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Growing Long Beach: Fellowship Program Connects College Grads With Employers

Release Date: 2019-07-01

By: Denny Cristales

Skills like critical thinking and problem solving are usually expected of a seasoned employee, but for nearly a decade, educators at Little Owl have emphasized the philosophy that preschoolers are capable of applying those concepts in their learning.

Located at 3426 Linden Ave., Little Owl Preschool is the brainchild of founder and longtime Long Beach resident Janet Watt, who was driven by a desire to see pre-K institutions that emphasized constructivist and relationship-driven principles.

In 2007, Watt was impressed with the preschool curriculum at Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, which her firstborn attended, and wanted to provide her second daughter an opportunity to enroll at a similar institution closer to her home. But Watt could not find a site that met her standards.

“My husband, I think half-jokingly, said, ‘Well, why don’t you open your own preschool?’” Watt recalled. She did just that on July 6, 2010, with the help of fellow educators.

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