Hi everyone!

We are looking forward to hopefully seeing you all at our Welcome Playgroups held at Ladybug Preschool on Thursday September 1st from 9:00am-10:00am. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an alternative phone meeting with our Teacher Erica! Here is some more information on the event. Feel free to respond via email if you can attend!

Many months ago we embarked on a journey to create a preschool school for our children. We envisioned a warm, community focused environment where children learned through exploration and developed essential social-emotional skills for future success.  We are thrilled to open our doors welcoming new families and those rising up from our daycare program. As we prepare for the beginning of the school year, we’d like to introduce you to our founding team and share details about welcome playgroups.

Founding Team

Erica Katz joins Ladybug Preschool as our founding lead teacher and brings a wealth of experience to our school! Most recently Erica, taught 3rd grade on Long Island. Prior to that, Erica was awarded a fellowship to teach English as a Second Language at an elementary school in Israel. Erica was able to transcend the language barrier using multi-sensory approaches to engage and communicate with students. Beyond the classroom, she immersed herself in the culture, community service work with Sudanese refugees and leadership activities. Before her work in Israel, Erica was a lead early childhood teacher on Long Island. Erica holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University in Maryland. Erica is looking forward to an exciting year ahead and will be sharing two personal interests - outdoor exploration and Spanish with our community.  

Lena Teisanu joins Ladybug Preschool as an assistant teacher.  Lena has been a part of the Ladybug family since 2012. This summer Lena was part of our summer camp team and was an amazing asset to our program. Prior to that, Lena was a lead teacher at Ladybug’s Smith Street daycare. Lena holds a degree in Economic Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. Lena is passionate about early childhood education and is excited to work with Ladybug in this new capacity!

Welcome Playgroups

Parents and children are invited to join us for a welcome playgroup on August 29 or September 1 from 9am to 10am. You’ll have a chance to meet Erica, other families, and visit school before the first day of school on September 6.  Please send us an email and let us know when we can expect you. If you can’t make it, please contact Erica ( you’d like to set up an alternative time.

Welcome Phone Conferences

Parents are invited to schedule a phone call with Erica to share information about your child, family and what we can do to ensure a great start to the year! Please don’t hesitate to share tips, ask questions and details about medical needs, progress towards potty training and how to approach rest time with your child.

Thank you for being part of our founding preschool class and for the trust you’ve instilled in our program.

Warm regards,

George & Stacy