Community Seedlings is a Reggio-inspired preschool serving children 2.5 to 5 years old. Community Seedlings believes that all children are capable and eager to learn! Children’s curiosity and excitement for learning help them learn “real world” connections that are personal and meaningful to them. This is learned through play, small group projects, dialogue, journaling, reflection, documentation, and exploration the love of learning begins through art, science, math, social studies, literacy, technology and the environments of both the indoor and outdoor classrooms.
Our environments and learning philosophies are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Our teachers are experienced and educated in Reggio philosophy. Teachers consider themselves to be “partners in the process of learning”. Our ratios are low and quality is high! We value both Art and Nature daily in our school. Our program has an “Atelierista” to help guide the children’s creativity in Art and Media. We offer both Full Day, Half Day, and Extended programs to fit parents and children’s specific needs.
Meet Our Team
is the Executive Director of Resource Development for Community Roots Academy(CRA). Additionally she serves as the Executive Director of Community Roots Foundation. Driven by her passion for education Ms. Fein co-founded Community Roots Academy and was instrumental in the opening of Community Seedlings Preschool. Prior to her experience at CRA she was the head of Morasha Jewish Day School for 18 years. Ms. Fein holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College. Ms. Fein has lived in South Orange County for over 20 years where she and her husband raised their two children.
is the Director for Community Seedlings Preschool. Carrie has always had a love of children and a passion for Early Childhood Education. Her mission is to give children the best possible care and enrichment experiences that will last a lifetime! In her professional career she has worked with many non-profit organizations including Laura’s House, a Domestic Violence Shelter where she implemented a successful theraputic preschool for the children living in the program. Carrie also was the Executive Director for the Beach Cities YMCA in San Clemente where she oversaw all programs including childcare, Y-Guides, campaign management, yearly operating budget, and served on the board. From 2011-2015 Carrie served as Director of Children’s Programs at Community Roots Academy. She developed and ran the Community Care Club Childcare program at CRA’s campus for CRA students, as well as all after school classes, camps and clubs. Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University Long Beach in Human and Child Development. She has also continued her education in both Management as well as the study of Reggio-Emilia Philosophy. Carrie grew up in Orange County and currently lives in San Clemente with her husband and daughter.
is the Assistant Director and has more than two decades of experience working with young children. First running a small family daycare for thirteen years while raising her own three children, who are now 30, 28, and 24. When she relocated to Northern California, she was exposed to Reggio Emilia approach and decided to further her education in early childhood. She spent the next seven years, working in Reggio inspired schools in the Bay Area. When she returned to Southern California, she was grateful to find Community Seedlings Preschool, which enabled her to continue to grow as a Reggio educator. Lindie believes that early childhood is a unique and meaningful stage of life. She is committed to supporting children’s creative capacity and engaging them in rich experiences driven by their individual interests.
is our Atelierista and has been a preschool educator for over twelve years in both Japan and US. Kumiko is the co-founder of OC Reggio roundtable. She worked at the Growing Place in Santa Monica for eight years, which has been implementing Reggio Emilia philosophy for over twenty years. Furthering her Reggio education, Kumiko joined study groups in Italy, Oregon, and Arizona. Kumiko loves nature and has an extensive background in gardening. She is a California mentor teacher and has mentored student teachers affiliated with local community colleges. Kumiko is very excited to be a part of Community Seedlings community and looks forward to sharing her Reggio expertise with the rest of the team.
brings over ten years of teaching Pre-K and co-directing experience to Community Roots Academy. Along with her passion and devotion to early childhood education, Dana has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a dual depth in Cultural Diversity and Arts and Letters. She is a long time resident of San Clemente where she resides with her husband and two boys, Owen and Milo. Dana is committed to our program here at Community Seedlings Preschool where she claims “everyday has endless potential and the possibilities for learning are around every corner.”
Sarah has been teaching in early childhood for over 7 years. She began her career at California State University of Long Beach. While she was completing her Bachelors in Child Development, Sarah worked in the toddler room at the Child and Family Center on campus. After she graduated, Sarah got a job at a Reggio inspired preschool in Fountain Valley called Hilltop Preschool. She was there for 6 years before coming to Community Seedlings. Sarah is inspired by the Reggio philosophy as it allows children to expand their minds through hands on experiences based on their individual interests.
has been working with young children for over 9 years. Gloria started as a parent volunteer at her son’s preschool which led her to early childhood classes at Saddleback College. After Saddleback she taught in a preschool setting for 9 years as well as an after school program. “I believe children are viewed as competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. As a teacher, we must encourage to facilitate the child’s learning by planning experiences based on the child’s interests.”
is enrolled in her Student Teaching Practicum course at Saddleback College and plans to attend Brandman University in the spring semester. She will be seeking her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a multiple subject credential. Kaylee has been working with children for over four years and firmly believes that every child deserves a champion– an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insist that they become the best that they can possibly be.