Kimberly Garcia

Kimberly Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Kimberly was first introduced to the subject of child development in a community college course. Since then, her passion for working with children has reflected in the positions she has held over the years. Such positions include College Student Aide at the Long Beach Unified School District and Co-Teacher at Volunteers of America…

Isabel Sunglao

Isabel Sunglao

Teacher

Isabel graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Child Development, minoring in Family Studies, Special Populations and American Sign Language. Prior to joining the Kid Works team she worked at the Humboldt State University Children’s Center (play based center) for a little over three years primarily working with kiddos two and a half to five years old. Since…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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