Preschool & Kindergarten



FUMC Preschool has been voted the Fredericksburg parent & FAMILY Magazine's top "FAVORITE PRESCHOOL" 5 years in a row from 2017-2021!

We are SUPER excited to announce that the Preschool Board and Fredericksburg UMC's Church Council have voted to add a Half-day Kindergarten opportunity to our class offerings.  ( started fall of '22). Email Director -Becky Patrick for more information and to register! 

Check out this overview of the program and a glimpse into what a day is like at preschool! 

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FUMC Preschool & Kindergarten 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.

Administration of FUMC Preschool & Kindergarten

The operation of the schools 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 have 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 that would prevent them from caring for children. 

FUMC school 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 3 to 5 years old, with a maximum enrollment of 110 total children per day.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students in our 3s classes, 14 students in our 4s classes, and 14 students in Kindergarten.  Each class has one teacher and one assistant, with 2 adults in each class at all times.
FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten does not provide food service. Children bring their snacks from home each day.
FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten does not provide transportation services for enrolled students.
Annually, the school completes a health inspection through the Virginia Department of Health and a fire safety inspection through the Fredericksburg Fire Department.
All preschool staff are 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.

School Activities Include...

  • Classes for children ages three through five
  • Classes meet two, three, or five days per week
  • Classes include physical education and music as well as daily playground time
  • Graduation Ceremony in May (four-year-olds)
  • Field Trips (fire department, pumpkin patch, and others)
  • Chapel Lessons monthly in the sanctuary

Director: Becky Patrick
Assistant Director & Financial Administrator: Gina McDermott 
Contact us by email at  
You may also call the preschool office at 540-899-3172.