Jennifer Scharnikow


Jennifer was raised in Burbank and grew up knowing she wanted to be a teacher. She moved to Long Beach in 1994 to attend CSULB , then transferred to Orange Coast to begin her Early Childhood education. She volunteered at Kid Works in 1998 after which she was hired to be a teacher. During her years here she has worked in all 3 of our classrooms. Jennifer has over 30 Early Childhood class units, yet she is always open to learning more and advancing her knowledge as a preschool teacher. She took a short hiatus in 2001 when her son, Jason was born and returned in 2004 with Jason in tow.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have worked at Kid Works for my entire career and honestly cannot imagine working anywhere else. I consider Kid Works my home away from home and everyone who has come through the doors is like my second family. Although the time at Kid Works may seem like a mere moment in your child’s life, their lessons and memories will last a lifetime!”

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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