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Award-Winning Daycare & Preschool in Loveland Loveland, CO at Centerra

Educational Childcare, Daycare, Preschool & After School in Loveland
Across from Fire Department in Centerra

✨Colorado Shines Level 4 School

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1801 Piney River Drive
Loveland, CO 80538
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6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Award-Winning Educational Daycare, Preschool & After School in Loveland, CO

Welcome to the Sunshine House of Loveland, located on Piney River Drive in Centerra!

For more than 45 years, The Sunshine House of Loveland, CO has been helping children build a solid educational and social foundation -- with all the fun of childhood mixed in. And we'd love to do the same for your child!

We do more than simply watch your children. Our early childhood educators implement a nationally-recognized, award-winning curriculum designed to ensure your child is prepared for success in school and in life!

Our top-rated educational daycare, preschool & after-school programs focus on school readiness, social, emotional and intellectual development, and what every child needs -- love and care.

Get peace of mind your child is safe, learning and having fun in a healthy, supportive environment. Contact us to schedule a tour today! 

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Loveland, CO School Features

  • Colorado Shines Level 4 School
  • Voted Best in Loveland 2022
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  • Cameras in all classrooms
  • Photo & video mobile app updates 
  • Nationally-recognized curriculum
  • School readiness, Spanish & literacy programs
  • Large playgrounds with water feature & climber
  • Intergenerational learning partnership
  • Summer adventure camp for kids aged 5-12
  • Healthy meals and snacks prepared by in-house chef

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  • New Vision

Our Programs

Infant Childcare (6 Weeks - 1 Year)

In our infant program, we're focused on the individual care needs of your baby. We utilize the primary caregiver system in our nursery. A specific teacher will be your baby’s main caregiver with primary responsibility for building a relationship with your baby, meeting your infant care needs and answering questions related to your baby’s day, progress and development. Your caregiver will also work closely with you to provide consistency with your existing feeding, playing and sleeping schedules.

While your baby is playing, your infant is also learning. Using our individualized Brain Connect Infant Curriculum, each week your caregiver will create a lesson plan for your baby, tailored to your child’s interests and development. We also utilize Creative Curriculum®, a nationally-recognized curriculum that helps support your baby develop critical skills. It is one of the only curriculums approved by every State Board of Education in the country.

Toddler Childcare (1 - 3 Years)

In our toddler care classroom, we respond to your child's newfound energy with fun learning activities and creative playtime that stimulates the mind and encourages exploration, while introducing structure and an established routine.

This is also when many children start the potty-training process. When your toddler is developmentally ready to start potty-training, we’ll partner with you to create consistency from school to home.

Our toddler learning program is built using the nationally-recognized Creative Curriculum® as a foundation to help your child build invaluable skills, such as language development, fine motor skills, analytical skills, positive self-image, creativity, increased attention span, communication and social integration.

Early Preschool (2 - 3 Years)

At this age, your child is discovering something new each day. Our Early Preschool program is uniquely created to respond to your child’s natural curiosity and interest in exploration, while providing the structure and support your child needs during this important transition from toddlerhood to preschool.

Your active, inquisitive child will participate in engaging experiences that support the development of their brain, body and social-emotional skills.

The foundation of our early preschool curriculum is Creative Curriculum®, a nationally-recognized, state-approved program that supports your child in developing critical skills. We enhance this curriculum with the latest research into brain-based development, available only at The Sunshine House.

Preschool (3 - 4 Years)

Building a solid foundation in the academic skills needed for Kindergarten and beyond is important at this age. Our preschool classroom utilizes the nationally-recognized Creative Curriculum®, the leading curriculum to help your child develop the skills needed for school. It is also one of the only curriculums approved by every state in the country.

Our preschool program is focused on school readiness. Our early education specialists make learning science, math, language, social studies, music and art fun for your preschooler with engaging activities and fun experiences.

Our preschool educators also incorporate Seeds of Literacy, our exclusive literacy and character development program, into your child’s day. This program uses high-quality children’s literature to instill literacy concepts and helps build character as children explore character traits such as responsibility, patience, creativity, and respect. 

Pre-K (4 - 5 Years)

Our Pre-K program prepares your child for success in Kindergarten. Using the nationally-recognized, state-approved Creative Curriculum®, our program is intended to challenge your child, but is creative and fun enough that your child will love learning!

Our Pre-K program provides fun experiences in language, math, science, social studies, music and art. We build on your child’s interests to plan lessons that are both relevant and engaging.

Interactive experiences and activities are woven throughout the day to increase your child’s skills in language and literacy, executive function, cognitive development, creative expression, social and emotional development, and physical wellness.

And you’ll know exactly how your child is progressing! Our program includes a comprehensive assessment tool to help you and your child’s teacher measure progress and set goals to ensure a successful transition into Kindergarten.

After School (5 - 12 Years)

Your family needs a safe, supervised, fun environment for your child to start and end the school day. And we’re here to help with your after school childcare needs!

Your student will join in fun, interactive arts, academic, technology, STEAM and fitness experiences with daily homework support. So while you’re at work, you can rest assured your child is safe, productive and having fun in our after school program!

After School: In our after school program, your student will participate in a blend of learning and fun in a safe, supervised environment. We’ll transport your student from school to our center, and serve a nutritious afternoon snack. Your child will participate in fun, interactive learning experiences and spend time with friends. Our after school program provides homework support so you can rest assured homework is done each evening and you can enjoy some family time!

Meet Our Director, Deanna Ballesteros

Hello, my name is Deanna Ballesteros. I have worked for The Sunshine House since October 2002, first as a Lead Teacher and then as the Center Mentor. During this time, I was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year! In 2017, I became the Assistant Director at this location. I earned my associate degree in early childhood education and Large Center Director qualifications from the State of Colorado in 2015.

My husband and I have been blessed with four amazing and beautiful children. Our oldest two have spread their wings leaving us with two teenagers at home. It doesn’t matter what we do when we are able to get them all in one place, as long as we are together.

I truly love my Sunshine House family. The relationships I have formed over the years with children, families and staff mean the world to me. I am dedicated to providing a quality early childhood program each and every day and look forward to forming strong long-lasting relationships with the community.

Meet Our Assistant Director, Lea Sandoval

My name is Lea Sandoval, and I have worked for The Sunshine House for 5 years. I started as a Toddler Two teacher in 2019. I have worked with children for more than 15 years and have loved every second of it.

I have earned a Level 3 in Colorado Shines and I’m currently finishing my Large Directors Qualification at Front Range. Last year (2023) I was promoted to Assistant Director where I look forward to learning more about how to run a center, in hopes to advance into a director position in the future.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and our two amazing children. We love watching movies, going on hikes, and camping in the mountains.

I am so happy to have found a home with The Sunshine House, and I’m very excited to take on my new role as the Assistant Director. I love all the connections I have made over the past 5 years between the staff, families, and children.

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