Welcome to Our Family
Now Open & Enrolling Children 2 weeks- School Age

Child Care Programs



Infants ages 2 weeks-12months

Transition Classroom


Infants transition to table food, sleeping on cots, crawling, and walking on their own with hard-soled shoes. 



Children ages 12 months and walking- two years.



Children ages 2 years-3 years. Potty training focused classrooms.

Early Preschool


Children ages 2 1/2 years-3 years and potty training.



Children ages 3 years and potty trained- 5 years. We teach basic curriculum to prepare for kindergarten, based on the KS Early Learning Standards.

Center Background

215 N Meridian was built in 2003 as Sunshine Academy by the original owners, which started out in the smaller building across the street. The original couple and their children, eventually retired, making Sunshine Academy a non-profit center managed by a board of trustees with a program director. In September of 2017 the director left and the building closed due to financial hardships. After months of planning, we have purchased the property and re-branding the facility as Family First Child Care. This is the first location for our company with the goal of providing quality, safe child care for as many children as we can in Harvey County. 


Family Background

Family First Child Care is owned and operated by Courtney and Steven Cantrell. We have two sons of our own and live in Wichita. Steven is a licensed commercial electrician while Courtney has been a child care director since 2009 in Sedgwick and Harvey Counties; working in a variety of center types such as the YMCA, KinderCare Learning Centers, and Asbury Station here in Newton. By combining experience in commercial maintenance, non-profit, and corporate child care, the hope is for our first center to provide the care Harvey county needs for it's children. 

Our management team is also family based. Our HR accountant, Kim, is also in relation to Courtney & Steven. You will see her often in the office helping manage staff and center operations.