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KHUMC Preschool is a non-profit, educational ministry sponsored by Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. It is under the supervision of the Preschool Executive Director, the Pastor, and the Preschool Advisory Board. KHUMC Preschool has been in continuous operation since 1977. . 


Mission Statement

We will use all available resources to educate every child. We will create a learning environment that is fun, loving, developmentally appropriate, and based upon Christian principles.


Curriculum Overview

Our emphasis is on educating the whole child – the entire emotional, social, physical, creative, and intellectual being. We value and respect each child as an individual and as an important part of our school and church family. Social development is a central focus of our program, which builds the foundation for successful learning. Children are given many opportunities to make their own choices and participate in decision-making. Conflict resolution skills are taught and practiced.

Our Curriculum is child-centered, play-centered, and based on developmentally appropriate practice.  We believe in providing interesting and fulfilling learning experiences for children to guide their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Encouragement, love, understanding, and a sense of comfort are the spirit of our success.

Each class is taught by teachers trained in child development and appropriate practices. Our teachers bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. We offer creative expression in music, movement, and arts and crafts within the classroom curriculum.  Creative learning integrates other parts of the curriculum to support preschool concepts such as color, shape, sequencing, patterning, and math. Gross motor skills are developed during physical education, outdoor play, and indoor movement lessons. 

We believe that the learning patterns and attitudes a child develops the first six years of life are the ones that guide future learning and behaviors. 


Administrative Team

Melanie Long, Director, oversees and manages day-to-day operations, including enrollment, communication with families and teachers, student matters, preschool curriculum, staff development, and record-keeping. Becky Strickland, Preschool Advisor, oversees the preschool as an educational body and provides leadership in all fiscal matters and program growth. The Administrative Team works with the counsel of the Preschool Advisory Board.



Admission is open to all children without regard to race, color, or religious affiliation. Since we are a United Methodist Church supported preschool, all children participate in chapel lessons. We also celebrate religious holidays during the year.

Students will be placed in classes based on their age as of August 31 of the current school year.  Students are accepted into KHUMC Preschool according to the following priority:


1)  Current enrolled students/siblings

2)  Children of church members

3)  Children of community members


To access a copy of the 2023-24 Parent Handbook click HERE


We thank you for the opportunity to serve the children of KHUMC Preschool. Our school provides knowledgeable and experienced teachers who are dedicated to providing your child with spiritual, academic, emotional, and social growth through qualified instruction and sincere nurturing and love. It is our pleasure to welcome your family to our family. 



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