Contacting CHUM Preschool information...
Cahaba Heights UMC
Preschool & MDO
3139 Cahaba Heights Rd.
Vestavia Hills, Al 35343
EARLY BIRD: 8AM-9:30AM (fee is 5.00 per day)
STAY AND PLAY: 1:30PM-3:00PM (fee is 5.00 per day)
Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church Preschool is an extension of the church's whole ministry of caring for our community's children during the important formative years of development. Through a Christian atmosphere, and under the advisement of the Christian Education committee, the purpose of our program is to provide a happy, loving and stimulating environment in which children will develope and maintain a positive self-image.
We offer a curriculum using a variety of "hands-on" developmentally appropriate activities. We believe that children learn best "by doing". We teach prerequisite skills to academics through concrete learning experiences.
CHUM's Preschool is a family-orientated program in a Christian enviroment. Here, each child will have the opprotunity to learn how to:
1. Feel comfortable about being away from home.
2. Accept help and direction from adults.
3. Live in harmony with other children.
4. Value one's own rights and the rights of others.
5. Develope self-idenity.
6. Develope language, listening skills, the ability to follow directions and learn to speak in songs, poems and rhymes.
7. Strengthen physical skills by using large and small muscles.
8. Grow in ability to express inner feelings through music, movement, drama and art.
9. Be curious. To wonder, to seek answers to questions about themselves and their lives and discover the world around them through the secret of science.
To EXCITE, IGNITE and ENCOURAGE each individual child's curiosity for learning so that each student is excited to come to school and loves learning!
In following the guidelines set by the State of Alabama for school children, a child enrolling in the CHUM Preschool program must be two, three- or four-years old by September 1 of the year of his/her enrollment.
All Forms required for enrollment should be completed and returned to the Preschool Office prior to the first day of attendance. These forms include:
1. Registration Form( download pdf)
2. General Information Form
3. Emergency names/numbers
4. Transportation Plan
5. Medical Release Form
6. Blanket Field Trip Form*
7. Blue Immunization Record**
*The Blanket Field Trip Form for the 2 and 3-year-old Preschool children will allow them to go for walks to the empty lot next door to pick up fall leaves, acorns, etc. for art collages.
**THE BLUE IMMUNIZATION RECORD IS REQUIRED TO BE ON FILE AND MUST BE UPDATED WHEN NECESSARY. Children's files are kept confidential and are kept in storage for a period of two years after the child leaves our program.
Information about fees and tuitions...
A non-refundable registration fee of $125.00 is due at the time of enrollment. There is a $50 registration fee for returning students. Preschool tuition is based on a nine-month year at the following rates:
|Days Participating||Tuition||Supply Fee|
|Two Days Tue/Thu||    195.00||    50.00|
|Three Days M/W/F||    210.00||    60.00|
|Five Days M-F||    225.00||    80.00|
|Two Days Tue/Thu||    200.00||    50.00|
|Three Days M/W/F||    215.00||    60.00|
|Five Days M-F||    240.00||    80.00|
|Three Days M/W/F||    230.00||    125.00|
|Five Days M-F||    250.00||    125.00|
The Supply Fee is to be paid one time per year on ORIENTATION DAY in September.
We do have EARLY BIRD and STAY AND PLAY extended hours (see *Hours* for times). The fee is 5.00 per day for each.
Policy may be changed at any time without prior notice. All changes will be posted on the parent bulletin board at the Preschool office. Notices of changes will also be sent home.
All information contained herein is for general purposes only and subject to changes without prior notice. Please contact Mrs. Jana Cook, the MDO and Preschool Director for the most up-to-date information.
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The Teachers of CHUM Preschool...
Our teachers are selected by application to the Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church Preschool Committee on the basis of experience, education, Christian love and the ability to relate to the young child. We processes background checks on all applicants. Throughout the school year, teachers are required to attend workshops and other training events appropriate to continuing education in child developement. The Preschool Resource Library offers numerous books and magazines to help teachers keep abreast of current educational trends and teaching techniques.
Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."