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For nearly 30 years, Trinity United Methodist PreSchool (TUMPS) has provided a loving and nurturing environment to meet children’s spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. TUMPS is a play-based preschool. We believe a preschool child learns best through play. Play enables children to make sense of their world – to develop social understanding, expand their language skills, and learn basic math concepts. At TUMPS, children grow through play, as they mature from solitary play, to parallel play to cooperative group play. These are important social stages for later life challenges.
TUMPS is a Christian preschool open to families of all faiths. We lead children in a simple prayer each day. We discuss the wonders of God’s Creation and how we can respect it and each other.
TUMPS has programs for children 2 years to 5 years:
Programs for 2 Year Olds
Our TYKES program is a weekly one-day class offered for 2 year olds and a parent or caregiver. The class is limited to eight children. Children must be 2 years old by September 30 of their entering year. TYKES consists of free play, songs and finger plays, a story, a surprise bag, a take-home project and movement activities.
Our TOTS program is designed for older 2 year olds and younger 3’s, and children attend without their parent. The child must be two by the end of February preceding the fall entry. The class is limited to 12 children with two teachers and one parent helper. Each parent will be expected to help on a rotating schedule. The TOTS program is similar to TYKES with longer free play, large muscle play and a snack.
Programs for 3 Year Olds
We have morning and afternoon programs for 3 year olds, two or three days a week. Any child who will be 3 by September 30 of their entering year will be eligible. Class ratio is two teachers to 16 children. The daily schedule consists of free play, together time where we sing, play games and have finger plays, snack time, story time, sharing and large muscle play.
Programs for 4 Year Olds
Our programs for 4 year-olds consist of morning and afternoon programs three and four days a week. Any child who will be 4 by September 30 of their entering year will be eligible. Class ratio is two teachers to 18 children. The daily schedule consists of free play, together time where we sing, play games and have finger plays, snack time, story time, sharing and large muscle play.
Starflight is a pre-kindergarten program open to children who will be 5 by September 30 of their entering year. Four year olds may be admitted with the approval of the director. Class ratio is two teachers to 18 children, and it runs five days a week. The daily schedule expands on our program for four year olds with an emphasis on independence.