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Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Union Hills offers quality childcare and skill-based preschool programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Ascend Curriculum LogoThe flexibility built into our Ascend Curriculum provides us with endless opportunities to create personalized learning experiences for each child in our care. Our teachers introduce new skills within 9 subjects each month through activities that can be customized to match the needs and interests of each student, which makes these first educational experiences engaging, challenging, and fun for everyone!

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoKindness is the foundation of our preschool’s culture and an important part of our curriculum. Each month, our teachers work with our students to develop social skills, a positive self-image, and important character traits like friendship, empathy, thankfulness, and responsibility. The goal of Kind Child is to elevate the emotional-well being of every child and encourage friendships.

Family Involvement

We want your family to feel at home at our preschool and we love it when our families get involved! We consider the relationship between parents and staff to be a critical part of your child’s success and we look forward to working with you to make these formative years an enjoyable part of your child’s life.

We have an Open Door policy at our school and we welcome you to visit your child whenever you like. Our school also hosts fun events for the whole family throughout the year like Trunk-or-Treat, Winter Wonderland, Parents Night Out, Eggstravaganza in the spring, and much more.

Our Location

Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Union Hills is just north of Union Hills on the west side of 83rd Avenue at 18820 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85283. Our preschool center is less than a mile west of the 101, which makes us an ideal choice for families that commute to Glendale and Phoenix for work. Stop by for a visit if you’re looking for daycare services or a new preschool to call home. We would love to show you around our private preschool and answer any questions you may have about our programs.

Our Team

Candace Shaffer

Candace Shaffer

Director

Ms. Candace started at Phoenix Children’s Academy as our Toddler Teacher and in 2009 was promoted to the Assistant Director and is now our Director! She has her Associates Degree and is actively pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education through Northern Arizona University. She knows how important having an education is and that all children deserve the best learning experiences. Ms. Candace is always willing to answer any questions and will help your family transition into our School with a peace of mind and eventually you will all feel like family.

Ms. Desra

Ms. Desra

Teacher

Ms. Desra, Teacher for Phoenix Children’s Academy since August 2005. Ms. Desra is our amazing Pre-Kindergarten Teacher. She has over twenty years experience as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and continues her education through Paradise Valley Community College and our Quality First Educational Program. Her main goal is to ensure your child will be ready for Kindergarten socially, emotionally, and educationally. Ms. Desra has the warmest heart and will work with each child individually to guarantee that they receive the best educational experience while attending Phoenix Children’s Academy.

Ms. Debi

Ms. Debi

Teacher

Ms. Debi, Teacher for Phoenix Children’s Academy since May 2011. Ms. Debi is one of our beloved Toddler Teachers. She has over thirty years experience and continues her education through our Quality First Educational Program. She is very kind and shows her young Toddlers nothing but patience and love while they exploring her classroom. Ms. Debi is a vital Teacher to our School and the children look forward to seeing her smiling face each day.

Mrs. Saida

Mrs. Saida

Teacher

My name is Mrs. Saida and I am a Preschool Teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I began teaching at PCA in July 2013. I am extremely passionate about Early Childhood Education, which you will see daily in my classroom. I am currently completing my A.A. and then will advance on to my Bachelor’s in ECE/Elementary Education. I am also a graduate of the Leadership Training Program here at PCA which was a wonderful opportunity that enabled me to grow as an educator within my classroom. I look forward to meeting your Preschooler and helping guide them down a path that encourages a fun, loving learning environment.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 58 Reviews
Stephanie Cowell • Facebook
July 23, 2021
The staff, facilities, and activities are top notch! My daughter loved coming here, never wanting to miss a day. The staff is engaging with the students and my daughter learned a lot - which will be great as she transitions to kindergarten. She always came home clean, happy, and with something fun to share.
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Bre Castro • Facebook
June 28, 2021
When we were searching for a day care I focused on 3 C’s. Cleanliness, Caring, Communication.. We visited several day cares, I felt this one hit the points I needed. They communicated effectively before we enrolled and they continue to communicate with us now that she is enrolled. The whole place is clean and they are constantly cleaning so ensure the health safety of the students and employees. And I can tell they actually care about our baby. She recently had a bad diaper rash and they were diligent to make sure the cream was applied and to change her immediately. But they did it in a way not because it was a job but because they wanted her to feel better. I would recommend PCA over and over again!
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Elizabeth J Fjerstad • Facebook
April 27, 2021
My son has been attending PCA - Union Hills for a little over 3 months now and we are really happy. Everyday he goes to school happy and when he sees his teachers he gets so excited. The staff is always welcoming and knows your child by name. There are always different staff members too that I may not have met yet and they too know my sons name. I really love the spirit week and days and especially love the app. I check it constantly and it makes my day when I see photos of him playing or learning. Our daughter will be attending here come this fall as well and I feel happy knowing she will be in great hands.
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Zach Corcoran • Google
April 22, 2021
The staff is very friendly and have taken good care of my children when they were younger. The infant and toddler care is great, they communicated very well with parents and our kids seemed to enjoy going to see their teachers. Once my son was able to voice his own opinion though, PCA seemed to not have the capability of dealing with a temper tantrum. We started getting calls in the middle of the week to come pick up our kid (2-3 times a week), but still charged us for the full week. Our son even came home one day saying his arm hurt from the teacher grabbing him. They weren't able to fully articulate what had happened beyond the teacher had grabbed his arm while he was having a tantrum. We seeked out a 3rd party school psychologist thinking our son had some emotional issues that needed to be addressed. The psychologist met with our son multiple times and reviewed the incident reports provided by PCA and came to the conclusion that our son was a perfectly normal 4 year old and that the staff at PCA seemed to be a little too "handsy" and that may be playing into his outbursts. So, if you are looking for a place to take a very young child or a perfect angel, this is the place for you. If you have a handful of a youngster, this may not be the right fit. In my opinion, the primary purpose of any professional day care is to keep our kids safe and happy during the day so the parents can go to work. That being said, the curriculum is on par with what you'd expect and kids that go regularly will be well prepared for kindergarten.
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