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Lil' Explorers Preschool &

 School-age Program

We will remain open to during the COVID 19 outbreak.  We have increased hygiene and distancing measures and are following CDC guidelines, but we are OPEN.  We will remain open until directed otherwise by Kern County Public Health or other relevant authorities.

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

Dawn Holleman

Administrative Director

Dawn Holleman has had a lifetime of leadership and child development. An active member of the community, her solid gold heart is applied to making sure every teacher is respected and loved and every student becomes family.  Improving our community one child at a time.  Her foresight and direction, enhancing curriculum and organizing fun and educational activities, has made our school the premier preschool in Bakersfield. Her favorite saying at the school is, "They might not remember what you taught them, but they will remember the way that you made them feel.  Help the children feel unique, cared for, special and loved."

Jennifer Bess


As a Bakersfield native, Jennifer is very familiar with the unique make up, resources and needs of our community.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and has pursued some Master's level training while working full time and raising her own beautiful family.  She is an invaluable resource for both our families and our staff.

Michelle Blankenship


Michelle has a wealth of preschool experience and is a valuable member of our administrative team working tirelessly to organize and plan, strategize and educate to serve our families and our community. Besides her vast professional experience and her personal knowledge of raising a beautiful family, she also has two degrees from Fresno State University.