Before registering for the 2024-2025 school year, please contact April Lashley at 803-451-4618, or, to verify space availability.

*Currently, our two’s and three’s classrooms are full.

NEPC Mother’s Morning Out Program

The Mother’s Morning Out program at NEPC is a ministry of the church for both church members and
non-church families. Children have the opportunity to experience the following in a safe, secure environment :

  • Connect with their peers

  • Play

  • Learn about God’s love for them

What is Mother’s Morning Out and What is its Mission?

  • The Mother’s Morning Out program at NEPC is a ministry of the church for both members and non-church families. Children have the opportunity to connect with their peers, play, and learn about God’s love for them in a safe and secure environment.
  • The program includes age appropriate academic lessons from our curriculum, Read It Once Again, including math and literacy skills, Playtime outside, Snack Time, Center Time, Worship, Bible Lessons and Music.
  • The mission of NEPC’s Mother’s Morning Out program is to provide affordable, stimulating, age appropriate, and high quality care in a God Centered, safe and secure environment for children preschool age and under.  Our mission is to meet the needs of children and families of Northeast Presbyterian Church and the surrounding communities.

Curriculum: “Read It Once Again”

NEPC Mother’s Morning Out Preschool

This program is for children ages 1-4 years old.  The birthday cut-off is September 1st for each age group. There are four age groups:

Toddlers: ages- 1-2yrs        Twos: ages 2-3yrs        Threes: ages 3-4yrs.       Fours: ages 3-4 yrs.

Hours of Operation:  Mother’s Morning Out is open 9 am-12:00 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the school year.  Closings and holidays will follow the same schedule as Richland School District Two during the school year and any other closing will be posted in advance or as soon as we know due to weather or incidents requiring closure.  Pick–up time is 12:00 noon.  Anyone returning for children after 12:05 pm will be charged $6.  We also provide an early drop-off option from 8:15 am-9 am for $6 per child.

Information, Guidelines, Prices

Costs: An annual $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required.

Toddler, Twos, Threes, and Fours Three-day program: $450.00 per session.

*There are four 9-week sessions in the year. Families pay by the session or by monthly (8) payments of $225.00, however, if you choose the monthly payment plan and start a session, you are obligated to pay any remaining balance for the full 9-week session fee upon early withdrawal from a 9-week session.

*Session fees include supply and music fee.

*All fees are subject to change annually.

Registration: Enrollment is limited according to the DSS ratio standards (Staff to children ratio)

There will always be two staff per room. DSS Ratios are:

1-2 years 1-6 2-3 years 1-8 3-4 years 1-12 4-5 years 1-17

Curriculum: “Read It Once Again”

Sickness/Illness Policy: MMO is equipped to care for well children only. Please do not bring your child to MMO if he/she has been sick the night before. Please keep your child home for twenty-four (24) hours after a fever has broken or after any throw-up or diarrhea. Your child must be fever-free without the aid of medication. Please keep your child home if they have a persistent cough with a thick mucus draining nose. We care about your child’s health and well-being and there is nothing worse than a child who does not feel well and needs the love and attention of their mom or dad.

If your child gets sick while in the MMO care you will be called and expected to pick him/her up immediately. If you cannot pick up your child, please make arrangements for someone to do so promptly. If we cannot reach either parent, emergency contacts listed on your Registration Form will be contacted. Please make sure that these people are aware that they may be called to pick up your child in case of an illness or accident.

MMO staff will not, for any reason, administer over-the-counter or prescription medication to your child at any time while in attendance.

Injuries: If an emergency should arise, we will call 911 immediately and notify the child’s parents and/or emergency contact.

Toilet Training: Children enrolled in the Three’s class or the Four’s class MUST be fully toilet-trained. In the event that a child has an accident (which we understand can happen at times), an incident report will be completed by the teacher (a copy will be provided to parent/guardian). If a child has three accidents within a week’s period, we will ask that the child remain home for three days to reassess whether they are fully trained and ready to return. If this continues with an individual child, a request by the director/coordinator may be made for the child to be withdrawn from the program until the child is fully toilet trained (this includes being able to tell an adult when you need to go, and completing all steps in the process of using the bathroom including handwashing). We kindly request that you refrain from sending your child to school in a belt or bottoms they struggle to unbutton. Most children’s accidents at this age can be simply from not being able to undo his/her bottoms in a timely manner.

Children in the younger classes (one’s and two’s) who are in the process of Toilet Training must be brought in a pull-up with the Velcro type side openings.

Snacks: A daily snack will be provided to each child. Please inform your child’s teacher and the MMO Coordinator of any known food allergies. Please do not bring juice or milk in cups to your child’s classroom.

Contact April Lashley, MMO, and Focus Coordinator, at (803)451-4618 or by email at

When inclement weather is a question, the school will try to communicate as quickly as possible via email, in most cases, what the plan for that day will be.

If you are called to pick up your child, please do so immediately.

We follow Richland District Two for Inclement weather. If the school is on a Two Hour Delay we will not open for the day. If the school closes for the entire day, we are closed as well. Do remember I have teachers that have children in schools and I have to make sure I have coverage in the classrooms so this is considered when there are closings or delays.

Other reasons for closure:
No electricity
No Heat or AC not available
City or State agency declares a weather emergency
Widespread Illness

No policy/protocol can cover every potential emergency situation.

No adjustments or refunds will be made to session fees due to closures for any of the above reasons.

When in question, please feel free to contact April Lashley, NEPC MMO Coordinator

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

 Psalm 139:14 ESV

“One generation shall command your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

Psalm 145:4 ESV

“MMO has been a wonderful experience for my daughter.  She’s attended the program for two years now and is already looking forward to next year.  Mrs. Cindy and her staff have always been warm and welcoming to our family.  My daughter has received not only a great foundation academically, but socially and spiritually, as well.  We are very grateful MMO has been a part of her journey.”  

Arleigh, Parent

“My daughter, Kendall loves Mother’s Morning out at Northeast Presbyterian. She gets so excited for Wednesday and Friday class. She is up and dressed hours before time to leave. This program has been a blessing for us. My once bashful kid has blossomed. Thank you”

Melanie, Parent

If you have any other questions, please contact us

April Lashley
April LashleyNEPC MMO Coordinator


601 Polo Road
Columbia,South Carolina 29223

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