Warrenton United Methodist Preschool

by Gail Lane

As a part of the Outreach Ministry, Warrenton United Methodist Preschool, aka WUMP, opened its doors as a “Parents Day-Out” preschool for 3 and 4 year olds in the fall of 1989. The program met 3 days a week (Tuesday - Thursday) between the hours of 9 and 1. That school year began with 2 classes, 24 students, and a staff of 4.    

 

WUMP as seen a lot of changes over the years. While it still serves 3 and 4 year olds, the school has seen 4 directors—Mrs. Wolczanski (1989 - 1992), Ginger Hilleary (1992-1997), Sandra Gentry (1997-1999) and Gail Lane (1999-2018). It has grown from the 24 students in the early years to an enrollment of over 100 and the addition of an afternoon session that ran for 4 years in the early 2000’s.  There has been an average of about 65 students over the years with classes meeting 4 days a week. 

 

In the early years, WUMP was considered a parent co-op. This meant that someone in the child’s family would volunteer in that child’s classroom on a rotating basis with the intent of keeping the cost down.  This would give each teacher an “extra” set of hands alleviating the need for a full time aide in each class. Over the years, our community changed which brought more moms working either at home or outside of the home while their child was in school and was not available to volunteer in the classroom.  To accommodate the change, more aides were hired and the parents were no longer required to work in the classroom.  Each family is highly encouraged to volunteer.  And parents are always welcome in the classrooms. 

 

WUMP is a highly regarded and sought after preschool in Fauquier County. The school maintains a loving, fun learning environment where each child is treated with respect. The goal is to have each child leave WUMP with a love of learning.