About Us

Annette Collins – Owner/Director – Annette has worked with children on a variety of levels including working in the Paradise Valley Union School District for over 5 years with Special Needs Children. Annette’s experience also includes a personal love and passion as she was fortunate enough to open up herself, her life and home to 8 foster children ultimately adopting two of them. In 2005, Annette and her family were awarded “Foster Family of the Year.” The realization of her passion for the growth and development of children prompted her to open Peoria Avenue Preschool. The success of this preschool and Annette’s dedication and philosophy towards child care and education led her to open Ready Set Grow in Casa Grande, three years later. Annette feels that all of her opportunities to serve the children and their families in her life as well as both facilities to be an amazing blessing.


Heidi Reyes – Director – An incredible human with an incredible love of children, Heidi joined the staff of Peoria Avenue Preschool in 2007. It didn’t take long to realize that she was more than capable of handling the duties she was asked to perform. Her abilities at organization, planning and management coupled with her passion for the children, their care and education made Heidi an easy choice to assume the position of Director. Heidi’s passion started with her two daughters. As they grew Heidi knew she had so much more to offer so she decided to take on being a foster parent. As a foster parent, Heidi has provided the emotional support, love and care to numerous Valley children leading her to adopt 6 as her own. Heidi continues still to foster those children in need. It is this very same level of commitment, love, nurturing and caring that make Heidi an invaluable asset to Peoria Avenue Preschool.


So you see, at Peoria Avenue Preschool we realize the importance of choosing the right childcare facility and take great pride in our childcare and early educational programs. We also realize that it is important to you that you choose the right childcare facility. Let us assure you that at Peoria Avenue Preschool you will find that our early childhood learning center is committed to nurturing your child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social development.

Your child will receive the personal support and attention they deserve from our dedicated, caring and compassionate staff who strive to create a family atmosphere that extends to your family.

As our philosophy states, “Learning should be fun and that all children should learn.” At Peoria Avenue Preschool you will find that every member of our staff promotes this philosophy by:


Providing a safe and nurturing environment
Providing each child the opportunity to learn by doing through “Hands-On” activities
Establishing positive relationships with peers and adults
Encouraging children to develop their capabilities and interests at their own pace and according to their individual needs
Promoting a healthy “Self-Concept” and positive “Self-Esteem”
Providing developmentally appropriate activities
Encouraging the development of social skills, self-control, and sense of responsibility
Recognizing and encouraging the importance of parental involvement, participation and cooperation
Understanding that each child is a unique individual and striving to promote their physical, social, intellectual and emotional development