Sonshine Preschool

“Let the children come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 19:14

An important aspect of children's ministry at Mt. Zion UMC is Sonshine Preschool. The preschool offers a Christian learning and playing environment for children ages 2 through 4.

Purpose and Philosophy

Sonshine Preschool is a weekday ministry of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for preschool children and their families.

Its purpose is to provide a Christian environment in which young children will have experiences that will enable them to develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically and mentally.

In an atmosphere of love, trust and reverence, children will sense the excitement of learning through play, hands on experiences and discovery. With God's help, each child will become the person he or she is intended to be. Learning activities, materials and practices will be developmentally age appropriate and relevant to the lives of young children.

General Information

Sonshine Preschool offers classes for children who are two through four years old. Sonshine Preschool operates September through May. Program hours are 9:00am to 1:00pm. In most cases, Sonshine Preschool follows the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System schedule for nine month schools.

Classes Available, Current Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on total annual cost of the program and divided into 9 equal payments. Tuition payments are due a month in advance. The first payment of the year is due April 1. Sonshine also requires an annual Art Supply Fee.

2-day 2's  $185/month  Students must be 2 on or before August 31, 2019; T/Th or M/W
3-day 3's $230/month Students must be 3 on or before August 31, 2019; T,W,Th
4-day 4's  $280/month Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2019; M,T,W,Th

A registration fee of $75 per child is due at the time of registration. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE unless the program is full and your child is not placed.

A yearly Art Supply Fee is due before preschool begins each year: $20 - 2 year olds,  $30 - 3 year olds, $40 - 4 year olds.

Child/Teacher Ratio

2's 10-12 students with 2 teachers
3's 12-14 students with 2 teachers
4's  14-16 students with 2 teachers

*The Preschool Director reserves the right to increase class size


Registration is held in January of each year for the following preschool year. Sonshine Preschool uses an enrollment drawing procedure to fill classes. The drawing is conducted in the following priority order:

  1. Currently enrolled students and their siblings
  2. Non-enrolled Church members (member as of December 31)
  3. Alumni families within the past 5 years
  4. Community

Sonshine Preschool 2019-2020 Registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 preschool year will begin January 23rd and ends February 6th, at 1:00 p.m. Forms may be picked up in the preschool office or downloaded from the link below.

The class placement drawing will be held February 7th.

Parent Info Sessions will be held January 29th, 30th, and February 4th & 5th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church Sanctuary for a Family Information Meeting and Tour.

2019 - 2020 Registration Form



Summer Camp

Sonshine is happy to announce there are a few spots left for their first Summer camp! 

"Under the Big Top!"

Dates: June 3rd - 6th

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Camp Sizes:

2's 10 children that are currently in a twos class
3's 14 children that are currently in a threes class
4's 16 children that are currently in a fours class

If your child receives a spot, camp fee is non-refundable, unless a space is filled.

Children will be served snacks and one special lunch the last day of camp, Thursday, June 6th.  Water Day will be the last day of camp as well, weather permitting.


Contact Info : 

Sonshine Preschool                                             
19600 Zion Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031

Patti Goforth, Director of Sonshine Preschool

Cathy Wiese, Assistant Director




Additional Information

Click here for a copy of Sonshine Preschool Philosophy and General Policies and Procedures
Click here for directions to Sonshine Preschool at Mt. Zion UMC.