Preschool and Kindergarten

Ready to take the next step?

Sending your beloved child to a Christian preschool will no doubt be an exciting but emotional experience. We are ready to welcome your little ones aged between 2 - 4 years to our safe learning environment. From inspiring their minds to teaching children the groundwork of Bible study and good behavior, this is the perfect next step for your child. As an Alabama First Class Pre-K, we ensure a strong educational foundation.

We are also a DHR Licensed Daycare in Alabama, dedicated to providing quality care and education for foster families and families eligible for financial assistance. As a Certified Childcare Provider, we are committed to high standards and excellence in childcare.

In addition, we participate in the Alabama Quality Stars program, which evaluates and ensures the quality of our childcare services. This rating indicates the level of quality of a childcare provider based on several criteria including educational practices, teacher qualifications, and environment. Higher ratings signify better quality and commitment to continuous improvement.

Contact us today to learn more.

Alabama First Class Pre-K

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Meet The Team

Our teachers are dedicated to helping your little learner take their first steps in education. With their caring attitude and tailored curriculum, each teacher is equipped to make Smoke Rise Child Care an exciting and effective place to learn.

Alabama quality stars

Yonna Skinner 3-K Teacher


Nicole McCombs -3K Teacher

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Angela Hestla 3-K Teacher

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Laura Thigpen 2-K Teacher

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Crystal Scott - Toddler

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Heather Vardaman - First Class

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Jennifer Russell - Infant

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Jill Sloan - Licensing Coordinator

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Jodie Sims - First Class

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Rheali Tidmore- Bed Babies

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Shae Angwin- Director

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Wendy Wordon - Office Assistant


An Alabama Quality Stars rating indicates the level of quality of a childcare provider based on several criteria including educational practices, teacher qualifications, and environment. Higher ratings signify better quality and commitment to continuous improvement.

Our tuition fees are as follows...

6 weeks - 2 years: $150 weekly
2 years - 4 years: $145 weekly

Preschool Only: $70 weekly

After School Care (All day Monday, Tues - Fri afternoons): $90 weekly

After School Care (Tues - Fri afternoons): $75 weekly

As Certified Childcare Providers, we require that medicine sheets be provided along with clearly labeled medicine if you wish us to administer medication to your child. If your child is ill or contagious, they must not be brought to the center. Signs that include illness are having a sore throat, temperature, and vomiting. For more details, please consult our Parent Handbook.

Should severe weather occur, we will follow the Blount County School system policy to close the center early or open late due to severe weather.

If severe weather happens while your child is in our care, you must be prepared to pick them up immediately.

Please see our Parent Handbook for further information.

As a DHR licensed day care, your child must be dropped off or picked up by yourself or another adult on your child's enrollment list; ID may be required. Your child must not be dropped off before 6:30 AM or picked up after 6:15 PM. Should your child be late, for example, due to a morning medical appointment, we ask that you do not drop your child off during nap time.

Our childcare and preschool services will be closed on major US holidays including Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year's Eve/Day.

As a certified childcare provider,
any discipline we use will be proportionate, consistent and fair. Our primary form of discipline will be a time-out that may escalate to a child being removed from the learning environment. Should behavioral problems continue we may schedule a meeting with the child's parent and work toward helping the child productively together.

To teach children about their community, there are times we plan field trips with the children. All field trips are carefully planned and fully supervised, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Alabama First Class Pre-K is a state-funded program that provides high-quality preschool education to four-year-olds in Alabama. The program is designed to enhance early learning and prepare children for kindergarten.

To verify if a daycare is licensed by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) in Alabama, you can check the DHR official website or contact them directly for a list of licensed daycare providers.

Childcare Central is a software tool that helps daycare centers manage administrative tasks, improve communication with parents, and ensure compliance with state regulations, making operations more efficient.

To become a certified childcare provider in Alabama, you must complete required training, pass a background check, and meet state licensing requirements. Information on certification courses and steps can be found on the Alabama Department of Human Resources website.

To find Christian childcare centers near you in Alabama, you can search online directories, ask for recommendations from local churches, or check community bulletin boards that list religious-based childcare services.