Germantown United Methodist Preschool

Welcome to GUMP!

Germantown United Methodist Preschool educates children from 9 months old through 5 years.

  • Toddlers are enrolled in our Toddling Turtles and Baby Birds classes
  • One year olds are in our Bouncing Bunnies and Busy Bees
  • Two year olds are in our Fantastic Fish, Playful Pandas, Peppy Pigs, and Little Ladybugs
  • Three year olds are in our Perky Penguins, Lovable Lions, Happy Hippos, and Jolly Giraffes
  • Four year olds are in Marvelous Monkeys, and Buzz’s Bears
  • Five year olds are in Freddie’s Friends. Children who miss the public or private school birthday cutoff date, or children who would benefit from an extra year of preschool, may enroll in our 5 year old Transition class.
  • G.R.A.C.E. (G.U.M.P. Recognizes All Can Excel) is a classroom designed to serve and enrich the lives of children with special needs ranging in age from 2-5 years old.

Germantown United Methodist Preschool (GUMP) is licensed by the state of Tennessee and has consistently earned a “3” out of three stars from the Department of Human Services.


M-F: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Open mid-August—mid-May
Preschool office hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Offering 2, 3 and 5 day options

Before and After Care

For ages 2 and up:
Before Care (7:30-9:30)
After Care (2:30- 5:30)


Phone: (901) 753-3109
2331 S. Germantown Road
Germantown, TN   38138

Mission Statement

Germantown United Methodist Preschool is a ministry of Germantown UMC that partners with parents to provide a loving, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment for children to grow to their fullest potential emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically, creatively & cognitively.

GUMP Goals

While educating children, we strive

  • to nurture children’s emotional development so that they can identify their feelings and choose appropriate responses while maintaining a positive outlook
  • to guide children to be respectful, independent, caring, accepting and honest in their relationships
  • to bequeath to children assurance that they are unconditionally loved by God and that they have immeasurable worth
  • to promote a healthy sense of self that motivates children to care for themselves and others
  • to inspire children to be confident, independent thinkers who are inquisitive, creative and problem solvers

In partnering with parents we strive

  • to empower parents to be confident as their child(ren)’s first and most important teacher while building a trusting parent/teacher relationship focused on the best interests of their child(ren).
  • to encourage parents to accept their child(ren) as individuals, understand their limitations, allow them to develop at their own pace, and love them unconditionally.
  • to support parents in being patient, united and consistent as they parent their child(ren), helping them to assume the roles of loving authority figures and positive role models.
  • to ensure that parents understand and honor school policies, as they are designed to benefit all children and families.
  • to educate parents about their child(ren)’s individual needs and developmental milestones
  • to support parents by providing a community of love, faith, acceptance, open-mindedness, and forgiveness.

Our History

In 1974, Germantown United Methodist Church members and their friends recognized a need for their children to have opportunities to play and learn together. As the community rapidly expanded and became more mobile, their vision grew. Those founding mothers and fathers envisioned a nonprofit preschool program that viewed the developmental needs of a child as a continuous, interrelated process. They sought to design an educational experience that emphasized growth in a child’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. They envisioned a preschool program that was as well rounded in every way as the children who would graduate from it.

We believe our program today remains true to the vision of our founding mothers and fathers. The Germantown United Methodist Church Preschool reports to the GUMC Administrative Board, and the policies and procedures are determined by the Weekday Preschool Council.

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Family Resources

The following websites are ones that may interest you. You will want to look at the content of all sites for children as they may not be appropriate for the age of your child. Remember we have children in our program that range from 9 months to five years and we try to find information that is helpful to the older, as well as the younger children in our program.


The teachers and staff at GUMP are outstanding! My children have learned to love school at such an early age. Not only have they cared for my children during the day, they have instilled a love of reading and learning. We are so blessed to have such a loving environment that promotes cognitive growth, creativity, and spirituality. Thank you!

– The Brownlee Family


We are so thankful for GUMP. The faith-based curriculum used encourages learning through play. It has provided a safe and nurturing environment for our three children, while preparing them for the social, emotional & academic challenges of grade school.

– The Elrod Family


Germantown United Methodist Preschool is such a valued treasure to our family. Our children consider the teachers and staff of GUMP to be a part of our extended family as they have been welcomed in such a caring and nurturing way! Our children are thriving educationally, socially, and spiritually. Classrooms are led by experienced teachers who understand developmental needs while possessing unique gifts that help flourish creativity and a love of learning. As parents, we have been guided to celebrate our children’s strengths and have been helped when they have a need. Communication is a definite strength of the GUMP program. There is no better fit for our children!

– The Bosserman Family


“A Gift of Time.” This is what GUMP provided for my family. My son and our family were warmly welcomed from the first day we walked through the doors. The teachers and staff are top notch and take a genuine interest in each and every child. Please believe me when I say that precious memories are made at this school. Thank you for the love and caring shown for our son and for being true servants of Jesus Christ.

– The Downey Family