The First United Methodist Church has had a presence in Ann Arbor since the 19th century. Its mission is to “Know God, Love Others, and Serve the World.” In the early 1960s the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor established FUMCN co-op preschool as an outreach program to the community.
FUMCN co-op preschool has a permanent presence in four church classrooms and the playground, but it also has access to the church social hall, sanctuary, church lounges, and spacious lawn for special events. This downtown Ann Arbor location allows the children and their families access to opportunities such as walking field trips to the fire station, library or Farmer’s Market. As a program of the church, FUMCN co-op preschool does not rent space, or pay for utilities or janitorial services. This, in addition to our cooperative school staffing, allows us to keep tuition affordable.
Even though FUMCN co-op preschool is church-sponsored and Christian in philosophy, it welcomes families of all religion backgrounds. The Christian influence is present in the thank you prayer that is said before snack and the celebration of Christmas and Easter. The curriculum is not Biblically-based. We encourage FUMCN families to share elements from different cultures or religions with the class and FUMCN community throughout the year.
From the very beginning, FUMCN co-op preschool has been open to all students of any race, creed, sex, nationality, or ethnic origin. Diversity is welcomed, encouraged, and needed. FUMCN co-op preschool helps build relationships between the church and the community, and between people of different faiths, economic levels, and experiences. We welcome you to be part of the FUMCN co-op preschool community.