Early Education

Dear Parents,

We’ve been ministering to preschoolers and their families in the Valley of the Sun since 1983. Our teaching staff considers it a privilege to continue our tradition of excellence by providing well-planned hands-on learning experiences to foster emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and physical development in every child. We respect each child as a competent, capable, unique creation of God. We love Jesus. We love children. And we love getting them together! It’s our desire to create an environment of nurture and guidance that will enable every child to experience the love of Jesus through us.

You are cordially invited to visit us, ask questions, and make suggestions. We value our partnership with parents and thank God parents entrust their child’s development to our care.

In His love,
Dawna Underwood - Elementary Principal and Director of Early Education

Welcome to Preschool!

The NCS preschool enjoys the “one school” concept as our preschoolers play and learn in developmentally appropriate classrooms. Students are exposed to beginning reading and math concepts as well as times for creative and interactive play. Students and parents love the preschool as students develop socially and emotionally as they prepare for the kindergarten program. This program is licensed through the state of Arizona and accredited through ACSI and AdvancED. Mini Crusaders and the Preschool, both programs within the Early Education area of NCS, are Quality First programs providing excellent Christian education for young children. Contact Dawna Underwood, Pam Tarbutton, or Jennifer Lindsay for more information.


Dear Parents,

Welcome to Northwest Christian Preschool! I am Jennifer Lindsay, the Assistant Director of our preschool; my family and I have been at NCS since 2007. I first began as a full-day kindergarten teacher and then moved on to first grade for a couple of years. My husband Mark and I celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary this summer and we are the proud parents of three NCS graduates.

God has now blessed me with the opportunity to move over to preschool and I am beyond excited to walk alongside Mrs. Underwood and our fabulous early education staff as they minister to and partner with you as your preschooler grows in their understanding of our world and who God has created them to be.

I'd love to meet you and your family, feel free to pop in anytime and introduce yourself.

Jennifer Lindsay - Assistant Preschool Director

Welcome to Mini-Crusaders!

Our Mini Crusader program brings our youngest children on campus to enjoy learning with early learning standards and opportunities for creative play while making young friendships.

Mini-Crusaders - Hours

  • Toddler / 2 year old students - Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Infant Room - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with hours not to exceed 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Added 3rd room
  • Sessions are booked on a 3 hour minimum basis

Early Education Team

Dawna Underwood


Started at NCS in  1991

Pam Tarbutton

Administrative Assistant

Started at NCS in 1990

Jennifer Lindsay

Assistant Preschool Director

Started at NCS in 2007

Lori Adams

Mini-Crusaders Infants Lead

Started at NCS in 2008

Lisa Brown

3's Aide

Teresa Collett

Extended Care Lead

Started at NCS in 2007

Carolyn Cornelius

4 Year-Olds

Started at NCS in 1992

Ruthanne Cross

Mini-Crusaders Infants

Tuesday Lead

Lorraine DeLap

3's Aide

Sheri Down

Mini-Crusaders Infants Assist.

Marcy East

3 Year-Olds

Started at NCS in 2015

Michelle Garcia

3 & 4 Year-Olds

Started at NCS in 2011

Courtney Gibbs

Pre-K Lead

Started at NCS in 2015

Jennifer Gibbs

Early Ed Assistant

Started at NCS in 2017

Joanna Gomez

4's Aide

Anne Greenburg

Mini Crusaders

Early Walkers Lead

Katie Henline

Early Ed Playground Aide

Kelly Hughes

4 Year-Olds

Started at NCS in 2005

Leslie Johnson

Extended Care

Nancy Juarez

Pre-K Aide

Kymberly Lytle

Mini-Crusaders Todders Assist.

Judy Kanouse

Extended Care Lead

Started at NCS in 2005

Juanita Macias

Pre-K Lead

Started at NCS in 1986

Jennifer Meere

4's Aide

Ashley Moncayo

Mini-Crusaders Infants

Tuesday Aide

Ashli Moore

Mini-Crusaders Assistant

Stephanie Murphy

3's and 4's Aide

Becky Pollay

Mini-Crusaders 2's Aide

Tammy Sergent

Mini-Crusaders 2's Lead

Started at NCS in 2005

Gena Stackhouse

Early Ed Assistant

Started at NCS in 2017

Kaci Underwood

Mini-Crusaders Todders Lead

Started at NCS in 2014

Heather Valerius

Pre-K Lead

Started at NCS in 2011

Junior Crusaders

The Junior Crusaders Sports Program provides NCS students from PreK-6th grade with an opportunity to pursue their passion of sports in a fun and Christ-centered environment. Students will have the unique privilege and experience of playing on a team with their fellow classmates. We partner with CCV STARS and NYS to serve our students throughout the school year. Our goal is to help players to develop skills, learn teamwork, and to persevere in the challenges that sports provide. COME AND JOIN US, CRUSADERS!

Early Education / Mini-Crusaders Forms and Documents

Ways to Afford a Christian Education (K and older)
NCS School Calendar
Mini-Crusaders Closure Information
Early Education Calendar
Parent / Guardian Testimony
Early Education Handbook
Parental Responsibility / Doctrinal Statement
Hearing and Vision Form
Online Enrollment
Fast Facts
NCS Profile
Get More Information | Schedule a Tour
Testing Profile
Extended Care Information
Pastor's Reference Form