WHY SONSHINE?

Our Mission

At SonShine Christian School we believe that children are a gift from God. Helping them to learn is a divine privilege. Our mission is to provide a loving and secure environment where children can develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in a Bible-based program run by dedicated, professional staff. We strive to academically prepare your child through hands-on curriculum as well as instill Christian values and everyday life skills that will help your child successfully transition into their primary education.


Our Purpose

To prepare your child for their entrance into elementary school by providing a quality Christ-centered early childhood education using a variety of hands-on learning activities and curriculum.


Our Licensing

Sonshine Christian Preschool is a licensed child care faciltiy by the State of California. All of our teachers and aides meet the qualifications specified by the state licensing agency. Our facility number is 243808538.


Community Care Licensing

770 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 300

Fresno, CA 93710

(559)243-4588

www.ccld.ca.gov

sONSHINE TEAM


  • Mary Gudgel

    SITE SUPERVISOR & FULLY QUALIFIED TEACHER

    Mary Received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University in southern California. Mary and her sister, Amy, opened the preschool for First Baptist Church in 2009. She has also completed credential courses at Cal State Stanislaus. Mary is also the Early Childhood Coordinator at First Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. Mary and her husband Brian have two sons and two daughters. Mary’s favorite children’s book is “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is “anything with chocolate.”


  • BRANDY SCHWESINGER

    FULLY QUALIFIED TEACHER & QUALIFIED DIRECTOR

    Brandy and her husband Carl have two daughters and twin sons. Brandy has completed her core and supervisor classes in Early Childhood Education at Merced College. Brandy has worked in Children’s ministry for over 12 years. Brandy’s favorite children’s author is Dr. Seuss and her favorite flavor of ice cream is Baskin Robbins’ Peppermint.

  • ALISA PHILLIPS

    FULLY QUALIFIED TEACHER

    Alisa has completed just about every Early Childhood Course with Merced College. She has worked with children for over 20 years in several different capacities. Along with teaching at SonShine she is the Children’s Ministry Assistant and Summer Camp Director at Gateway Church in Merced Her and her husband have three teen boys. Alisa’s favorite children’s book is “Love You Forever” And her favorite flavor of ice cream is Coffee flavored.


  • TIFFANY BYRD

    AIDE/SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

    Tiffany is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. She served in the preschool at First Baptist on Sunday mornings for 1 years. She also works part time at the Merced County Library as a Library Assistant. Her and her husband Justin have one sweet baby girl. Tiffany’s favorite children’s book is “Happy Birthday, Moon” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is French vanilla.


  • BRITTANY MOONEY

    AIDE

    Brittany is has been working with children at First Baptist Church since 2012. She has a spunky little girl that keeps her on her toes. Brittany’s favorite children’s book is “Love You Forever” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough.


  • MARY DUNHAM

    AIDE/SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

    Mary is taking courses in Child Development at Merced College. She also supervises the preschool at First Baptist on Sunday mornings. Mary and her husband have two fun loving children. Mary’s favorite children’s book is “Corduroy” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is Strawberry. 

daily schedule

Our daily activities are specifically designed for early childhood education. A hands-on, multi-activity program will keep your little one’s interest, providing exciting opportunities for learning.


8:30-9:00 Arrival/Free play

9:00-9:10 Opening

9:10-9:30 Circle/Group Time (Phonics or Bible)

9:30-10:10 Centers

10:10-10:15 Bathroom break/wash hands for snack

10:15-10:30 Snack

10:30-11:00 Outside Time

11:00-11:20 Circle/Group Time (Bible or Phonics)

11:20-12:00 Centers

12:00-12:30 Free Time/Outside Time until parent pick-up


*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Lunch Option


You may send your child to school with a lunch. They will have an opportunity to eat their lunch from 12:00-12:30. If you do send your child with a lunch, please pick up your child no earlier than 12:20 to ensure they have adequate time to eat.


OUR PROGRAM

Ages of children accepted

Preschool ages 3 to Transitional Kindergarten

Students must be potty trained.



We are extending our hours for the 2017-2018 School year! 


Days and Hours of Operation for 2016-2017 School Year

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:30pm


Basic Services

Sonshine Christian Preschool provides a preschool program, basic child care and a snack included in 2, 3, 4, or 5 half-day sessions.


Tuition & Fees 2016-2017 School Year

2, 3, 4 or 5 half day sessions available

The non-refundable registration fee is due upon receipt of Student Admission Application. Tuition may be paid in full August 1st or paid monthly, due on the 1st of each month, August 1st-May 1st.


CONTACT SONSHINE




First Baptist Merced

Sonshine Christian Preschool

500 Buena Vista Drive

Merced, CA 95348


PHONE

209.383.7729 x 316*

FAX

209.383.7403  

EMAIL

Sonshine@fbcmerced.com       

       

*As our office hours are not regular, please leave a message and someone will contact you within two business days.