Loma Linda Academy Children’s Center Receives Best Preschool Award

Posted on Nov 30 2017

Loma Linda Academy Children’s Center was recognized as Best Preschool during The Press-Enterprise’s 22nd Annual Readers’ Choice Awards at the Riverside Convention Center on Sept. 7.

The center won the public’s vote in the Inland Empire Hometown Favorites North category. Each year beginning in May, a 1.5-month-long online and newspaper ballot voting session is opened to determine the public’s favorites in the Inland Empire. This year, readers cast almost 65,000 votes in 153 categories. The Press-Enterprise then celebrates the winners during their 90-minute dinner and awards ceremony.

“I am proud of our program, and each person that contributes their talents to make the center a success,” said Julie Majestic, director for LLA Children’s Center.

At the center, children have many opportunities for learning in small group settings with the help of qualified teachers who guide them in developmentally appropriate practices that place the children’s needs first. Similarly, the center’s curriculum, “High Scope,” “Zoo Phonics,” and “Creation Kids,” are used to lead children through hands-on exploration in the areas of art, music, literacy, language, math, and science. In addition, physical and social developments are integrated into all areas of learning.

Jason Oei, parent and also former board member of the center, reflected on his experience there.

“We have been thrilled with the care that our children have received at the children’s center,” Oei said. “They have the most caring staff who have demonstrated God’s love to them.”

The teachers focus on a holistic, hands-on approach to learning and the curriculum.

“The teachers are very caring and passionate about their jobs,” Tashana Lewis, parent, said. “The director is also very caring and always makes time for us as parents.” She went on to share that in a time of financial need, the director worked with her family to ensure that their daughter could remain enrolled at the children’s center.

The center currently enrolls 166 infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.

“To be listed as the best preschool in our area is a real honor,” said Doug Herrmann, headmaster at LLA. “We are proud of the work being done here by our faculty.”

Katie Miller