Great Falls United Methodist Preschool

A happy place to learn, play and be loved!

Every moment matters

Founded in 1960 Great Falls United Methodist Preschool is the oldest preschool in Great Falls. At GFUMP we strive to instill a strong foundational love of learning through the time-honored philosophy of learning and discovering through play. Academic success naturally follows!

We encourage the development of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually. Fundamentals of math, science, and language arts are all included as we nurture the social and emotional growth of each individual child. Tried and true, and supported by our community, for generations.

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open!

We have limited spots available and encourage you to inquire, schedule a tour, or apply today. We would LOVE to have you join our 60-year tradition and our GFUMP family!

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Over the years we have received so many wonderful letters and thank you notes from the parents of our preschoolers expressing their gratitude and fond memories of the experiences, education and friendships nurtured at GFUMP.

Here are some great excerpts from the letters we’ve received:

“Dear Staff (or should I say family!),
We would like to take the time to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the very important role you’ve all played in our children’s lives.  The stew our kids simmered in at GFUMP consisted of love & concern, support, nurturing, lots of creativity, humor, patience, acceptance…and all that while learning…and learning not just the basic academics, but how to be good people.  It saddens us to leave this place.  I’ve toyed with the idea of having another baby just so we could still attend.  No Can Do!  So, thank you, thank you, and thank you!”

“What a wonderful year it has been!  E has had such a wonderful experience…and has learned so much!  It’s hard to know where to start.  She has learned to write and draw pictures and is starting to learn to read.  She counts and does dot-to-dot pictures and can find matching objects and patterns.  She learned about ice and magnets and dinosaurs and different countries.  Probably her favorite activity was dressing up and playing imaginative games with other children.  The pageants were outstanding and we loved the patriotic songs and meal blessings.  It’s hard to express how grateful we are that she was part of your class and was able to have all those amazing experiences.  We thank you (all) for your patience, nurturing, creativity, energy, cheerfulness, and loving ways – you are outstanding teachers!”

“…Would like to thank you for giving W. a wonderful gift this year – a perfect start to his many years of education ahead.  W. has just blossomed this year…not just in his ability to recognize letters, or counting, or days of the week…but in his enthusiasm for learning.  He loves school!  We are so proud of his accomplishments and development this year.  We know it is due in large part to the hard work you’ve done and the love you’ve given him this year.  It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the preschool but we (and most importantly, W.) are excited to move on to the big world of kindergarten!”

L. & R. L.

“We used the Great Falls United Methodist Preschool for my youngest son and we very much liked it.  The teachers were just great and P. enjoyed the school a lot.  I felt that both teachers and the director paid a lot of attention to individual needs of a child and worked closely (and hard) with parents, too.  It was hard to get in and it is important to apply early.”


“Thank you for loving my children. When we looked at schools, we looked for one where our children would feel loved and develop a love for school. The bells and whistles didn’t matter to me. A home away from home did. They have always felt your support and affection. J. has even learned to ask for help when he is troubled or hurt. He trusts you and loves you. I will miss the GFUMP family. It was our first “home” in Great Falls and still has very close friendships with the families we met in those first years. I think (my children) will grow up to be better human beings for having known you.”