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.
Spring 2023 Graduation!
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.
All SWEEM programs will follow the Huntsville City School schedule for closing when inclement weather occurs.
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