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About Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool in Peoria

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 52 Reviews Leave A Review
Stephanie Ostwald • Google
I've had both my toddlers enrolled at this preschool. My oldest is now in kinder. My 5-year-old is in her second year of Pre-K at this academy, the staff is amazing. The director Ms. Candace, even more amazing! I love all the activities and events that they do. I love that they have a ceremony graduation. Both my children love love, love love, Miss Desiree. I would not want to put them anywhere else for learning and getting ahead, getting our Pre-K toddlers ready for kinder. A big thank you to Phoenix children's academy private school
Emily Styner • Google
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.
Heather • Google
My daughter has gone since she was 2 years old. She is now approaching kindergarten. She loves it and I love it here. The staf/teachers are all so caring and helpful.
Maria Gates • Facebook
My child moved from another PCA to this location. All I can say is wow!!! The culture and feel you get from the staff at Union Hills is outstanding. You walk in and feel this light, airy good vibe. The teachers are engaged and keep you in the loop all the time. Not only do the regular classroom teachers make you feel like your kiddo is their only student, you get that same care and kindness from the teachers at the end of the day when classrooms combine. Everyone keeps us informed- even the little things. I am amazed at the details they share with me as a parent. I always walk away knowing my child is safe and in a great learning environment. We went from my child stressing out and crying on the way to school, to a child who openly tells me about her day in a happy manner. She learns things that we can replicate at home too! "You get what you get, and we don't throw a fit!" (This is a good thing. She genuinely has learned to show appreciation. It has come in handy several times when we try to show how to best accept gifts from others and to not be too picky.) She has grown with her compassion, empathy, and desire to learn new things. She has even learned some Spanish! I especially love K-Club: the Fridays club geared to prep my child for Kindergarden. She gets fun homework to do with the family on the weekends (nothing too tough at all) so that we can bond over learning. It really has gotten her excited for the next step on her education journey! Great team and I am thankful everyday to have them in my child's corner.

Phoenix Children's Academy Private Preschool

Peoria, AZ

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