About us

Preschool & Childcare Center

"Where children learn through play, exploration, and hands-on activities."

Program Objective:

To provide a high quality program that challenges each child to grow academically and socially/emotionally. We aim to cultivate each child’s inner abilities through age appropriate instruction, structured play, and consistent care.

Program Philosophy:

At Little Scholars Journey, we believe that children learn a great deal of information via play, modeled behavior, and positive encouragement.  As we know, play can be purely physical, like running, climbing, or throwing a ball.  Otherwise, highly intellectual, like solving a complex puzzle, comprehending a math problem, or navigating through an unfamiliar town. When thinking about how children develop, we deem, it is experience that will have direct influence on how they grow and build their own knowledge. Children learn best when wanted behaviors are modeled and they are given the opportunity to actually do the work (or play) themselves. Rather than being simply told, shown, or explained how to do something, we highly encourage independence. Therefore, our program will offer an engaging environment for young children to autonomously learn. Our teachers will provide unconditional positive regard and constant support. As a result, children will be able to observe, think, and solve problems on their own.

At Little Scholars Journey, we build a stimulating environment that is safe for ALL children to explore, learn, and have fun.  We realize that consistency, security, respect and team work are essential to a child’s growth. Ultimately, it is our understanding that every child will not prosper at the same rate nor will they have the same interest. Individualized plan and goals per child will allow each child to meet his/her needs. More importantly, we believe that with collaboration from parents, students, staff and all stakeholders EVERY child can reach their fullest potential.

Meet Our Staffs

Sandy Tan, Executive Director (Owner)

Sandy is passionated in teaching and values education. She taught high school math for over five years. She work with students one-on-one and in small groups. Sandy is very observant. She is able to differentiate her lessons to meet individual student's needs.

After having two children, Sandy has developed her love in working with young children. She decided to go back to school and study Early Childhood Education. Through her personal experiences in searching for a quality childcare center, that is when she decided to open her own center. Sandy is commited in making her childcare center a warm place for young children to grow, learn, and flourish. She believe all children can learn if the evironment is developmentally appropriate for the child.

Sandy holds a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Quincy University and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jacqueline Moy, Director

Jacqueline is our Director and started working for us since July 2018. She has earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University. She has over a decade of teaching experience in the classrooms from Preschool to 5th grade. She has worked in Public schools; a private school and helped opened a daycare by opening three out of the four classrooms and was the director there for over the course of five years. 


She is a mother of a beautiful daughter. She takes care of the children and loves them dearly as if they were her own children. Her number one priority is making sure the children are safe and stay safe. Her teaching philosophy is caring for them, loving them and teaching the students by exploration and play using the creative curriculum.  She also focuses students on engaging and learning in small groups, learning individually one-on one and the foundations of learning math, science, language and literacy, social- emotional skills, fine-motors skills and gross motors skills.  She also is able to modify and accommodate students at different levels of learning for each child’s individual needs. She loves seeing the development from the children’s learning and discovering the world around them, through hands-on exploration, play, storytelling and music.


She believes that showing the students that she cares is what they need first, then they will open their heart and mind and finally she will be able to teach them. She shows that she cares by forming relationships with not only the students but also the parents and keeping them updated on their children’s progress academically and emotionally by collaborating with the child’s teachers. She believes that encouraging parents to stay involved in their child’s learning will help their child succeed through positive reinforcement.


Ms. Salma, Lead Teacher (BlueDino Room)

Ms. Salma is our Blue Dino room lead teacher for our four and five year old students and she has started working for us mid December of 2019. Ms. Salma is dedicated to providing the children with a safe, healthy, engaging, and fun learning environment. She has grown to love the environment, our teachers and our students. She comes from a family of four: her mother, father, and her younger sister. When Ms. Salma is not in the classroom, she enjoys relaxing at home, spending time with her family, and occasionally go running at the gym.

Ms. Salma earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Applied Educational Studies at National Louis University. While in high school, she volunteered at an afterschool program near her home. She assisted 1 st graders with their homework assignments and extra curricular activities. During her time at the university, she was able to go into a preschool classroom for two years. She had the opportunity to create hands on activities, read books and was able to interact with the students in the classroom.

Salma believes that all children have the opportunity to grow and learn. With a well-balanced creative curriculum that focuses on areas of reading, writing, math, and science, the students will be able to learn about all numerous topics and stay engaged in fun learning activities. Students learn in many different levels and we are able to focus on the needs of the child and teach differentiated learning. She welcomes all children and cares for all of her students.

Ms. Mariela, Assistant Teacher (BlueDino Room)


Ms. Rosalia, Lead Teacher (RedButterfly Room)

Ms. Rosalia is the lead teacher for our three-year-old classroom. Most of her students refer to her as Ms. Rosie. Ms. Rosalia earned her Associates of Art degree in Early Childhood Education from City Colleges of Chicago. She is currently enrolled in National Louis University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Ms. Rosie has always been involved and interested in caring for young children. During her freshman year of high school, she was placed in a 1st grade classroom to help out twice a week. She has a child of her own and understands the connections and expectations of caring for a child. She understands all children grow and develop at a different rate. As an educator, she believes it is our passion and knowledge to help each child reach their developmental milestones. 

Ms. Rosie also understands that all children learn differently and that she is able to accommodate and work with each individual family and her students need. Her goal is to help the students and family feel welcomed and safe in her classroom. When she is not working,  Ms. Rosie loves to spend time with her loving son and focus on her schoolwork. 

Ms. Maria, Assistant Teacher (RedButterfly Room)

Ms. Maria is our Red Butterfly teacher assistant for our three-year-old students and she has started working for us January 2019. At the age of 13, she began babysitting for family members. She really loved the experience of babysitting and decided to take a semester in child development in High School to learn and pursue her career in Early Childhood Education.

She has experience working with children ages 0-10 for ten
years. She has previously worked in a Montessori environment at Lectura Montessori with children ages 0-5.

She is intrigued by a child’s brain development and the various ways they can learn. Being able to witness the process and their development in education is one of her favorite aspects of Early Childhood Education. She loves and enjoys creating art projects with the students and encouraging them to be creative. She believes that she has
the opportunity to watch the children learn and grow.

She has three children. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and children. Quality time
with her family is watching movies, playing bored games, and playing together.


Ms. Darina, Lead Teacher (Sunshine Room)

Ms. Darina is the lead teacher for our two-year-old classroom. Most of her students refer to her as Ms.D. Ms. Darina is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from City Colleges of Chicago. Ms.Darina has been working with us since November of 2018 and has worked with children ages 2-12 years old.

Ms.Darina has always loved working with children, but her love for teaching emerged during her junior year of high school, where she worked with diverse learners creating lesson plans and activities to accommodate the needs of each child. From that moment on, she knew that she loved teaching, and that was what she wanted to do as far as a profession.

She believes that teaching is about creating a bond with the children that encourages them to love and be eager to learn while still reaching their developmental milestones.Ms.Darina thinks that with a well-balanced, creative curriculum that focuses on areas of play, reading, writing, math, and science, the students will be able to be engaged while still learning. Ms.Darina also understands that all children learn differently, and she works hard to accommodate the needs of each student. More than anything, her goal is to make sure the students and family feel welcomed and safe in her classroom.

When Ms.Darina isn't working, she is studying for her night classes or enjoying the outdoors
with her family and friends.

Ms. Vicky, Assistant Teacher (Sunshine Room)

Ms. Vicky started working for us since 2016. She is our two-year-old teacher assistant. Ms. Vicky believes that she has been fortunate and blessed to be working at such an amazing center that has a nurturing and loving environment. She finds it rewarding to witness their growth and development on a daily basis. 

As a mom of two children, she is very passionate and committed to working with
children. She loves helping our young learners discover, learn and grow during
their early years of their child development.

She also believes that children need to be loved and nurtured in order to form
lasting bonds with their teachers. She is dedicated to communicating with parents
and families to further establish a strong foundation for children to grow
academically, emotionally, physically, socially, independently, and cognitively.

During Ms. Vicky’s free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family. And she
also likes to cooking, shopping and traveling.

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