Welcome to GUMP

Here at Ghent United Methodist Preschool (GUMP), our goal is to provide a nurturing and supportive atmosphere in which your child will feel secure, loved and valued as a unique individual. Our half day program seeks to provide a Christian environment where the children are assured of God’s love for them. We are a ministry of Ghent United Methodist Church located at 531 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Our phone number is (757) 622-3239.

As children grow, they progress through developmental stages that are basically the same for all children. The rate children go through these stages, however, can vary dramatically from one child to another. GUMP is based on the philosophy that each child develops at his/her own rate. We believe that every child is unique and we dedicate ourselves to encouraging creativity and individual differences. Applicants for admission are considered without regard to sex, race, religious or ethnic origin. 

If you wish to link your Harris Teeter Grocery Store VIC card to Ghent Preschool, we would be delighted!  GUMP’s number is 5347.

See a list of our teachers by clicking here.


Busy Bees 12 – 24 months

Fabulous Frogs 2 year olds

Shining Stars 3 year olds

Pre-K Kids 4 year olds

Our programs are based on the age of the child on September 30th.

School Calendar

Our Team


We are a half-day program. 

8am – 9am Breakfast Bunch

9am – 12pm Preschool Program

12pm – 1pm Lunch Bunch

All children bring their own food.


Special Events

Each Fall and Spring, GUMP hosts its Kid’s Consignment Sale. The popular fundraiser is held in the church’s fellowship hall.

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Each spring, our Art Show & Auction showcases the children’s art and is our largest fundraiser. The auction gives parents the chance to bid on items from adventure park passes and vacation house rentals to gift certificates.


Application Process

The application process begins in January for the upcoming school year. Interested parents should make an appointment to tour the school in January or February. In order to be put on the waiting list, parents & children must tour the school prior to submitting registration.  Preschool tours may be scheduled through the office

Our application procedure begins with a current enrollment application. The Commonwealth also requires the following prior to enrollment: Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (must be updated annually), original birth certificate, Photography & Walking Permission Form, and Emergency Medical Release. We also require a signed payment agreement and a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00. 

GUMP is a religious-exempt program under Section 63.2-1716 of the Code of Virginia, meeting all code requirements that exempt childcare centers must meet, including health and fire inspections, along with code compliance and staff health reports.

Registration Form and Tuition Rates

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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Ghent United Methodist Preschool  ~ 531 Raleigh Avenue Norfolk, Virginia  ~  (757)  622-3239

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