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About Phoenix Children’s Academy

Welcome to Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Chandler Heights! We’re proud to offer families in Gilbert quality daycare, preschool, and before & after programs that make children feel safe, supported, and engaged every time they walk through our doors.

We take a skill-based approach to early childhood education, which recognizes that young children need emotional, social, creative, and physical development in addition to cognitive development. Our teachers introduce new skills in diverse subject areas such as Literacy, Technology, Physical Fitness, Creative Expression, and Kind Child each month. Our goal is to create well-rounded students who are confident and ready to succeed in elementary school!

Our Preschool Programs

Kind Child Program

Kind Child Program LogoKind Child is an important part of our school’s culture and monthly curriculum. We believe that children learn to be kind and treat others well when they experience these traits firsthand. Our directors and teachers are committed to practicing kindness in their daily interactions with both students and staff and our teachers work on the development of valuable characters traits such as Thankfulness, Respect, a Positive Self-Image, and Empathy each month. The result is a Kind School where everyone feels welcome and valued!

Our Skill-Based Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoWe believe the most impactful way to support the development of academic skill is to give children some control over their learning process. Our Ascend Curriculum helps us offer our preschool students a variety of fun, educational activities and we encourage our students to select which activities they want to participate in. These activities can also be modified to accommodate the interests and current level of skill of each student so they are appropriately challenged and supported. We want your child’s first educational experiences to be fun and engaging so they develop a love of learning that will serve them throughout their lifetime.

Getting to Our Preschool

Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Chandler Heights is on the northwest corner of Chandler Heights and Higley in Gilbert, Arizona. We’re in the Chandler Heights Village shopping center. We provide transportation to and from Riggs Elementary, American Leadership Academy, Patterson Elementary School, Val Vista Academy, and Weinburg Elementary School.

Looking for a new daycare center or preschool to call home? Schedule a visit today! We can’t wait to show you the difference at Phoenix Children’s Academy!

Our Team

Betsey Laperriere

Betsey Laperriere

School Director

Hello! My name is Betsey and I am the Director here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I have a degree in early childhood education and have been in the education field for over 15 years now. Both my parents were educators, and I knew from an early age that was the field for me!

In my spare time, I enjoy family activities with my sons, Bryan and Mitchell. We like off-roading in our Jeep, hiking, fishing, and amateur rock collecting. We also like to travel and spend a few weeks every summer at our lakeside cottage in New Hampshire. In my spare time, I also love to read – I am a real bookworm.

I am very excited to be able to continue my career with PCA here at the Higley and Chandler Heights location, and am looking forward to many years of working with all of our outstanding families.

Sara Negrete

Sara Negrete

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Sara and I am the Assistant Director here at PCA Chandler Heights. I have been with Phoenix Children’s Academy since 2012. I joined PCA as an Infant/Toddler Teacher and worked in the classroom getting to know all the children and families here at our school. In 2017, I became the Assistant Director. I am currently finishing my Associate Degree in Child Development and I completed Phoenix Children’s Academy’s Leadership Training Program in 2014. I have been working with children since 1994 and I absolutely love it!

Lidia Johnson

Lidia Johnson


Hello, my name is Lidia and I was born and raised in California. I am the fourth child in a family of seven brothers and sisters. I moved to Arizona four years ago and I love it out here. I have been working in early childhood education for over eight years now and I love every minute. I enjoy helping little minds grow, and creating great adventures/experiences with them gives me great joy! Children look up to their teachers and I want to be a great role model for them. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, watching movies, and traveling.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 77 Reviews
Troy S. • Yelp
April 07, 2021
My wife and I have had our son here for about 3 months now. The staff is very respectful and professional, along with the care for our child is great so far.
Yvonne Stratton • Google
April 05, 2021
We are so pleased with this preschool! Quality teachers, outstanding curriculum, and a safe and caring environment for our little ones! Management is consistent and receptive and the teachers are outstanding! Highly recommend this preschool to anyone who'd like to put their child on the right path for kindergarten success!
Lidia Johnson • Facebook
March 09, 2021
I have been working at PCA for almost nine years in the Preschool classroom and love teaching the three year olds. I have worked a long side some of the most amazing teachers and front office staff. I am also fortunate that both my boys attend PCA. Their teachers are always so loving and caring. They always have the best activities planned for all the children. My boys get so much love from everyone at the school and that warms my mommy heart. I am so grateful for PCA Chandler Heights!
Kelsey C. • Yelp
December 28, 2020
I loved the tour I had and the teachers I met were incredibly skilled, helpful, and answered my questions to perfection.  The classrooms are clean and safe for both children and staff.  The teachers care about the kids in their rooms as if they were their own and the children are rarely fussy.  The lessons cover all subjects supremely and in a way that entices the children to learn them well.  The best thing is that the staff treats parents and the children like they are family.   As soon as you enter the building you feel welcomed and as if you have come home.  The kids feel it too and can't wait to be dropped off so they can socialize with their friends in a fun and safe environment where learning also takes place.  The skills they learn here I know they will take with them all their lives.

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