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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


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


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


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.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 59 Reviews
Ashley Vollmer • Facebook
September 30, 2021
Phoenix Children’s Academy is one of a kind! We started at PCA in 2017 and currently have our 3rd child enrolled there full time. We have gone through all stages of the center from the infant room all the way through pre-k graduation, and have loved every moment of it. The entire staff team truly love each and every child that walks through the doors. It is a great feeling to know that my child will be in a safe, clean, and loving place while I am away at work. We love the warm and fuzzy feelings we get each time we walk through the door!
klara salman • Google
September 14, 2021
So upset because my 3 years old had a hard time from the director and the teacher I asked when I enrolled him that my baby has speech dealy and he is bite other kids and the director said we will work on that, so when I took my baby the first day they called me after I dropped him 30 minutes saying this school it's not a good fit for my baby because he was crying also they didn't know that he had a stomach pain and he through out everything he had then I weant there the stuff were so rude and I asked if we can try again because this is his first time and they should understand that but I was watching my baby they did not teach him anything they just watched them and let them play by themselves so I decided not taking him there anymore because we are just wasting are money also when I picked up my baby he was so thirsty and hungry ,I don't know how they keep kids without eating longs hours they are just a kid ,it's the worst please I never attended
Amy Story • Facebook
August 26, 2021
PCA was the first stop for my kids after moving from out of state. The teaches have been so kind in helping them adjust and both kids are excelling in their learning activities. Very supportive and caring environment!
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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