Sunshine Daydreams was started in October of 2003 by Jackie and David Frank, a mother and son team. We joined together to create a fun and exciting learning environment that helps encourage children to become life-long learners while focusing on social and emotional growth.
David is the director of the program and has been in the child development field since 1997. David received his B.A in early childhood studies from Antioch University. He has always aspired to open his own program. He spent six years on the board of directors of North Bay AEYC (our local affiliate to NAEYC). He has also been a CA mentor teacher and continues to try and find ways to help improve the field. He is very passionate about the field and dedicated to the program. He is continually looking for ways to help the school evolve.
Jackie, mother of three, previously spent many years as an office manager and has gone through UCLA Extension Program to obtain her Early Childhood Education units. She currently plays many roles at the school. She is our a floater teacher and office manager, while still providing the motherly and nurturing feel for our students and parents alike.
Amy Basler has been involved in the school since before it has began. She is Jackie’s daughter and David’s sister. She took on an official teaching role in 2005. She has a B.A. in Communications from Northridge and has completed her preschool teaching certificate at Santa Monica College. Amy is an extremely valuable part of our program. She brings a wonderful mix of creativity and structure to our environment. She is continually researching and trying new activities with the children to help promote self awareness and self confidence. She is also a proud mother of two young boys who have graduated from Sunshine Daydreams.
Nicole Stoltz joined our program in 2011 and has been a wonderful addition to our school. She been in the early child development field since 2000. Nicole has worked with many different age groups an has been a teacher and a director. She has her B.A in Sociology and Family Services from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her passion is to work directly with the children and she continuously brings in new and exciting ways to learn.
Cristina Parks joined our program in 2012. Cristina has been working in the early child development field since 2010. She has her B.A in Anthropology from UCLA. She is currently still continuing her education by taking more early childhood education classes at Santa Monica City College. She is very interested in the Reggio Emilia approach and is looking forward to experimenting with different types of creative projects to do with the children.
Linda Juhasz-Wood is our newest member of our team. She recently graduated with her M.A in Cinema Studies. She taught for three years in East Palo Alto as a corps member of Teach for America. She speaks conversational French and Spanish. She brings in a creative mix of new art activities and games. Linda enthusiastic approach gets the children excited to learn and explore.