Scottsville United Methodist Preschool

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

Now Enrolling for the 2021/2022 School Year

Download Registration Form Now

We are excited about getting to know your child and are certain this will be a happy and successful year.

SUMP admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, national and ethnic origin. Students with special needs will be considered on a case by case basis, depending on our ability to fully accommodate the student’s needs.

Mission & Philosophy

Our ultimate goal is to provide a joyful, enriching experience for children, and to develop in each child a love of learning and an interest in exploring new ideas and concepts in all of his/her types of intelligences.

We believe in providing a supportive and nurturing learning environment for children.

We believe preschool children learn about themselves and their environment best through active participatory learning.

We believe an excitement for learning is best generated in a setting that presents opportunities and avoids achievement pressures.

We aim to support children in developing self-control, respect for the ideas and feelings of others, creativity, curiosity, self-expression, reasoning/thinking skills, and self-confidence.

Your Child’s Day

Each day has a balance of structured and unstructured activities that are both child initiated and teacher directed. Your child can play and learn cooperatively with friends, explore materials and learn at his or her own pace. All children have a greeting time, structured small and large group activities, planning and review time, snack time, and active or outside play. Every day, children have access to dramatic play equipment, art activities, sand/water table, music and movement, building and manipulative toys, reading books, and nature/science materials. Classroom materials are constantly changing as new themes arise or activities are introduced.

There is no dress code, but please dress your child for active, messy play! Also, please send a full change of seasonally appropriate clothing which will be stored at the school to be used as needed.

We ask that parents provide a nutritious snack for their child each day. Please notify your child’s teacher of ANY food allergies. SUMP adheres to a “No Nut” policy (including peanuts & tree nuts).

At this time there is no playground at SUMP. Children will engage in daily gross motor activities and active free play in the church’s large Fellowship Hall.

Field Trips may be scheduled throughout the year. Parents are invited to assist as chaperones and by providing transportation.

Registration & Enrollment

If you are unable to download the registration form at the top of the page, you may request a Registration Form by calling the church office at 434-286-4736 or emailing the preschool at

Submit the Registration Form along with a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to:

SUM Preschool Registration

PO Box 280

Scottsville, VA 24590

Class size is limited to 15 children, with a lead teacher, a second teacher, and an aid. This exceeds the DSS teacher:child ratio of 1:10, and aligns with the church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

Tuition Rates:

3-Day Admission (M, W, F) – $270/month

2-Day Admission (M and W or F) – $230/month

SUMP operates on a 9-month schedule, which basically follows Albemarle County Public School’s starting and ending dates, holidays, and school closings.

The preschool is in operation Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-12.

Upon admission, each family will receive a Parent Handbook that should answer your questions about policies and procedures of the school. Should you ever have questions about your child’s preschool experience, please feel free to request a time to talk to the teachers.

Parents are always welcome in the classroom. Whether it is simply to enjoy watching your child learning to navigate in his ever-widening world, or because you have a hobby or talent to share, please let your child’s teacher know.

Disclaimer: Scottsville United Methodist Church is a Religiously Exempt Child Day Center operated by Scottsville United Methodist Church. Although the preschool is not licensed by the Department of Social Services (DSS), SUMP voluntarily strives to meet or exceed licensing standards regarding the health and safety of its children, the quality of its program, and the selection, screening and training of its staff.

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