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Sacramento Adventist Academy Early Childhood Education Center is expanding.

We are planning an expansion this year and will be enrolling students as young as 2 years old. Contact Shari Thompson, preschool director, for more information or to enroll your child.


Sacramento Adventist Academy Early Childhood Education Center is a year-round Christian preschool. We provide quality, child-focused, affordable care for children ages 2 to 6. (Beginning in mid-July, ages 18 months through 6 years) We offer a progressive curriculum in which the child learns through exploring, experiencing, and accomplishing, and by doing so we encourage a love of learning and build a foundation for future learning. Our classroom offers a warm and caring place for children to experience independence and grow in confidence through learning to respect oneself and others, as well as the world around them. Children are shown the love of Jesus and in turn grow in their love for Him.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6



The mission of the Sacramento Adventist Academy Early Childhood Education Center is to provide a nurturing, creative, and spiritual environment where children will be prepared for successful life-long learning and service.


Every child is a unique, special, and creative individual of great value designed for a specific purpose by God. By providing a warm, secure environment, we hope to nurture the entire well-being of your child – intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually, and develop within each child a feeling of love and respect for self and others.

Hours of Operation (M-F)

Full Day Program      7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Half Day Program     8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(Part time two and three day programs available by arrangement.)

DSC_0725Sacramento Adventist Academy Early Childhood Education Center is registered and licensed under the State of California and aides by a nondiscriminatory policy of admission, extending equal rights, privileges, programs, and activities to all its students.

License #343616158

We employ nurturing, Christian, teachers. Our staff is dedicated to working as a team with the children, parents and colleagues to provide the optimum early childhood experience. All employees participate in continuing education opportunities and classroom preparation and maintenance. Our center director is an Early Childhood credentialed Teacher/Administrator. The support staff and teachers have varied levels of experience and education well above state standards. We also provide a low teacher-child ratio that offers more individualized attention in the classroom.

Preschool Staff

ThompsonS16Shari Thompson, Preschool Director - sthompson@sacaa.org
B.A. in Child Development, California State University, Sacramento
California State Early Childhood Education Program Director Permit
Seventh-day Adventist Early Childhood Professional Achievement Recognition, Level 7
Student of Sacramento Union Academy (now Sacramento Adventist Academy)
Joined SAA staff in January of 2010
Malinda BurrowayMalinda Burroway, Preschool Teacher- mburroway@sacaa.org
Pacific Union College
Alumnus of Sacramento Adventist Academy
Joined SAA staff in 2011
Amy LeslieAmy Leslie, Preschool Teacher- aleslie@sacaa.org
Joined SAA staff in November of 2013
Nina NegrettiNina Negretti, Elementary Music Director - nnegretti@sacaa.org
B.Mus in Music Education, minor in French, Columbia Union College
SDA standard Teaching Credential
Joined SAA staff in 1999
John Tayag, - jtayag@sacaa.org
Vernie Hartman, - vhartman@sacaa.org
Sawyer16Vivian Sawyer, Preschool Teacher-

Sacramento Adventist Academy Early Childhood Education Center provides an environment filled with developmentally appropriate activities to cultivate the child’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development. Their daily activities help build and develop both gross and fine motor skills, life skills, and knowledge.

Morning Circle Time

  • Calendar - including the celebration of birthdays and holidays
  • Name Recognition
  • Weather
  • Sound/Color/Shape of the Week
  • Pledge
  • Worship/Songs

Class Time

  • Math – sorting, counting, geometric shapes, number recognition
  • Language building – name recognition, letter recognition, letter sounds
  • Science and nature
  • Art - painting, cutting, gluing, coloring
  • Housekeeping and life skills
  • Puzzles and blocks
  • Music (meets twice a week)

Pre-K Skills - The curriculum is based on what local Kindergarten teachers are looking for to specifically prepare students to enter Kindergarten the following year. The skills taught are based on a child's readiness and include but are not limited to the following,

  • Letter recognition
  • Sound recognition
  • Name recognition
  • Trace and/or write name
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Basic shapes and colors
  • Pencil and scissor control
  • Self help skills – coats and shoes

Parent Handbook

Enrollment Eligibility

Children ages 2 - 6 years of age may enroll. Being toilet trained is not a requirement for enrollment.

To enroll, contact us at preschool@sacaa.org or call 916.481.2301 x132