Sunshine Academy provides the best Universal Preschool and Daycare program you can find in this area! Sunshine Academy utilizes a HighScope Curriculum with a Montessori influence serving students of a mixed age group from 3 to 5 years old. Run by a Montessori trained educator, our staff supports a child’s ability to make choices, take risks and solve problems. Children learn to facilitate rich vocabulary in the context of play and natural conversation. In our safe, organized environment we provide materials that are relevant, creative, challenging and create a sense of curiosity. Our daily routine is structured yet flexible enough to meet the needs of the individual child. At Sunshine Academy, children are immersed in a print and vocabulary rich environment as well as immersed in materials and activities that teach letters, sounds, numbers, shapes, colors and patterns. Our large and small group activities include art, story time and music and movement. We are open Monday through Friday 7am – 5pm to meet any needs that you might have!
We are open 7am until 5pm, Monday through Friday and offer childcare for your preschoolers! Our days are structured yet flexible enough to provide the freedom for your child to become independent, confident and empathetic.
Our Universal Preschool and Daycare program is a cut above the rest! We provide a morning class where students are immersed in a environment rich in materials and practices that enhance reading and writing readiness.
We are a childcare facility that offers a Pre-School Program with a mixed age group of 3 to 5-year- old children. We provide extended opportunities for children to explore and manipulate materials. Our large and small group activities include art, story time and music and movement. We utilize the highly researched and validated HighScope curriculum. Our Mission: At Sunshine Academy we create an atmosphere where children feel safe, unconditionally loved and respected. All social and emotional well-being begins with unconditional love and acceptance. This is accomplished by providing a community that builds healthy relationships where self-confidence, independence and empathy for others are encouraged. We also welcome parental involvement and supportive relationships between parents, teachers and children.
Our trained staff supports a child’s ability to make choices, take risks and solve problems. They facilitate rich vocabulary in the context of play and natural conversation. In our safe, organized environment we provide materials that are relevant, creative, challenging and create a sense of curiosity.
Our environment is designed to encourage children to persist and repeat skills which lead to exploring new learning opportunities without fear of failure. In essence, our goal is to create active lifetime learners.
We provide daily routines and activities that are predictable, yet flexible enough to meet the needs of an individual child. Enhanced learning takes place during brief teacher directed, large and small group activities. Our print and vocabulary rich classroom emphasizes reading stories that rhyme, repeat and illustrate order. Fine motor materials that motivate manipulation and exploration are supplied. Singing is also promoted during music and movement times and used effectively throughout the day. Children are encouraged to care for oneself by supporting personal hygiene, good nutrition, gross motor physical activities and rest.
Our daily routines and activities are predictable yet flexible to meet the needs of each child.
Our educators are highly experienced and educated in the field of early childhood education! Some of the certifications held include: HighScope, Montessori, TESOL, elementary education, early childhood education and special education for elementary aged children.
Sunshine Academy is licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services.
Our Small Groups provide an intimate setting which helps to foster a more one-on- one environment between teacher and student.
A brand new outdoor space allows us to spend time in play as well as learning activities outdoors as weather permits!
Sunshine Academy prides itself in holding the safety of the students above all else. We take all the necessary precautions to ensure your child’s safety.
My granddaughter has been a student at Sunshine Academy for the past two years. It has been a wonderful experience. I am amazed at how Rylie has blossomed over the past two years!Peggy G
We can be at ease when he is at school knowing he is cared for, safe, and in a place that facilitates his future success. To top it off, our son is excited to go to school every day and returns home to share his experiences!Kathryn T
Every day my daughter can't wait to go to Sunshine Academy! She loves her teachers and friends - and so do I! I am so happy to have such warm, friendly and truly kind hearted people caring for my child.Amy F
There was no question as to where she would attend UPK once we found out about Sunshine Academy. Theresa and her staff are caring and extremely loving, making each child feel so special and one of a kind.Rachel V
The genuine affection and concern that the staff show the children at school truly makes Sunshine Academy a child’s “home away from home”. I know it is rare to find a pre-school with all these outstanding qualities which is why I cannot recommend Sunshine Academy enough to friends, family and anyone who wants a wonderful caring and nurturing learning environment for their child.Nicole P
Our team members are not only qualified, but feel a calling and passion for what we do. We come from diverse backgrounds, but one thing we all have in common is our desire to create a peaceful, engaging learning environment for our students. We can't wait to meet you!
Changes to the daily schedule are discussed and important information is conveyed to the children. This is important because the children feel secure and have less anxiety when they know what to anticipate. Children view the message board at the morning meeting which is the agenda for the day. The visual description of the days helps the children feel more settled when they begin to understand the idea of a routine. Discussing what is different about the day begins to prepare children for a change in their routine.
Large group activities usually consist of singing songs and music and movement. Children choose songs to sing and incorporate musical instruments and make up their own movements. Every week, parents are sent the songs of the week to encourage practicing with their children.
Children are divided into small groups of 5-7 children based on developmental level. This is a teacher-led activity where children have a set of materials in which they interact with. Teachers support the creative process by interjecting pertinent information in the appropriate context.
Students are educated in healthy hygiene and eating habits as a part of the curriculum at Sunshine Academy. They are able to choose the snacks and lunch provided for them which gives them a sense of ownership and independence. During lunch time usually a story is read to the children.
Sunshine Academy has a recently renovated playground for the children that is directly outside of the premises. Outdoor play is valued and we try an get the children outside as much as possible and as much as weather permits!
Call us +1 631 - 398 - 2286
We are located at 90 Meeting House Road Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.