Welcome to ‘Hmañ ‘shawa Early Childhood Development Center


‘Hmañ ‘shawa, translated from Yavapai means ‘the little children’; and at ‘Hmañ ‘shawa Early Childhood Development Center in Fort McDowell, AZ, we’re proud to serve the educational and developmental needs of our community’s youngest children, with Daycare, Preschool and Kindergarten services.

Dedicated to Early Childhood Education

‘Hmañ ‘shawa Early Childhood Development CenterExtensive early childhood research has demonstrated the importance of early experiences and learning, and the critical role they play in a child’s development. By providing children from birth to age 5 with quality, caring early learning experiences, parents can help prepare their children for a smooth transition to school.

We provide child-focused, academically based full day Preschool and Kindergarten programs that help our kids to develop a healthy self-image, a creative imagination, and social awareness by utilizing culturally and developmentally appropriate programs. Our programs run four days a week, year round.

In addition to our 5 classrooms, we also offer an infant-toddler program with an age appropriate curriculum, which focuses on early childhood development for children aged from 6 weeks to 3 years.

‘Hmañ ‘shawa – Part of your Yavapai Community

Children PlayingOur programs are child-centered, and we encourage active support from parents and the wider Fort McDowell community. Local and native culture, including Yavapai Language instruction, are integrated into daily curriculum for all children.

To encourage parental involvement in their children’s development, we participate in a Save the Children program and we have a number of online resources available.

Contact ‘Hmañ ‘shawa Today

It’s never too early to give your kids a head start on their education!

Whether you are looking for PreschoolKindergarten or Infant-Toddler in Fort McDowell, please feel free to call us at 480-789-7227 or use our contact form to ask a question.



Read more about our Preschool program for children age 3.

Pre K


Discover more about our Pre Kindergarten program for children age 4.



Is your child is beyond Pre K? Read about our Kindergarten program for children age 5. 



Not sure if your child is ready for preschool? Check out our Infant-Toddler program.