Registration for the 2024 – 2025 school year is now open!

For more information, please contact Sue Arensberg, director.

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

Sunbeam’s preschool offers a wide variety of learning activities for children. We have a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Our curriculum is thematic and correlates with a letter of the alphabet. Children must be 3 before August 1 to attend the 2-day program, or 4 before August 1 to attend the 3-day program. We provide either AM (8:45-11:30) or PM (12:30-3:15) options.  Parents’ Day Out can be added to the other half of the day to make a preschool day a full-day option.


Sunbeams will begin each day with an arrival activity. This occurs at the table and usually consists of some sort of small motor activity such as cutting, tracing, or even working with play dough. Following arrival, students move to the circle time area.


During circle time, the Pledge of Allegiance is said, counting and number recognition is practiced during calendar time and songs are sung. In addition, themes are introduced and discussed, as well as the letter of the week. When introducing letters, we teach the Jolly Phonics system, which incorporates a sound and an action with each letter.


Following Circle Time, students break up into groups of two and rotate around the room to different centers. There are five centers each day that children will have the opportunity to explore. These centers include writing, math (counting, patterning, sorting), blocks and puzzles, and dramatic play. One of the centers each day will be table time where the teacher will work individually with students on specific skills. Centers are child-led, giving children the opportunity to learn to work together. The teacher acts as a guide and a helper during centers. The majority of the preschool day is Center Time.


When center rotations are complete, students clean up and gather at the table for snack. Snacks are provided by the parents throughout the year. During snack time, a prayer is sung before eating. The teacher will share a Bible Story with the students while they eat their snack.


The last portion of the day in the classroom is Second Circle. During this time the teacher will discuss the Bible Story that was read as well as tie up any loose ends from the day. Backpacks are then loaded and children line up for free play, which is the last 20 or 30 minutes of the day and takes place either outside on our playground or in our gym.


Children must be completely toilet trained to attend Sunbeams Preschool (pull-ups are not allowed).

Registration & Tuition

Posted below if the 2024 – 2025 school year tuition information.  Please Note: We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations. 


Yearly tuition is $1,530 for two-day, $1,980 for three-day and $3,150 for Sunbeams Extreme five-day. The tuition payment is broken down into nine monthly payments of $170, $220 or $350, respectively. Our nonrefundable registration fee is $70 for two-day 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, 2024)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,530 (nine monthly payments of $170)
  • Registration Fee: $70 (nonrefundable)
Three-Day Program
  • For children who are 4-5 years old (must be 4 before August 1, 2024)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $1,980 (nine monthly payments of $220)
  • Registration Fee: $70 (nonrefundable)


Sunbeams Extreme (Five-Day Program)
  • For children who are 4-5 years old (must be 4 before January 1, 2025)
  • Mondays-Fridays, 8:45-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Yearly Tuition: $3,150 (nine monthly payments of $350)
  • 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 2024 – 2025 school year:



September 2
October 18
October 24 & 25
November 25 – 29
December 20 – January 3
January 20
February 17
March 20 – 28

April 18

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.


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

Inviting all people into full life together in Jesus Christ.