The wheels for Westwood UMC Preschool started to turn in the spring of 1964 due to a need in the community and within Westwood United Methodist Church (WUMC). There were few schools in the Westwood area and the Oak Hills School District did not offer kindergarten. At the time, many churches were starting to offer private preschool and kindergarten programs.
A committee within the Commission of Education determined through a community wide survey, that there was enough interest to set-up a school. The idea of a religious-centered preschool was presented and approved by the WUMC Board of Trustees.
Our Minister of Education, Rev. Donald Bible, reached out to the Board of Education, the Cincinnati Health Department, other schools in the area, and other agencies for literature concerning Preschool Education.
Originally, Westwood UMC Preschool offered two classes; one for three-year olds and the other for four-year olds, but another class was quickly added to allow for more children. The preschool classes operated 3 days a week, and drew from all faiths and demographics. Enrollment information was published in WUMC’s weekly church newsletter, the local newspaper and other publicity.
In the over forty years the preschool has been in existence, a great deal has changed. The preschool now serves children ages 2-5 through five different classes offered and the enrollment is now primarily neighborhood families. However, after all of these years, we do continue to rely heavily on the support of the Church in all our endeavors. Their continued support allows our preschool to serve many families within the community and beyond.
The operation of Westwood UMC Preschool is through the Preschool Board, which includes a member of WUMC’s Board of Trustees, representative from WUMC’s Staff Parish, and the Director of the preschool.
We are located on the bottom floor of Westwood United Methodist Church. Our families can enter the preschool though the green awning located by the upper parking lot.