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General Information About CFUMC Preschool


Directed by Linda Niles, the FUMC Preschool meets during the school year, 5 days a week, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, with extended care available until 3:30 p.m for a class of 10.

The preschool uses the children's wing of the church (the education building), the music room, and the old fellowship hall (Crossroads Cafe) for snack and party time or large group activities such as a visit from a postal worker, a dental assistant, or cooking experiences. We also use the Activity Center for pictures and playtime in the gym. The chapel is used two days per month and the sanctuary is used at various times during the year.

The classroom activities are structured and planned to help each child grow mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially, according to their own individual needs. The Staff believes that children learn best by doing; therefore the classrooms are a busy, noisy place where children are exploring all areas of learning. We incorporate field trips and guests who come to the school for more learning experiences.

The preschool is for children between the ages of 2 to 4 years. Some students repeat the four-year-old class if the parent feels they are not ready to enter the public school kindergarten.

Everyone benefits from our preschool! This program blesses all the community, children, teachers, and members of the church. As ministry of First United Methodist Church, the preschool opens the door for exposure to those students who are unchurched.

Preschool registration is held each spring, with enrollment of approximately 90 children. When classes are full, a waiting list is kept for the current year. New students can then enroll at any time during the year when an opening arises.

Our preschool office has an open door policy. If you would like to visit our preschool, please contact our Preschool Director, Linda Niles. We do follow DHR and the State of Alabama guidelines for background checks for teachers, substitutes and aides. Safety of the children is the first priority.

Preschool Registration for 2017-2018


March is that time of year for registration. If you would like to register a child for CFUMC Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year, please enter the church through the playground door and go to the Crossroads Cafe on March 13th at appropriate times listed below. Numbers will be given out upon entrance. All registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

The registration schedule is:

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 7:30-8:30 a.m. for children of First United Methodist Church members; 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. for currently enrolled Preschool families; Public Registration 5:00- 7:00 p.m.

ALL REGISTRATION IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Receiving this notice does not guarantee enrollment. A non-refundable $100.00 registration fee (for 1st child), $50.00 for 2nd child of same family, is due at registration. Classes are for 2 year olds through 4 year olds. The child must be class age on or before September 1, 2017. We will offer classes for: 2 Years- Tues. & Thurs., 3 Years- on Mon. Wed. Fri or Tues. & Thurs.; 4 Years-on Mon. Wed. Fri., or 1- Five day class.

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