Purpose & 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. Children must be fully toilet trained (no pull-ups) to attend Sunbeams Preschool.


Registration & Tuition

The first day for Sunbeams Preschool registration is Thursday, March 25. A drive-through registration event will be held that day from 10-11 a.m. in the lower north parking lot (watch for signs). At that time, you can sign a contract and pay the deposit to ensure your child’s place in the fall semester. Please email Sue Arensberg, director, or call 816-741-2006 for more information.

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


Yearly tuition is $1,170 for two-day, $1,620 for three-day and $2,610 for Sunbeams Extreme five-day. The tuition payment is broken down into nine monthly payments of $130, $180 or $290, 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 children who are 3 years old (must be 3 before August 1, 2021)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,170 (nine monthly payments of $130)
  • Registration Fee: $70 (nonrefundable)
Three-Day Program
  • For children who are 4-5 years old (must be 4 before August 1, 2021)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,620 (nine monthly payments of $180)
  • Registration Fee: $70 (nonrefundable)


Sunbeams Extreme (Five-Day Program)
  • For children who are 4-5 years old (must be 4 before January 1, 2021)
  • Mondays-Fridays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $2,610 (nine monthly payments of $290)
  • Registration Fee: $100 (nonrefundable)

Full-Day Program

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.


Sunbeams Preschool will be closed the following days during the 2020-21 school year.

September 7
October 23
November 5 & 6
November 25-27
December 23-January 1
January 15 & 18
February 15
March 25-April 2

For More Information

For more information or to schedule a tour of Sunbeams Preschool, please contact Sue Arensberg, director (816-741-2972).

Other Children’s Ministry Programs

For more information about additional Children’s Ministry programs at PWUMC, please go to our Children’s Ministry page.


7310 NW Prairie View Road  ♦  Platte Woods, MO 64151  ♦  816.741.2972
Serving the Kansas City Northland/Parkville community.


Online Sundays at 9:30
In-Person Sundays at 9:30 (Modern) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional)

Leading people to follow Jesus.