Welcome to Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool

Learning to Live Lovingly since 1991

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year

 Enrollment Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for the upcoming school year. 2024-2025 applications are due by Friday, February 23rd with priority given to early applicants. Please contact us with your enrollment questions or to schedule a tour.

Preschool Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:10pm

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Our Mission

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.

Our Philosophy

Washington Street Preschool was established in 1991 as a ministry of the Washington Street United Methodist Church and serves children two 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.
  • Learn to use language in new ways to describe their play, express their needs and wants, and to interact with others.
  • 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.

Religious Exemption

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.