After serving the Syracuse community for 11 years, Train Up a Child Christian Preschool held its last Graduation/Promotion Program May 3.  The preschool has closed at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Over the past 11 years, Train Up a Child has taught 189 children from 129 families.  Some of those students attended two or even three years. Throughout that time, the preschool focused on providing Christian education and serving those families wherever needed.
The school’s beginning came from an idea and those willing to carry out the plan.  Syracuse Baptist Church pastor Fred Anderson has a heart for Christian education, and when the previous Syracuse preschool closed (that had been held at Syracuse Methodist Church), discussions began in earnest about starting a preschool at Syracuse Baptist Church.
Train Up a Child director Cheryl Anderson said, “There was no preschool in Syracuse so we felt like that would be a good opportunity and a way to serve the community at the same time.”
They prayed about the decision to move forward, and in 2006, the preschool opened for its first class.  
The first year, Andrea Cannon and Jeanene French, and Lisa Cast were teachers and director.  
For the next four years, Lisa Cast, Jeanene French, and Cheryl Anderson served as teachers and director.  Over the last six years, Cheryl Anderson has served as the director with Jeanene French and Mary Kay Arnold teaching.
Three additional preschool options will be available in the community this fall, and with that availability, there was a drop in enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year at Train Up a Child.  
Anderson said even with less students and possibly fewer days, the church’s elder board had reviewed options for continuing to provide the preschool, but it would have meant substantial cost.
About making the final decision, she said, “I think this is just the Lord saying every ministry has a season and it must be time for us to be done.”  Though it has been an emotional decision for the church, they have focused on Ecclesiastes 3:1 - “To every thing there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”
Though the preschool is closing, Syracuse Baptist Church still offers children’s ministry that is open to all children.  During the school year, the church runs a weekly Awana program for children ages preschool through 6th grade.
They will hold Vacation Bible School for preschool through 4th grade students May 30-June 2 at the church from 9a.m.-11:30a.m. each day.  All children are welcome to attend; contact Cheryl Anderson at 402-269-5876 for registration or questions.
The best part of having the preschool over the last 11 years, Anderson said, was being able to minister to children and put scripture into their lives.  
“I think it’s been beneficial for our church and the community to have that.  It’s helped people to see who we are, and I hope that’s all positive… I really do appreciate the way the community has responded to us and supported us over the years.  We really have felt very positive support from the community for the years that we did serve and we’re happy to have the opportunity to do that,” she said.