Open Hands Preschool Brazil
Welcome to Open Hands Preschool Brazil!  Please take the time to look over our web page and check 
out all of the amazing things happening here at Open Hands!
Open Hands Preschool 
First United Methodist Church.
  201 N. Meridian St.  Brazil, IN
Phone:  812-443-2230

Enrollment for 2018-2019
​is upon us!

​​​​Enrollment is open now and will continue to be open all the way to the first day of school. The earlier the better.
To enroll: email, call, or print our applications

Elementary school is changing. They now expect Kindergartners to know how to write and say the entire alphabet. They have to know rhyming, blending sounds, and most numbers. They are doing a lot more work than they used to. So the earlier children are getting exposed to a classroom setting the better. Our goal is to teach and prepare children for elementary school while still making it fun for them.
We encourage Pre K students to enroll in our all day program. This program is great preparation for Kindergarten. It allows the students to get used to an all day school schedule and lunch procedures. It gives us, the teachers, more time to work one on one with the students. This program is a wonderful learning experience.
Our Mission
Our mission is to ensure that each child gets the most out of pre school. Here, we are commited to the development of children in our community. Our goals are to prepare children for Kindergarten and elementary school by teaching them state standards. Because we are a church, we are also commited to applying Christian Principles in the classroom. We believe that providing a preschool to our community is a ministry God has called us to share.

Classes and Fees

Preschool children ages 3-4 ​​

​For our preschool program we offer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, morning or afternoon. Morning classes are from 8:45-11:15 and afternoon classes are from 11:45-2:15. There will be a $40 registration fee at the time of registration. Students in the preschool class will owe $80 beginning in September through May. The annual tuition will be $720 however a 5% discount will be given if the annual tuition is paid in full prior to September 1st making the tuition $684.00.
​What preschool will be learning goes as follows:
  • counting 1-25
  • associate number 1-10 with objects
  • colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange,purple, pink, white, brown, gray, and black
  • shapes: circle, square, triangle, star, diamond, oval, cube, pentagon, hexagon, and rectangle
  • alphabet: sight recognition, distinguish upper and lower case letters, associates beginning letter with words (example: B is for Ball)

Pre-K children ages 4-5

​​For our Pre-K program we offer classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:45a.m.-2:00p.m.​ There will be a $40 registration fee due at the time of registration. Students enrolled in this program will owe $125 beginning in September through May. The annual tuition will be $1125 however a 5% discount will be given if the annual tuition is paid prior to September 1st making the tuition $1068.75 also families who enroll more than one child will be given a $5 deduction for each child.​​
​What Pre-K classes will be learning goes as follows:
  • counting 1-25
  • ​associate numbers 1-15 with objects
  • ​colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, brown, pink, white, and gray.
  • ​shapes: circle, square, triangle, diamond, star, oval, rectangle, pentagon,octagon, hexagon, cube, heart, and trapezoid.
  • alphabet: sight recognition, distinguish upper and lowercase letters, phonetic recognition
  • ​fine motor skills: properly holding scissors, pencils and crayons; cuts following a simple line.

We offer ​free tutoring!

Spring Vendor Sale

Open Hands Preschool is hosting our annual spring vendor/ craft fair!!
March 3rd 2018
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free admission
With over 25 vendors we have something for EVERYONE!

Located in the basement of First United Methodist Church at
201 North Meridian Street Brazil, IN 47834

For more information please call 812-443-2230
Or email us at
 Vendors include 

Handmade Crafts
Handmade Crafts
Homemade Food
Handmade Crafts
Sewn Crafts
Avon, rolls, noodles
Unique Country Senses
Snap Jewelry
Handmade Crafts
Girl Scout Bake Sale
Mamaw's Cakes &Candies
Pampered Chef
Limelight Makeup
Color street Nails
Shabby Girl Crafts
Mary Kay
Crafts &Clothes
Thirty One
RGF Gifts

For Paws Sake

The students got to enjoy learning about dogs and dog safety. We are blessed with the amount of dog items donated to For Paws Sake and they are very thankful to anyone who donated!

Open Hands Preschool Thanks You!

Presidents Day 2017

Creative Learning

Dr. Suess' Birthday 2017

Meet Our Staff
Chris Pestoff - Teacher/Director - Chris has 35 years experience teaching preschool, 11 years as director/teacher at Open Hands. Chris is a native of Clay County, a graduate of Brazil High School and a graduate of Indiana State University.
Lindsay Frye -Assistant Teacher- Lindsay is a graduate of Northview Highschool and went to Ivy Tech Community College for some time studying Early Childhood Education before she took time to enjoy her childrens youth. She is also CPR/ BLS certified and has a passion to work with young children.
Ellen Packard - School Board member and Substitute teacher.  Ellen is a native of Clay County, a graduate of Brazil High School, a graduate of Indiana University, and a retired certified Clay County teacher.
Linda Goda - School Board member and a Substitute teacher.  Linda is an Indiana State University graduate and a retired Vigo County School teacher.

Jennifer Smith- School Board member and Teacher at Northview Highschool.

Andrea Jones- School Board member

Lisa Kleiber- School Board member

Open Hands is a program at First United Methodist Church; Open Hands board members are:  Chris Pestoff, Ellen Packard, Linda Goda, Andrea Jones, Jennifer Smith and Lisa Kleiber.
Message Now!
Prepare Your Child Today.
For information please call Open Hands Preschool at 812-443-2230 or Chris Pestoff at 812-691-5303.
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