University PreSchool is an incorporated not-for-profit institution. All funds earned by the school are re-invested in the school, located in a country setting at 10715 W. Betz Road, Cheney. A Board of Directors who supervises a paid Director governs us.


Our purpose is to provide quality Preschool and Pre-K programs for the children of the West Plains area. Our programs benefit the development of the child as a whole by encouraging social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. University PreSchool also serves as a laboratory setting for the education of EWU students.


Our school philosophy emphasizes childhood as a time of intentional learning through play, exploration and discovery. Our highly qualified staff strives to nurture and encourage creative and receptive qualities in the children who attend.


All classes are supervised by a Washington State certified teacher who possesses at least a four-year degree in early childhood education. Our professional staff is selected for their early childhood education training, teaching experience, and sensitivity to the needs of young children and their families.


Planned within the framework of our philosophy and purpose and set in a child-initiated learning environment, our curriculum includes:

  • Stories, songs, sharing & conversation time
  • Crafts and creative arts activities
  • Snacks and food preparation
  • Dancing, games & other large muscle activities
  • Field trips throughout the community
  • Science & nature experiments and activities
  • Exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters
  • Celebration of birthdays and holidays.

We maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio of ten to one for all programs in order to ensure each child gets the individual attention they need.


University PreSchool is open to all children regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin or religion. Children with special needs will be admitted based upon available resources and with the concurrence of the Teacher, Director, and the Board of Directors.

All children must be at least three (3) years of age as of September 1 and potty trained to attend. Our classrooms are normally of mixed age groups.


We follow the same academic schedule as EWU and the Cheney School District and offer morning classes. Our morning session begins at 8:00 am and ends at 11:30 am. We do not offer wrap-around childcare but we do help coordinate transportation from our facility to local childcare facilities.


A $50 non-refundable annual registration fee is payable when you enroll your child.

Tuition is based upon the actual costs of operation the school and is due quarterly. A quarter lasts 12 weeks. All school supplies, field trips, snacks, group photos, and incidentals are included in the tuition fees. Please see the registration form for the tuition fees. We will gladly make arrangements for monthly payments without interest at your request.


To help children attain the interrelated emotional, social, physical and intellectual strengths which both currently and in later life will:

  • Encourage them to be active, creative learners and problem solvers so they may obtain the knowledge and skills to function competently in a complex and rapidly changing world.
  • Enhance their sense of identity and self worth.
  • Enable them to develop emotionally satisfying relationships with other children and adults from a wide range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Provide them with experiences and knowledge that will help them develop a healthy growing body.
  • Encourage them to develop a sense of responsibility so that they make positive contributions to their family, school, community and society.
  • Provide them with the necessary knowledge base to excel in school.


Christina Booth
BA, University of West Florida
MA, Leslie University, Cambridge, MA