Early Childhood

Early childhood is such an important time of life. Small children are eager learners, soaking up everything they see and hear. Recent research shows that education in the early years is especially crucial for later success in life. Consider choosing one of the 35 bustling preschool centers situated within the Pacific Union Conference. Staffed by highly-trained and committed specialists in early childhood education, our preschools give your child the opportunity for a head start on academics and a unique chance to learn about the God who created them and loves them.

Wise parents from all kinds of faith backgrounds choose to invest wisely in their child’s irreplaceable early years by putting them in a safe and nurturing Christian environment. In addition to stimulating individualized instruction, your child will benefit from teachers and activity aides who comfort kids with hugs, Band-aids—and also prayers. Our preschools are non-judgmental learning environments where Jesus is daily portrayed as a caring Friend. All teachers are expertly trained and ready to inspire curiosity and faith. A new, tailor-made curriculum developed by the North American Division (NAD) has been piloted in several Pacific Union early childhood education centers. CREATION Kids is a faith-based, comprehensive, self-contained, digital curriculum that promotes the development of the whole child and provides guidance, support, and needed resources to meet the diverse needs of three-and four-year-old children.

View a map of the schools of the PUC.


Central California
CVCA Helping Hands Preschool
Milpitas Discoveryland
Parkwood Christian Preschool
Sonora Kiddie Kollege
Valley View Children’s Center

Kahili Adventist Preschool
Malama Na Keiki O’ Waianae
Maui Adventist Pre-elementary School
Mauna Loa Preschool

Bishop Rainbow Connection

Northern California
Hilltop Christian Preschool
Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool
Sacramento Adventist Academy ECEC

Pacific Union College
Discoveryland Children's Center Angwin

Southeastern California
Azure Hills Children’s Center
La Sierra Academy Children's Center
Loma Linda Academy Children’s Center
Mesa Grande Academy Children's Center
Sunrise Christian Preschool

Southern California
A+ Adventist Children’s Center
Adventist Education Simi Valley Preschool
Conejo Adventist Preschool
Discoveryland Child Care Center
Iruka Yochien
Los Angeles Discoveryland Preschool
San Fernando Valley Academy Child Development Center
Three Angeles’ Pre-School and Infant Center







The Early Childhood Education (ECE) is part of the Pacific Union Conference Office of Education. The purpose of the ECE is to establish a relationship among Seventh-day Adventist conference entities and provide information and resources for the establishment and maintenance of ECE facilities throughout in the Pacific Union who are presently and/or contemplating the operation of an ECE program.

Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

ECE has its foundation in the biblical imperative for purposeful training of the young child.  As Christian educators, we are admonished to teach the words of the Bible “diligently unto the children,” and to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Deut. 6:7 and Prov. 22:6). 

The Pacific Union Conference recognizes that the early education and care of young children is the beginning of a continual growth process. “Too much importance cannot be placed upon the early training of children. The lessons learned, the habits formed, during the years of infancy and childhood, have more to do with the formation of the character and the direction of the life than have all the instruction and training of after years” (Ministry of Healing, p. 380).

Adventist ECE programs seek to nurture the minds of young children strengthening their ability to be thinkers rather than mere reflectors of the thoughts of others (Education, p. 17), provide loving service rather than seeking selfish ambition, maximizing the development of one’s potential and appreciating all that is beautiful, true and good.

In partnership with the home and church, it is essential that a balanced ECE program be established to meet the needs of a child’s spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. This focus has the full intention of affirming the value of each child and family, bringing them closer to Christ (NAD Working Policy FED 05 10).