Mission Statement

It is the mission of Westminster Weekday Schools (WWDS) to provide a program for our students that allows them to be active learners and unique individuals. Through our Children’s Day Out (CDO), (9 months – 2 years of age), and Day School programs, (3–5 years of age), we provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities by offering a multitude of hands-on experiences to develop the “whole child” – spiritually, cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially. We believe in providing a learning environment that supports children’s initiatives to explore, investigate, observe and experiment while allowing for appropriate risk taking within safe boundaries. In doing so, we strive to foster in our students, the development of self-esteem, self-concept and social competence and create a life-long love of learning. Westminster Weekday Schools welcomes and serves children of all races, nationalities, and religious creeds, infants through pre-kindergarten age.

About Our Child Care & Preschool

Westminster Weekday Schools is a part of Westminster United Methodist Church and has been in operation for almost 50 years. Our classes are for children nine months of age through pre-kindergarten. We believe in a play-based learning environment that supports children’s initiative to explore, investigate, observe, and experiment while allowing for appropriate risk taking within safe boundaries. We provide opportunities and experiences to develop the whole child – spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Westminster Weekday Schools is a NAEYC accredited program and is licensed by the Texas DHHS with the Texas Child-Care Licensing office.

Teacher/Child Ratios

For the Children’s Day Out program (9 months-two years), the child/teacher ratio is 3-to-1 for the infant class and up to 6 to 1 for the two year old classes.

In the Dayschool (3 -5 years), the child/teacher ratio is 7-to-1 for the three year old classes and up to 8-to-1 for the older children.

Our Teachers

Our teaching staff is highly qualified with at least two teachers per class. In order to provide the utmost in instruction and meet the individualized needs of each child, our child/teacher ratios are kept low and meet NAEYC requirements.

All teachers participate in at least 24 hours of continuing education courses annually in order to stay current with early childhood education information and to improve their skills. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. Infant and Toddler teachers are also certified in Infant CPR, trained in Shaken Baby Syndrome, and trained in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

To provide the best support for our teachers and students a Child Development Coordinator and a Curriculum/Teacher Support Coordinator are on staff. 

Our Director

Talisha Fitzgerald grew up in Houston and attended all HISD schools, graduating from Evan E. Worthing High School in 2000. She then attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Upon graduation, Talisha began working for a Star of Hope Family Shelter in their onsite preschool; it is where her love and passion for teaching children began. She taught the Orange Fish and Green Gator classes, and was the WWDS Registrar before becoming Director. Talisha has been married to Ray for 15 years and they have three beautiful sons.

The Assistant Director

Ruthie Holguin has been with Westminster for 24 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She taught in the classroom for four years, and was the CDO Curriculum Coordinator for nine years before becoming the Assistant Director. She has two sons and a daughter who are all WWDS graduates.