The Methodist Preschool

The Methodist Preschool was established in 1963 and provides an enriching early childhood experience for three-, four- and five-year olds. The Methodist Preschool offers a parent participation program in which parents and teachers nurture young minds. Through participation, parents enjoy the experience of being involved in their child’s preschool education.

We strive to create a warm, loving, learning environment that stimulates creativity and produces an atmosphere conducive to developing a positive self-image for each child. For more information or to learn how to register your child, go to

Parents’ Morning Out (PMO)

Founded in 1992, the Parents’ Morning Out/Children’s Time Together (PMO) program of The United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls is a mid-week Christian education program for young children, age 12 months to 3 years as of September 30. A second day “enrichment day” is available for children at least 2-1/2 years old by this date.

Children participating in PMO experience a variety of activities in a safe, clean, nurturing atmosphere.  Daily lesson plans include Bible stories, related songs, art projects and crafts, music, healthy snacks and social skills development activities, as well as age-appropriate exposure to colors, shapes, letters and numbers. Children enjoy your packed lunch before going home.

PMO is designed to give children time together with other children of similar ages to learn and grow through play and to provide their parents the opportunity to recreate, renew, or just “be”, knowing their child is safe, happy and well cared for. Parents may enroll their child into one of seven classes offered each week, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., mid-September through mid-May.

For more information or to add your child to the waiting list, please contact Leslie McKnight, PMO Director, at or call 440-247-5848, ext. 108.

PMO and Methodist Preschool Directors

PMO Director Leslie McKnight (L), Methodist Preschool Director Beth Barber (R)

Leslie McKnight, Parents’ Morning Out Director

Leslie McKnight, mostly known as “Miss” Leslie, is the founder and director of our Parents’ Morning Out (PMO) program, a weekday 31-week Christian-based opportunity for young children. Leslie hails from North Carolina where she earned a BA in Psychology and minor in K-12 Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior, Health Education, and Occupational Health Promotion at rival University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first teaching job was with emotionally disturbed, aggressive adolescents who had been permanently expelled from public and juvenile correctional institutions. She moved to Ohio to work as a public health specialist for an international union and joined The United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls  in 1990 after marrying Ohio native Jonathan McKnight. Miss Leslie also serves as Chairperson of The UMC of CF Outreach Team, President of Care for Kenston Political Action Committee, and enjoys volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank and the Lake/Geauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She has attended many PMO graduates’ high school graduations and looks forward to that first wedding invite!

Ellen Davidson, Methodist Preschool Director

My name is Ellen Davidson and I recently moved into the Director role after a successful ten years on the Methodist staff. During that time, I was responsible for a variety of teaching, programming and administrative duties.

The role of Director is one that I have always loved and admired. It is an excellent fit for my skill set and personal strengths. In my 26 years of professional experiences, I have never encountered a more sincere, capable and loving group of individuals who dedicate their time and talents to teaching our area’s young children. I am honored to have the privilege of serving the church and preschool in this capacity!