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We are an in-home kinder-prep preschool

located in El Dorado Hills, CA

inspiring tiny humans and creative teachers across the world.

Why Lil' Scholars University

OUR MISSION is to enrich children’s lives through our unique, quality,educational preschool program.  We encourage CRITICAL THINKING and EXPLORATION for a smooth transition into a COMMON CORE KINDERGARTEN.  Our PRIMARY GOAL is that each of our Lil’ Scholars grow with a true love for learning and the confidence needed for personal and academic success.

TEACHING IS OUR PASSION!  We not only teach our local community, we also NETWORK with other teachers and educators around the world, helping to CREATE A WORLD OF INSPIRATION.


With over 30+ years of combined experience and education, we offer a well-rounded curriculum that continues to develop upon itself.  After several years as Director of a preschool and an after-school program, obtaining a BA in Child Development and teaching credential and 10 years of classroom experience including Kindergarten, Lil’ Scholars was born.  We are an in-home Kinder-Prep preschool, established in 2005, licensed and located in the Promontory of El Dorado Hills, CA.

Teaching is our passion!  Over the years of creating a growing curriculum, we not only teach our local community, we also network with other teachers and educators around the world, helping to create a world of inspiration.


Lil’ Scholars University is located in the Promontory of El Dorado Hills, neighboring Lakeview Elementary School.  We have families join us from Folsom, Rescue and Buckeye School Districts.  We have made great relationships with local teachers, helping guarantee a smooth transition into our local Common-Core Kindergarten Classrooms.  We have been referred by teachers, speech pathologists and doctors from around our local community.  It is an honor to teach our young students and create bonding relationships with so many families within our community.

With education as our passion, it is also an honor to inspire other educators around the world.  We have connected with world-wide classrooms in creating projects shared with other students. Networking with other educational websites helps to inspire our teaching as we have hosted activities in our classroom with partnering educators.


Relationships are essential to a child’s development. Children need to feel secure and loved, especially when transitioning from the “home nest” to school.  As moms, we know how difficult this process can sometimes be.  Therefore, when transitioning at Lil’ Scholars, we become extremely empathetic to anyone who may have a hard time with this, child or parent.  We will send you pictures throughout their time here to give you both the reassurance needed through this process.  Remember, “Quick goodbyes lead to dry eyes!”


Our students’ development is our primary goal, that they may grow with a true love for learning and the confidence needed for personal and academic success.  Our developmental age appropriate curriculum is designed around hands on learning, where children are encouraged to explore and learn through their own work and play.  We offer small class sizes which gives us the opportunity to work 1:1 or in small groups, helping each child reach his or her highest potential.

Fostering independence is also crucial to a child’s development.  At Lil’ Scholars our students have many tools and materials at their fingertips to help develop their independence, from daily fine motor skill tools to making their own decisions throughout their day. Our students are encouraged daily to be responsible for themselves.  Examples are carrying their own school bags, switching out their take-home books, personal care with dressing themselves and pumping their own soap when using the restroom, as well as putting on their own socks and shoes.


LEARNING Our students are engaged and LEARNING through a wide variety of skills and topics in unique and interesting ways.  As we combine thematic units and academic subjects, our classroom evolves into an exciting learning wonderland.

HAPPY KIDS Smiles and giggles often fill our room.  HAPPY KIDS run through our door, as our classroom evolves, excited to see what new materials are out for them to enjoy and engage with during our daily child exploration time.  At circle time, kids are engaged as we explore through calendar, letters, numbers, colors, music and so much more.  Sometimes, it’s hard to leave after a day of so much fun.

HAPPY PARENTS Our hearts thrive on happy families!  When kids are happy, PARENTS are even more HAPPY!



A high-quality preschool is designed to set up young scholars for future academic, emotional, and social success.  Preschool provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help your child succeed in elementary school.  By:  March 18, 2016

  • Preschool is an opportunity for growth
  • Preschool prepares children for Kindergarten
  • Preschool promotes social and emotional development
  • Preschool environments have structure
  • Children get to make choices
  • Children learn to take care of themselves and others
  • Preschool promotes language and cognitive skills
  • Preschool nurture a child’s curiosity
  • Preschool activities boost pre-math and literacy skills
  • Preschool helps develop motor skills

When you choose a high-quality program that suits your child and family, you can feel assured that your child is well cared for, is enjoying activities and making friends — and is building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to do well in kindergarten.

For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school.

As kindergarten becomes more academic, many parents look to preschool to launch their child on the path to success in school. At the same time, parents may worry that the current trend to focus on pre-math and pre-literacy skills in preschool cuts into important play time and pushes a child to grow up too fast. It’s a confusing issue,especially with friends and family offering different opinions and advice.

Fortunately, in selecting a preschool, parents aren’t forced to choose between protecting a child’s play time and making sure she’s ready for kindergarten. A high-quality early childhood education program will offer children both.

But how do high-quality preschools benefit children’s learning and development? And what features should parents look for in a preschool program? One answer to these questions is that the staff at high-quality preschools and child care programs understand the particular ways that young children develop and learn. And they organize space, time and activities to be in sync with children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities.

Your children’s education and wellbeing are our main priorities.



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If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” -IGNACIO ESTRADA