Redwood City Preschool Infant-Toddler-Kindergarten

2336 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

About Redwood City Preschool Infant-Toddler-Kindergarten

Open Date: August 2021

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L’Academy Preschools is where we uncover children’s cognitive potential through language immersion. Our ultimate goal is to develop each child mindfully with love and compassion through a language-rich curriculum!

Come and see our classrooms, meet the site staff and get all of your questions answered. Children are welcome!

Center offers Mandarin immersion.

Director Name: Berni Cruz

License: 414004632, 414004794

Closures for Holidays & Teacher In-Service Days:

●  2 Teacher in Service Days

●  Labor Day

●  Veterans Day

●  Thanksgiving Day

●  Day after Thanksgiving

●  Winter Break (From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day)

●  Martin Luther King Jr. Day

●  President’s Day

●  Memorial Day

●  Juneteenth

●  Independence Day

●  2 Parent Teacher Conference Days

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be observed the Friday before or the Monday after. Please refer to the school calendar for specific closure dates. Note that tuition will be due in full every month irrespective of school closures or holidays.

Programs offered

Infant Program (Whole Child Development)
Toddler Program (Social and Emotional Whole Child Development)
Preschool Program (Social and Emotional Whole Child Development)

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 5:30pm


12m - 6 Years, Mandarin Immersion

2336 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063


Meet our Staff

Director: Berni Cruz

Ms. Berni Cruz is committed to what she does and goes through each day with a positive outlook. Working with children and creating memorable experiences with them is something she's always wanted to do. She received her teaching credentials from Foothill College and has been in the education field for over 7 years with a background in administration. She started as a preschool teacher, became passionate about what she does, and decided to take on a new role so she can make a difference in children's lives. She cannot imagine a life without working with children as they always brighten her day. Ms. Berni grew up in Newark, California and is currently residing in San Mateo. She enjoys cycling, singing, watching movies, and trying all kinds of food. She believes that a child's imagination should never be limited. Her goal is to make this school a place where a child can be anything they want to be. Ms. Berni loves being a part of the L'Academy family.

Lead Preschool Teacher: Yvonne Yuan

Ms. Yvonne  is a reliable, loving, and hardworking teacher.  She is a native Mandarin speaker with 5 years of teaching experience in early childhood education.

Not only does Ms. Yvonne specialize in teaching literacy and conducting science experiments in Mandarin with young children, but she also has experience teaching Japanese to children and adults.  

She appreciates the time she gets to spend with preschool children and is patient with them as they go through their stages of development.

Ms. Yvonne loves to help children to develop their best self.  She enjoys teaching social-emotional skills, confidence, and self-efficacy.  Ms. Yvonne loves working with children and thrives on making learning fun in a safe, comfortable, and an enjoyable environment.

Lead Toddler Teacher: Ying Zeng

Ms.Ying is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. She holds degrees inPsychology and Education from UC Santa Cruz and is passionate about early childhood education. She appreciates the importance of learning languages in a bilingual environment, giving children the opportunity to acquire knowledge in a bilingual way. Ms. Ying enjoys singing, cycling, and playing games with the children.

In addition to her experience, since she has led young children outdoors, she enjoys using natural materials to allow children to complete their nature projects. In this way, children get more exposure to the outdoors and natural beauty that is important to their development.

Ms. Ying believes that children's ability is unimaginable. As a teacher, she ensures that children can learn, play and grow in safe, comfortable, and fun classrooms. Ms. Ying is delighted to be a part of the L'Academy team and looks forward to meeting all the children and their families!

Lead Infant Teacher: Stephanie Delmonico

Ms. Stephanie has been involved in a classroom environment for over 6 years. Her journey began at the young age of 10 when she started as a mommy-helper, assisting with various activities and quickly developing a deep passion for working with children. Over the years, her love for nurturing and educating young minds has only grown stronger, inspiring her to pursue a career in early childhood education.

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Stephanie is a dedicated mother to a 6-year-old son, whom she also coaches in soccer. This role as a coach has further enriched her understanding of child development and the importance of fostering both physical and cognitive growth.

Ms. Stephanie firmly believes that preschool is a pivotal stage in a child's life. It is during these formative years that children are like sponges, absorbing everything they are taught. She is committed to making a positive impact and creating a supportive and enriching learning environment. According to Ms. Stephanie, being a preschool teacher means having the unique opportunity to influence and shape the beginning of each child's educational journey, setting the foundation for their future success.

Every day, she strives to teach the children something new, knowing that her efforts contribute significantly to their development. Her dedication to early childhood education and her genuine love for working with young children make her an invaluable asset to our team.

Teacher: Monica Cerna

Ms. Monica has been working with children for over 3 years. She has experience working with children ages 9 months to 10 years old. She graduated from San Francisco State University and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Ms. Monica has a passion for working with children and believes that it is essential to understand every child is different and it is important that children allow themselves to express their feelings or thoughts in a safe environment. Her goal is to be able to communicate with students and families so their children can have a successful education.

During her free time, Ms. Monica enjoys hanging out with family, walking, and watching her favorite TV shows or movies.

Ms. Monica is excited to be a part of the L’Academy team and get to know all of the children and family members. As well as helping children on their next steps in becoming successful.

Teacher: Alayna

Teacher: Alese Smith

Ms. Alese has been working with children for over two years and has a passion for helping children learn and grow. She has experience teaching all age groups, from 0 to 5 years old. At the University of San Francisco, Ms. Alese majors in psychology and has accomplished earning her early childhood education qualifications. She will continue to study psychology to pursue her goal in becoming a child psychologist. As a teacher, Ms. Alese believes in building strong and positive relationships with young children. Each day she teaches, she allows them to grow and develop in the best way possible. Ms. Alese likes to create a safe space for children as it benefits them to be themselves as all children learn differently.

Outside her love of teaching, she enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with friends and family, yoga, traveling, and exercise. Ms. Alese is excited to be a part of the L’Academy center and getting to know all of the children, staff, and family members.

Teacher: Ashley Archila

Ms. Ashley has been working with children for over 6 years. She graduated from Menlo Atherton in 2021 and is continuing her studies in early childhood education.

She is so excited to be working with L’Academy to help children thrive and learn. Ms. Ashley is fluent in both Spanish and English. She. has worked with children of all age groups. As a teacher, Ms. Ashley believes that every child learns in different ways and that learning is limitless if you get creative. Her goal is to make the children laugh and smile through every experience. Ms. Ashley loves working with children every step of the way.

Growing up in Menlo Park, Ms. Ashley enjoys bike rides, hanging out with friends and family, watching her favorite TV shows, and traveling.

Ms. Ashley is happy to be a part of theL’Academy team and looks forward to getting to know all the children and their families!

Teacher: Aide Magana

Ms. Aide was born and raised in Redwood City.  She graduated from Redwood High School in 2017 and has been working with children for 6 years now, including babysitting experience.  She is currently working on getting her early childhood education units as well.

She has volunteered for school camping trips where she helped take care of about 20 children.  Ms. Aide engaged in many activities throughout the day as she found ways to encourage children to participate!  Rain or sun, she and the children were outside everyday, enjoying the camp.  

Not only is Ms. Aide fluent in English and in Spanish, but she knows a little bit of French.  She has a 2 year old daughter that inspired her to become a preschool teacher. She is really excited to be working with the L’Academy team and looks forward to learning something new each day with the children and teachers!

Teacher: Alejandra Maldonado

Ms. Alejandra has been working with children for over 4 years. She graduated from Sequoia Union High School and has obtained her early childhood education credentials from Newton. Since then, she has worked with preschool to elementary school-age children. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she believes students can learn more than one language starting at a young age. Ms. Alejandra became a teacher so she can help children achieve what they want because anything is possible. When a child doubts themselves, she makes sure to guide them into believing there’s always an open door to anything in life. She doesn't want any child to have a negative mindset and to say they can't.

Although she was born in Mexico Michoacán, in a small little town called La Mira, Ms. Alejandra grew up in Redwood City. Some of her favorite things to do are to spend time with family and friends, go out on hikes, get some sun at the beach, go to the gym, and do all kinds of outdoor activities.

Ms. Alejandra is happy to be a part of the L’Academy team and is excited to see what L’Academy has for her. Each day she looks forward to helping kids develop for their future.

Teacher: Divina Aramburo

Ms. Divina is from Redwood City and graduated from Sequoia High School. Since then she has been pursuing her education in Early Child Development classes. Ms. Divina has been working with young children for over 2 years. Not only does she appreciate her time working with children and helping them learn, but she is also a fluent Spanish and English speaker.

On Ms. Divina's free time, she really enjoys painting, and being around friends and family. She also makes time to go on hikes and take walks on the beach.

Ms. Divina is kind, patient, and understanding which is why she believes working with young children is her passion. She is always enthusiastic to do hands-on activities with the kids. Ms. Divina is very grateful to be a part of L’Academy and is looking forward for what is ahead.

Teacher: Jaymee Ac

Ms. Jaymee was born and raised in Redwood City. She cherishes her hometown and the community that shaped her values and character. After completing her education at Sequoia High School, she found joy in caring for children. She takes pride in providing a nurturing environment where children can flourish and develop their unique personalities.

Ms. Jaymee is excited to join L'Academy and her desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those around her continue to guide her journey as she nurtures the next generation with love, patience, and unwavering support.

Ms. Jaymee also values her connections with family and friends. In her free time, she relishes opportunities to spend quality moments with loved ones, creating lasting memories that bring them closer together.