The Odyssey Preschool

2, 3, & 4 Year Olds

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Nurturing Faith, Building Futures

At Payson Christian School: The Odyssey Preschool, we pride ourselves on more than just providing daycare; we offer a transformative early education experience. Our preschool division earned a five-star rating from an independent statewide preschool oversight group. This division is staffed with highly qualified educators dedicated to nurturing young minds and preparing them for their forthcoming academic journey. With our accredited program and outstanding curriculum, we lay a solid foundation for future learning. Dive into an environment where your child does not just grow but thrives. Join us in our commitment to excellence in early childhood education. Apply early; spaces fill rapidly with waiting lists every year. Limited scholarships are available.

Meet Our
Preschool Staff

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Mrs. Judy Contrato

First Steps Teacher

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Mrs. Gwen Nees

Pathways Teacher

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Mrs. Amie Horsley

Highways Teacher

“The teacher always kept us updated on his progress. She made him feel safe and loved!”

PCS Odyssey Parent

Daily Activities

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Biblically-based education

At our preschool, NOT just a daycare, we believe that every child is a precious gift from God, and education should reflect that truth. We’ve blended specific and limited Reggio Emilia, HighScope, Waldorf, and Montessori pedagogy, not philosophy, with a biblical worldview to create a nurturing environment where children not only explore, learn, and grow but also develop a deep understanding of God’s love and grace.

As best we can, our classrooms provide a significant amount of freedom for children to learn at their own pace, fostering independence, critical thinking, and a lifelong love for learning. At this age, the latter is most critical. Every lesson, activity, and interaction is designed to align with the values and principles of our Christian faith.

Outdoor Play

We believe in nurturing the whole child, both in mind and body. In addition to providing a faith-based educational environment, we understand the importance of play and physical activity in a child’s development. That’s why we offer 30 minutes of dedicated playground playtime every day.

Our loving and dedicated staff are committed to creating an atmosphere where children can not only learn and grow academically but also engage in active play, fostering social skills and physical development. With our Christian values at the core of everything we do, we aim to provide a well-rounded educational experience that encompasses faith, fun, and friendship.

Bob Jones University Themed Lessons

We are proud to offer a curriculum inspired by the rich educational traditions of Bob Jones University. Our commitment to Christ-centered education means that every lesson, every activity, and every interaction is infused with biblical values and principles.

With a focus on academic excellence and spiritual growth, we provide a nurturing environment where children can explore, learn, and develop their faith. Our teachers are dedicated to creating a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning, all while instilling a biblical worldview.

1 Letter & 1 Number Per Week

Our Christian preschool combines the time-tested Montessori approach with a faith-based educational perspective. We believe in a holistic and personalized learning journey for every child. To achieve this, we introduce one letter and one number per week, allowing children to explore and master foundational literacy and numeracy skills at their own pace.

Weekly Craft

We believe in fostering creativity and imagination in young minds. That’s why we host a fun and engaging weekly craft session where children can explore their artistic talents, create beautiful projects, and most importantly, have loads of fun!

Each week, our little artists embark on a new creative adventure, working on exciting craft projects that stimulate their creativity and fine motor skills. Our dedicated staff ensures a safe and nurturing environment for children to express themselves while developing essential life skills.

Affordable Faith-Based Preschool

 Dual Accredited (Christian & Secular)
(++ Oversight by: DHS, First-Things-First, Security Cameras)
All staff are held to the highest standards. The following are yearly tuition rates (Some scholarships available): 2024–2025 Year

  • 4 Full-Days/Week Tuition: $7675 ($213/ Week)
  • 2 Full-Days/Week Tuition: $4750 ($132/Week)
  • 4 Half-Days/Week Tuition: $6450 ($179/Week)
  • 2 Half-Days/Week Tuition: $4100 ($114/Week)
  • Fridays: $60/day (For current students only & paid in full discount available)

“Because of these passionate teachers and employees, our first year in PCS was unbelievable, and we decided to come back the next year. We are very excited for next year!” PCS Odyssey Parent

For more information on the enrollment process, please call our office at 928-474-8050, or click here to send us your information through our Get In Touch form.

Payson Christian School
1000 E Frontier St
Payson, AZ 85541



Business Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Payson Christian School admits students and hires employees of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.