El Presidio Day School

Welcome to Our School

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El Presidio Day School is a Nationally Accredited Center and participates in Quality First, Arizona’s Quality Improvement and Rating. El Presidio Day School joined our family in June 2016. Located in the historic district of downtown Tucson El Presidio is a one of kind early learning center that lives our mission – We believe children should be loved first and then taught. El Presidio is a full-day, early learning and preschool educating our youngest minds from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. We provide a unique, developmentally age-appropriate, academically rich program that enhances the natural curiosity and exploration of our children, while promoting self-esteem, moral values and fostering integrity within each child in our care. We offer a safe, nurturing environment that’s conducive to establishing lifelong learners. We also provide bus runs to and from our school. You can see the list of schools we service here.

What People Say About Us

5 stars
Christine Yslava
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My daughter has been attending this daycare since she was 6 weeks old. She absolutely loves going to school as she puts it (she is 3 now). She always talks about her teachers at home. We are always greeted with a good morning and a good evening when we walk in and out. Yes there has been a lot of changes with the company and staff. During the changes there was a lot of shifts and waves but all in all they have been great to my daughter. My daughter has never been neglected or ignored in any way and when accidents happen I always get an explanation and an incident report. I love the current personnel and would highly recommend this day care.
Veronika Salcido
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This is the best daycare I tried in Tucson so far. And compare to the other ones, my daughter is very happy here and she is always talking about teachers and learned how to go bathroom by her own. And I can see how she is proud of herself when she shows at home the stuff she learned in her daycare. It is very clean inside and staff is very nice. I think if you looking for a safe and friendly place for your child, you should definitely look at El Presidio. The bad reviews I read here are more personal complains than general information. This daycare is a very good choice and my 2.5 years old daughter is getting ready for her "school" every morning with happiness
Idalisse Worthy
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Very pleased with the recent change of staff. The new director and assistant director (Jessica and Marcella) seem to understand what needs to be done to improve the day care. I see a lot of new improvements in the classrooms and I love it.
Matt Nedza
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I love this day school, my daughter is always happy there and has fun and the staff has always been extremely professional and friendly. I would absolutely recommend them for quality and cost. 5 stars all the way! Thank you El Presidio
Tamiko Reid
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Love this school, its teachers and the Director. This school is family oriented and they treat me and all my children like family.
Aariana Carrillo
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My kids love El Presidio.. I couldn't be more happier with the choosing this daycare for my children.
Lupita Moran
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My son has been coming for a few months now and he loves it. Great staff friendly and family oriented.
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I absolutely adore this day care, the staff are so nice and very professional and always keep me updated! 😀 …
Alysyn Montoya
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I cannot tell you how amazing this place is. My son loves coming and the teachers are amazing!!
JBr Bastien
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Great staff and service! Thank you Ms Marcella.
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Talisa Heffernan

Center Director

Meet Our Director

Hello, I would like to take a moment to formally introduce myself. My name is Talisa Heffernan, I am currently the Director of El Presidio Day School. As a dedicated childcare provider, I’m adept in my ability to deliver safe and effective care, organize recreational activities for not only the students who attend but also the staff in which the center employs, and I also develop focusing projects and/or curriculum that encourages social development and growth for all ages. As the Director of El Presidio, I oversee the operations which include 14 staff members along with roughly 100 students ranging from newborn to school age alongside providers/agencies to promote and maintain a child friendly environment per the guidelines in which we are certified by. With more than 9 years’ experience as a Childcare Educator, I am proficient in cognitive, behavioral, and social therapies. Moreover, while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate communication skills and creative thinking, I excel at:

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Creating new techniques for developmental delays
  • Partnering with parents to support, guide, and share in their child’s growth and development.
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certification

In addition to my personal attributes, my comprehensive hands-on experience has recently led my center and my team to achieve a four star rating through Quality First. My daily leadership and positivity with the collaboration of my entire talented team of early childhood professionals has developed emergent curriculum, inspired children, support, and guidance throughout the center.

“With more than 9 years’ experience as a Childcare Educator, I am proficient in cognitive, behavioral, and social therapies.”

All Meals Are Provided

We are proud to be part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack times throughout the day and meals are included in tuition to make sure every child has access to them. We believe that providing nutritious meals helps children have more energy for learning and gives them the fuel they need to succeed in life.


We want children as early as possible to appreciate the importance of reaching out beyond themselves and into the community. Small Miracles schools offer a range of programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years.

Infant Program

At Small Miracles, we know that a baby's growth and development depends on individualized care and experiences. That is why we make it our focus to meet the needs of each infant. To do so, we provide our staff of caregiver educators with the tools they need to develop strong connections and trust with each baby they interact with. This trust allows the little ones to feel secure and confident enough to take part in play as well as early childhood learning activities. We are committed to providing this supportive environment, ensuring that your baby gets the best start possible.

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Toddler Program

We understand that the transition to toddlerhood can be a tumultuous one. Every child is unique and has their own needs and wants that must be respected during this challenging time. With our experienced teachers, we strive to craft an environment where children can explore, learn, and make progress with self-reliance. As with all of our classrooms, we attempt to control the environment, not the little people in it. When our teachers fill the classroom with wonder and awe, children focus on reading, dancing, singing, painting, playing and so much more!

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Preschool Program

This is another step on the journey of life. While want to prepare children to be successful in school, we know they will be if we take great advantage of the time we have together. Instead of pushing developmentally inappropriate lessons and activities on our children, our teachers work to plan for each child’s needs - whether they are learning to hold a pencil, write their name, learn conflict resolution skills and so much more. We know that children who experience child centered environments perform better in elementary school and in life. This confidence pushed us to offer the very best.

Before & After-School Program

A great way to keep your kids active and learning outside of school hours. Parents can take advantage of our before & after-school program and give their kids an engaging experience outside of the classroom. From exploring the creative arts, to playing spirited sports, to getting that much-needed homework help, there's something for everyone. Plus, we provide the convenience of transportation to and from schools, so parents don't have to worry about a hectic schedule. Transportation is provided to and from local schools and our classrooms are open all day on school holidays.

We Offer Quality First Scholarships

All Small Miracles locations participate in First Things First’s signature program, Quality First. Quality First works with child care and preschool providers across Arizona to improve the quality of their early learning settings for children from birth to age 5. We also offer Quality First Scholarships that cover most or all of the cost of child care for children 0 – 5. Please contact a location near you to find out about scholarship availability.

We are committed to quality improvement and going beyond regulatory requirements to help the infants, toddlers and preschoolers be ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. Our strong belief is that continuous quality improvement not only benefits our children but out teachers and community equally. For more information, visit QualityFirstAZ.com.

How to Enroll

At Small Miracles, we understand that finding quality child care can be a difficult task. That’s why we’ve made it easy to get started at one of our locations. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to providing your child with the care they need and deserve.

Schedule a Tour – or just drop in!
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The process of registering your child is easy and straightforward. First, schedule a tour of one of our facilities by clicking the button below, or just drop in. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have and show you around.
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Step 2: Complete & Submit Registration Forms
Once you've decided that Small Miracles Education is the right fit for your family, the next step is to fill out a registration form. This can be done online or in person at our office. After we receive your registration form, we will follow up with you to confirm enrollment and provide you with all the information you need to get started.
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Step 3: Look forward to your child’s first day of school!
Registering your child for school is an exciting milestone! Once you're registered, your child will have access to our innovative curriculum, experienced teachers, and state-of-the-art facilities. And you can look forward to your child’s first day of school!
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Keeping Families Connected

At Small Miracles Preschools, we understand how important it is for our families to stay connected with us and their child’s development. That’s why we’ve made sure that WatchMeGrow® helps bridge the gap between home and school. Our exclusive family app gives parents peace of mind, allowing them to keep an eye on their precious ones with live streaming video of the classroom and much more. Keep up-to-date with your child’s progress throughout the day with WatchMeGrow®!

Proud to be Nationally Accredited!

Of the 2,000+ early childhood centers in Arizona only 10% are nationally accredited. Most Small Miracles schools are nationally accredited.

Being accredited is a rigorous process that includes the evaluation of your schools overall educational program and its adherence to the best early learning practices. In the United States only 5% of all early learning centers are accredited.

Care & Security for Your Child

We welcome you to experience our top rated childcare facilities in person. Visit us to learn more about our quality preschool programs to see if Small Miracles is the best fit for your family.

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