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Meet Our Preschool Teachers!!!

Melissa Miller is excited to return to Central Christian Preschool fulfilling the role of Director and 4/5’s Teacher.  Melissa previously taught both 3’s and 4’s at  Central Christian prior to accepting a full-time Lecturer position at Millikin      University.  Melissa holds a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University and multiple certificates in different music pedagogies.  She is also a certified public school teacher in the State of Illinois. In addition, she is working toward completing her Special Education endorsement and will begin working towards her EdD in Education this upcoming year.  Melissa loves music and creativity.  She values arts integration and play based instruction and uses those experiences to create meaningful relationships and community within her classroom.  She is known for having a “jingle” for just about every circumstance in the classroom.  Melissa lives in Decatur with her husband, Tom, and their 4 children who attended Central Christian Preschool when they were younger.  Melissa loves spending time with her family, playing games and going on adventures!  (pictured, below left)


Diana Murray (pictured above right, with her kids) is excited to be returning to Central Christian Preschool to be teaching the 3 year old class after the COVID pandemic. It will be nice to get back into the classroom again! Diana and her husband, Blake, live in Long Creek with their 4 children who all attended Central Christian Preschool. Diana loves spending time with her family, usually at the soccer fields, the baseball diamond, or on the show choir stage.

Preschool Update Feb. 2022

Here is a word from our Interim Preschool Director, Ellen Damery, with the most recent news about our preschool re-opening in the Fall of 2022.


Central Christian Preschool is officially reopening this Fall! The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. We began registering students during the month of January.


Our 3's class will meet Monday-Wednesday, 9-11:30am and our 4's/5's class will meet Monday-Thursday, 9:00-11:30am. If your family is interested in enrolling your child, please call our office at 217-428-4336 or email                 .


We have found several wonderful staff members who are excited to join our team but we are still looking to hire an additional part-time preschool teacher. We are in communication with the Early Education Department at Millikin      University about recruitment possibilities and are planning to create internship opportunities for their education students as well.  If you have any suggestions of candidates we might pursue, please don’t hesitate to let us know. 


One of things we want to emphasize with the preschool’s re-opening is a stronger connection with the members of Central.  We plan to post volunteer opportunities to help support the preschool as they arise.  For now, be on the lookout for a “Playground Work Day” sometime this Spring, led by one of our preschool board members, Mike Munos.


Please spread the word with friends and family about our preschool!  


Blessings – Michael




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News from the Preschool


As most of you know, our preschool opened in 1965 and has been educating and nurturing young children in our community ever since! Unfortunately, in the spring of 2020, the school closed due to challenges with COVID-19. However, over the last few months, I, along with the preschool board members, have been working hard to explore the possibility of reopening our wonderful preschool. During this time we have been able to get approval from the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services to reopen in the Fall of 2022. We have some promising leads on teachers and staff members and are excited to begin the process of registering students in the new year.   


I am honored to help reopen the school. As a parent and an educator, I can say first-hand that Central Christian Preschool provides students with an amazing foundation for the rest of their lives. Students get to play and explore but they also learn about God's love, kindness and being a good citizen - which I believe is equally important to academic learning! Our church has always been tremendously supportive of our preschool in many different ways. So today we ask for your prayers and thank you for your continual support. We look forward to working together to help guide children on their life-long journey of growth and discovery.  


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