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Our Philosophy

If you have ever seen the look of pure delight on a child’s face when they have mastered a new task, then you have an idea why we value our work.

More accurately defined, instead of ‘teaching’ young children, we provide many opportunities for them to learn valuable lessons and skills when they are ready.

Our goals for young children are related to the important business of becoming independent, responsible and self-sufficient. Children love to be in charge and in control; we help them satisfy this need by allowing and expecting responsible and respectful behavior. Many of the skills we practice during our day help children obtain these goals. As we recognize Kid Works as a child’s work place, we are proud to offer a program that provides the many opportunities for growth and the desire to learn.

We are strong believers of engaging the hand, the heart and the body to engage the brain.  We encourage true, deep play. For example, giving them a true sensory experience if they play in the mud or finger paint with their entire body. Going home in different clothes than they arrived in is common having been given the opportunity to play in the rain and watch the watercolors merge in the puddle or dig a trench and jump in the mud.

Our developmentally appropriate program helps to prepare children for future academic learning through hands-on experience.

Our developmentally appropriate program helps to prepare children for future academic learning through hands-on experience, including: creative art, music and creative movement, science through discovery, language arts, literature, pre-math and  true life skills for social development.​   Mindfulness and Yoga teachings are a part of our curriculum once a week for each class giving children the gift of awareness, being in the present, compassion, breathing, well-being and much much more.  Cary Saltsgaver is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness instructor who provides the children meaningful lessons for life!

Our environment is designed and furnished with a wide variety of materials and settings to encourage experimenting, exploring, discovery, and involvement. Our qualified staff is dedicated to the idea that children develop and learn best in an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, understanding, stimulating, motivating, and fun! In the structure of our daily routine, and through the guidance of our experienced staff, your child will find many opportunities to make friends, interact with a group, engage in quiet reflection, learn how to resolve conflict, cope with frustration, learn to deal with emotions and practice age-appropriate responsibilities.

We are located in the beautiful neighborhood of Belmont Heights in Long Beach with a great community to support us.


From our Parents and Students

I’m sad. I miss my friends at school. I love that school.

David – Kid Works Student

Both my children attended Kid Works and loved it. Their program is the best and provides age appropriate skills for preschoolers to learn and grow.  The staff and facility are amazing and the schedule is also great for working families.  My boys have thrived at Kid Works and being part of this community has been a true gift to our family.

Tara H.

We discovered Kid Works from a friend and have loved the experience. The staff feel like family and it’s hard to get my son to leave in the evening. He is free to be dirty and encouraged to be hands on with all of the various and ever changing activities. There is a garden growing vegetables, water stations, pet bunnies, pet birds, and pet rats..etc. One day my parents came to pick up my son and he was busing his own dishes from snack time. He immediately came home and wanted to help with our dishes. Things like this are ever day events at Kid Works. We are so happy our friend recommended this wonderful preschool.

Dan J.

Awesome school, awesome teachers, awesome owner.  My son attended here when he was 3 years old.  The school opened up his imagination and artistic skills.  He is now 6 and doing great in Kinder.  Our second child, who is 3 years old, now attends Kid Works and loves it even more.  This place is a must visit if you are looking for a place that will care for your toddlers.

Ken E.

We absolutely love Kidworks! Our daughter has so enjoyed it there. The teachers and administration are friendly and just the right amount of firm. The school is so, so organized. Lot’s of process and procedure, which is great for busy mommas!

Leslie B.

This is our first year with our son, and we couldn’t be happier!  The teachers feel like family and our son LOVES being at preschool.  Their concept is very much up our alley; play and exploration 😉  They even have an organic garden, mud play and yoga!”

Linda P.

I feel really good about our son being at Kid Works. As a parent with over-protective tendencies, I don’t feel the typical pangs of concern that I am prone to. I feel that he is not only incredibly safe there, but also very well nurtured in an environment that teaches him to be his own little man. I am so grateful for his experiences and growth, I cannot recommend Kid Works highly enough.

Shannon B.

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Why We Go Outside, No Matter the Weather,and What Parents Must Do

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I’m Not Going to Change My Mind

This statement is used effectively by one of our teachers and has caught on with the others.  Maybe it will with you too!  It is concise because it pierces like a laser to stop negotiations and frustration between adult and child.   When do teachers say it?  Why is it effective? Scene 3-year-old Suzy is changing into dry clothes after messy,…


If you’re interested in scheduling a virtual tour, please select from the dates available and book your attendance.

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2020/2021 Program with COVID-19 Protocols

Fall Session Dates:
September 9, 2020 to June 11, 2021

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $1497/month

Some of the considerations that informed this decision include:

  1. Class size: Maintaining the limit of 12 children per class, with the Bungalow (for ages 4.5+) limited to fewer children since the classroom is smaller than the other two classrooms.
  2. Dedicated teachers: Teachers will remain with their cohort for the duration of the school day to minimize other staff having to step in.
  3. Smaller teacher to student ratio: With smaller group sizes, children can expect more opportunities for one-on-one work with a teacher. The ratio will be 1:6 in the Garden and Sun Rooms, and will be 1:8 in the Bungalow.
  4. Accommodating our full-day families: Most of our families need a full-day schedule so offering a longer school day would work for the majority of families.
  5. Weekly staff meeting: We will have a shorter school day on Fridays so our staff can meet to connect over school news and curriculum planning. We plan to conduct socially-distanced staff meetings outdoors after the children are picked up from school.
  6. Robust health protocol and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing: Extra measures in place to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

Please email the school at to schedule a virtual tour. Thank you!


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