ABOUT US

Christ United Methodist Preschool Center has been around for more than four decades.  We expanded our program in March 2005 from two classrooms in the Alpine Center to a four classroom program in a newly remodeled building on the church campus.  The facility also houses our admissions offices, indoor and outdoor playground, bathrooms for every classroom and a cafeteria downstairs.


We are open year round from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  We follow the Rockford Public School 205 holiday schedule and have our own specific inclement weather policy.  


We are an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services license preschool.  We have a mix of full-time and part-time teachers with a director and assistant director overseeing our center.  The preschool's teaching staff meets or exceeds the minimum requirements mandated by the DCFS.  Some staff members even hold advanced degrees in Early Childhood and Development.


If you want to learn more about our preschool, or stop in for a visit to see what we're all about, please contact the school office at (815) 398-1458.

Debbi Thurston

Debbi Thurston currently serves as the Preschool Center's Director.  She has been working at the Preschool Center for over 10 years starting out teaching 3-year-olds and then becoming the Assistant Director where she later became the Director.  


Debbi has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. She's been working with children and childcare centers for over 20 years. 


Debbi is married and has two children, one a freshman in college and one a sophomore in high school. She spends the majority of her time at swim events since both of her children are competitive swimmers. 

Terri Butler

Terri Butler currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Preschool Center. She began working at the Preschool Center over 12 years ago. She started as a parent bringing her child to the center, then serving as a substitute teacher and then becoming a full-time teacher in the 4-year-old classroom. 


Terri has three children. Her youngest child is still in high school. Her hobbies include going to the gym, running, reading, photography and baking. 

Christ United methodist preschool staff 

Back Row: Logan Redfield, Terri Butler, Julie Raimbault, Jessica Holmes and Debbi Thurston

Front Row: Tracey LaBorde, Jennifer Anders, Elizabeth Alberts, Michelle Cunningham and Jane Yoon


Not Pictured: Rebecca Mann

board of directors

Marg Arthur

Jack Becherer- Chairperson

Terri Butler- Assistant Director of Preschool Center

Kay Cull

Bruce Dearborn

Cliff Gillette

Rev. Scott Himel

Barb Mink

Traci Parker

Ted Plum

Kalli Bruck

Kasey Morgenstern

Sue Spitzer

Debbi Thurston- Director of Preschool Center


Christ United Methodist Church

Rockford, IL

(815) 399-5910