Strengthening Children, Families, and Our Community

Our History

St. Bernardine of Siena Children’s Center opened its doors in August 1996.  Starting out with only a couple of classrooms, the center has now grown to having 9 classrooms and providing services for children ages 2 – 6 years old.  The center is one of the largest and most successful preschools in the LA Archdiocese.

Our School's Mission and Philosophy

The philosophy of education at St. Bernardine of Siena Children’s Center is centered in Christ. It is concerned with the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development of the child. The Church and the Children’s Center recognize the parent as the primary educator of the child. The Catholic school, in conjunction with the parent, is the educational setting by which knowledge, culture, and the values are developed within the child.


With Jesus as our model, St Bernardine of Siena Children’s Center provides a deep foundation of faith and academics in a safe and loving environment. Each child is encouraged to become a respectful, confident, and responsible individual within the community.  Our goal is to educate students in a loving, caring and supportive environment where God’s love is prevalent.  We strive to follow the example of Christ as the teacher as we embrace the joys and challenges of our vocation which is to assist parents in cultivating the mind, body, and heart of each child entrusted to us.


Class sizes are small and discipline is consistent, loving and Christian. Students are challenged to make good choices and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Activities and lessons are designed to ensure a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program. It is our belief that young children learn best through both structured activities using their senses and free play. The preschool’s program is also designed to enhance a child’s social skills and self-image. In order to be successful learners, cooperation, turn-taking, and problem-solving skills must be developed.  In addition, it’s important that young children feel confident in their ability to make choices, initiate a learning encounter, ask questions, and use their knowledge.


A certified Early Education teacher and an aide are on staff for each of our classes. Children learn through experience and we strive to open the minds through various activities.  A typical day includes free play, circle or gathering time, a group activity, snack, story time, religion, exercise time, learning centers, and reinforcement time for Pre-K.

Ms. Charlene Barkes



Ms. Mary Grace Amponin

Ms. Cathy Moore

Ms. LeeAnn Lincome

Ms. Stephanie Coon

Ms. Pam Ferguson

Ms. Lois Van Langingham

Ms. Jodie Ham

Ms. Daniela Wood

Ms. Kathy Cromar

Ms. Debbie Milewski

Ms. Vanessa Recinos

Ms. Maria Hall – Daycare


Teacher Aides

Ms. Mary Santillan

Ms. Arifa Ali Kan

Ms. Mary Rose Pedraja

Ms. Michelle Ramos

Ms. Caline Rubeiz

Ms. Ashley Monroe

Ms. Meka Cordero

Ms. Diane DeHan

Ms. Michelle Vallandingham

Ms. Lucia Andriani

Ms Jasmine Vides



Ms. Jill Ames

Ms. Cathy Barkes

Our Faculty


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