Child development centers, preschools, elementary and secondary schools. Also see: “Child Care and Baby Sitting and “Tutoring and Academics.” For additional resources, see our current issue.


EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private, non-profit preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over.

Friendship Academy

Community Development Center’s Friendship Academy is a non-profit organization funded by the California Department of Education. It offers free or low-cost child care and early education services to eligible families with children ages 3-5.

IvyCrest Montessori Private School

Widely recognized for academic excellence, IvyCrest Montessori Private School has been family-owned and operated since 1970. Their programs for infants, toddlers, primary and elementary age children are conducted in a warm, loving, nurturing environment. AMS credentialed Montessori teachers and caregivers invest themselves fully in your child’s personal and academic development.

Kid Works Children’s Center

Kid Works offers preschool, pre-k, pre-k enrichment and after-school kindergarten programs. Curriculum and environment are designed to stimulate, challenge, and allow children time and space to work. Kid Works’ definition of the child’s day of work is “Play with a Purpose.”

Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School

Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace.

Oakwood Academy Schools

Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered.

Parent-Participation Playgroups and Preschools

Parent-participation play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session.

Pillars Academy

Pillars Academy, serving Infant through Kindergarten students, provides a nurturing environment, one-on-one individualized attention, and the skills needed to excel at every developmental stage.

Prentice School

Founded in 1986, the school serves bright students in grade K-8 with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences and related learning challenges, such as ADHD and anxiety. Their mission is to empower children with learning differences to fulfill their potential by using a multi-sensory teaching approach and an adaptive learning environment.

Preschools – Long Beach and Orange County

Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches and pre-kindergarten are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer part-day and full-day classes.

St. Hedwig School

Serving students from TK-8th grade, St. Hedwig School strives to develop the whole child, one who is academically competitive and who demonstrates good character grounded in Catholic values.

The Hebrew Academy Preschool

Preschoolers experience a rich program in a loving Judaic environment where developmentally appropriate academics are taught together with the skills and knowledge that will become their foundation for all future education.

Valley Christian Schools

At Valley Christian you’ll find an inescapable link between excellence in education and a Biblical Worldview. Students enjoy outstanding training in fine arts, sports, honors and AP courses (with unparalleled pass rates), and STEM, including award-winning robotics.

Westerly School of Long Beach

Westerly School is the only independent, non-sectarian school serving kindergarten through grade eight in Long Beach. Westerly’s mission is to develop each child’s full potential intellectually, emotionally, morally, and physically through a balanced curriculum.