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  • Welcome to Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool

    East Arlington's Premiere Early Childhood Education Facility
    • Play Based Learning Environment

      Our curriculum is designed to foster age appropriate development and pre-academic readiness through play.

    • Offering Florida's Voluntary Pre-K

      Four and five-year-old children are eligible for Florida’s FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.

    • Extended Hours Available

      Morning and afternoon extended day options are available for families needing additional scheduling flexibility.

    • Exceptional Students Welcome

      We happily accommodate children with Learning Differences, Food Allergies, and Type I Diabetes.

    • My son was 14 months old when we started looking for a place for him to go learn and interact with other children. After visiting many places, we had almost decided to just keep him home—nothing was a fit for us. From the moment we walked into Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool, I knew we had found the place for him. The teachers and staff are just amazing, they have so much love for all the kids, and you can just feel how much they care. I remember one morning, coming in the building early, and all the teachers and staff were holding hands in a circle, praying before they started their day with the kids, and it just filled my heart with joy that my son was a part of this wonderful place. Jacob just turned four, and is still at Highlands. He has learned and grown so much, and this group of special people have been a major part of who he is today.

      Marla Mammarella
      Jacob's Mom
    • I LOVED Highlands! My oldest, who is now in 2nd grade went to highlands for 2.5 years and in three different classes. All of the teachers were wonderful. This is a very nurturing environment. The staff relationships were outstanding, and everyone truly seems happy. I wish I could go back for my youngest to attend. Between my two kids, they have attended 5 different preschools and none of them compare to Highlands.

      Anonymous Unsolicited Review on GreatSchools.org
    • I highly recommend this school. My daughter attended the 3-year-old 5 half-day program and is currently in the VPK program. She loves school, enjoys doing her ‘home activities’, and has new facts to share every day. All of her teachers have been warm, caring, and focused on making learning fun – which is exactly what I expected in a preschool.

      Anonymous Unsolicited Review on GreatSchools.org
    • Highlands is a wonderful school. My oldest daughter starting pre-school (VPK) was very emotional for me. From day one her teachers made me feel extremely comfortable leaving her in their care. By the end of the year I felt like her teachers were a part of our family, and I know my daughter felt the same way because she still talks about how much she misses them.
      I highly recommend this school.

      Anonymous Unsolicited Review on GreatSchools.org
  • Tour Our Facility

  • Situated on the campus of Highlands United Presbyterian Church, our preschool has eight classrooms plus a large outdoor space for children to explore.

  • Our philosophy is learning through play as we offer a stimulating environment for children.

    • Whole Child Development

      Our curriculum is tailored to meet each child’s unique emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

    • Constant Communication

      Teachers and families communicate frequently to meet the needs of each child, including backpack pages and monthly newsletters and calendars to update parents regarding each classroom’s activities.

    • Resource Classes

      HPGP offers special resource classes including Music, Chapel, and Monkeynastix motor skills development each week. We consider these programs vital in the early care and education of our students.

    • To develop the maximum potential of each child in an environment that is safe, healthy, and intellectually stimulating.

    • To provide a setting that fosters the development of a positive self-image, encourage a “try anything” attitude.

    • To foster physical, social, and emotional growth and a feeling of independence in each child.

    • To recognize and respect the abilities, potentials, and special needs of each child as an individual.

    • To establish a cooperative partnership between staff and parents for the enhanced welfare of each child.

    • To function as an advocate for young children in all situations.

  • Our Classes

  • We currently offer six classes with six to twelve children each aged sixteen months to five years of age.

  • Our flexible schedules are designed to meet a variety of needs. Families may choose to enroll for two, three, or five days per week, with extended morning and afternoon hours available on a regular or drop-in basis. Our office will work with you to accommodate the right schedule for your family! 

    • Ms. Eileen's Class
      Toddler Twos
      • 1-2
        Year Olds
      • 4
        Class size
    • Ms. Anna's Class
      • 2
        Year olds
      • 10
        Class size
    • Ms. Kristin's Class
      • 3-4
        Year olds
      • 10
        Class size
    • Ms. LaVerne's Class
      • 4-5
        Year olds
      • 11
        Class size
    • Ms. Teresa's Class
      • 4-5
        Year Olds
      • 14
        Class Size
    • Monkeynastix
      Motor Skills Enrichment
      • 2-5
        Years Old
      • Weekly
  • Fall Enrollment is Happening Now!

  • Meet Our Teachers

    Our staff is made up of six teachers and two assistants with nearly a century of combined experience in the field of early childhood education.

    • Eileen Blackmon

      I love working with children because of how much they teach me as I get to see the world through their eyes.

    • LaVerne Hester

      Four-year-olds have a brain that absorbs like a sponge, and when the light goes off that they finally understand something, it is priceless.

    • Kristin Savage

      I have enjoyed teaching at Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool for 16 years, and am so happy to spend my days at the best preschool in Jacksonville!

    • Anna Serrano

      There is nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they learn a new song or discover something that they have never seen or done before.

    • Teresa Read

      I love working at Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool because everyone here is like a family. Watching children learn and develop is such a treasure!

    • Rai Godwin
      Assistant Teacher

      Seeing smiles on the faces of all our happy students brings me so much joy!

  • Contact Us

    We'd love to hear from you!
    • Mailing Address

      Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool
      10900 McCormick Road
      Jacksonville, FL 32225

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 904-641-1712
      Fax: 904-641-0637

    • Business Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8.00 am – 3.00 pm
      Weekends Closed