Our homelike environment engages each child.

Our Mission

The Little Big Time Child Development Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community through early child development program, incorporating, cultural traditions, parent involvement, and community involvement.

Our Philosophy

Native American Philosophy: As indigenous people, the staff strives to provide a culturally supportive environment as a method of teaching children. We strive to bring back some of the old ways of Native American child rearing that includes a peaceful, homelike environment, attention to oral traditions, respect for elders, a close walk with nature and individual spirituality.​

Fostering the magic of childhood builds a foundation not only a creative and flexible thinking later in life but also helps preserve the merriment and awe inherent in a young child.

Childhood is a gift of love, time and understanding

Our Gifts

The Gift of Love: caregivers provide love and interest in the child.

The Gift of Time: is given by allowing them to play and explore the world before rushing them into academic learning.

The Gift of Understanding: is given by adults who strive to understand their developmental needs, perceive the children as unique and special people, and embody confident, developed role models. The Gift of Understanding is broad – Understanding how artistic activity can empower and firm up a sense of worth and capability; understanding how rhythm and routine builds strength; understanding how important it is for children to “go slow to go fast.”

  • Ms. Alexis
    Center Director

    "I am so excited to be a part of Little Big Time Child Development Center. The Children are such a joy to come and work with every day!!!”

    Alexis Castaneda Center Director

  • Ms. Ashley
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    "Teaching children is my passion. They are our future so we must guide them to success!"

    Ms. Ashley Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

  • Ms. Sulma
    Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

    "I love what I do. I am here for the children. I love to watch them grow and know that I am a part of that"

    Sulma Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

  • Ms. Rhonda
    Founder

    "I knew from day one I wanted more than just a day care or pre-school for our children. By incorporating the cultural ways of Native American life, our children experience a nurturing, magical environment. "

    Rhonda Morningstar Pope Founder

  • Alexis Castaneda
    Center Director

    Miss Alexis is the current Center Director for Little Big Time child Development Center. She Graduated from Sacramento State University in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Child Development focusing on administration in early childhood education. She started in the classroom as a Pre-k teacher. She then moved into administration as an assistant director for a private preschool. She is now so proud to serve as the center director of this great center. She is committed to providing a safe and loving environment where your child can grow and thrive. Miss Alexis grew up in Sacramento most of her life. All of her family lives local so she enjoys getting together for family dinners and BBQ’s. She also enjoys spending time with her two adorable pups

    Alexis Castaneda Center Director

  • Ms. Ashley
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    My name is Mrs. Ashley. I am so excited to be joining the Little Big Time Team. I look forward to adventure, learning and fun with all your little ones! I also look forward to getting to know all the parents as well. Here is a little about me, I have been a preschool teacher for 2 years. On top of all of my common core early childhood education classes needed to teach I have 9 additional courses. If I am not teaching and bonding with all of your children you can find me spending time with my family and my 14-month-old son who is the light od my life.

    Ms. Ashley Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

  • Sulma Herrera
    Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

    Ms. Sulma is the lead teacher for the 2s and 3s classroom at Little Big Time. She loves to interact and engage in play with the children. Teaching and developing is an absolute passion of hers. She completed her Early Childhood Education courses at Los Rios College. She wants to continue her education to learn and develop more skills to work with the children. In her spare time she likes to be with family and friends. She also likes to go the beach and enjoys hiking.

    Sulma Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

  • Rhonda Morningstar Pope
    Founder

    Rhonda L. Morningstar Pope is the Chairwoman of Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians. In March 2008, Chairwoman Pope opened the Buena Vista Child Development Center, now called Little Big Time Child Development Center, which serves low income Native American families. The school is the first of its kind offering an experience focusing on the traditions, culture and language, with a strong emphasis on California Indians.

    Rhonda Morningstar Pope Founder

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