Dana Ferrarelli

Sun Room Teacher

Dana is a third generation Californian and a Long Beach native with over 30 years of experience working with children. Married in 1980, she graduated from Long Beach City College in 1982 with a degree in Child Development. She continued in Early Childhood Education studies and was certified in 1984. She began teaching in 1983 and accepted the opportunity of becoming a charter teacher at Kid Works when it opened its doors in 1987 at its old location on 7th Street. In 1991 she chose to be a full-time mom and now has two young adult sons, Sam and Luke. During that time she was an active school volunteer, working in the classroom with children of all grades. A lover of history, Dana broadened her volunteerism by becoming a living history participant in many southern California locations and locally as a school docent at Rancho Los Cerritos, where fourth grade students visit as part of their California history curriculum. Dana returned to Kid Works in 2011, becoming a Sun Room teacher in 2012. She continues her education by studying in the University of Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Education Professional Development Program, attending professional conferences and workshops and doing independent study. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, gardening, home projects and being outdoors.

“I felt called to teach since I was about ten years old. The preschool years are a beautiful time of a child’s life–a treasure–and a time when the need for appropriate life experiences are the most critical. I teach because I value the season of life called preschool and want to do all I can to pass on a love of learning, a concern for others and a lifelong curiosity in the things around us.”

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 10 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 1:5 in the Garden and Sun Rooms, and will be 1:7 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.

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