Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

First Nursery School (FNS) is a non-denominational Christian preschool, specifically designed to give children a chance to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.  Children are divided into age-grouped classes, working with qualified and loving teachers in each area of the program. They will experience Music, Circle Time, Bible Lessons, Art, daily physical exercise, (outdoor play will be weather dependent), Kindergarten Standards, and Readiness.

First Nursey School exists to see each child experience the love of Jesus and be transformed by it. As a result of this intentional discipleship, seeds of faith are planted within their families, and our teachers are mutually blessed by their mentorship to these children.

For more information on fees, check out this year’s brochure.

When a child leaves the comfort of their own home, a parent worries. Will they be loved, cared for, learn, have fun, laugh, be creative, be encouraged? The list of worries could go on forever. We could not have imagined a more loving, caring, nurturing environment for our son (and nervous parents). The AMAZING staff of FNS loved him just as if he were their own. His love of learning, friendship, God and countless other things grew in ways we did not expect. FNS is a place, or better yet, an experience that has touched our lives in such a positive manner. We felt like we were part of the FNS family from the very beginning. We are beyond blessed to have had our son be a part of FNS – we just wished we would have started him sooner to have more time at such an amazing place! 

Natasha Lehman


Our Full-Time program consists of lunch, educational centers, rest time, snack, show and tell, yoga and movement, story time, StoryMobile visit from J.V. Brown Library, art centers, weekly themed games, and activities, science experiments, and outdoor play. Our afternoon program is a great transition for those children heading off to all-day Kindergarten, or if you feel your child needs more enrichment in a fun and loving educational setting. Pick-up is flexible, most kids leave between 3:30 and 5:00 PM. Morning drop-off is available as early as 7:30 AM and is part of Full-Time tuition.


First Nursery School offers a special program for 2-year-olds. Children must be two by September 1st. Playtime with free play, circle time, art projects, snack, Bible story, and gym are all part of our morning.  Our program features small class sizes of 6 children and loving, qualified teachers. Children do not need to be potty-trained to attend the 2-year-old program. Classes are two days per week: Tuesday and Thursday OR Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM – 12 PM.


Cost is $10 per hour and is scheduled privately with the FNS Director to better accommodate needs of busy parents.

  • Early Morning: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Lunch Bunch*: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
    • Pack a lunch for your child

*Children must be potty-trained to participate in Lunch Bunch.

First Nursery School has been instrumental in teaching my 3 children so many fundamental skills in life, from letters and numbers, to sympathy and sharing, to songs and art, and more, and has instilled in each of them confidence that they can do anything. I love running into a member of the FNS staff at church, the grocery store, First Friday, or most recently on a hike at Jacoby Falls because you always make a big deal of seeing the child and it makes them feel like a million dollars.  I know this is the way you made them all feel each and every day they came to your school.

Mike Rodgers


Daily activities focus on a different theme each week. Parents will receive a detailed weekly update on all the happenings at First Nursery School.

  • Me and My Family
  • Fall
  • Pumpkins
  • Community Helpers
  • Weather
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • Opposites
  • Outer Space
  • Holidays


  • Fall Pumpkin Patch (with parent/guardian accompaniment)
  • Donut Day with Dad
  • Visit from the Williamsport City Firefighters and Paramedics
  • Interactive Christmas Story
  • Christmas Program
  • Kingdom Kidz Puppet Show at Easter
  • Spring Art Show
  • Mother’s Day Tea
  • Graduation


Mary Engle

Director of FNS

Tara Porter

Assistant Director of FNS

Stephanie Bower


Jennifer Dickey


Diane Havrilla


Melissa Huff


Marcia LeBeau


Nikki Owens


Erin Pawlak


Krislyn Roma


Alex Seyler


Holly Singer


Justine Sofopolous


Mary Strohl


Nancy Stutzman


Natalie Young