Thank you for considering our Tots/Preschool/Kindergarten for your child. Our education philosophy is based on Learning Through Play, a hands-on experience through which every child can enter the playing field of life with a strong self-esteem, a cooperative spirit, a sense of creativity, and a joy of learning. We are proud to help develop the game plan for your child.
Our staff provides a wonderful atmosphere where children can learn and play in a warm and loving environment. We look forward to working with you and your child, and hope that the following information will be helpful if you enroll your child in our program. Should you have questions, please feel free to call me at (803) 781-0630.
Union United Methodist Church Tots/Preschool/Kindergarten Program gives children their first exposure to education and social development within a non-denominational Christian environment. Religious training is presented through Bible stories and religious songs; learning and using manners and courtesy is emphasized with each age group.
Our program is licensed with the S.C. Department of Social Services.
Our DSS license number is 16941.
Children enrolled in 3-year-old and older classes must be toilet-trained prior to entrance into the program. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control requires that each child enrolled at Union Tots / Preschool / Kindergarten must have a current, unexpired S.C. Immunization certificate on file within 30 days of enrollment. These may be faxed to us at 803-732-6945. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on regular school days.
Union United Methodist Church members and our currently enrolled families may register for the following school year on the last Monday in February. All other new students may register beginning the first Monday in March.
The registration fee for all classes is $125. This fee is payable at the time of registration and is your financial commitment to hold your child’s place until school begins. Registration fees are non-refundable/non-transferable.
This one-time fee covers the things your child will need for the entire year. You may choose to provide a special birthday snack for your child’s special day or help with a class party, but these activities are optional. The only other things your child will need are a tote bag or backpack and a raincoat with a hood. Children still in diapers will need a few other supplies.
A full month’s tuition is due regardless of the number of days attended each month. A late payment fee of $2 per business day will apply beginning the 26th of each month.
Early Bunch (7:30 - 8:45 a.m.) and Lunch Bunch (12 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.) are offered as an option for children enrolled in 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old classes several days per week provided enrollment numbers are met. Drop-in spots may be reserved if available.
Various enrichment classes are offered for children enrolled in 4- & 5-year-old classes several days per week Enrichment classes are a year-long commitment. There will be no drop-ins or changes in days allowed.
Barbie became the Director of Union United Methodist Preschool/Kindergarten in 2001. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Business Administration from Lander University and a Master's in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Barbie taught in the public school system for seven years. She and her husband, Mack, are the proud parents of two children who are both Union graduates.
Assistant Preschool/Kindergarten Director
Prior to becoming Assistant Director in 2006, Kathy taught the 5-year-old kindergarten class for ten years. She holds a B.A. degree in Business and Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education all from Columbia College. Prior to coming to Union, Kathy taught in Lexington-Richland School District Five and earlier served as Director of the Kindergarten at Columbia College. Kathy is married to Allen Horne and they have two grown children who are both Union graduates. In her free time Kathy likes to read and shop.
Union's Tots/Preschool/Kindergarten follows the Lexington/Richland School District #5 holiday and in-service day calendar. The hours of Tots/Preschool are 8:45 - 11:45 a.m. and the hours of 5-year-old Kindergarten are 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on all regular school days.
Want to know more?
Call the preschool office at 803.781.0630.