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The caring staff at Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Thunderbird has more than 145 years of combined experience in daycares and preschools. We recognize that young children need much more than intellectual development during their first years of life and we offer families in the West Valley a well-rounded preschool experience that also focuses on social, emotional, physical, and creative development.

Ascend Curriculum Logo Our Ascend Curriculum and dedicated teachers work hand-in-hand to create engaging educational experiences in nine different subjects every month. Our preschool programs are offered in six month ranges so students can be with peers who are at a similar level of development and we help children reach important milestones at every age.

Preschool Programs

Quality First Rating

Quality First Rating LogoQuality First is a program that seeks to continually improve the quality of childcare provided by daycare centers and preschools throughout Arizona. Programs enrolled in Quality First are committed to preparing young children for school and life and continually make improvements in their level of care. Phoenix Children’s Academy Thunderbird currently has a Quality First Star Rating of 3, which means we have met quality standards in areas such as staff qualifications, health and safety practices, learning environments, teacher-child interactions, and parent communication. Learn more about Quality First.

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.

School-to-Home Connection

We have found that children thrive in a preschool setting when there is a strong partnership between school and home. We have an open door policy at Phoenix Children’s Academy and we welcome families to visit at any time. We offer a variety of communication pieces to keep you informed about your child’s day and academic progress. We give our parents Developmental Portfolios which document their development from Infants all the way through Pre-Kindergarten. We have fun family activities throughout the year and we make it our mission to establish a personal connection with every child and family.

Getting to our Preschool

Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Thunderbird is located a mile east of the 101 on Thunderbird Rd. We’re a block west of 75th Avenue on the south side of Thunderbird. We provide transportation to and from Oakwood Elementary School, Oasis Elementary School, Sky View Elementary School, Paseo Verde Elementary School, and Legacy Traditional School for our school age students.

Our Team

Diana Fitzpatrick

Diana Fitzpatrick


I have worked with children for 16 years. I have my CDA and I am currently getting my AAS in Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and watching them grow and learn new things every day.

I have a Grey Weimaraner, Lola, who is like my baby. I am a huge animal lover and enjoy helping animals in my free time.

Amy Roman

Amy Roman

Assistant Director

I have a degree in early childhood education and taught in both the Infant and Preschool classroom before accepting an Assistant Director position a couple years ago. I recently joined Phoenix Children’s Academy and I am very excited to be here.

I met my husband, Anthony, in 2014 and we got married a year later. We were blessed with a bundle of joy, Elroy Joseph, in 2017. He is a blessing for both of us and we love seeing all the different things he discovers on a daily basis. We enjoy finding new coffee spots and taking road trips. I also love to read and plan on sharing that with my son as well.

Reviews from Parents

4.4 Rating based on 61 Reviews
March 24, 2021
At first I was hesitant on enrolling my son in "daycare", I say it's every Mother's worst nightmare. However, PCA so far has been amazing and I am glad I chose this school for my son. I adore Ashley, she has made the experience wonderful since enrolling my son. She has been so helpful and informative. I love that she greets my son every morning by his name considering he only is there 2 days out of the week. I also love getting daily reports and pictures about his day from his teachers. Thank you to PCA staff for your hard work considering the circumstances.
Nicholas Thomas • Google
March 12, 2021
My son has been attending this school since he was an infant. And to see the daily reports of what they are learning and the activities they participate in during the day are nice to see at the end of the day. The staff is wonderful and kind, and with everything going on in the world today. The children and their development are PCA’s first priority.
Lauren Dickerson • Facebook
January 02, 2021
Our daughter loves going to preschool here! The teachers are so great and do lots of fun and educational activities with the babies. We also love getting the updates throughout the day on how are baby is doing including lots of great pictures of all the fun she’s having! Highly recommend!
Lauren Dickerson • Google
January 02, 2021
Friendly staff, engaging teachers and lots of fun for the little ones! Our baby loves going to preschool here and has already learned so much more thanks to all of the education and entertaining activities they do with her all day! We also love receiving updates on what our baby is doing throughout the day with their app including pictures of all the fun she’s having! Highly recommend!

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