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 a one-time Art Supply Fee.

2-day 2's  $180/month  Students must be 2 on or before August 31, 2017; T/Th
3-day 3's $225/month Students must be 3 on or before August 31, 2017; T,W,Th
4-day 4's  $275/month Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2017; 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.

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 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:

  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 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.


Patti Goforth, Director of Sonshine Preschool,

Cathy Wiese, Administrative Coordinator,

Sonshine Preschool
19600 Zion Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031



Additional Information

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Registration Form.

Click here for a copy of Frequently Asked Registration Questions.
Click here for a copy of Registration Procedures.
Click here for directions to Sonshine Preschool at Mt. Zion UMC.