Washington Street Preschool was founded to give young children every opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually to their fullest potential. Washington Street UMC Preschool engages a number of community partners and other programs to help enrich our curriculum and the student’s experiences throughout the year. Note: A number of these programs have been placed on hold as part of our COVID precautions and ALX Promise pledge. We look forward to ramping them up again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Walking Field Trips
Our 4 and 5-year-old students take regular chaperoned walking field trips to the Barrett Branch Library on Queen Street for special story times. Other walking field trips in Old Town include visits to our local Post Office (usually in time for Valentine’s Day), the Trice Alley Fire Station, and to Christ Church where children can see and appreciate the results of our annual Thanksgiving food drive.
Several times throughout the school year, visitors such as musicians, story tellers, and puppeteers are invited to the preschool. Students also participate in music, singing, dancing, and playing instruments daily in their classrooms.
Early exposure to a new language is another opportunity our students have at Washington Street Preschool. Each class level receives monthly Spanish language instruction from our own in-house language instructor.
In order to promote children’s curiosity and encourage their need for discovery, Washington Street Preschool offers a monthly Science Seed class taught by special instructors. Students learn geology, chemistry, biology, physics, nature and nutrition in fun, interactive and age-appropriate ways.
To support spiritual growth, the Preschool holds a Children’s Chapel Service each month led by the Preschool Director as well as the Pastor of WSUMC. Each fifteen-minute monthly Chapel Service consists of age-appropriate stories, songs, and prayer. Additionally, our Preschool participates in a variety of outreach and ministry programs, such as Thanksgiving food collections, Christmas giving programs, and more.
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (“Lunch Bunch”)
Washington Street Preschool offers a once per week After School Enrichment Program, during which children have an opportunity to interact with peers over lunch, brought from home, and participate in a special after school experience. In addition to the unique activities and games offered, “Lunch Bunchers” take a few walking field trips throughout the school year and enjoy several programs by visiting educational organizations and instructors. The program is currently offered to children in the 4’s/5’s. Note: During non-COVID times, we bring different classes together and expand Lunch Bunch enrollment to include MWF Bumblebee classmates.
More program information, including tuition, as well as registration for our Lunch Bunch Program will be available in September.