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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

4.7 Rating based on 48 Reviews Leave A Review
Emily Tabor • Facebook
My son has been going to PCA Union Hills since he was 3 months old and I absolutely adore and trust this school and his teachers. Being a first time mom I was a nervous wreck letting my small baby be taken care of by anyone except me and his dad, but PCA has surpassed our expectations. Very quickly after starting, my infant son began smiling at his teacher, Ms. Angel, and showing excitement to see her at drop off each morning which showed me how comfortable he felt and how much he trusted her. That was so much relief to this first time mama. Ms. Angel, Ms. Janice, Ms. Victoria, and Ms. Willow have shown so much love, support, encouragement, and assistance to not only my son but myself and my husband as his parents as well. Communication from all of them is also never an issue and I never have to feel worried about my son in their care. The director, Mrs. Candace, and assistant director, Mrs. Caitlin, always ensure we feel welcomed each morning and that our needs/concerns are met. They are also very personable and easy to talk to. On the few occasions that my son has been sick they have shown compassion and concern while also being sure to still do their due diligence and make sure his classroom is clean and healthy and all the other infant parents are notified when necessary. This is a huge plus for a mom of a small baby as there’s always the worry of germs and communicable illnesses. I’m so thankful and happy we found PCA and can genuinely say I feel my son will continue to thrive there as he progresses through each new classroom.
Courtney Mancuso • Facebook
Both of our boys attend Phoenix Children’s Academy Union Hills and they love it! The teachers are so sweet and caring! We also really love that the Director Candace and Assistant Director Caitlin are so welcoming and flexible with scheduling when one or both of our boys are sick! PCA makes a point to know us, our kiddos and even other family members that may have to pick up the boys from time to time! Highly recommend PCA Union Hills!
Victoria Bates • Google
We had a wonderful experience at this center. They welcomed my daughter with open arms, compassion and understanding. We will forever be grateful to this amazing school!
Kaitie Carrigan • Google
A great place for young kids with friendly staff who work with parents for any individual needs. They are communicative and prompt in responding to any questions and have navigated through the challenges of COVID with understanding of different view points on the topic putting first and foremost, the kids first. They have made our transition to Arizona from out of state possible.

Phoenix Children's Academy Private Preschool

Peoria, AZ

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