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. Andrade
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    "“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss "

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

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

    "I am very excited to be a part of Little Big Time CDC. I have all and more than enough units in Early Childhood Education to be a fully qualified teacher. I also have several years of working with children in a preschool environment and in leading my own classes."

    Ms. Lee 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

  • Karina Andrade
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    Hello, I graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor’s in English. I am currently working on becoming a Master Teacher. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time outside walking my 2 dogs, cleaning my tarantula’s terrarium or reading a book with favorite coffee/tea with my 2 cats.

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

  • Lee Lor
    Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

    I am looking forward to the memories that will be created, the relationships and bonds that can be built with each child. I am also looking forward to meeting each family and building a partnership in helping your child step into the educational system. With this in mind, we can achieve our goals of providing each child with their needs. Other than enjoying what I do in teaching, here are a few insights of who I am outside of the school. I have one daughter. I come from a huge family consisting of 150 in all, for my generation. During my free time I like to read, write, and draw. I am hoping to one day be able to publish a book. I also do some fishing here and there. I love being around children and if it's not at work it's being around my nieces, nephews and cousins. Therefore, I truly believe that the joy and laughter you bring to a child can shape a great mind.

    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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