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We know that finding a childcare provider that fits the needs of your family can be challenging. From our caring teachers to our state-of-the-art technology lab, Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool in Estrella Mountain Ranch offers a warm and inviting preschool environment where the entire family can feel at home!

Our Preschool’s Programs

Our Mission

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur mission is to help students cultivate a love of learning. We believe the best way to support the development of early academic skill is to give children some control over their learning process. We continually offer our students a variety of fun educational activities and encourage them to select the activities they’re going to participate in.

Flexibility is also built into the framework of our Ascend Curriculum and gives our teachers the freedom to modify activities to fit the interests and current skill level of each student, which makes learning more engaging and fun!

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoKind Child is an important part of our monthly curriculum and the foundation of our school’s culture. The goal of Kind Child is to improve the emotional well-being of each child in our care through the development of valuable character traits such as Empathy, Responsibility, Respect, and a Positive Self-Image. Our teachers focus on developing social-emotional skills each month and a different character trait every two months. The result is a preschool environment where every child feels welcome and valued.

Partnering with Our Parents

We believe that building partnerships with our families is an important aspect of childcare because we become an extension of your family every time you walk through our doors. We are committed to growing this partnership through multiple communication avenues including parent-teacher conferences, written assessments, and daily face-to-face communication.

We have an open-door policy for all enrolled families and we welcome you to visit your child whenever you see fit. We also enjoy seeing our families come together during annual events like our Fall Festival, Sweetheart’s Breakfast, Snow Day, Donuts with Dads, and Graduation Ceremony.

Our Preschool’s Location

Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Estrella Mountain is nestled in the heart of the Estrella Mountain Ranch community in Goodyear, Arizona. Our beautiful campus includes two outdoor playgrounds and a splash pad with an amazing view of the West Valley. We are located at the intersection of Elliot Road and Estrella Parkway and we proudly serve families living in Goodyear, Buckeye, and Avondale. Looking for a new daycare center or preschool to call home? Schedule a visit today!

Our Team

Stacylynn Caristo

Stacylynn Caristo


Hello there, my name is Stacylynn and I am the proud Director here at Estrella PCA! I joined the Cadence (formally Phoenix Children’s Academy) team in 2013 and have truly enjoyed being part of this family. I love that PCA has allowed me to help shape the minds of the future while using my creative genes! My husband and I have been married for 12 years and we have of two amazing children, Addison,8, (my free spirit who keeps me on my toes) and Rocky, 1, who lives up to his name- he just rolls with life. We have a few random pets that we love like they are our own children and keep things exciting. Our life is crazy and should be televised but I am sure everyone says that! I love my job because it allows me to be creative and think outside the box. We love to plan and prep fun and educational events for the children, but even “winging it” is great too! I work great under pressure and truly enjoy making our school a home. Stop by and see us “Up the Hill!”

Evangelina Parrilla

Evangelina Parrilla

Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Evangelina Parrilla and I’m proud to be a part of Phoenix Children’s Academy. I joined the company in 2010 as a Preschool Threes Teacher and worked my way up to an Assistant Director. I grew up in Arizona, graduated from Agua Fria Union High School, and attended EMCC for Sign Language. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and it’s been an amazing journey working with children. I love seeing them grow and learning new things every day.

When I’m not at PCA, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and having some family time with my wonderful husband, Luis. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, but we’ve been together for 17. We have a sweet, strong-minded toddler whom I call my little blessing named Julian, along with an 8 yr old Maltese/Poodle, and several tropical fish, so our life is very busy.

My goal as an Assistant Director is to provide you with security and to create a positive, safe environment where your child can prepare for the future. I believe young children learn best through play and being creative in their own way, having fun every step of the way. I look forward to meeting you and helping you along the way.

Mrs. Marisa

Mrs. Marisa


Hello, let me introduce myself. I am Marisa Guerra and I am an Early Learner Preschool teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I have been in childcare for over 15 years and with our Estrella location since we opening in 2011. Teaching children is my passion. I love working with children and watching them change and grow each and every day. Not only am thrilled to be a member of our PCA family, I am so excited to be part of the Estrella Mountain Community. I look forward to getting to know you and your families so that I may share my excitement with your children! When I am not working I enjoy working around the lake and spending time with my husband of 15 years and our beautiful children, Isabel (14 years) and Antonio (10 years).

Mrs. Maria

Mrs. Maria


Hola! My name is Maria de Lourdes Encinas and I have the Nursery teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I have been married for 25 wonderful years and have 4 sons. My family means the most to me and I truly love my job at PCA. I have worked in the childcare field since I gradated high school and love working with children. I believe that children are our future and should be guided toward the right path and shown a great deal of love. Please stop by and say hello!

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 57 Reviews
Christina Lewis • Facebook
August 30, 2021
My family and I are moving to the area and have heard great things from our friends about this center. We took a tour and we’re very impressed, the director and staff were very friendly and helpful. We can’t wait to start !
Megan Rutledge Morelock • Facebook
July 12, 2021
Our son has attended PCA Estrella for the last three years. When we moved to EMR we put him in a different preschool in Goodyear and were shocked at how poorly it was ran. We quickly changed course and enrolled him at PCA and it was a perfect match for our family! The director Stacy Caristo is so professional and yet very fun and engaged with the children. When COVID hit and my son was supposed to start Kindergarten, my husband and I were panicked because we both work outside the home. PCA came to our rescue and offered a certified kindergarten class so that our little ones, who should have started at elementary, could remain in person and get the education they deserved! My child and the majority of his kindergarten class are starting first grade well ahead of the 1st grade curriculum! We have been amazed at not only his educational progress but his social skills as well. We have a baby on the way who we will also be sending to PCA upon my return to work. I could not recommend PCA more!
Antonio Cuevas • Facebook
June 28, 2021
My boys attend here and the staff does great with them! My boys always say they have a great time during the days they go.
Teresa Marie • Facebook
June 28, 2021
I recommend Phoenix Children's Academy because it has great teachers and is very clean.

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