"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."

Luke 2:52

As a year-round preschool offering separate enrollment for the school year and summer semester, Ridgecrest Weekday Preschool offers a unique opportunity for families in our community. As a ministry of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, our desire is to create an environment that lays the foundation for all children to become more like Christ.


Our theme verse, Luke 2:52, states "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
To that end, our focus is on the following areas of development:

Wisdom (Cognitive/Mental Development)

Children are given opportunities to help them to develop their language, communication and creativity as well as learn to make choices and solve problems.

Stature (Gross/Fine Motor Development)

Children participate in individual and group play that will enhance their motor skills as they learn the value of keeping their bodies healthy and safe.

Favor with God (Spiritual Development)

Children are guided in growing in their biblical knowledge through Bible stories, worship through music, and prayer as they grow in their desire to apply principles of God’s Word to their own lives.

Favor with Man (Social/Emotional Development)

Children are taught to respond to others with Christ-like behavior, follow direction from adults and to take turns with others.  The staff also works with the children to help them develop a positive sense of self and to understand that they are made in the image of God.

Hours & Ages Accepted

Monday through Friday
Preschool: 8:30 - 12:00
Early Room: 8:00 - 8:30
Lunch Bunch: 12:00 - 2:00
Ages Accepted

15 months (walking and drinking from a cup) to four years old

Tuition & Fees


2 days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) = $180 per month
3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) = $200 per month
Parents desiring their toddler to attend 5 days per week may enroll their child in both a 2-day and 3-day class.

2 days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) = $180 per month
3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) = $200 per month
Parents desiring their two-year-old child to attend 5 days per week may enroll their child in both a 2-day and 3-day class.

2 days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) = $180 per month
3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) = $200 per month
5 days per week (Monday through Friday) = $235 per month

5 days per week (Monday through Friday) = $235 per month

Annual Enrollment Fee = $75 (non-refundable)

Supply Fees:
2 day classes = $110 per school year
3 day classes = $130 per school year
5 day classes = $150 per school year
A separate supply fee will be charged in the spring for children attending the summer semester.

Early Room Fees:
$4 per day billed and prepaid (requires monthly commitment)
$5 per day drop-in (available to enrolled children, if space available)

Lunch Bunch Fees:
$8 per day billed and prepaid (requires monthly commitment)
$10 per day drop-in (available to enrolled children, if space available)

Ridgecrest Weekday Preschool Staff

Hillery Johnson

Hillery graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in Elementary Education.  She taught four-year-old preschool for two years, worked in church preschool for five years, and has been director at Ridgecrest Preschool since 2016.  She has a golden doodle named Shep.  Her favorite verse is Romans 5:5, “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom was given to us.”

Andrea Regan

Ridgecrest Weekday Preschool Ministry Assistant
Andrea was a secretary for an engineering company in Pearl, MS, before beginning as our Ridgecrest Preschool Ministry Assistant in 2016.  She and her husband Jodie live in Madison and have two grown daughters, Taylor and Ashley.  Andrea’s favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 1:9 “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

Helen Marcellus

Art Teacher/Teacher Assistant
Helen graduated from Copiah Lincoln Community College with a degree in Art. She has taught private lessons in art for 2 years and this will be her second year as the Preschool Art Teacher at Ridgecrest Preschool. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

Kala Beggari

Toddlers Teacher
Kala began working at Ridgecrest Preschool in 2017 as a teacher assistant.  In 2019, she became lead teacher of our toddler class.  Kala and her husband Sona have three children: Steve, Samuka, and Sammy.  Toddlers are her favorite age group because they are so curious and always learning about the world around them.

Vicki Marcellus

Twos Teacher
Vicki taught two year olds for three years before she began at Ridgecrest Preschool in 2016.  She and her husband Harvey have 9 children: Amy, Beverly, William, Joey, Helen, Lucy, Ricky, Lily, and Mary.  Her favorite verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Sarah Jackson

Twos Teacher
Sarah taught for four years before coming to Ridgecrest Preschool in 2017.  She and her husband Charles have two children, Alice and Hank.  Her favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Kathleen James

Threes Teacher
Bio coming soon!

Whitney Cloyd

Threes Teacher
After moving from Tennessee, Whitney joined Ridgecrest Preschool in 2019.  She and her husband Matt have a son, Maverick.  Whitney loves to watch her preschoolers grow and achieve new things.  Her favorite verse is Isaiah 12:2, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”

Ashleigh Morrow

Fours Teacher
Ashleigh Morrow graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Human Development and family studies, and will graduate from Mississippi State with a Master’s in Special Education. She and her husband Brandon live here in Madison with their two children. Ashleigh’s favorite Bible verse is Mark 9:23, “'You can’t?' said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Shannon Landrum

Fours Teacher
Shannon graduated from Belhaven University with a degree in Social Work. She lives in Brandon with her husband, Nate, and their daughter, Bexley. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Wendi Thomas

Gross Motor Class Teacher
Wendi Thomas graduated from Mississippi State University. She began teaching the Movement class at Ridgecrest Preschool in 2019.
She and her husband Dave live in Madison and have four children, Matt, Ashley, Sam and Brooke.  Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean not on your on understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Lesia Robertson

Teacher Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!

Carlie Maruszak

Teacher Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!

FAQ for Weekday Preschool

How do I enroll my child?
 To schedule a tour or inquire about potential placement of your child with Ridgecrest Preschool, please contact us by email or call 601-853-9100.
What is lunch bunch?
Lunch Bunch is offered for toddlers through four-year-olds from 12:00 - 2:00 each day following preschool. Parents may sign up their children for Lunch Bunch for specific days for a month or may choose to drop in as space is available. Children staying for Lunch Bunch bring a healthy lunch from home.

Optional extracurricular opportunities such as dance, soccer, and computer classes may be made available for three- and four-year-olds through outside providers at an additional cost to parents.
Are there background checks on preschool employees? 
Yes.  All volunteers with exclusive supervisory control over any minor at Ridgecrest must apply and/or interview with age-appropriate staff, and submit to a background check as well as proper training (15 hours + sexual abuse awareness training).
Where can I find more information?
Click below to access our Facebook page and parent handbook.
What schedule does Ridgecrest Preschool follow?
Our calendar will closely follow the Madison County School District calendar.

Holidays and closings will include:

Labor Day
Fall Holiday
Teacher Training (October)
Thanksgiving Break
Christmas Break
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Spring Break
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Memorial Day Holiday
Independence Day (summer semester)
Teacher Training (week after summer semester ends)
Can I work at Ridgecrest Preschool?
Click here to view current opportunities. Postings are updated throughout the year as needed. Teaching positions include school year only, summer only, or year-round.

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