Generations at The Sunshine House
Curtis Family shares fond memories while making new ones!
By Jennifer Brown
There is nothing we love more than hearing from current and former families about how much they love The Sunshine House. So, we were doubly delighted to hear about The Curtis Family in the Atlanta area, and their connection to the very first Sunshine House Early Learning Academy!
Philip Curtis, an assistant district attorney, attended The Sunshine House in Greenwood, SC, as a child and now his sons Deaton, 4, and Rabun, 21 months, attend The Sunshine House in Tucker, GA.
Though he was born in St. Louis, Philip grew up in Greenwood, SC, where The Sunshine House was founded in 1975. “The Sunshine House is where my first memories of my life outside my home and family exist,” he said. “I remember running out to the playground, sitting at the small tables learning to eat in a table setting, going down for naps. It is special that the very first of my memories are from The Sunshine House.”
In middle school, Philip’s family moved to Lawrenceville, GA, where he attended Five Forks Middle and Brookwood High School. It was at Brookwood where he met his future wife Katie.
After graduating from Clemson University in 2006, and marrying his high school sweetheart in 2008, Philip moved back to the Atlanta area, where he attended law school at Georgia State. He also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2013.
Katie Curtis is a CPA, and both of their jobs require them to be away from their children during the day. They made the switch to The Sunshine House when Deaton was a year and a half old and Rabun was on the way. It helped that Loni Smith, Deaton’s teacher at a previous center, had become the Assistant Director at The Sunshine House in Tucker.
“We are so grateful that we made the change, as Deaton loves coming to school each day!” Philip said. “We are both working professionals, with lots on our plate, and we so much appreciate (and quite frankly need) a safe learning environment. Stability of staff is key, and seeing the same faces that I have seen since Deaton has been there is very comforting.”
Philip says he and Katie love attending school events or dropping by to visit when they get a chance. “Parent involvement is so crucial to make sure everyone is on the same page with your child’s development. Communication has always been very open and I love that parents can come in and help the class,” he said.
Their favorite event so far was a holiday celebration with Ms. Monica’s Scrambling Squirrels class. She had the children learn three different songs — one song even involved bells! “You can tell the kids adored her and they were so proud of themselves for remembering the songs. Ms. Monica is a profound teacher and takes time to learn the unique needs of each child. She is a real star at The Sunshine House,” Philip said.
“All of the teachers have been very loving and supportive of our children. Ms. Regina, Ms. Loni and Ms. Shelly know every child’s name and make it feel like a second home for the boys. We are so grateful for their love and patience with our children.”
To share your Sunshine House story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.