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7101 N. Shadeland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46250

(317) 841-7491


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CUMNS Kids is a weekday ministry of Castleton United Methodist Church.

Our school was founded in 1968 and has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1988.

We are dedicated to Conscious Discipline┬ę, which creates positive environments for children to learn and grow safely and successfully.´╗┐

We are currently in our 44th year of providing quality early childhood education for young children!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At CUMNS Kids, our mission is to provide all children with developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a nurturing Christian environment. We value the development of the whole child and will provide opportunities for growth socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. By nurturing self-esteem, responsibility, independence, and creativity, we hope that our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges that lie ahead of them. (Developed by CUMNS KIDS Teachers)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We provide motor development, music and Spanish classes.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Today We sheets are filled out for each classroom and posted outside the door on the class bulletin board to let families know what we did that day.
We hold parent/teacher conferences three times a year and encourage families to attend so that we can discuss the child's progress and develop goals.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school