The purpose of CWP is to provide a developmentally appropriate program that addresses the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each child in a safe and nurturing environment. We believe that students deserve an early learning experience that is individualized and presented in a healthy environment that welcomes exploration, imagination and spiritual growth. Activities are planned and directed by caring adults who are chosen for their teaching skills and their commitment to Christian education.
Children’s Weekday Program
5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093
972.380.5323, Fax: 214.291.8089
Director: Pride Mersbach
Monday-Thursday, 9:05 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:05 a.m.-noon
Summer Hours (May 27-August 1)
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
St. Andrew UMC is located between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road in Plano. CWP is located in the southeast corner (Plano Parkway and Mira Vista Boulevard intersection) of the church, by the playgrounds.
The conception of CWP began with a vision of the St. Andrew church staff and members. The vision was for the program to be a ministry, not only to church members, but also to the community; to work with the church and establish the church name within the community; and to provide a first time church experience for some students.
CWP began in September of 1991 with an enrollment of 73 students occupying seven classes and a staff of seven. Currently CWP has an enrollment of approximately 240 students, occupying 28 classes and 37 staff members.
Faith-Based Goals: Our goal is to provide faith-based learning opportunities through daily prayer, song and Christ-like examples. Modeled experiences will reinforce that Christ is the core of all connections.
Academic Goals: Each student is encouraged to meet age appropriate goals covering a variety of developmental milestones from the following categories:
Language and Literacy
Personal Health and Safety
Music and the Arts
Math and Science
CWP Advisory Board
CWP is governed by an Advisory Board whose members are nominated by the CWP Chairperson, the CWP Chair Elect, and a CWP Board Representative. Upon approval by the St. Andrew Executive Minister, the names are presented and voted on at Charge Conference.
The CWP Board oversees the use of all funds. In order to ensure smooth operation of CWP, the Board and Director establishes an operating budget each spring, which is presented to the Finance Committee of St. Andrew United Methodist Church for final approval.
All enrolled families are invited by the CWP Board to give ideas and suggestions about the programs policies, procedures, and planning to meet the needs of all children enrolled. Families may do this by placing a written comment in the “Suggestion Box.” The CWP Board Chair will reply to all comments after Board review. If a parent/guardian chooses not to sign the written comment, the Board will post their response in the CWP Newsletter.
Licensed by the State of Texas
CWP is a licensed facility by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS). The license was issued on January 24, 1992 and has been amended to accomodate the program’s growth and updates from the state. CWP is a licensed Daytime Care Center and assigned a Licensing Representative, who makes one or more unannounced visits each year.
Our staff is chosen because they love working with young children. Many staff members have degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education. Additionally, all teachers receive at least 24 hours of training each year through workshops, seminars and/or college classes designed for early childhood educators. Pediatric First Aid and CPR training are required of all staff.
CWP provides equal opportunities to all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, ancestry status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions.
At the same time, CWP cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals, and mission in order to enhance the St. Andrew United Methodist Church and CWP.
All individuals shall be recruited, hired, advanced, compensated, and retained on the basis of their qualifications and performance.
In order to be considered for employment, you must submit an application.
CWP Employment Application
Please request or download an application, attach your resumé, and mail it to:
St. Andrew United Methodist Church Children’s Weekday Program
5801 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas 75093
For more information contact Pride Mersbach, Director, 972.380.5323.