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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 55 Reviews
Deja Allmond • Facebook
April 12, 2021
My son has been attending PCA Union Hills for a year and a half and we absolutely love it. We will also be bringing our newborn soon with no fears. We went on five daycare tours, this was the last of the five, and within minutes of leaving the tour my husband and I already knew this was the place. A couple reasons we love it are: their safety practices; the welcoming staff and administrators who know you and care for your children; the clean building and classrooms; the communication about anything that is going on with your children and the app that keeps you updated throughout the day; the healthy food they serve; the lessons/activities that promote learning and development; and even the fun stuff like holiday parties and spirit weeks. We’re so happy we found PCA!
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jaa2066 • Google
April 12, 2021
We toured several daycares and knew PCA was the right choice after meeting the staff and teachers. The teachers love working with kids. The staff make you feel welcome, as they get to know your entire family. The app keeps you informed on what your kid is doing throughout the day, and the pictures will brighten your day. PCA provides healthy snacks and meals for your kid, it's great to see them eat real food. PCA plans fun spirit weeks and holiday activities kids can look forward too. A recent bonus has been our location for PCA remaining open during recent restrictions. While it caused changes in how things operate everyone was still supportive and willing to answer questions. Our kid always comes out of PCA with a smile on his face, you can tell he had a good day. We are already planning on bringing our second kid.
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Tiffany Corcoran • Facebook
April 06, 2021
Both my kids have been attending Phoenix Children’s Academy since they were babies and now it has been almost 5 years! The Director Candace and her team have always gone above and beyond to make this place very welcoming. They greet each child by name each day, and that has always impressed me because of how many kids walk through those doors. I couldn’t recommend a better place for childcare than here!
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J W. • Yelp
March 14, 2021
Took my son to the one on Union Hills and 83rd. They were very nice and accommodating. I was in town for a couple of weeks due to work and C19. They allowed my son to attend for the week I needed. He loved it while he was there. He had fun and learned some things in the short time he attended.
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