My 2 children have had wonderful experiences from 2years to 5 years of age at GUMP. It is a safe, caring, developmentally appropriate environment with wonderful teachers who are well-educated and kind. The faculty and staff are well-led by a highly competent and enthusiastic director.
Germantown United Methodist Preschool (GUMP) has been so important in both of my childrens' education. I couldn't ask for a better start for their education and life learning. My son just finished the Transition/Jr-k program, which is for children who aren't quite ready for kindergarten because of age, maturity, etc. It is the best thing I've ever done for him. His teachers were so loving, educated and organized. He is now prepared for kindergarten now in every way. It is summer now and he misses going to school!
There were 18 kids in my child's class and only two teachers. Due to a lack of space in the building, my child's class was not held in the same classroom everyday. On some days, the class met upstairs. Other days, they met in a downstairs classroom. Just remembering which carpool line to use for that day of the week was challenging. And the carpool line ran opposite of the painted directional arrows. The atmosphere lacked structure and consistency. The caliber of most of my child's teachers has been shockingly poor.
Both my children attendend GUMP. It is the perfect environment for young children. They learned so much through organized play and group activities. My children become more aware of the world around them and were able to connect their experiences at school to things that happened at home. The teachers are so loving and I felt confident they were caring for my young children in a nurturing way. Not one day did my kids not want to go to school. They loved it, so I loved it too!
By far, this is one of the most impressive programs I've seen. Both of my boys attended for two years and the curriculum and attitude of the teachers are both top notch. Aside from literacy and math skills, science, creative expression, social studies, and health are covered at a preschool/kindergarten level. Great school.