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The History of Sunshine Preschool

Brentwood Sunshine Preschool was founded in 1941. Since then, the school has thrived as one of Brentwood’s most desirable preschools. In the school’s history, there have been only 3 owners, including Ms. Rita Cornyn, Sunshine’s current owner.

Sunshine 1980

Sunshine 1985

1941

Brentwood Sunshine Preschool was founded, and the extraordinary home was converted into a school. While the original owner of the school is unknown, in the 1940s Sunshine Preschool stood alone with it’s only neighbors being the cows in the surrounding field.

1956

Ms. Crombe was the second owner and director of Sunshine. She built an impeccable reputation in the then small Brentwood community.

1976

Ms. Rita Cornyn discovered Brentwood Sunshine Preschool and fell in love with the house and yard. It was serendipitous that Ms. Crombe was interested in selling the school after 20 wonderful years. Within a few days, Rita became the owner. When Rita first started, she often thought, “How could anyone do this for 20 years?” This perspective has shifted after 38 years.

2016

In 2016, Rita welcomed Marla Minden to the Sunshine family.  Marla joined Sunshine with over 30 years of experience in early childhood education, highlighted with an extensive background in the independent school sector in Los Angeles.  Like both Rita and Mrs. Crombe, Marla fell in love with the colonial house that is the home of Sunshine and the preschool program that launches young learners who love to be at school.

We look forward to the next chapter and bright future ahead at Sunshine!