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About Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool, Happy Valley

Welcome to Deer Valley region’s Phoenix Children’s Academy, Happy Valley.

Founded in 2009, we are committed to providing the absolute best early childhood education and childcare while meeting the needs of each child individually. Our early childhood center offers an outstanding preschool program that allows children to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. We also offer a Kindergarten Readiness/Kindergarten Club.

Our beautiful campus is secure and clean, complete with a security-coded entrance, and surveillance cameras in every classroom and on every playground. We have two infant classrooms, one for mobile infants and one for non-mobile infants.

At Phoenix Children’s Academy, Happy Valley, we welcome families and the community into our nurturing, home-like early childhood education center. Our caring staff members stay many years with our school, dedicating their time and energy to making these early years memorable and positive for all children who walk through our doors.

Our Programs

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). Our daycare’s loving professionals work closely with you to develop an ideal schedule for your little one
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2). In our toddler program, our caring teachers guide toddlers as they explore the world around them, learning skills like socialization, potty training, and more.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). Our early childhood learners enjoy learning communication and language skills, as well as ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). Our experienced teachers offer stimulating educational activities in math, science, computers, language, and social studies in this program.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). In our Pre-K program, children experience educational lessons and activities that prepare them for success in their elementary school years.
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 12). This program offers support for students whose parents are at work.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 12). Children enjoy time with their friends and our energized teachers in our super fun summer camp program.


Phoenix Children’s Academy, Happy Valley has received a Quality First Star Rating of “3” from the state of Arizona.

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.

More About Our School

We are located at the intersection of 39th Ave. and Happy Valley, just west of I-17 and north of the 101. We proudly serve the nearby neighborhoods of Deer Valley, Norterra, and North Phoenix.

Our team invites you to stop by and see how we can make you a part of our Phoenix Children’s Academy, Happy Valley family. Ask us about your complimentary day of discovery. Schedule a visit today.

Our Team

Amanda Dusseau

Amanda Dusseau

Regional Director

Welcome to Phoenix Children’s Academy! My name is Amanda Dusseau and I am the School Director here at our Happy Valley location. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education 12 years ago and made the switch over to Early Childhood 9 years ago. I absolutely love what I do and would not change it for the world. Between the management team and all of our wonderful certified preschool and child care teachers, we have over 80 years of experience. At Phoenix Children’s Academy we strongly believe in family involvement and we want to make sure you feel at home. We believe that helping your child develop is a partnership and we make sure you are always in the know on what your child is doing. You will receive a daily individual or class report each day when you pick up your child. Our school hosts fun family events including: Trunk-or-Treat, Winter Wonderland, Parents Night Out, Egg-stravaganza in the Spring, and many more. Our playgrounds are an amazing place for children to explore and extend their daily learning. They absolutely love the splash pad that keeps them cool and splashing around in the Arizona heat. Our children also get the opportunity to use our technology lab with computers and a SMARTBoard daily. We look forward to having you and your families come visit our school and meet our wonderful Phoenix Children’s Academy family.

Laura Mattheis

Laura Mattheis

Baby Whisperer

I have worked in early childhood education for over 8 years and have found my calling in the infant room. I am working toward my degree in Educational Studies. When I am not at PCA, I enjoy spending time with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. My favorite childhood memory is climbing trees in my backyard and going four wheeling in the desert with my parents.

Cindy Combe

Cindy Combe

Potty Training Guru

I am a Two’s teacher and I have been with the school pretty much since it opened. I have been in early childhood education for over 24 years. I enjoy spending my days with my kiddos and watching them grow into big preschoolers. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Ozzie. I am also excited to be a new grandma.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 96 Reviews
Kelly Sahid • Google
October 19, 2021
We love Phoenix Childrens! Our 8 month old daughter adores her teachers Laura and Heidi. They are amazing and care for her so much. Athena and Danica do a great job managing and I feel like I could go to them for anything
Parent / Guardian • Google
September 29, 2021
Our 3.9 year old son started school here after having a traumatizing experience at another school. He has had such a warm and welcoming experience here that he went from crying and being scared of school to loving going here everyday! Emphasis on academics here is amazing. My son is learning Spanish and Mandarin. My son also didn't speak much of English when he first started here and was transitioned into school easily and speaks great English now. They also send out daily digital updates where they list out all the learning activities and it makes me truly happy to see what my son is learning at school. The staff is kind and welcoming and our family loves this school. We're happy we found them at the time we did!
Kelli V. • Yelp
September 26, 2021
The hardest job you have as a parent is choosing who your children are exposed to and where they will begin their learning journey. These experiences and individuals will teach them, mold them and provide a foundation for how they set off into their next phase of education. I chose PCA originally for its convenience; it was on the way to work, I supported their learning model and they provided the nutritious meals and snacks (bonus). Fast forward 2 years and my boys attend because of the staff I now consider an extension of our family. They have provided this mom with comfort which as most parents know is no easy task. I am thankful my boys have a safe and educational environment to begin learning how to create healthy relationships with adults and peers. PCA has also provided me with the confidence in knowing that my children will go into primary school prepared to be successfulThank you PCA Happy Valley!
Erin Groom • Google
August 30, 2021
My kids have done so well at PCA. I know when I drop them off they will be safe and taken care of. They are fed quality food that is made in house as well. The staff are all so friendly and they genuinely care about the kids. I would definitely recommend them!

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