New preschool set to open in August |

New preschool set to open in August

Axie Navas
Axie Navas / Tahoe Daily TribuneJubilee Kids' Academy Director Melissa Jaramillo and owners Holly Shamas and Karla Peuler pose for a photo in the new preschool.

There’s a new preschool set to open next month in South Lake Tahoe.

Other than the location, the owners insist that the Jubilee Kids’ Academy has nothing to do with the old Kindertown Preschool, which closed in November when the California Department of Social Services revoked owner Maria Barrows-Crist’s license. Seven months later, JKA has started accepting applications for their upcoming school year.

“We’re excited. We’re going to have a lot of fun with the kids and it’s going to be really neat to have that ability to provide the community with something that is new and fresh and is a part of what a lot of parents are looking for right now,” JKA Director and Teacher Melissa Jaramillo said.

Owners Holly Shamas and Karla Peuler bought the buildings in March and since then the school has undergone a facelift. From the new blue paint on the outside to the bright colors on the classroom walls, the place has a very different feel than the former school, Shamas said.

The women, all of whom are mothers, want to raise the bar for preschools in the community by providing teacher support and workshops as well as keeping the parents closely involved with their child’s education.

“It’s definitely a need in this community. The family environment behind it, we talked about doing parent open houses, art activities on the weekend, just really opening up those doors to bring those parents inside and give them other opportunities of things to do with their kids in the community,” Shamas said.

Ultimately, the group wants to make the school into a community hub, a resource for students and parents alike, Peuler said.

The school will offer a toddler program for infants ages 18 months old to 30 months old, a full-day and half-day preschool program for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old, and a before and after-school program for children up to 8 years old.

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