Suncoast Academy provides a stimulating and safe environment for children 6 weeks through 5th grade. We focus on the development of children’s problem-solving and reactive thinking skills through staff and child directed activities in our daily agenda. Our Preschool and PreK programs are designed to encourage learning through play and kindergarten readiness. Infants and toddlers are cared for in a cozy, safe, age appropriate environment.
Since 1977 we have provided top-notch child care and preschool programs to our families. We have an excellent licensing track record and are committed to the safety, health and happiness of every child in our care. Our teachers are trained, experienced and, most importantly, they love and feel honored to care for children.
Our Infant classroom is a child-led, soothing environment. We feed, change and cuddle them to sleep based on their needs. In addition to these essentials, we sing songs, listen to soft music, read stories, play in our large (indoor) infant playground, and monitor and record developmental milestones. Daily communication is provided to parents about their child's day.
For the Preschoolers, our goal is to guide and facilitate the learning process by presenting developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Our teachers care about the progress of each child in each area of growth so that individual differences in ability and interest are personally respected. Enhancement of the child’s self-esteem and positive feelings toward learning are of paramount importance.
Our Toddler classroom is a happy, nurturing environment where each child is encouraged to explore and develop new skills at their own pace. Equipment and toys are safe and age appropriate for these early walkers. The room arrangement and indoor playground satisfies individual needs by allowing space for eating, sleeping, playing and socializing.
Our Pre-K/VPK program pairs your child's natural talents and curiosity with skilled teachers who will help them to be all they can be. There’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing a child's face light up when they learn something new and exciting. The look in their eyes, the smile on their face, this is why our Pre-K program exists. Early reading and math skills, science and nature concepts, artistic and creative expression are just a few of the things we love to teach.
In our Early Preschool classroom children combine learning with play. Curriculum concepts are taught at an introductory level with plenty of flexibility for shorter attention spans. Projects are fun and messy, yet still meaningful. Children are encouraged to explore their environment freely and discover the joy of learning.
Parents know that the importance of reliable care and supervision does not end when a child goes to elementary school. Our School Age program provides a safe, friendly environment for school age children after school, during school breaks and on school closure days. We offer activities and space to facilitate healthy physical, mental, social, and emotional development along with healthy snack options for these hungry kiddos.
Since 1977, Suncoast Academy has been providing stellar infant and child care in the Tampa Bay area. With over 40 years in childcare and early learning, we pride ourselves in furthering the development of your child’s educational, mental and physical wellbeing. Within our caring and trusting environment, our tenured teachers and qualified staff will enrich your child’s early years with the utmost care and concern, creating a positive foundation to grow. Since we believe the first years in life are extremely important in influencing a child’s development, we have built our philosophy around understanding the individual needs of the child in order to provide fun, yet effective solutions to help a child acquire the confidence in handling people, situations and comprehending feelings.
Everything we do begins with what a child’s need to grow and develop in a safe, caring environment. What a child sees, smells, tastes, touches, and hears affects how he/she will feel and behave. Our welcoming, stimulating and organized setting will make a positive impact on your child for years to come. Call anytime to set up a tour and see what we have to offer firsthand!
Safe, clean, healthy, fully-licensed child care facility. Experienced trained staff with low turnover.
A warm & happy, nurturing, family-like environment.
Small, independent child care center, not a big commercial institution.
Infants and toddlers are cared for in a cozy, safe, age appropriate environment.
Competitive pricing and minimal enrollment fees.
Wonderful outdoor space at our Preschool and state-of-the-art indoor playgrounds at our Infant and Toddler Center
Both of my boys have been going to Suncoast since they were two months old. They smile from ear to ear at drop off and pick up. I love that I have people that I can trust to take care of them every day.Samma R.
My husband and I love Suncoast! Our daughter, who is in the toddler class, loves her teachers. The director is wonderful! She really goes out of her way to help in every possible way.Erin M.
The director and staff are wonderful. The indoor playground is great. My son is happy to go there and happy when I pick him up. Very reasonable cost, too. Thankful for this wonderful place.Layne S.
Our son started here this past month in the infant room. I was extremely nervous to send him to daycare so soon, but they have helped to make it as smooth of a transition as possible. It is so comforting being away at work all day and knowing your baby is in good hands!Nicole H.
My husband and I love Suncoast Academy! Our son has been going here for the last two and a half years. He loves his teachers and is always so happy and excited to get dropped off at school! When our daughter was born, there was no question that she would be going there as well. The teachers in the infant room are great with her and I feel comfortable leaving her in their care everyday. I love all the different themed units and learning activities they do each month. I always feel like they are learning and having fun everyday. I would highly recommend Suncoast Academy!Jill S.
Our daughter has been in the infant room for about 6 months. The ladies there are wonderful and caring. Our baby loves it there and she receives the best care!Dianne T.
This is an amazing school !! My daughter went off to kindergarten today. She will be very successful because of how well they teach here. Ms Chris and Ms Dee is both amazing! They actually care about your children here. Ms Chris thank you so much you did an amazing job with Kirsten I highly recommend.Grace T.
My wife and I, love Suncoast Academy! More importantly, my child is always extremely happy when we drop her at the Infant and Toddler Center. There has been some turn over in the teachers however my child is always well taken care of. Compared to the cost of similar facilities, Suncoast Academy is extremely reasonable. There is no doubt in our mind that our child is well taken care of and loved at Suncoast Academy. I would highly recommend this facility to any friends or family looking for childcare in South Tampa. Believe me, we go out of our way to take our child here. We've tried other facilities and they have not held up to this standard. I know that negative reviews tend to outshine the positive however Suncoast Academy has a thumbs up from me.Ryan S.
We are SO happy we found Suncoast Academy! Kind and caring teachers along with an effective VPK program make this school an excellent choice.Denise D.
Both of my boys went here and they miss it everyday. Miss Chris and the rest of the teachers are amazing and really care about the children. If I had more children I would absolutely enroll them at Suncoast.Jill W.
This is an amazing school and your child will want to go to school. Every child is greeted and shown love the minute they walk in.Shannon S.
Suncoast Academy will always have a special place in our hearts - our two boys were there from babies until kindergarten (Class of 2008 and 2010). They love every child that walks through their doors and provide them with all the tools necessary to start their elementary school years off right. (We only changed schools for before/after care because of where we live.)Christina W.
It takes a special kind of person to be part of the Suncoast Academy family.
We recognize the importance of the role of a teacher; his/her training, natural abilities and personality are crucial in setting the stage for learning. By the experiences that a teacher makes possible for children, and by his/her knowledge of child development and how children learn, he/she will be able to turn the classroom into a “mini lab” where children can discover themselves and the world around them. A teacher’s goal is to be an enthusiastic listener and create an inspirational environment where children can learn, grow and develop into exceptional adults.
We hire the most qualified and experienced child care professionals possible. Every staff member has had a thorough background check and has completed or is in the process of fulfilling the 40-hour child care training credential. Each lead teacher in every preschool classroom has a CDA credential and all staff members have received the Infant/Child First Aid and CPR training. Last but certainly not least, our amazing team LOVES children and teaching.
Over 40 years ago, Chris began working as a part-time teacher at Suncoast Academy. She is now the owner of the center. Although she still spends plenty of time in the classroom teaching the pre-kindergarten class, she says the best part of her job is fostering a love of education in her students. Chris’ childcare certifications include: 40 Hour Child Care Training, Florida Child Care Professional, Child Care Director, as well as Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.
Take one look at her office and you will be able to tell that Chris loves sea life. That is because outside of Suncoast, her favorite place to be is the ocean. Chris is a certified dive master and loves spending time in the water whenever she can.
As a lifetime resident of Tampa, she is a Buccaneers fan (even through the rough spots). And because of her granddaughter’s love for softball, she is also a fan of Palma Ceia Little League Softball and Revolution Softball Travel Team. Chris spends most of her weekends watching her granddaughter, as well as several past students of Suncoast, play ball.
At Suncoast Academy, your little bundle of joy is our top priority. Just because a child may be an infant or toddler, doesn’t mean he/she gets left out of the learning-curve.
At this center we utilize the Pinnacle Curriculum as our curriculum of choice for infants, toddlers and two year olds. Using a theme based approach, each developmentally appropriate activity involves:
The curriculum is based on multiple objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the School Readiness Goals for Infants and Toddlers and early learning standards for our state. Our curriculum also offer daily opportunities for our teachers to use assessment information to individualize routines and experiences for our young children. The curriculum also offers complete support in our classrooms where children are learning English, Spanish and Sign Language.
The PreK 3 program is a more advanced extension of the toddler care system for 3-4 year-old learners. This comprehensive, research-based curriculum is aligned with critical age-appropriate learning goals, including those defined by Early Reading First, Head Start, NAEYC, IRA, NCTM.
As your child ages, this program encourages learning, researching and developing interactive practices and skills on a more challenging level. Small group projects, circle time and whole group experiences help supplement the child’s development by directed and guided choices. Within this program we utilize the Pinnacle Curriculum resources to aid our teachers. This program is a hands-on, minds-on curriculum that is based on learning through play and is developmentally appropriate. This program is a hands-on, minds-on curriculum that is based on learning through play. Aligned with key PreK learning goals, our PreK 3 program provides children with the foundational skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners. Pinnacle Curriculum PreK also contains strategies to ensure social/emotional development which fulfill the character development requirements of the School Readiness Program.
If your child is 4-years old on or before September 1 of the current school year, he or she may benefit greatly from the FREE Pre- K4 VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) program. The Pre-K4 VPK is a statewide program that encompasses a whole different level of learning. During a school year, children receive over 540 instructional hours to prepare for kindergarten.
Our VPK program focuses on building early literary skills, which include:
Also, our VPK level utilizes the Pinnacle Curriculum, which contains strategies to ensure social/emotional development which fulfill the character development requirements of the School Readiness Program. The curriculum also includes an assessment in each subject that assists educators as well as parents with knowing what the next step toward development is on each individual child’s lesson plan.
All you need is a working e-mail address, and proof of your child’s date of birth and Florida residency. Just click HERE, print out the VPK Certificate of Eligibility and take it with you to Suncoast Academy. It’s fast, easy and best of all, it’s FREE!
Does your child have a natural talent or a love for dancing? If so, why not let the rhythm move your little dancer with our exciting dance program! We have teamed up with Bay Area School of Dance Arts to offer dance classes for boys and girls Pre-K ages 3-5 years-old.
Pre-K ages 3-5 years-old
Children are transported to the studio once a week and are included in the recital at the end of the year
Don’t miss out on Camp Suncoast 2021, a fun-filled recreational, educational and creative experience for children ages 4 – 10! With exciting theme weeks like Under the Sea, Wild West and Top Chef, we combine learning, exploration and all-out fun.
At Camp Suncoast, children participate in a variety of educational activities that help them learn, build friendships, and enjoy their summer like never before. Friends and siblings are also welcome to attend.
Camp Suncoast dates still pending until further notice.
(additional fees may apply).
4-10 years old
Dates still pending until further notice.
When it’s later on in the day, we have the extra time available when you don’t. Our after school program is ideal for working parents and offers a chance for your child to do homework, have a snack and play.
Want to learn more about our after school child care at our South Tampa preschool? Contact us at (813) 253-3284 for more information.
Infant (0-1 year) $310
Toddler (1-2 years) $260
2 Year Old (Not Potty Trained) $260
2 year old (Potty Trained) $215
3- 5 yr old $200
4 year old (VPK-Before/After Care) $140
PreK3 8:30-11:30 $140
VPK 9:00-12:00 FREE
AFTER SCHOOL $110
Non School Day (add) $20
1 Child (Over 2 Years) Hourly $10
*****Add $10 if not potty trained*****