1st Place: Summit School4515 E. Muirwood Drive(480) 403-9500www.summitschoolaz.org

There are few early choices a parent can make that will have more impact on a child's development than what school - in this case preschool - to send them to.

"Our families appreciate our commitment and success in creating an engaging learning environment, which meets both the academic and social needs of our children," said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education for the Summit School, the readers' choice for 2008's "Best Preschool" of Ahwatukee Foothills.

"We provide a developmentally-appropriate, play-based curriculum that allows children to flourish as students and individuals," Benkel added, noting that students enjoy the library, learning Spanish and participating in tumbling, art and music every week, while also learning the importance of being comfortable in front of a group of people (public-speaking skills) at a young age.


2nd Place: Ahwatukee Preschool (Mountain View Lutheran Church)11002 S. 48th St.|(480) 893-2531www.mvlutheran.org/aps

3rd Place: The Village Preschool (Desert Foothills United Methodist Church)2156 E. Liberty Lane(480) 221-5404www.desertfoothills.org


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