About Us

About Kirkwood United Methodist Preschool

Kirkwood United Methodist Preschool is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, Christian environment where all children, families, and staff can learn and grow.

Our History

KUM Preschool celebrates over 50 years of learning and growing. Our school opened in April, 1962 on a trial basis with 30 children enrolled and a staff of two teachers. The trial was a success and in the fall of 1962, KUM opened with an enrollment of 45 children and a staff of three teachers. KUM continues to offer a variety of classes with an enrollment of over 150 children. There are 20 staff members including specialists who teach movement, music, Spanish and atelier.

Our Philosophy

KUM believes in providing a strong foundation in social and emotional development through play-based learning. Developmentally appropriate curriculum is designed and facilitated by a dedicated staff of early childhood professionals so that children may achieve personal, social, and academic success while developing a love of learning in the process.

Our Curriculum

The classroom curriculum is designed to include a large block of time for child-directed play among the various centers in the room. During this time, teachers prepare the classroom with engaging materials and learning opportunities so that children may explore and act on their environment, observe and ask questions, and interact with others. Activities are also provided to practice emerging, age-appropriate skills during teacher directed, small group activities. Further options are also offered throughout the week to enrich the child’s school experience.


The Kindness Code

The Kindness Code is an approach to supporting children’s behavior with empathy, direct
teaching, guidance/re-direction, and positive language. The Kindness Code does not use
threats, anger, punishing, or shaming to ensure cooperation. By using and modeling
kindness through The Kindness Code, we increase the likelihood that our students will
have positive social/emotional growth and increased compliance.


Enroll Now

K.U.M. welcomes families of all races, religions, and/or nationalities. We are currently accepting registration applications for new students. Registration applications are available online and at the preschool office. Click the link below for forms, dates and additional information.



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