Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool FAQs

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will be an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. Our program will closely follow a Forest Kindergarten model of full nature-immersion with emphasis on natural rhythms, seasonal changes and the natural sciences. Children will learn about the plants, animals and systems in their own surroundings while developing a strong, place-based connection to the natural world. Participating in nature art and open-ended, outdoor play will foster creativity and complete focus as well as expose children to a wide variety of possible interests, to be revisited, perhaps, in the future.

Our beautiful facilities, owned and operated by Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock, are located approximately 1.5 miles west of Interstate 430 in West Little Rock on Cooper Orbit Road.


What will be the daily schedule?

Our daily schedule will look like this:

8:30am Start of Day

8:30am - 11:30am Morning Outdoor Adventure (Snack at 9:00)

(11:30am - 1/2 day ends)

11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm - 1:30pm Rest Time

1:30pm - 2:45pm Afternoon Outdoor Adventure (Snack at 2 pm)

3:00pm End of Day

Who can attend?

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will be an all-weather learning community for children, ages 3-5. We welcome your child into our program as soon as he or she is able to use the bathroom completely independently.

What about meals and snacks?

Families are asked to supply their preschooler with a lunch and two healthy snacks each day. Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool will provide milk or a milk alternative to each preschooler during snack times.

What if it is raining or cold outside?

Your preschooler’s safety is our primary concern and we will constantly monitor weather, especially on stormy and/or very cold days. We want your preschooler to be safe, always, and we also want to stress the importance of a true outdoor experience.

What are the scheduling options for outdoor preschool?

Monday - Friday, full-day

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, full-day

Tuesday/Thursday, full-day

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, half-day

A full-day is 8:30am - 3:00pm. A half-day is 8:30am - 11:30am.

What are Drop-off and pick-up times?

Preschoolers need to arrive at Lake Nixon between 8:15 and 8:30am. We begin our day together promptly at 8:30am.  Please plan on picking up your preschooler between 2:45 and 3:00pm. 

How much does it cost?

There will be a non-refundable application fee of $50 (plus a minimal processing fee) and a supply fee of $200 for the year. The supply fee will be due August 23rd, in order for us to prepare the materials and environment for September. 

Tuition will be due on the first day of each month, beginning on September 1, 2017.

A full-day is 8:30am - 3:00pm. A half-day is 8:30am - 11:30am.

Monthly fees are:

Monday - Friday, full-day: $650/month

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, full-day: $450/month

Tuesday/Thursday, full-day: $350/month

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, half-day: $250/month

Fees include morning and afternoon snacks and all programming materials.

When is open house?

Since we are a new program we would like to offer an Outdoor Preschool Preview to interested families. Plan to come out, see the facility, and meet our staff. Outdoor Preschool Preview days and times: Tuesday, 15 August from 4:30pm-6pm and Wednesday, 16 August from 4:30pm-6pm.

There will be an Open House at Lake Nixon Outdoor Center for registered preschoolers and families on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 5pm to 7pm. Preschoolers and parents have the opportunity to view the facilities, meet the staff, receive additional information and ask questions.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017 – Outdoor Preschool Preview (4:30pm-6pm)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 – Outdoor Preschool Preview (4:30pm-6pm)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 – Outdoor Preschool Open House (5pm-7pm)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 – First day of school

Friday, 13 October 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conferences - No school

Monday, 16 October 2017 – Teacher Work Day - No school

Monday - Friday, 20-24 November 2017 – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 18 December 2017 – Tuesday, 2 January 2018 - Winter Break

Wednesday, 3 January 2018 – Preschoolers return to school

Monday, 15 January 2018 – MLK holiday - No school

Friday, 16 February 2018 – Parent/Teacher Conferences - No school

Monday, 19 February 2018 – Teacher Work Day – No school

Monday - Friday, 19-23 March 2018 – Spring Break

Friday, 18 May 2018 – Last Day of School