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About Sunshine Learning Centers

We’re parents too. We understand that choosing the best educational child care for your child is one of the hardest decisions you have to make. By providing an environment for your child where they can grow and thrive, we are confident that Sunshine Learning Centers in Valencia, California is the best preschool you can choose.

At Sunshine Learning Centers we integrate the most important elements in any child care or preschool – giving your child a fun educational experience and care from an amazing team of teachers. Combined, the value our preschool offers is unparalleled. We extend our school’s value by including enrichment classes such as Spanish, Sports, and Technology without additional fees.

And, we are proud to have been selected as the Best Childcare Center in Santa Clarita Valley!

Sunshine Philosophy

At Sunshine Child Care and Learning Centers, we believe that each child is a special gift, entrusted to our care by their parents. Each day, opportunities for exploratory learning are built into the preschool program schedule. Enthusiastic and dynamic teachers open a world of learning that children love to explore. We provide a positive, loving, controlled environment where children beg to come back… not an atmosphere of negativity where “don’t” and “stop” are prevalent words.

Our childcare center is designed to champion children to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically, by cultivating a lifetime love of learning. Our philosophy emphasizes honoring God and our country, cultivating the importance of family and the community, instilling core values that make a difference in your child’s life.

We maintain no more than 9:1 student/teacher ratios, most schools operate at 12:1.

Our Passion and Commitment

At Sunshine Child Care and Learning Centers, we believe that each child is a special gift, entrusted to our care by their parents. Each day, opportunities for exploratory learning are built into the preschool program schedule. Enthusiastic and dynamic teachers open a world of learning that children love to explore. We provide a positive, loving, controlled environment where children beg to come back… not an atmosphere of negativity where “don’t” and “stop” are prevalent words.

Our childcare center is designed to champion children to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically, by cultivating a lifetime love of learning. Our philosophy emphasizes honoring God and our country, cultivating the importance of family and the community, instilling core values that make a difference in your child’s life.

We maintain no more than 9:1 student/teacher ratios, most schools operate at 12:1.

Communication with Families

Our teachers and staff are passionate about forming a strong partnership with you to ensure the best possible experience for your child. Teachers provide daily communication with families and seek to understand your unique needs. Parental involvement is the key to a successful program, and parental concerns are both respected and supported by the Sunshine staff. We are here to help and support the work you are doing with your children at home.

Our Team

Ryan Gleeson

Ryan Gleeson

Director

I started my career in Early Childhood Education at Sunshine over 20 years ago. I have worked as an After School Counselor, Lead Teacher, Director and Regional Director. I have been the Director of Sunshine North Valencia for the last 10 years.

I met my wife at Sunshine almost 20 years ago and have three children who are now all Sunshine graduates! I live and breathe Sunshine and I am so proud of what we have accomplished in the lives of young children over the last two decades in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Jackie Major

Jackie Major

Assistant Director

Hi there! My name is Miss Jackie. I am the Preschool Assistant Director here at Sunshine. I have a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Cal State Bakersfield. In 2012, I started in Sunshine’s After School program and shortly after, became a Preschool Assistant Teacher and made the transition to Preschool Teacher. I taught preschool for 5 years before stepping into the role of Assistant Director. I absolutely love welcoming new families into our Sunshine Family!

Denton Novick

Denton Novick

After School Director

My name is Denton Novick and I have worked in early childhood education for 8 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and hope to start on my master’s in the near future. I started at Sunshine as an After School Counselor and then became a driver shortly after. I worked my way up to Lead Counselor and now I am the Director of the After School Program.

I met my wife 14 years ago and have been married for 7. We have two beautiful children who both currently go to Sunshine. My wife also works in the field of early childhood education and has a master’s in the subject. We both love working with children as it is our passion and maybe one day we can pass it on to our children.

Keelan Pratt

Keelan Pratt

Administrative Assistant

My name is Miss Keelan and I am the Administrative Assistant here at Sunshine. I attended Sunshine as a child and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and work with kids. In 2004, I started working in Sunshine’s After School program while completing classes in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after I joined the preschool staff and taught both preschool and Pre-k for 14 years before transitioning into the role as the school’s Administrative Assistant. I love working with children and making the preschool years a positive experience for them and their families.

My husband and I bought our first home here in Valencia and love all that the community has to offer. We enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Accreditations

NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 49 Reviews
Linda M. • Yelp
October 03, 2021
Where do I begin!? My youngest has unfortunately been to many preschools, and a couple have been not so great experiences, so my daughter was always terrified of going to school. She would cry every day, and as a mother that is the hardest thing to watch. On my daughters first day at sunshine, she did not cry and has not cried not once! She looks forward to going to school every day and tells me how much she loves Sunshine, her teachers and her friends. Not only does this school have an amazing curriculum, but also exceptional staff. I could go on and on about this wonderful place. I will always be grateful for the teachers, and the director Ms Jackie for making my baby happy to go to school.
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Luisa L. • Yelp
September 21, 2021
As a first time mom, I was very nervous about sending my daughter to a daycare, especially for the pandemic.I was worried about the transition (home-daycare), about the English (we speak Spanish at home) and if my daughter will be fine in another place,  not our home.We started with two days (Tue and Thu) for 2 weeks and  then Miss Jackie recommend us to increase one more day (M-W-F) to make the transition easier for our daughter and for us;  Great Advice,  IT WAS THE BEST DECISION!Miss Jackie was so nice and patient with us. She speak perfect Spanish so she help us a lot.Our Daughter  has been going to Sunshine for almost a year, fulltime, and we are so thankful to have her in this magnificent place!!!!.Miss Jackie, Miss Briana, Miss Nancy and all the team are knowledgeable, caring, attentive,  Soooooo Patient and respectful.We highly recommend this place to any mom/dad who are looking for great place for they kids.
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Lauren P. • Yelp
August 16, 2021
My 5yo went to Summer Camp here shortly after we relocated from out of state. He had a fantastic time and it truly helped him transition from preschool to Kindergarten. We will definitely enroll him in the camp in the future!Because of the good experience with my son, we enrolled our daughter here for preschool and we think all of the teachers and staff are great. We highly recommend Sunshine to families in the neighborhood.
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Ellen Z. • Yelp
August 13, 2021
We have been a Sunshine family for decades. My nieces and nephews started their foundation at Sunshine and now they are thriving and successful in college and high school. My kids have been enrolled in Sunshine from their Pre-K years. They have wonderful memories of attending class there. They have been part of the after care program for years. We trust the staff wholeheartedly. Summer camp is also something the kids look forward to. Before the pandemic there were weekly field trips! Fun experiences...even the parents got to volunteer and join!Thank you, Mr. Ryan, Miss Keelan, Miss Jackie, Miss Blessy, Miss Chandler, and the counselors for taking such great care of our kids and treating them like your own.
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