Faith-based preschool opens in Mesa


A new preschool has opened up in Mesa after fresh renovations. Munchkins Preschool has 16,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor playground and six classrooms.

Munchkins staff members provide part-time and full-day care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. School-aged siblings are welcome to join during school breaks.

Crafts, music and sports round out the faith-based curriculum while children are prepared for kindergarten. Students are split into three groups based on age: 6 weeks to 12 months, 1 to 2 years, and 3 to 5 years.

“We can separate ourselves from the local preschools and child learning centers in the area,” said owner Jay Lopez in a statement. “By also providing a few more options, a few times a month childcare in the evenings and weekends, we plan to capture a niche of parents that currently have few options during these times.”

The center features 24-hour surveillance and key code access unique to each family. Teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, have undergone a background check, obtained a fingerprint card and have been tested for tuberculosis. They also are required to take 18 hours of continuing education annually.

“We’re excited to be welcoming new people to our school, said Nikki Tingue, director of Munchkins Preschool. “We do a faith-based curriculum, which makes it fun for the kids to learn. We also include Bible stories into it. We do anything we can to engage the kids and make learning fun.”

She added since the center only just opened in early July, space is still available. The school is licensed to provide care for up to 114 children, and it accepts infants. For the time being, Munchkins is offering specials at part-time or full-time rates.

For more information, contact Munchkins Preschool at (480) 878-7939. The school is located at 7040 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. in Mesa.

By Trevor Godfrey, Tribune