Our Philosophy

We believe that childhood is sacred and should be preserved.

We believe that children’s brains develop through their active, self-directed hands on play.

We believe that children need unstructured free play (without adult direction.)

We believe that children unfold in their development.

…Liken it to a box opening…one cannot open flap B without first opening A.

We believe that the current educational “push down” that we are witnessing in kindergarten must not continue on down to early childhood.

Who We Are

First United Methodist Preschool (FUMPS) has been providing an inviting learning environment for over 50 years and is committed to helping each child discover, affirm, and develop the marvelous gift of his or her life. The preschool helps three- and four-year old children build self-confidence through interaction with others and discovery. A positive attitude toward learning is developed by presenting tasks for the children which they can enjoy and master. Children are encouraged to respect the rights and views of others while making decisions for themselves. Learning to get along with others is vital for success in the early school years.

Age Restrictions

Children in the 3 year old program must be 3 years of age on or before September 1st of the school year for which they are enrolling.

Children in the 4 year old program must be 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the school year for which they are enrolling and be eligible for public school kindergarten the following year.

          DCFS requires that all children must be toilet-trained.

School Hours

Morning 3’s 8:35 – 10:35 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Afternoon 3’s 12:10 – 2:10 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Morning 4’s 8:35 – 11:05 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Afternoon 4’s 12:10 – 2:40 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


A $100.00 fee is required when a child is registered for enrollment. This $100.00 fee does not apply toward tuition, nor is it refundable, but does include a tote bag. The tuition schedule is as follows:

3’s church member $190
3’s non-church member $210
4’s church member $215
4’s non-church member $235

Charges are for a 4 week period. Payments can be made in cash, by check or by direct debit from your bank account. Please make all checks payable to FUMPS (First United Methodist Preschool).

Payments should be sent to school with your child. Tuition is due on or before the first day of preschool in September and every 4 weeks thereafter according to the tuition schedule you will receive in the fall. Please send your payment in the tuition envelope that is provided.

Since the expenses of the school continue even when a child is absent for an extended period of time, the tuition must be paid. Non-payment of tuition is cause for dismissal of the child. If the family moves from the community, or on the basis of consultation between the parent and the director of the school it seems advisable to withdraw the child, the tuition obligation will cease. Tuition charges for families entering the program after the beginning of the school year will be determined according to the day of entry.

Please feel free to phone the preschool about any questions or problems you might have regarding preschool. The church number is 968-7120 x215.