Blacksburg United Methodist Preschool

(BUMP)

For many years, the Blacksburg United Methodist Preschool has provided an excellent program of educational enrichment for young children in the Blacksburg area.

BUMP is now enrolling in our classrooms for the 2020 school year! Contact us at (540) 552-5424 ext. 7, or preschool@blacksburgumc.org for more information on how to register for our dynamic preschool program!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

Serving children in the Blacksburg area since 1949!

 

In 1949, before kindergarten classes were a part of Virginia's public school program, individuals in the church realized the need for a kindergarten program in the area. They requested and received the support of the United Methodist Women to open one of the first kindergartens in Montgomery County that same year, under the directorship of Virginia Kincaid. Margaret Atkins Worley was instrumental in this early endeavor. 

 

After approximately 10 years in operation, the sponsorship of the school was assumed by the Church at the request of the women's organization. A Board of Directors under the Committee on Education was elected to oversee the operation of the school.

 

In 1974, after public kindergartens were legislated in Virginia, the church's program was redesigned for children 3-5 years of age, and kindergarten classes were discontinued.  At this time, the school's name was changed to the Blacksburg United Methodist Preschool (BUMP). 

 

Our Programs

111 Church St. SE, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Thank you for your interest in our preschool. BUMP is offering our four-year-old students a 4-day option (Mon thru Thurs) and a 5-day option. For our younger three-year-old students we are offering a 2-day (Tues/Thurs), 3-day (Mon/Weds/Fri), and 5-day option.

Tuition Rates

Our 2020/2021 monthly tuition rates are as follows:

  • 2 days - $225

  • 3 days - $285

  • 4 days - $345

  • 5 days - $400

Completed applications along with the $100 non-refundable enrollment fee may be turned into the preschool office. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first come first served basis. For more information, please refer to the attached documents under the "Resources" heading on this page. 

Operational Information

Arrival and Departure

The preschool operates from 9:15am to 12:30pm. Children should be picked up between 12:30 and 12:35. Please call the preschool at 540-552-5424 ext. 7 if an emergency prevents you from picking up your child on time. If bringing your child to their classroom, a parent or other designated adult should accompany their child to and from the classroom each day.

School Closings

When Montgomery County Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather, the preschool will also close. However, we will open on time if MCPS is delayed by one hour. We will open at 10:00am if MCPS is delayed by two hours. The MCPS closing hotline is 540-382-5102.

Licensing

BUMP operates under State Religious Exempt Status and files documentation annually with the Virginia Department or Social Services. The school is inspected annually by the Montgomery County Fire and Health Departments.

Kroger Card Donations

Help support the Preschool while you shop!

1. Go to Kroger.com

2. Create an account or sign in

3. Go to "My account" in the top right hand corner

4. Click "Community Rewards" on left hand side of screen

5. Add BUMP either by searching by name or by Organization number (MP876)

6. Shop at Kroger and BUMP will receive donations!

Want to learn more?

Reach out to Kristy Hudson, Preschool Director!

preschool@blacksburgumc.org

Phone: 540-552-5424 ext. 7

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Our Goals

 

  • Provide a happy, secure, and safe environment in which each child will develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.

  • Help bridge the gap between home and primary school

  • Provide age-appropriate, individual, and group experiences

  • Encourage creativity and language development

  • Provide challenges for self-expression, investigation, reasoning, and generalizing

  • Provide appropriate opportunities for growth in self-direction, independence, and self-discipline

  • Promote understanding and respect for social and cultural diversity

  • Provide opportunities for teachers and parents to work together for the welfare of the children

 

Blacksburg United Methodist Church /  540.552.5424  

info@blacksburgumc.org / Mailing Address: PO Box 931, Blacksburg, VA 24063