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 career in Early Childhood Education. She and her family moved recently to Spring Hill, Tennessee where she is now opening another location for her preschool.  Stephanie has always been very passionate about child development and giving children an early start towards the love of learning, language, and nature.

Her love of nature is reflected in the beautiful environment she created:  Natural colors, furniture, toys and learning materials are environmentally friendly and emphasize the importance of beauty and esthetics and allow children to enjoy their learning environment to grow, play and relax.

Stephanie has assembled a dedicated team of educators who share her love of nature and exploring.  All team members speak multiple languages and love the outdoors. The beautiful lilac flower has become a symbol of what we stand for: a collection of small pieces that come together and only in its wholesomeness becomes the unique and gentle unit that can help children grow to their full potential.