WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL AT DUMC
Davidson United Methodist Church Preschool
P.O. Box 718, 233 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
Nancy Cork, Preschool Director
Weekday Preschool is an outreach of Davidson United Methodist Church. We serve families and children of the church and the surrounding communities as space permits. We are guided in our work with children by the belief that each child is a unique gift of God worthy of love, respect, and encouragement.
Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be part of our daily schedule. School operates on a September to May schedule, excluding days off as stated in the Parent Handbook distributed in the Fall.
That young children learn the foundations of trust, love, faith, hope, and forgiveness as they interact with caring adults and other children in a nurturing environment.
That children learn best with a low student/teacher ratio.
In the importance of encouraging growth of the whole child including the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cognitive development.
That development is a sequential interrelated process and that each child has an individual pattern and timing of growth, learning style, and family history.
That children need to be able to identify and communicate their feelings, needs, and desires in order to begin to function positively in society.
That children have important rights as human beings.
That children must learn respect for others and appreciation of differences.
Children must learn problem solving skills rather than correct answers.
That it is the job of teachers to prepare the environment with a rich variety of opportunities for concrete “hands-on learning”. Our curriculum is based on the belief that “children’s work is play.” Our daily program includes art, music, literacy, science, math, physical and community experiences.
That it is important to have families take an active part in the Preschool.
That learning is a life-long process.
Admission and Registration
Admission to the preschool is determined by lottery. The lottery is conducted in the following priority order:
1. Currently enrolled children of church members (joined by 1/01/14) and their siblings.
2. Currently enrolled children of non-church members and their siblings.
3. Siblings of alumni children who have graduated from our program.
4. Children of DUMC members (joined by 1/01/14) who are not currently enrolled in our program.
5. General Public.
Registration for the lottery will be open February 3-14, 2014. Beginning February 3, registration forms will be available in the Preschool Office, Room 119 in the Alexander Education Building during Preschool hours (9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Registration fee: $75.00 for first child, $60.00 for additional child.
Tours of the school, beginning in the Sanctuary, will be held Thursday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are not required.
The lottery will be conducted on February 21, 2014. Written confirmation of lottery results will be sent to all participants. No enrollment information will be given by phone. The school will maintain waiting lists should your choice not be available. If space in the program is not available for your child, all fees will be returned to you.
The first tuition payment is due April 1, 2014. This payment is for May 2015’s tuition. This payment of tuition is non-refundable
Transitional kindergarten (TK)
TK students must be five years of age by 08/31/14.
A meeting for parents of prospective TK (five-year-old) students will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 9:15 a.m. in Room G1 of the Alexander Education Building.
Parents of TK students must include, in addition to the registration fee, your May, 2015 tuition at the time of registration. This payment is not refundable. Payment #2 will be due May 1, 2014. This payment is for April 2015. This payment is refundable only if the student moves outside of the Lake Norman area and gives a 30-day notice
Tuition Fees (2014-15)
Tuition is based on nine months and is paid monthly.
2-day 2’s T/TH $182
3-day 2’s MWF $232
2-day 3’s T/TH $178
3-day 3’s MWF $224
3-day 3’s MTTH $224
3-day 4’s MTTH $224
4-day 4’s T-F $271
4-day 4's + Monday M-F $319
TK 5's M-F $329
Registration fee: $75.00 for first child, $60.00 for additional child.
Classes by Birthdate
2’s 8/31/12 - 8/30/11
3’s 8/31/11 - 8/30/10
4’s 8/31/10 - 8/30/09
TK 5’s 8/31/09 - 8/30/08
Child Teacher Ratios
TK 5’s 15:2
Some exceptions may be made to these limits where circumstances are deemed necessary by the Preschool.
In order to facilitate the child and teacher becoming acquainted with each other and the routine of the new class, all children will be “eased in”. This “easing in” process will be different for each age group. If individual children need more time, the teachers and Director will work with you to meet your child’s needs.
All children’s medical records must be in the school office NO LATER THAN August 1. YOUR CHILD CANNOT ATTEND PRESCHOOL UNTIL THESE COMPLETED FORMS ARE RECEIVED.
Funds are available for scholarships. If you need assistance, please complete an application available through the Preschool Director. Applications are reviewed by the scholarship committee and are kept strictly confidential.
An Early Childhood Education major, Nancy Cork has nine years classroom teaching experience and 28 years experience as a Preschool Director. Nancy has been Preschool Director at DUMC since July 2001.