The early childhood years are a crucial and exciting time, full of discovery and learning. Fair Haven Methodist Day School is built on a strong foundation of excellence and dedication towards children and families. We strive to provide a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment that enables young children to reach their fullest potential while growing physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
Located in West Houston, Fair Haven Methodist Day School was established in 1957. Fair Haven received accreditation status from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs in 1988, becoming one of the earliest programs in Houston to achieve this honor. The school is licensed by the state of Texas.
Educating and nurturing young children from infancy thru kindergarten, Fair Haven is conveniently situated off I-10 West and the Sam Houston Tollway. The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. Optional extended hours are available for all students from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Fair Haven Methodist Day School closely follows Spring Branch Independent School District’s academic calendar. An additional program during the summer is also offered.
We are very proud of our association with Houston’s Family-Centered Child Care Collaborative (FC4), a network of schools and child care centers that involves parents in implementing and planning services and programs at the school. FC4 enhances the development of child care centers to become family-centered through a consultant support relationship, child care staff training, parent involvement and education, mental health services, and links to community resources.
Fair Haven is also an active member in the Collaborative for Children network — a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of early care and education in the Houston area. Partnering with families and community-based organizations, the Collaborative for Children focuses on young children from birth to age six.
High quality early childhood education programs benefit children. Children who experience a quality program have greater academic success, enhanced self-esteem, and increased self-control. There are four factors present in high quality programs:
Fair Haven strives to keep the number of students assigned to each staff member lower than that required by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services’ Minimum Standards.
Due to Fair Haven’s commitment to excellence, all preschool and kindergarten teachers hold college degrees — we are extremely proud of the educational levels of our staff. A strong emphasis is placed on continuing education and staff development for all members of Fair Haven’s faculty. Teachers participate in various professional growth activities, including seminars and conferences to enhance their content teaching, methods and strategies. All staff receive at least 15 hours of training per year, as well as CPR and first aid certification.
The staff turnover rate is low (a majority of Fair Haven teachers have been associated with the school for many years) and the school Director has been employed at Fair Haven for more than 25 years.
Fair Haven places the value of every individual student above all else and recognizes that each child grows at his or her own pace. As a result, we strongly believe that maintaining a low child-to-staff ratio is of the utmost of importance. Fair Haven Methodist Day School’s child-to-staff ratios consistently remain significantly below the minimum guidelines set forth by the state of Texas. Large and spacious classrooms provide an ideal setting for learning.
The playground at Fair Haven is the pride and joy of the school and remains one of the largest in Houston. Well-shaded under aged spreading oak trees, our playground offers a safe and secure environment, perfect for outdoor exploring and learning.