MECE Preschool & Kindergarten

Established in 1973, Methodist Early Childhood Education (MECE) Preschool and Kindergarten is a non-profit school operating on the East Campus of the First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton.

Under the leadership of Cathy Herschelman, Director, MECE is planned with keen awareness of the special characteristics, needs, interests, and way of learning of the young child. With loving teachers, MECE seeks to promote the child’s spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional maturity in an atmosphere which reflects basic religious values common to both the Methodist Church and other Christian religions.

The program provides appropriate developmental activities for each child in the areas of language arts, math, science, art, music, and physical education. The MECE teacher endeavors to emphasize the worth and dignity of the individual child and spiritual growth through educational and engaging activities.


As a United Methodist Association of Preschools’ accredited preschool, MECE is a Florida Gold Seal school.  The United Methodist Association of Preschools was established for the purpose of supporting and encouraging high quality, Christian, Early Childhood Education in weekday programs connected with the United Methodist Churches in the Florida Conference.
All MECE teachers are certified and have been fingerprinted and cleared through a background screening.

All MECE staff members attend at least 10 hours of continuing education annually and are CPR/First Aid trained and certified. All of our classes have 2 adults: a lead teacher and an assistant. Our ratios far surpass the state's standards:
 Class  Florida State Standard   MECE Preschool & Kindergarten 
 Twos  1:11  1:4
 Threes  1:15  1:6
 Fours  1:20  1:7
 Kindergarten  1:25  1:6