The Pre-K Program is now enrolling children between the ages 3-4 for the 2021-2022 school year!

For more information please email or call 202-561-1100.


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Ms. Frances J. Rollins: CEO

      It all started with a passion! Frances J. Rollins is a Washingtonian who has a love for early childhood education. At 8 years old attending Birney Elementary School, Ms. Rollins noticed that a lot of the children were treated unfairly due to the lack of resources that were exposed to them. That sparked the flame to make her a force in early childhood education! She wanted to dedicate her life to the improvement of childhood education. Ms. Rollins started out working for DCPS to teach and train adults to become qualified early child care teachers. Ms. Rollins created the CDA Gold Standard Comprehensive Program. This program enabled individuals to continue their education in early child care after their CDA certification. This gives them the tools to constantly improve in the craft that the individuals have a passion for. Over the years, this program created strong-minded, passionate, and educated individuals who were extremely efficient in early child care. With this great program that Ms. Rollins created, it was not enough! 


The 6 Pillars of the Organization

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Diversity and Conclusion

Lifelong Learning

Partnerships and Collaborations








Sunshine Early Learning Center has a very rich history with humble beginnings. Sunshine started as a family business with about 10 children enrolled in the program. Later on, Ms. Rollins eventually bought a two-story building that was formally a bowling ally. In 1971, Sunshine Early Learning Center went from a single proprietorship to a corporation. Over time, Sunshine Early Learning Center grew to be the largest daycare operation east of the river, with having 200 children enrolled and 40 staff personnel dedicated to the improvement of early childhood education. Ms. Rollins created a strong comprehensive early learning development program that can help children strive in a Responsive Classroom Concept.





Over 10,000

Year Established

Children Enrolled



Children Impacted


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Learn more about the staff and their dedication towards the students at Sunshine Early Learning Center.

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I Love Sunshine Because....


Sunshine Early Learning Center has been a major impact on the surrounding communities over the past 52 years! Many children have been able to receive the resources they need in order to succeed because of the unconditional help from Sunshine Early Learning Center. We offer the comfort your child needs in order to become successful in life. Unity from the administration, staff, and students continue to help families to strive to be better!


Ms.Janie Horne

Eligibility Specialist


Ms.Saliha Abd Al-Malik

Executive Administrator


Ms.Denise Rogers

Center Director




For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: 202-561-1100.

Office Location

4224 6th Street SE 

Washington, DC 20032

Tel: 202-561-1100 

Fax: 202-562-1550 (Infant/Toddler Program)

        202-561-2090 (Pre-K Program)

Program Directors

Infant/Toddler Program

Denise Rogers

Phone: 202-561-1100 

PreK Program

Tiffany Bell

Phone: 202-561-1100

To apply for a job with Sunshine Early Learning Center, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to: and