About PDO

The Parents' Day Out ministry (PDO) at Avondale United Methodist Church is a program for children 6-weeks through 4K.

PDO is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Tuesdays & Thursdays only during the summer). During their time with us our trained staff will provide your child with a safe, nurturing learning environment in which your child can thrive.

The PDO Philosophy

PDO offers more than childcare; it is a dynamic learning environment in which children participate in age-appropriate activities and lessons designed to foster cognitive, physical, spiritual, and social development. Our program is one of the most respected part-time preschool programs in the area. Our graduates enter kindergarten with a solid foundation in the language, math, and social skills they will need to succeed and the moral foundation that will help them become who God dreams they can be.

How the Program Works

PDO is available to children who are at least 6-weeks old through five years old (pre-kindergarten).

School Year

During the school year the program operates three days per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Children may be registered for all three days, or kids under 3 may optionally be registered for 1 or 2 days. Classes run from September through mid-May with a Christmas break and a spring break.


Our summer program, which runs in June and July, is divided into two three-week terms. Our summer program is available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children may attend one day or both days.


For both the school-year and summer program, drop-off is 9:00 am. Pickup is at 1:00 pm. Early drop-off and late-pickup are not allowed.

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There is limited availability in all classrooms and spaces are assigned based on the order in which completed applications are received. After your application and registration fee are received, a representative from the PDO will contact you to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss your child's placement.

After being offered a placement, your child's final admission will be contingent upon receiving the required STATE OF ALABAMA – CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION from your child's pediatrician.

Registration Fee

The PDO assesses a non-refundable registration fee of $125.00 for each child's application.  No application will be considered until the registration fee payment has been received.

Pay Online

Pay your registration fee online using your credit/debit card, checking or savings account, or PayPal balance. Click "Select Options" below.  Payments will be processed securely by PayPal.  Note that online payments will appear on your credit/debit card statement as "AvondaleUMC."

Pay by Check

Pay using a personal check payable to "AUMC PDO."  Be sure to include your child's name in the "memo" line.  Send your payment to

Parents' Day Out
500 40th St S
Birmingham, AL 35222