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.”

  • Alexis Castaneda
    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

  • Mai Xiong
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    "I see Little Big Time as another home, a second family when we are all together because each child and their parents are such a big part of what we do here at Little Big Time. I love what I do because I know that we are influencing positive learning on every child that steps through our door."

    Mai Xiong Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

  • Quiana Powell
    Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

    "Little Big Time has become a place where not only do the teachers teach the children, the children teach me something new and different everyday."

    Quiana Powell Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

  • Rhonda Morningstar Pope
    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

    Marisol Anaya Center Director

  • Mai Xiong
    Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

    Mrs. Mai is the Lead Teacher here at Little Big Time Child Development Center and she loves to be surrounded by amazing children all day. Teaching is an absolute passion for Mrs. Mai and she loves coming to school every day seeing each child grow. Mrs. Mai graduated from Sacramento State University with her bachelor’s degree in Child Development concentration in Early Development Education and Care. She has worked in the field of Child Development for six years and she loves everything about it. Mrs. Mai was born in Fresno but was raised and grew up in Sacramento most of her life. She came from a family of 10 siblings and is the 4th oldest child. Taking care and helping her younger siblings learn was a spark for Mrs. Mai’s passion in teaching for younger children. Mrs. Mai loves to get crafty and do hands on projects with her students. She also loves to go on walks and travel with her little family.

    Mai Xiong Lead Teacher (4-5 years class)

  • Quiana Powell
    Lead Teacher (2-3 years class)

    Ms.Quiana is one of the lead teachers here at Little Big Time Child Development center and is new to the team. Ms. Quiana graduated from California State University, Sacramento with her BA in Child Development concentration in Social and Community Settings. She has experience as a teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher, now she strives positively influence the children here at Little Big Time. She is still learning the ropes of the teacher world nevertheless she looks forward to what the future will bring. Ms.Quiana was born in Nebraska but was raised in Elk Grove, California. She has one older brother. Growing up, Ms.Quiana spent the majority of her time Child care facility. She was constantly surrounded by children and began to look up to her child care provider. As she got older she began to work at the center. You can say this served as her motivation to work with children. Ms. Quiana loves to dance and act silly with her students. She also loves to go to parks and spend time with her family.

    Quiana Powell 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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