est. 2006

Meet Chrissy

Owner, Educator & Director

Christine Gallarello is the owner/director of Sunflower Children’s Academy. She has been serving the community for over 16 years by offering quality care for over 300 children. 

Beginning at age 12, Christine was a babysitter and then became a nanny in college while pursuing her English degree and NYS certificate of teaching. Christine has her Master’s degree in Business and Education. She taught in the public school systems for over 15 years. When her daughter was 3 years old Christine decided to open her own childcare/preschool facility.

Sunflower Children’s Academy has been in operation since 2006. As the needs of the families started to change, she became very interested in learning about holistic nutrition and how it has a direct effect on every day behaviors. After Christine started reading labels more carefully she made the choice to further her education and went back to school for health and wellness, as well as holistic nutrition. 

Combining her love and patience for children along with her certificates in health and wellness the new philosophy “a holistic approach to childcare” was born; a fusion of her passions. Christine loves to cook & prepare nutritious meals for herself, her family and the children of Sunflower. 

When Chrissy is not painting, coloring and teaching children she loves to read, practice yoga and spend her time with her husband, Chris, their daughter, Taylor and fur baby, CJ. She currently resides in Center Morîches, NY.

Christine Gallarello

“I knew I could provide my own daughter, as well as the whole community, with quality childcare; given my background in education and my love for children.”


Meet our Staff

I really love Miss Chrissy’s daycare and summer camp I really had lots of fun and made lots of friends.
*Brianna, age 5 1/2
As a first time mother I was scared and upset to leave my baby and return to work. Chrissy, Chris and her staff treated my son like their own. I knew he was truly loved and enjoyed being there. I was reassured that my son was safe and happy. It was always clean and on top of all protocols regarding COVID. The children are outside as often as possible. There is a beautiful yard with a great play area and activities for all ages. Sunflower was everything I could of asked for in a daycare.
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