Desert Sun

for Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool and Parent-Toddler Interaction

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Desert Sun Child Development Center



Desert Sun Child Development Center is a non-profit organization devoted to providing high quality early childhood education, from toddler to Kindergarten. Located in Chandler, AZ, we are easy to get to from most of Phoenix's East Valley cities. We emphasize the needs of the whole child through curriculum designed to address the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual areas of development. We also recognize the need for parental involvement in their child's education. Accordingly, Desert Sun is dedicated to serving as a resource to parents as the primary educators of their children. 

Our Philosophy

The philosophy behind our curriculum is that children learn best by doing. Learning is not just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first hand about the world in which we live. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all five of their senses. In using real materials such as blocks and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors, and they notice relationships between things (pre-math).

In time, they learn to use one object to stand for another. This is the beginning of symbolic thinking. For example, they might pretend a stick is an airplane or a block is a hamburger. These early symbols – the stick and the block – are similar in shape to the objects they represent. Gradually children become more and more able to use abstract symbols like words to describe their thoughts and feelings. They learn to “read” pictures, which are symbols of real people, places, and things. This exciting development is symbolic thinking, which takes place as children play.

Play provides the foundation for academic or “school” learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols, such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young child.

Our Mission

Desert Sun Child Development Center’s mission is to provide high quality education for young children and to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children.

Desert Sun has national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Desert Sun Child Development Center
1512 West Elliot Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Fax (480)831-9483

Office hours are:
 Monday-Thursday:   8:30 am to 3:30 pm
                    Fridays:   8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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