Early Education

Dear Parents,

We’ve been ministering to preschoolers and their families in the Valley of the Sun since 1983. Our teaching staff considers it a privilege to continue our tradition of excellence by providing well-planned hands-on learning experiences to foster emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and physical development in every child. We respect each child as a competent, capable, unique creation of God. We love Jesus. We love children. And we love getting them together! It’s our desire to create an environment of nurture and guidance that will enable every child to experience the love of Jesus through us.

You are cordially invited to visit us, ask questions, and make suggestions. We value our partnership with parents and thank God parents entrust their child’s development to our care.

In His love,
Dawna Underwood - Elementary Principal and Director of Early Education                      Handbook

Welcome to Preschool!

NCS preschool enjoys the “one school” concept as many of our students begin their education in our preschool and move seamlessly into the elementary program. Early Ed students play and learn in developmentally appropriate classrooms from infants through PreK. In each area they are exposed to beginning reading and math concepts and they are given opportunities for creative and interactive play indoors and outdoors. Students and parents love the preschool as students develop socially and emotionally as they prepare for their formal schooling in kindergarten. The program is licensed through the state of Arizona and it is accredited through ACSI and AdancED. Mini Crusaders, infants through age 2, and the NCS Preschool, 3’s through PreK, are Quality First programs providing excellent Christian education for young children. Contact Dawna Underwood, Jennifer Lindsay, or Pam Tarbutton for more information.

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Northwest Christian Preschool! I am Jennifer Lindsay, the Assistant Director of our preschool; my family and I have been at NCS since 2007. I first began as a full-day kindergarten teacher and then moved on to first grade for a couple of years. My husband Mark and I celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary this summer and we are the proud parents of three NCS graduates.

God has now blessed me with the opportunity to move over to preschool and I am beyond excited to walk alongside Mrs. Underwood and our fabulous early education staff as they minister to and partner with you as your preschooler grows in their understanding of our world and who God has created them to be.

I'd love to meet you and your family, feel free to pop in anytime and introduce yourself.

Blessings,
Jennifer Lindsay - Assistant Preschool Director

Welcome to Mini-Crusaders!

Our Mini Crusader program brings our youngest children on campus to enjoy learning with early learning standards and opportunities for creative play while making young friendships.

Mini-Crusaders - Hours

  • Toddler / 2 year old students - Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Infant Room - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with hours not to exceed 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sessions are booked on a 3 hour minimum basis
  • Extended care is not available for students enrolled in our Mini Crusader program.

Early Education Team


Dawna Underwood

Principal

Started at NCS in  1991

Jennifer Lindsay

Assistant Preschool Director

Started at NCS in 2007

Pam Tarbutton

Administrative Assistant

Started at NCS in 1990

Lori Adams

Infant Room

Started at NCS in 2008

Teresa Collett

Extended Care Lead

Started at NCS in 2007

Carolyn Cornelius

Fours

Started at NCS in 1992

Marcy East

Young Threes

Started at NCS in 2015

Michele Garcia

Threes

Started at NCS in 2011

Anne Greenberg

Young Walkers

Kelly Hughes

Fours

Started at NCS in 2005

Juanita Macias

Pre-K

Started at NCS in 1986

Courtney Nelson

Pre-K

Tammy Sergent

Twos

Started at NCS in 2005

Kaci Underwood

Toddlers

Started at NCS in 2014

Heather Valerius

Pre-K

Started at NCS in 2011


Junior Crusaders

The Junior Crusaders Sports Program provides NCS students from PreK-6th grade with an opportunity to pursue their passion of sports in a fun and Christ-centered environment. Students will have the unique privilege and experience of playing on a team with their fellow classmates. We partner with CCV STARS and NYS to serve our students throughout the school year. Our goal is to help players to develop skills, learn teamwork, and to persevere in the challenges that sports provide. COME AND JOIN US, CRUSADERS!


Early Education / Mini-Crusaders Forms and Documents


Tuition
Ways to Afford a Christian Education (K and older)
NCS School Calendar
Mini-Crusaders Closure Information
Early Education Calendar
Parent / Guardian Testimony
Early Education Handbook
Parental Responsibility / Doctrinal Statement
Hearing and Vision Form
Online Enrollment
Fast Facts
Immunization Form
Get More Information | Schedule a Tour
Testing Profile
Extended Care Information
Pastor's Reference Form
NCS Profile