Our central message is one of God’s unconditional love. Our ministry involves helping children to learn to live lovingly. Each child at our preschool will have every opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually to their fullest potential.
Washington Street Preschool was established in 1991 as a ministry of the Washington Street United Methodist Church and serves children two and a half to five years of age in a half day program. We are proud of our small class sizes and our experienced teachers, several of whom have been employed at the preschool for more than eight years. The educational program reflects our philosophy of learning through play by using the Creative Curriculum Goals and Objectives as the framework for our approach to teaching young children. Learning through play provides young children the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, strengthen language and social skills, cultivate empathy, and make sense of their world.
As children play with each other
- They learn to see other children’s points of view and begin to become empathetic and caring.
- They learn to use language in new ways to describe their play, express their needs and wants, and to interact with others.
- They develop their muscles, balance, stamina and coordination.
Special attention is given to each child’s abilities and interests, using his or her strengths to foster development in all areas. Through art, music, drama, and play, children enrolled in our program are encouraged to expand their imagination, develop confidence in their abilities, and build a strong self-image.
As a mission of Washington Street United Methodist Church, WSUMC Preschool is a non-profit entity. Although exempt from state licensing mandates due to our religious affiliation, WSUMCP complies with basic health and safety standards established by the Commonwealth of Virginia for programs serving young children, and annually passes health, sanitation and fire safety inspections. The Virginia Milestones of Child Development and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines are used for curriculum, assessment and professional development. Additionally, Virginia Star Quality Initiative’s high standards for environment and interactions also are followed. Learn more about worship at Washington Street UMC.