Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Clinton United Methodist Church Nursery & PreSchool


Thank you for your interest in our school.  Our purpose is to provide a preschool program for children to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through organized activities and free play in an atmosphere of warmth and caring.  We strive to provide an environment where children feel safe, grow in confidence and develop social skills and empathy under gentle guidance and sincere love.

Class Opportunities

Preschool Class:  Our preschool class meets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30.  This kindergarten readiness class is for children who will be four years old by December 1st of the year they attend.  The class is limited to 16 children. 

Nursery School Class:  Our nursery school class meets on Thursday and Friday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30.  This class is for children who will be three years old by December 1st of the year they attend.  The class is limited to 12 children.

It is required that all children be toilet trained to enroll in any of our classes.

Summer Activities

Plan to join us for a variety of preschool summer camps (pre-registration required) and weekly drop-in Summer Stories in July!  


Our classroom is located within the Clinton United Methodist Church building.  We have a private entrance with a video enhanced security system.  The children’s restroom is accessible from our within our classroom.  Our fenced playground is also immediately accessed from our classroom.  


Our staff includes Mary Burdick as Director/Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher Melanie O’Neil.  Both have been members of our program for several years and have had their own children attend our various programs.  Mrs. Burdick and Mrs. O'Neil are dedicated to providing your child with a safe and nurturing environment to explore, learn, and grow.

Daily Routine

We start our sessions with child-chosen activities.  The classroom is arranged with activity and creativity centers that include a block area to inspire building and counting skills and a dolls/kitchen/dress-up area for role playing and pretend play.  Additionally puzzles, books, trucks, trains, animals, writing and art supplies are always available to our students.  Circle time provides an opportunity for us to come together as a group to enjoy songs, stories and discussions relative to our daily theme.  We also complete a daily craft.  After having a snack, children enjoy games, stories and outdoor play (weather permitting).


For further information about our program, please call the church office at 315-853-3358 or email  You can also follow us on Facebook: Clinton United Methodist Nursery Preschool