Welcome to
lilac – little learning academy

a premier preschool and learning center in beautiful Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Reggio Emilia Inspired

Welcome to
lilac – little learning academy

a premier preschool and learning center in beautiful Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Reggio Emilia Inspired

What We Do

Why Choose Us

We recognize children’s incredible ability to learn languages at a young age and offer a playful introduction to Spanish and/or German. We offer a half day preschool program, as well as full day program for children ages 2-6.


The overall principles of our program are rooted in elements of traditional curricula, such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori as well as academic programs and paired with meaningful play as the basis of every learning experience for young children.

Health and Safety

The safety and health of your child is our top priority. We maintain an up-to-date and customized Safe School Plan posted in the classroom; and keep a lower teacher-student-ratio than required by the state. Fire drills and other emergency drills are being conducted on a regular basis.


Our teachers are passionate about your child’s learning experience. We recognize that each child develops and learns differently, so lilac’s educators compose learning activities that fit the needs of your child best.

About Us

Welcome to lilac – little learning academy, a premier preschool and learning center in beautiful Spring Hill, Tennessee. We recognize children’s incredible ability to learn languages at a young age and offer a playful introduction to Spanish and/or German. We offer a half day preschool program, as well as full day program for children ages 2-6.

Our programs provide a rounded curriculum and enriching care through play-based learning in small groups. We provide a nurturing and inviting environment with age-appropriate activities guided by our certified teachers. The Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy recognizes the importance of the environment and calls the environment the ‘third’ teacher besides parents and educators; therefore we created thoughtfully inspiring and stimulating classrooms supporting children’s natural curiosity.

Enrollment options for our bilingual (Spanish/English) or (German/English) preschool programs are 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Please email us for tuition rates.

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lilac – little learning academy provides a multilingual environment for young children. lilac’s curriculum is based in meaningful play allowing children to learn through curiosity, discovery and guided activities. A lilac child has strong sense of self, respect for others, and consideration for both society and the environment.

Stephanie Raleigh, Owner/Founder

Stephanie Raleigh

Owner / Director

Stephanie Raleigh, M.A. is a Child Development Specialist who has worked with children for the past 15 years. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from California State University, Northridge. In addition, she earned her Bachelor ‘s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development Summa Cum Laude – also from California State University, Northridge. After a fulfilling career in publishing in Germany, Stephanie moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she became involved in a charitable organization helping families and children – setting up preschools and daycare centers for abandoned children and helping women establishing an income source through arts and crafts. This ignited a passion for young children and their families and led to the opening of her own preschool in Los Angeles, CA in 2012. Since then, Stephanie continuously strives to improve the field of Early Childhood Education and has become an advocate for young children. Stephanie and her husband moved to Tennessee in December of last year to be closer to their family. Now she is opening a preschool in beautiful Spring Hill. Stephanie is an outdoor enthusiast and dog lover, spending most of her weekends hiking, cycling, rock climbing or fly fishing.

Meet Our Educators

Danielle Johnson

English Teacher

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson volunteered in her church nursery as a child while growing up in Panorama City, California. She earned her Early Childhood Education certificate in 2011. In 2020, she and her family moved to Spring Hill, TN, where she volunteers at Central Christian Church. She is a proud mother of two boys, Brayden, and Liam. It is her joy to teach young children (including her own son Liam) at Lilac - Little Learning Academy.

Daphne Gonzalez

Spanish Teacher
Daphne was raised by her Mexican immigrants in LA County. She has a deep love of family and children. Her church's children's director encouraged her to study early childhood education at Cerro Coso College. Daphne has experience teaching children of all ages. As a person who has experienced trauma and grief, she is passionate about helping children and families. Sadly, she lost her first husband. This Gold Star family attended a TAPS Peer Mentor class in 2019 and learned how to support and assist other Gold Star families. She is excited to share her creativity and positivity with students at Lilac - Little Learning Academy.

Elizabeth Clark

English Teacher
Elizabeth Clark was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but moved to Tennessee when she was three years old. Elizabeth has always had a passion working with children. She earned her ECE Certificate from the state of Tennessee and has worked with children for the last ten years. She gained more hands-on and in-depth knowledge of Early Childhood Education in the past four years while working in a large Childcare centers with age groups ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years. 
Elizabeth loves teaching children and is so glad she found lilac - little learning academy where she can continue working with and educating children.
Elizabeth and her family relocated to Spring Hill, TN in January 2019 for her husband’s job. She has a four-year-old daughter (Alayna) who loves attending lilac. 

Our Life Journey...



Our smallest friends, infants ages 6 weeks through 11 months, are provided a nurturing and peaceful setting as they start to understand the world around them. With parent or guardian guidance, we implement a daily feeding, changing and naptime schedule with simple rituals that mirror what you do at home.



Designed for 12- to 24-month-olds, our Toddlers Program is all about transition and child development. We get introduced to all kinds of cool, new things like letters, numbers, and colors. Our days are full and include fun, active and quiet play periods. Daily activities include learning songs, dancing to music, enjoying outside play, working on puzzles and reading picture books.


2s and 3s

There’s so much that our 2s and 3s have to discover. These age groups are immersed in our award-winning curriculum, interactive learning centers and circle time. There’s dress-up, role playing, story time, musical instruments, puzzles, blocks galore and much, much more.


Pre -K

This is an important year, as our four-year-olds prepare to go to “big school!” The curriculum focuses on math and literacy and preschoolers begin to grasp basic math concepts and reading. They also engage in science projects, art activities, music and the study of other cultures.



By Pre-K Graduation, Pillars students scored 15% higher on Reading Readiness, Phonological Awareness, Math, Science and Social Emotional Behaviors than the regional average. To us, this is proof positive that a learning center with a holistic approach to every student as an individual can provide the best preparedness for the journey that comes next — Elementary School.


High School

Studies show that children who have access to high quality early childhood education do better in elementary school, earn better grades in high school, garner higher test scores, are more likely to go to college. Students without that access can lag behind their peers in development by up to 18 months.


College & Beyond

Those same studies indicate that children who attend programs like ours are more likely to obtain post graduate degrees, have higher incomes, more stable social networks, and are more well-rounded adults. We believe Pillars students go on to become Pillars themselves –Pillars of strength and leadership in their communities.

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