We are no longer accepting applications for Wee Explorers and After School for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at

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Wee Explorers

Wee Explorers End of the Year Video - May 2017

Wee Explorers at First Baptist Church of Sylva is a program that serves pre-school-age children in our community.

Our staff is dedicated to providing a creative, educational, loving and Christian environment to each and every child.

Wee Explorers runs during the school year on Mondays—Fridays from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Wee Explorers Rates:

  • $270 per month

After School

Our After School Ministry welcomes children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade to come and learn Bible stories, and make friends. Transportation may be available from your child’s school to our church. We follow the Jackson County Schools Smoky Mountain District Calendar. We meet Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 5:30 PM.

Tuition and Registration Fees:

  • One Child: $95 per month

  • Two Children: $150 per month

  • Three Children: $200 per month

The North Carolina Center for After School Programs named us the 2016 Faith-Based After School Program of the year.

Summer Explorers Camp

Summer Explorers campers will participate in a variety of activities, including faith development through Bible study and chapel, trips to the pool, library and other various places. 

For a preview of the fun we have at 1st Explorers' Summer Camp, check out the video below made by last year's group! 

Summer Explorers Camp 2018


Early Release Care 


We provide care on scheduled early release days. Care will not be provided on days that Jackson County Schools is released early due to inclement weather. 

Early Release Care Fees:

  • One Child: $15

  • Two Children: $20

  • Three Children: $30

Spring Break Care 

Spring Break Care is provided during Jackson County Public Schools' spring break from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Parents must provide breakfast and lunch for their children. Students will participate in learning bible stories, playing games and going on field trips.

Spring Break Care Fees:

  • One Child: $100

  • Two Children: $150

  • Three Children: $225

Parents Night Out Care 

We invite you to consider one of our Parents' Night Out dates this semester (see list below). Parents' Night Out is open to children of all ages; just be sure to register in advance so we can effectively prepare.

Fees: One Child: $25.00; Two Children: $30.00; Three Children: $35.00

Snow Day Care

Snow Day Care: 1st Explorers will give its best effort to provide care for school-age children when Jackson County Schools are closed due to snow. However, this care is not guaranteed for every snow day and is unlikely when there is actual snow. The director will make the decision based on weather conditions and staff availability. Parents/guardians will be notified via phone call and social media.

Snow Day Care Fees:

  • One Child: $35

  • Two Children: $50

  • Three Children: $75



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