Preschool

FUMC Preschool has been voted the Fredericksburg parent & FAMILY Magazine's top "FAVORITE PRESCHOOL" in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020! 

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FUMC Preschool promotes the development of the whole child. Since children are developmentally different, we feel that each child deserves the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace with a carefully designed curriculum created to meet individual needs. Our staff of well-trained teachers and classroom assistants create an environment to stimulate learning, permit social interaction, and develop a feeling of security and self-confidence in a play-based atmosphere.

Our Philosophy

We have designed an individualized half-day program that begins with low student-teacher ratios in all of our classrooms. Continuing professional and educational opportunities are provided for our staff, giving them fresh ideas and new insights for working with the children.

Classroom experiences are enriched by music and physical education programs weekly, arts and crafts, educational learning centers, access to computers, dramatic play, creative play, socialization, field trips, storytimes, free play indoors and outdoors, and numerous extra-curricular activities based upon Christian principles.

Every student will gain phonic and early reading skills, introductory mathematics, and science skills, as well as handwriting and fine motor enhancement.

Our 3s and 4s classes will be involved in two public presentations: our Christmas program and an end-of-the-year program. Additionally, we host special Fathers' and Mothers' Nights annually for parents or other special loved ones of our 3s and 4s.

Administration of FUMC Preschool

The operation of the Preschool is under the guidance of a selected Board of Directors made up of members of the church, is financially non-profit and self-sufficient, and has met all documentation required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for religiously exempt preschools. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church has tax-exempt status as a non-profit religious institution per 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.  In compliance with the Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1716, FUMC Preschool is religiously exempt from licensure and is classified as a "religiously exempt child care center".  The preschool utilizes nine classrooms on the lower level of Kobler Hall, a preschool kitchen/gathering space, an outdoor enclosed playground, and also uses the Kobler Hall multi-purpose space for PE classes. Our job descriptions and staff qualifications are posted in the preschool office for review. All personnel has background checks through the Virginia State Police, the FBI, and the Virginia Department of Social Services. Also, all staff is certified annually by their physician to be free of any disability which would prevent them from caring for children. 

FUMC Preschool facility operates in 8 classrooms, a gathering space, and a music room on the lower level of Kobler Hall, within Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.  

We offer enrollment to children ages 2.5 to 5 years old, with a maximum enrollment of 138 total children.  Enrollment is limited to 10 students in our 2s classes, 12 students in our 3s classes, and 14 students in our 4s classes.  Each class has one teacher and one assistant, with 2 adults with each class at all times. 

FUMC Preschool does not provide food service. Children bring their snacks from home each day. 

FUMC Preschool does not provide transportation services for enrolled students. 

Annually, FUMC Preschool completes a health inspection through the Virginia Department of Health and a fire safety inspection through the Fredericksburg Fire Department. 

All staff is required to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. 

Every child enrolled in FUMC Preschool is covered by an accidental injury policy that is paid for by the preschool. In addition to accidental injury insurance, the preschool is also covered by a public liability insurance policy through the church. 

Our tuition rates are competitive and discounts are available for siblings. Limited scholarship funds are available yearly, with distribution based on financial need.

Preschool Activities Include...

  • Classes for children ages two through five
  • Classes meet two, three, or five days per week
  • Classes include physical education and music as well as daily playground time
  • Christmas Program in December
  • Annual Thanksgiving Feast in November
  • Annual Family Picnic in May
  • End-of-Year Program in May (three-year-olds)
  • Graduation Ceremony in May (four-year-olds)
  • Mothers' Night in the fall
  • Fathers' Night in the spring
  • Field Trips (fire department, pumpkin patch, and others)
  • Chapel Lessons monthly in the sanctuary

Director: Becky Patrick
Assistant Director & Financial Administrator: Karen Watts
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You may also call the preschool office at 540-899-3172.