Sonia Keith, Owner and Director

After a degree in Architecture and years of homeschooling her own children, Sonia switched modes and immersed herself in early childhood education. She has over 12 years of experience teaching and directing in centers and a co-op school in NWA. She has also earned her Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Education from NWACC and amassed over 600 hours of ECE professional development training.

Sonia is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), and Entreleadership. She enjoys reading many books on child development and leadership and has recently begun training local ECE administrators on leadership as well.

In her free time, Sonia enjoys gardening, reading, watching documentaries, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and four boys.

Cristal Varner, Assistant Director

Cristal Varner has had over 30 years of teaching and administration in Early Childhood Education. 

She has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. 

She has experience in mentoring teachers and classroom organizational skills and teaching strategies. 


Cristal is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC, a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association or SECA and a member of the Arkansas Professional Development Registry with over 300 hours of continued education in early education and administration.


Cristal is a native to Northwest Arkansas having been born and raised in this area.  She is happily married and has four awesome children and two grandchildren. She and her husband have been foster and adoptive parents for the state of Arkansas.

She is knowledgeable about the Department of Human Services Licensing and The Better Beginnings Program through the state of Arkansas.

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