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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.

Please contact us to answer your questions and to set up an individual tour for your family (virtually or in-person).

Email: info@lilacacademy.org

Call us at (615) 614-1024.

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

Philosophy

Having studied child development theories of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Albert Bandura and many more and early education philosophies, such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf, Stephanie Raleigh believes that there in not one philosophy that serves all children. This is why she created a program incorporating proven methods and practices of many traditional curricula. …

Our Story

lilac – little learning academy formerly known as KinderHouseLA was founded by Stephanie Raleigh in 2012 as a bilingual preschool on the Westside of Los Angeles.  Stephanie, born in Hamburg, Germany always loved to travel, and after living in Germany and South Africa, Stephanie settled in Los Angeles, CA in 2006 where she started her …

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.

Curriculum

lilac’s curriculum topics are based on seasonal and cultural events as well as the children’s interests, which we discuss during morning meetings. 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 …

Daily Schedule

Studies have shown that children who have supportive and rich early educational experiences enjoy lifelong benefits, such as high academic performances and even positively affected health as adults.  These benefits of preschool are supported by a daily schedule that takes into account children’s developmental needs, from proper nutrition to motor skills. At lilac we acknowledge …

Nutrition

Children should develop healthy eating early on. At lilac – little learning academy we understand that as educators we play an impactful role in influencing positive habit patterns.  During snack preparation and snack time we teach children the importance and fun of healthy food and socializing skills at shared mealtimes. Together we learn to respect dietary …

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.  All teachers and staff members are First …

My son Oliver loved lilac – little learning academy from the first time he visited for a play date and with Stephanie’s guidance, his transition from having a nanny to going to KH every day was unexpectedly easy.  The lilac – little learning academy kids are always very happy and seem to have a lot …

Marie F.

My son is eager go to Stephanie’s school. When I drop him off, he excitedly runs to his teachers and fellow classmates and when I pick him up at the end of the day he is always in a good mood, hugging his teachers goodbye. Her school is a bright, caring, educational and creative place …

Thasja H.

Lilac is  an outstanding preschool.  Stephanie, the director, is top notch at all she is doing at the childcare. She is a loving educator who really understands child development and uses practices to help shape the most confident, curious and caring kids.  People are always surprised at the behavior of our child in different settings, …

Susanne N.