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                      Handbook

Welcome to Preschool!

NCS preschool enjoys the “one school” concept as many of our students begin their education in our preschool and move seamlessly into the elementary program. Early Ed students play and learn in developmentally appropriate classrooms from infants through PreK. In each area they are exposed to beginning reading and math concepts and they are given opportunities for creative and interactive play indoors and outdoors. Students and parents love the preschool as students develop socially and emotionally as they prepare for their formal schooling in kindergarten. The program is licensed through the state of Arizona and it is accredited through ACSI and AdancED. Mini Crusaders, infants through age 2, and the NCS Preschool, 3’s through PreK, are Quality First programs providing excellent Christian education for young children. Contact Dawna Underwood or Pam Tarbutton for more information.


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.
  • Sessions are booked on a 4 hour minimum basis.
  • Extended care is available on a limited basis for Mini-Crusader students. Check with the Early Ed Admininstrative Assistant for details.

Early Education Team

Dawna Underwood


Started at NCS in  1991

Pam Tarbutton

Administrative Assistant

Started at NCS in 1990

Don Moenich

Director of Curriculum

Started at NCS in 2014

Anna Johnson

School Nurse

Started at NCS in 2020

Melissa Blanchette


Started at NCS in 2018

Lisa Brown


Started at NCS in 2018

Janet Day

Extended Care Early Ed

Started at NCS in 2019

Marcy East

Young Threes

Started at NCS in 2015

Kathy Gerrard

Extended Care Early Ed

Started at NCS in 2020

Anne Greenberg

Young Walkers

Leslie Johnson

Extended Care Early Ed

Started at NCS in 2007

Joni Keith


Started at NCS in 2018

Courtney Nelson


Started at NCS in 2016

Bree Tarbutton

Threes & Fours

Started at NCS in 2019

Shelby Thomas

Extended Care Early Ed

Started at NCS in 2019

Kaci Underwood


Started at NCS in 2014

Heather Valerius


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!

Overview of the Early Education Program







Early Education / Mini-Crusaders Forms and Documents

Ways to Afford a Christian Education (K and older)
NCS Calendar - 2020/21
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
Immunization Form
Get More Information | Schedule a Tour
Testing Profile
Extended Care Information
Pastor's Reference Form
NCS Profile
Pursuing His Purpose - Service Learning