Contact Us

  • Phone: (850)476-4466
  • Email: 
  • Meeting Address:
    245 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503

Service Times

  • Sunday:
    • Bible Class - 9:00am
    • Worship - 10am
    • Community Groups - Various Times
  • Wednesday:
    • 6:30-7:30pm

About the Preschool


The leaders of Gateway Church of Christ established the Gateway Christian Preschool in 1977 as an out reach program for the community. A large majority of the children come from the community vs. the church. It is a non-profit institution, supported in part by the church. Tuition and registration fees of students provide the bulk of the working budget.  


Since "children learn what they live," it is our goal to capture your child's enthusiasm for the world. A balance of structured and self-initiated activities provide for growth academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. The curriculum is designed to develop skills through creative experiences, to instill respect for self and others, to care for property and to learn limits of behavior through praise and natural consequences. This preschool program will help your child expand his/her self-confidence, feeling of self-worth and love for Christ and others. 

Quality Staff

All of the employees of the school consider themselves Christians and are devoted to the education of young children.  There are many long term employees working together to build a quality school.

Office Personnel 

Barbara Deem (Director)  

Barbara began teaching preschool in 1993.  While she is experienced in teaching all age groups, the majority of her classroom years were spent teaching the four year old children.  Barbara began the directorship at Gateway in 2008.

Donella Ray (Assistant and Office Manager)

Donella has served in the childcare community for over 20 years.  Her service has included work in public school classrooms with special needs students, operating a KinderMusik business serving several schools in the local area, and working at the Children's Home Society assisting families with childcare and parenting.  She is responsible for many of the office duties at he preschool including registration and tuition collection.


Julie Word - 1 year olds

Aleshia Marron and Shanda Soderlind   2 year olds

Geneva Sanchez and Tabatha Smith    3 year olds

Amy Loomis and Margaret Bragg     4 year olds (VPK)

Debbie Thomann and Stacy Shields     4 year olds (VPK)

Chandra Rigby and Melanie Barksdale     4 year olds (VPK)


  • Grow in independence
  • Learn to give and share, as well as receive affections
  • Learn to get along with others
  • Develop self-control and self-discipline
  • Practice large and small motor skills
  • Begin to understand and control the physical world
  • Foster the development of language, both listening and speaking
  • Develop a postive feeling about their relationship to the world
  • Find love and acceptance in a Christian environment

Hours of Operation

School hours are 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The school also offers extended care hours. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. before school begins. Then again after school from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)   

Our school began VPK classes for 4 year old children in 2005 when the State of Florida first offered the program. To qualify to be a VPK student, the child must live in the state and be 4 years old by September 1st of the year enrolled.  The parents does not have to pay anything for the VPK program; the state pays everything.  The goal of the VPK is to prepare children to be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.


The preschool was first licensed by the state in 1977. Our license number is C01ES0090. We maintain all the rules and regulations of the Department of Children and Families. Several yearly inspections are conducted to maintain the license.

APPLE Accredited 

Gateway Christian Preschool has previously been accredited through NAEYC.  In 2007 we began the accreditation process through APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment).

(APPLE) is a voluntary National Accreditation Program for preschool, child care centers and early learning programs.  The accreditation procedure is an honest evaluation of indicators of quality as reported and reflected in each individual program and as verified by an on-site visit.  All components of a program are examined including:  Administration, Classroom environment and licensing compliance, Parent and community involvement, Advocacy on behalf of children and child care, Teacher credentials, training and background screening, Teacher to child ratios, Classroom interactions, Literacy and Curriculum.

We are proud to say the process is complete and we were fully accredited by APPLE in November 2008


Children who are between 1 – 4 years old may attend the school.  Class placement is determined by the child’s birth date. September 1st is the date used since the Escambia County School system uses that date.


Parent teacher conferences are conducted twice a year to assess the development of each child. Teachers will complete a Child Development Inventory prior to the conference. This will provide the guide for the teachers to develop lessons to teach skill that are needed. This also provides a time for the teachers and parents to get to know one another better.


The most valuable natural resources on the playground are trees and space.  We have very old, huge oak trees providing shade to about three fourths of the playground; and, we have a very large playground.  We want the children to explore and investigate every aspect of the space.  There is a large variety of play equipment to assist each child in developing large muscles, balance, rhythm and coordination.  There is even a bike path to provide a hard surface for the riding toys.

Gateway Preschool Website