspective on the world around them and enjoy their wonder and amusement at learning new things, interacting with their peers and finding their own voice.

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Donna Harrington

What I feel makes the preschool a great place for children and families is our caring and loving staff.  Also, here, children are able to learn, strengthen, and develop skills with hands-on learning experiences.  They can also explore our Nature Classroom where we can grow herbs, vegetables, dig for worms, climb, “cook” in the mud kitchen, go sledding in the winter, and so much more.  Also, our special classes, such as yoga, Gym on Wheels, and Music Together, make our preschool a great place, and our Parent Committee sponsors fun events where children and families can participate.

What I love about working at First Church is getting to know our families and learning about their cultures and traditions.  I also love being able to work with a wonderful caring and supportive team.

Stephanie Hicka

First Church Preschool is a great place for children and families because we ARE a family! The teachers are passionate in their teaching and want to share everything they know with the children. It is a wonderful feeling when you can walk into a school and hear the children laughing and see their smiling faces. First Church Preschool is a happy and positive environment! We as teachers love what we do and we love being with each other. 

Mary Jane Kraus

First Church is a great place for children and families because we believe it is important to include the child’s culture and traditions in their development and learning process.  Our teachers are nurturing, caring, and supportive of each child’s individual needs.  Our school offers additional classes for children to develop an interest in music, Spanish, yoga, gym, and science classes.  Our Nature Classroom gives children opportunities to freely participate in play-based activities using natural materials and to explore the world around them.

I love working at First Church because our staff is so supportive of each other and each other’s children!  We all work together to provide a positive and enriching program for our children.

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Michele Mozian

I have loved First Church Preschool for many years now.  My own children attended this school 15 years ago, and it has always held a special place for my family and me.  First Church feels like a little community and many of the bonds made by me and my children with classmates and other parents still exist today.  My boys are now 18 and 20 years old.

I was very happy to join the teaching staff of First Church 11 years ago because I felt right at home.  The teachers are very welcoming, nurturing, caring, and qualified.  The administration is supportive and offers opportunities for keeping up with the latest learning trends.

Jena Palmer

First Church is a great place for children and families because the staff has been here for a long time.  Families can have multiple children go through the school and have all the same teachers.  There are flexible hours.  It is a welcoming environment.  I love how much fun the staff has with each other and the children.  We all help each other.

Montserrat Thompson

My first experience with First Church preschool was over 10 years ago, when my eldest son attended Pre-K.  After living abroad for many years, we returned to the Riverside area recently and my youngest daughter had the pleasure of attending as well.  The warmth and professionalism of the teachers is great.  The atmosphere is like that of a large family where everyone has a good time and they know each other.  It is a pleasure to be part of this great family!


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Curtis Gay

Curtis has been keeping First Church Preschool clean and in great working order for about 30 years!  If you ask him how he feels about working here, he replies, “I just love working here.  I love the staff and the kids.  The kids are great.  Can’t beat it!”  Judging by how excited the children are whenever they see Curtis around the school, it’s clearly evident that they love him, too!

Qasim Husseini

  Qasim and his wife and four children live in Stamford.  In addition to working very hard to keep our preschool clean and in good repair, Qasim is a skilled artist who makes wonderful, detailed drawings.