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We believe that hands-on experience is the key to giving kids a great foundation in school and life.

Our team have all been college educated in play based curriculum and early childhood development. 

 We also have staff development days and continuing education through which we learn from each other 

and outside sources to push our skills to the top of the class.  

Our Administrative Team

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Brianna Contreras

Administrative Director

Brianna Contreras has 18 years of preschool experience.  She received her education studying Child Development locally at Bakersfield College.  She has over a decade of experience directly in the classroom as well as five years as an assistant Director prior to joining our management team.  Her immense passion for early childhood compelled her to take a leadership role in order to achieve her goal of a rewarding and fulfilling career by reaching and helping as many children and families as possible.  Her mission is for every child to feel special, loved and cared for each and every day.  She extended this same principle to her own family, with two grown children who continue to make her very proud and fill her heart with joy and her wonderful and supportive husband of twenty years. 

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Jennifer Bess


Jennifer Bess is a Bakersfield native, which makes her very familiar with the unique make up, resources, and needs of our community.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  Jennifer has worked in preschool education for 25 years, with 15 of those years as a Director for Lil’ Explorers.  Along with working full time, she is raising her own beautiful family.  Being a cheer and baseball mom, she is her kids’ #1 fan.  She is an invaluable resource for both our families and our staff. 


Stella Avila

Assistant Director

Stella Avila comes to us from Arvin Union School District. She has been an educator for 18 years and is passionate about helping children learn, have fun, and be the best they can be. Alongside her career, Stella is a dedicated college student and mother of two amazing children. During her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Dodger baseball and spending quality time with her family.

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