At PWUMC, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, inviting and safe environment for your child. Whether it’s Small Groups, Vacation Bible School, childcare, children’s arts or any other activity, we strive to present God’s love to each and every child. We have a number of ministries especially geared to children.

Sunday Children’s Small Groups

A small group atmosphere for our 2-year-olds through preschool is offered at 9:15a.m., 10:45 a.m.  Children explore God’s Word in an interactive and engaging way as they also get to know a group of children.  Circle time, music, crafts and games are often a part of their experience.  Children younger than 2 are cared for in our crib nursery or toddler room, and also have brief, age-appropriate lessons each week.

Elementary Students
A small group atmosphere for our Elementary age students is offered at 9:15 a.m. & 10:45a.m.  As they get to know a small group of children they explore how God’s Word can change their lives.

Opportunity for Young Musicians:  The Good News Company is a new choir for children in grades 1-5. This choir is specifically designed for children who are excited to learn challenging songs, music theory and how to be a part of the worship leadership experience. Choir participants will need to be present at rehearsals and able to perform at periodic worship services. Rehearsals will be each Sunday morning from 8:20-9:00 in room 113. We look forward to embarking on this new worship adventure! Co-directors are Gail Krause and Bridget Coughlin. This group meets during the school year.

For the safety of the children in our care, we require a registration form for all children attending events at PWUMC. To fill out a Children’s Ministry registration form for your child(ren) prior to arriving, please print childrens-reg-form-2016-2017. More information about Children’s Procedures.

More Information
For more information about our Sunday children’s small groups program, please contact Rev. Jessica Richard, Director of Children’s Ministry.

WOW — Wednesday Evening Activities

The WOW (Wild on Wednesdays) program provides a great time of learning through a rotation of choir, dance/sports, Bible study and crafts. Kids are divided into age groups and learn about God in a FUN environment. Participants will be able to show their stuff on Sunday mornings and during two programs throughout the year. WOW Meets every Wednesday from 6-7:50 p.m. during the school year. Childcare is also available. For more information, please contact Jen Bruce, Children’s Ministry associate.


All children are welcome in our worship services! Worship bags are available for young children and include crayons, coloring pages and a few other quiet activities. Worship bags can be found in the entry to the worship center. Childcare is available during our worship services for children birth through preschool age.


Professional childcare is available for all the Wednesday evening activities, and for other select activities and by request for church group meetings. All of our childcare staff are trained and have completed a Safe Sanctuary and Because We Care screening through our church. Reservations are required for childcare: please contact your group leader for more information.

Special Events

  • VBS -- 11755657_10153450280715883_8025245097817319068_nVacation Bible School
    Daytime and Evening VBS will be held July 10-14, 2017.  Join us for Hero Central, an exciting week of the Bible coming to life through stories, crafts, games, snacks and music! Registration is now open.
  • Acolytes
    All current 3rd-5th graders are invited to serve in worship through acolyting. Acolytes bring in the light of Christ to remind us that our focus is on God. Families choosing to participate must complete a training session.

Sunbeams Preschool

Please note: We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations.

2017-2018 Sunbeams Preschool Registration is now open for the fall. 

Purpose and Philosophy
Sunbeams Preschool is here to provide a warm, loving atmosphere in which children may play, socialize and participate in experiences that meet the developmental stages of early childhood. Our philosophy is that each child has a unique personality and will be treated as a special individual. The small teacher/student ratio allows that personalized treatment. Our purpose is to serve families in our church and community, offering them a comfortable atmosphere for their child’s growth and natural learning experiences.

A Christ-Centered Environment 
Especially during your child’s impressionable years, this kind of surrounding means so much. Here your child will learn to love, accept, help and forgive others because Christ first loved and forgave them. At Sunbeams Preschool, children are encouraged to develop their God-given talents in a secure atmosphere of love and acceptance.

What We Offer
We believe in helping children experience all areas of development so that they may be better prepared for their elementary school experience. We provide children an opportunity to learn about cooperation, manners, sharing, social skills, listening and following instructions in a nurturing Christian environment. A day’s activities could include fitness time or music; special “theme” days; exposure to letters, numbers and colors; project time; and just plain having fun. Our teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 10. Children must be fully toilet trained (no pull ups) to attend Sunbeams preschool.

Registration and Tuition Fees for the Current School Year
Yearly tuition is $990 for two-day, $1,422 for three-day and $2,430 for Sunbeams Extreme five-day. The tuition payment is broken down into nine monthly payments of $110, $158 or $270, respectively.  Our nonrefundable registration fee is $70 for two- and three-day, and $100 for Sunbeams Extreme. Hours are as follows:

      • Two-Day Program for three-year-olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3:15 p.m. (Must be 3 years old before Aug. 1.)
      • Three-Day Program for four- and five-year-olds: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:45 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before August 1 — one year from kindergarten.)
      • Sunbeams Extreme — Sunbeams Preschool also offers a Sunbeams Extreme five-day preschool program for children who are 4 by August 1. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before August 1)
      • Full-Day Option — If you would like care for your child all day (8:45-3:00 or 9:00-3:15) while they are in half-day preschool, we offer a special pricing option in conjunction with our Parents’ Day Out program. In addition, we now offer an extended care program, available with prepayment and preregistration. Please contact Sue Arensberg for more information.

More Information
E-mail or call Sue Arensberg (816-741-2006), director of Sunbeams Preschool, for more information.

Parents’ Day Out

Please Note: A completed health form must be on file by your child’s first day of PDO attendance. We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations.

PDO Tours are available with a reservation. Please call 816-741-2006 during school hours. This number will take you directly to the PDO and Sunbeams staff.

The Platte Woods United Methodist Church PDO program is in its 46th year of providing quality childcare to children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten (through 5th grade in the summer). The PDO program fits the needs of children of various ages. From our nursery care through the school-age summer program, you can be assured that your child will receive care in a professional, clean environment. As your child grows, the educational opportunities at PDO increase. During the mornings, teachers share in crafts, reading and other fun learning exercises with their students. Afternoons are spent in free play, allowing children to have fun and develop their social skills.

Besides offering professional childcare in a comfortable, age-appropriate and clean environment, PDO offers something many daycares cannot: flexibility. The PDO program does not require commitments for particular periods of time: instead, your child can attend whenever it fits into your schedule. Need to run errands, volunteer at an older child’s school, or just have some “alone” time? Drop your child off that morning (no reservations required, except in the nursery) and know that while you’re accomplishing your goals, your child is well cared for and having a great time. PDO is a state-inspected facility. For more information about PDO, please email or call Jennifer Carrizzo (816-741-2006).

School Year Schedule & Fees

During the school year, PDO is open Monday through Friday,  9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, with full- and partial-day schedules are available. Extended care program before and after regular PDO hours is now available. Preregistration is required for extended care: please contact Jennifer Carrizzo or Sue Arensberg for more information. Parents can sign up for Extended care at the beginning of each semester.

Cost is full day — $26; 9 a.m.-noon — $17; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — $20.

Payment is required upon arrival and check-in. We ask that you pay with exact cash or by check (made out to PDO). Late fees apply for children picked up after the close of PDO at 3 p.m. Prepayment options are also available.

The last day of spring semester is Monday, May 22.

Summer PDO
The summer session of PDO is June 6 -August 3 meeting on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. PDO is closed Tuesday, July 4 and July 11-13. Our theme this summer is Disney movies. Activities will include a visit from the Kansas City Zoomobile, ice cream truck, water play days and many other fun activities. Children ages 6 weeks up to graduating from 5th grade this year are welcome.

The nursery accepts infants age 6 weeks to 12 months old. Reservations are required for this room. To make your reservation, please call 816-285-0820 during business hours.

Children in the 2-year-old room and younger take naps at 1 p.m. All napping children will be provided with nap cots, but will need to bring a crib or twin sheet and blanket each day.

Three-Year-Old Class
Starting in the fall of 2017, all children in the 3-year-old class must be toilet trained within a month of turning 3.

Registration Forms

PDO Checklist parents-day-out-registraiton-form Health Form Immunization Form
Notice of Parental Responsibility Photography Release & Late Fee Notice  PDO Health Guidelines

Safety Procedures

Because we care deeply about the welfare and safety of every child and youth who participate in the programs and ministries provided by PWUMC, we take seriously our responsibility to do everything in our power to see that no physical, emotional or sexual abuse occurs in any ministry setting sponsored by PWUMC. We recognize every person as a child of God who is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we have a strong commitment to make the church a safe place for children and youth. Supervision policies and procedures are in place.

The PWUMC “Because We Care” policy includes having all adult volunteers screened and registered.