Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry


The name “Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry” was chosen to honor Susanna Wesley, the “mother” of Methodism and an exceptional educator. The word ministry applies because SWEEM is a ministry to children, parents, our church, and our community.

This ministry operates as an outreach of Huntsville First United Methodist Church and is just one way the church expresses its call to influence our community to know Christ. Just as Jesus emphasized the importance of children, our church maintains an environment where children are nurtured morally, intellectually, and physically.

SWEEM offers combined full and half-day programs for infants through Kindergarten. Instruction and care activities are provided in a welcoming Christian atmosphere filled with warmth, love, compassion, and enthusiasm.

The programs of this Ministry meet or exceed the standards established by the Alabama Department of Human Resources for daycare centers.

Christmas Program 2023!

Enrollment Process

Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry is open to any child. Preference is given in this order: Children of SWEEM staff, children already in the program, siblings of children in the program, church members on waiting list, nonmembers on waiting list, and the community at large.

Your child will be placed on the waiting list based on the date we receive the form. When a vacancy occurs, we will call you right away.

Parent Handbook

Tuition 2023

Weather Related Closings:

All SWEEM programs will follow the Huntsville City School schedule for closing when inclement weather occurs.

Contact Us

Terri Layton

Program Director

Call Us:

(256) 534-6866
(256) 539-5738 ext. 220

Wendy Kanupp

Asst. Director / Finance

2023 - 2024 Calendar

July 31 & Aug 1: Staff training, entire center closed
Aug. 1: Open House 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: First day of school

Sept. 1: Center closes 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 4: Labor Day, entire center closed

Oct. 2-6: Fall Break for half-day students

Nov. 10: Veteran’s Day, entire center closed
Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving holiday for half-day students
Nov. 22: Center closes at 12:30 p.m. for Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 23-24: Thanksgiving holiday, entire center closed

Dec. 7: SWEEM Christmas Program, center closes at 4 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Jan. 1: Christmas break for half-day students
Dec. 25 – Jan 1: Christmas holiday, entire center closed

Jan. 2: School reopens for half-day students
Jan. 15: MLK Jr. Day, entire center closed

Feb. 16: Center closes at 12:30
Feb. 19: President’s Day, entire center closed

March 11-15: Spring Break for half-day students
March 29: Closed for Good Friday

April 26: Staff Training, Entire Center Closed

May 17: Last day for half-day students and graduation
May 20-24: Interim week-half-day students do not attend
May 24: Center closes at 4:30pm
May 27: Memorial Day, entire center closed
May 28: Summer program starts

June 10-14: FUMC VBS, entire center closed

July 4: Independence Day, entire center closed
July 19: Last day of summer program
July 22-26: Interim week-half-day students and non-returning students do not attend

120 Greene Street  |  Huntsville, AL 35801  |  256-539-5738

120 Greene Street
Huntsville, AL 35801