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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. Ministry was also included because the overall program is a ministry to the children, the parents, and the church.

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.

The Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry (SWEEM) offers combined full and half day programs, for infants through Kindergarten. The instruction and care activities take place in a 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 day care centers.


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 community at large.

Kari Smith, Program Director
Amy Vandergrift, Administrative Director

To Contact Us:

534-6866 or 539-5738, EXT. 220

SWEEM Covid-19 Policy

SWEEM Parent Handbook

SWEEM Tuition 2020

Weather Related Closings:

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

SWEEM 2020-2021 Calendar

Aug. 4: Staff training, entire center closed
Aug. 4: SWEEM Virtual Open House
Aug. 5: First day of school

Sept. 7: Labor Day, entire center closed

Oct. 5-9: Fall Break for half-day students

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day (observed), entire center closed
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving holiday for half-day students
Nov. 25: Center closes at 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving holiday, entire center closed

Dec. 23-Jan. 4: Christmas break for half-day students
Dec. 23-25: Christmas holiday, entire center closed
Dec. 31-Jan. 1: New Year’s holiday, entire center closed

Jan. 4: School reopens for half-day students
Jan. 18: MLK Jr. Day, entire center closed

Feb. 15: President’s Day, entire center closed

March 5: Staff training, entire center closed
March 29-April 2: Spring Break for half day students

April 2: Good Friday, entire center closed

May 21: Last day for half-day students and graduation
May 31: Memorial Day, entire center closed

June 1: Summer program starts
June 7-11: FUMC VBS, entire center closed

July 5: Independence Day observed, entire center closed
July 23: Last day of summer program