Welcome to Lil' Squirrels Preschool

Thank you for showing interest in my preschool! I was born in February of 1967 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was one of three children raised by my father. I graduated from St. Francis High School in 1985 with honors, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May of 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with my area of specialization in Spanish. After 13 years of teaching in Albuquerque in the elementary classroom, I decided to continue my educational career at the preschool level. I saw the benefits with my own two children of developing their language skills and encouraging their love of books. I was determined to take my ideas and create an environment that was educational, nurturing, safe, and clean for other parents like myself. I started my preschool as a private home daycare in 2005 and in two years it had grown so quickly that I reorganized to the perfect Journal Center II location!

My program focuses on communication, language development, and literacy. I hope Lil' Squirrels Preschool can provide everything you would like for your child's growth, development, and happiness!

Shirley Padilla
Owner Lil' Squirrels Preschool, LLC

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