Our Staff

Meet the faces behind the Kid Works magic
Dinuka Ranasinghe

Dinuka Ranasinghe

Owner / Director

Born in England, raised in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, lived in London, Washington D.C and New York, Dinuka eventually found her home in Long Beach, California with her husband. Having graduated with an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Sussex, England, she was then admitted to the New York Bar. In 2008 she decided to follow her heart working…

Amy Chiu

Amy Chiu

Director

Amy first became fascinated with child development when she became a mom. She had finished her undergraduate degree at UCLA when becoming a mother changed her whole perspective and lead her to take classes in Early Childhood Education. When her daughter turned three and entered preschool, Amy herself entered preschool as a brand new teacher. When she had her second…

Lisa Escobar

Lisa Escobar

Teacher

Lisa’s first experience in a preschool class came when she assisted in a bilingual co-op that her mom and some of her friends founded in the 1970s. Lisa found herself reading and telling stories with puppets to children just a few years younger than her. It was such a gift and a fascinating time for Lisa. In her early years…

Dana Ferrarelli

Dana Ferrarelli

Teacher

Play is not frivolous. It is not a luxury. It is not something to fit in after completing the important stuff. Play is the important stuff. Play is a drive, a need, a brain-building must-do. -Jeff Johnson Dana’s journey into early childhood education started in the 1980’s, after a childhood of playing in the mud, going on outdoor excursions with…

Rachael Cabos

Rachael Cabos

Center Assistant

Please forgive us, greatness cannot be rushed and we’re in the works on Rachael’s bio, check back soon for more information.

Sara Hernandez

Sara Hernandez

Teacher

Sara was born and raised in the Mojave Desert and came to Long Beach to pursue her passion in Child Development Special Education. She continues her education at Long Beach State. Her passion in caring for others, especially children, comes from such a sacred place. Sara has volunteered with teen girls who struggle with domestic abuse for over six years…

Melinda Saucedo

Melinda Saucedo

Teacher

Melinda was born and raised in Pasadena. While just a teenager, she worked with children as she helped her grandmother take care of her five younger cousins. She always enjoyed it and this experience put her on a path to loving and caring for young children. At sixteen years of age she volunteered at the daycare in which she attended…

Testimonials

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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