“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.
Director of Sonshine Preschool
Mt. Zion has a very proud history of ministries that serve children both within our church family, and in the community. An important feature of the children’s ministry at Mt. Zion UMC is Sonshine Preschool, our weekday ministry for preschoolers. This program provides a Christian environment for young children to develop spiritually and emotionally in preparation for starting school.
We would like to announce that our Preschool Director, Becky Metzger has given her resignation, upon completion of the end of the 2016-2017 school year. We are grateful to Becky for all of her years of service, and wish her the best in her new ventures. She has given much love and direction to Sonshine and its families over the years, and she will be missed!
Crystal Parrish, our Director of Christian Education, will be accepting resume's until April 1, 2017. Please direct any questions, and send any applications to .
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 a one-time Art Supply Fee.
|2-day 2's||$180/month||Students must be 2 on or before August 31, 2017|
|3-day 3's||$225/month||Students must be 3 on or before August 31, 2017|
|3-day 4's||$225/month||Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2017|
|4-day 4's||$275/month||Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2017|
|5-day 4's||$325/month||Students must be 4 on or before August 31. 2017|
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.
|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 February 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:
- Currently enrolled students and their siblings
- Non-enrolled Church members (member as of December 31)
- Alumni families within the past 5 years
Sonshine Preschool 2017-2018 Registration
Registration has already taken place for the 2017-2018 school year, however we do have openings in the 2 year old and 3 year old classes. If you are interested please contact the preschool office.
Becky Metzger, Director of Sonshine Preschool
19600 Zion Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031