Impacting children's lives for eternity with the gospel message of Jesus Christ
Founded in 1987, SonShine Preschool's purpose is to provide a rich learning environment for children that places God at the center. We seek to integrate God's Truth in all we do, to daily convey God’s love to each child, and to foster a natural wonder about God's creation.
Because we believe parents are a child’s most important teachers, our second purpose is to support our parents in any way we can. Our desire is to love and care for our children and families in a way that fosters community and encourages spiritual growth and a love for Jesus.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
"Play is the brain’s favorite way of learning.” Diane Ackerman
We are a developmental play-based preschool. Throughout the day, children are given opportunities for free, creative play, as well as time outdoors.
Classes for ages 2-5 years
Learn more about our class offerings, ratios, and schedule.
2023-2024 Tuition + Fees
View our current rates.
Registration + Forms
Registration typically takes place the last week of January.
Parent Handbook + Resources
Please review ahead of your child’s first day.
View key dates, events, and holidays for 2023-2024.
If you are interested in a teaching or substitute position, please email our director, Annie Rabke, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we do. Please contact the SonShine Office to schedule a tour with the director.
Our school year typically begins the last week of August and ends the second week of May. Our holiday schedule closely follows area school districts.
Each Monday, the Children’s Ministry team leads Chapel. On Wednesdays, the children have Music class.
We ask parents to pack a peanut/nut-free lunch and snack for their child and provide a water bottle each day.
In October, we have Firefighter Day and Cowboy Day. We also have Pajama Day, Field Day, and Christmas and Easter programs.
Children in our 2s class do not need to be potty-trained. We ask that 3s be potty-trained OR well into the transitioning process. Children in our 4s and 5s must be potty-trained.
Yes! We love having parents be a part of our preschool. Throughout the year, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities that are offered at Parent Orientation before school begins.
Yes, we are a licensed childcare facility through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
SonShine PreSchool Staff
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Annie grew up in Austin, attended the University of Texas, graduated with a degree in Education, and taught in both public and private schools before moving to Rwanda, Africa, to work as the Education Director at a home for orphans. While there, she also taught a Pre-K class and English to a small group of women. After almost two years, God closed that door and brought her back to Austin, although Africa will always have a piece of her heart. After several years in the classroom, God provided a job within Austin Ridge for her to serve as the Director of SonShine School. Annie loves and enjoys her job - the staff, the children, and the parents! When not at SonShine, she enjoys CG, all things outdoors, and lots of time with family, friends, and her husband.
Born and raised on a citrus farm in deep south Texas, Lorraine is the oldest of eight children. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Early Childhood Education and English, she married her husband John and worked in state government for 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her four children (three sons and a daughter). When her last left for college, she found SonShine Preschool. What started as an activity to occupy her empty nest time has grown into an extended family and a ministry. Lorraine is passionate about SonShine Preschool and its vision, and believes it is the best “job” in the world!
Lorraine can often be found somewhere on the hike and bike trail, babysitting her grandchildren here and in Colorado, or watching football and basketball with her husband. She is sure that chips and salsa are a part of every good and perfect meal!