Nursery School

MSDE OCC Certificate of Approval #3710

731 Benfield Road Severna Park, MD 21146 410.987.8339 or office@spumcns.org

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

SPUMC Nursery School provides a rich educational program in an atmosphere of love, learning, and fun.  Our students learn through firsthand experiences in classrooms of no more than 14 students with one teacher and one assistant. 

SPUMCNS earned its nickname, “Snoopy School” in the 1970’s, when the school sign included a picture of a beagle. Throughout its 48 years in operation, the school has earned and maintained a reputation for excellence in preschool education. The program has flourished with the dedication and love of our staff, students, and families. Many former students return as adults to enroll their own children.

Our highly-qualified staff members share a passion for working with preschoolers, and our program provides varied experiences in literature, social studies, art, music, science, math, and faith.  We use the Frog Street curriculum, endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education, and we strive to instill a love of learning in every child. To foster a supportive community for our students and families, our school sponsors several family activities throughout the year. 

Our safe, secure, and beautiful facility provides the perfect atmosphere for students to learn, play, and develop the skills and confidence to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond.

SPUMCNS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion (creed), or national origin (ancestry). We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment of all members of our staff and the children and families we serve.

2024-2025 Sessions, Tuition Rates, Enrollment Requirements

SPUMCNS SCHEDULE
The school operates from Labor Day to Memorial Day.  Vacations generally follow those of Anne  Arundel  County Public Schools.

2-Year-Olds:
Tuesday, Thursday  8:45 – 11:30

3-Year-Olds:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  8:45 – 12:45
Tuesday, Thursday  8:45 – 12:45
Tuesday, Thursday Split year 8:45 – 11:30 (Sept –Dec)                                                    
8:45 -12:45 (Jan -May)

Pre-Kindergarten 4-Year-Olds:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:45 – 2:00
Monday through Friday 8:45 – 2:00

TUITION

  2024-2025 Tuition and Fees Annual  9 payments
2’s Tuesday/Thursday$2,520.00$280.00
3’s Tuesday/Thursday Split  Year$2,655.00$295.00
3’s Tuesday/Thursday$2,790.00$310.00
3’s Monday, Wednesday, Friday$3,690.00$410.00
4’s Monday, Wednesday, Friday$4,725.00$525.00
4’s Monday – Friday$7,200.00$800.00

Tuition payments will be collected through Tuition Express on the first business day of the month. The first tuition payment is due May 1st, 2024. Subsequent monthly tuition payments will begin September 1st through April 1st. All academic programs require a yearly commitment. Tuition will not be reduced for an academic program due to a family’s scheduling change once an enrollment contract is signed, as we make important staffing decisions based on the number of students enrolled.

SPUMCNS does not offer refunds for absences, inclement weather, or unforeseen closures in any program.

Discounts:

SPUMC members receive a $50.00 credit off September tuition payments.

Multi Sibling: application fee will be reduced to $50 for second child.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

¨ Children must be 2, 3, or 4 years of age by September 1st.  Proof of age is required.

¨ Before starting school, 3 and 4 year old students must be fully potty trained, wearing underwear (not pull-ups), and be able to use the toilet and wash his/her hands independently.

¨ Students must be fully immunized. A current immunization record is required prior to the start of school.

¨ A current, physician-signed Health Inventory form and lead test certificate is required prior to the start of school.

¨ Our school is nut and peanut-free.  Parents of children with food allergies or   dietary restrictions must provide their child’s snack.

¨ Medications will be accepted only with the required and correctly completed forms.  We ask that all allergy, asthma, or medication paperwork and medications be turned into the school office by August 15th.

¨ All 2-year-old students will be required to provide their own diapers and wipes.

¨ All students are asked to bring their own water bottle, tote bag, change of clothes, and  a lunch if they are staying after 11:30. Please label all items with your child’s name.

REGISTRATION

Registration is currently open for the 2024/25 school year. We have limited openings in our 3 and 4 year old classes. Please call the school at 410-987-8339 to register or schedule a tour. Our Two year old program is currently full.

  • A $100.00 application will be collected to confirm your spot

Once registered, you will be required to submit an Emergency form, a physician signed health certificate form, lead test certificate, and immunization record prior to the start of school.

Download Nursery School Documents HERE, beginning with “to do” list

OUR PROGRAM

CURRICULUM

A Nationally Recognized Early Learning Platform Ensures Top-Tier Learning

We follow The Frog Street™ for Preschool, which provides research-based content and teaching practices to support children’s development and learning. Our teachers integrate diverse skills and knowledge to create an environment where they address concepts in fun and meaningful ways for children through stories, songs, and games.

We respect each child’s ability and pace of understanding. Therefore, all programs will work to meet each child’s individual developmental path, building on their interests and strengths to create a meaningful curriculum that fosters learning and growth. We are intentional with the opportunities offered to children and provide a curriculum and environment that help our students be socially and academically ready for kindergarten.

TEACHERS AND STAFF:

The teachers and assistants on our staff meet the requirements set by the State of Maryland Department of Education. These requirements include education and health requirements for people working with small children. We also provide our staff with continued education in the area of Early Childhood Education. Each staff member also undergoes an extensive background check, CPR and first aid certification.

SAFETY: Enhanced Security and Safety Measures to Keep you Child Safe

We are located behind restricted access controls maintaining the safety of your child throughout the day. Each access point has alarmed door sensors. All staff members providing direct care are certified in CPR and basic first aid.  Our playground is fenced-in and protected from street views to keep your child safe while playing outside. Classrooms are sanitized and cleaned thoroughly throughout the day to promote the comfort and well-being of your child. Additionally, professional cleaning services are performed daily after hours.

ENRICHMENT:

Outdoor/Indoor Play Opportunities

Our playground is located within a shaded 5,000 sqft fenced area allowing children plenty of room to get their wiggles out. It is equipped with age-appropriate equipment including a playhouse, train, jungle gym, slides, teeter totter and more.  We also have a garden where children can explore nature, enjoy an outdoor lesson or go on an egg hunt.

Our indoor play area is available during inclement weather days and promotes physical and gross motor development. Ride-on toys, hula hoops, basketball hoops and indoor play structures encourage their learning through play.

Music and Library

Each month children will go to music class to promote their cognitive development, creativity, and imagination! Our school owns an extensive library of books all available to support your child’s learning. Children will have the opportunity to visit our library and look through books. We even have special guest readers. All enrichments are included in your child’s tuition.

Field Trips

Two field trips are arranged each year. All parents or guardians must transport and accompany your child on the field trip. Field trips are a nominal additional fee.

Parent Group/Family Fun Nights

The Parent Group sponsors four evening special events for families throughout the year.  At the beginning of the year, we will ask for volunteers to sign up as class parents, one for each class.  The Parent Group chair will work with class parents to generate ideas, schedule events, and solicit volunteers and participants.  These events are foundational to our school, helping to build a real sense of community among our families, and are supported and conducted completely by parents.

SAMPLE Half Day Schedule

SAMPLE Extended Day Schedule

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2023-2024 Calendar