About FUMP

Our preschool is a half-day, informal learning experience for boys and girls two thru four years of age. It provides children of all race and cultures with an opportunity to learn skills, to socialize with children their own age, learn new games and songs, do crafts and to experience being away from home for short periods of time. It is operated by a committee of church members that are selected for their interest in quality education. It is a non-profit program operating as a service to the community.

Our Philosophy

First United Methodist Preschool focuses on the whole child socially, cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our program is based on the guidelines established by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Each child is born with potential. We know that the Preschool years are the most critical time in a child’s development. They will learn trust, self-expression and self worth, depending on their environment and experiences. We, therefore, as an extension of the family, provide them with a warm, caring safe and secure environment in which to explore and discover those things around them and within themselves. In this environment, we offer the opportunities for children to make choices that will enhance their naturally emerging skills. We encourage independent thinking, curiosity, exploration and discovery through development appropriate curriculum, materials and methods. It is through movement and discovery, rather than a mobile state that children grasp and learn about the world around them.

First United Methodist Preschool provides a developmentally academic program. As stated above we believe that children learn developmentally, therefore the emphasis of our program is on the individual child and his/her own level of development; thus most of a child’s time is spent moving from activity to activity as he/she chooses, with the teacher stimulating, not demanding, him/her to experience new learning situations. The rooms are filled with learning centers for the children to work in and the teachers keep detailed records of their students progress. Group learning situations are also planned in which the children participate in field trips, in activities encouraging self-expression and creativity, or in projects touching the fields of science, music, art and physical development. Our belief is that children don’t need to be forced to learn. They want to learn and they will. We provide those opportunities for them and then they enhance them with their imagination, innocence and eagerness to discover and explore.


Mission Statement

Love, educate and minister to the children and families of the church and community.

Gears, twigs leaves…little children love the world. That is why they are so good at learning about it. For is is love not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning. Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow though that love?

Dr. Haim Ginott