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Our Philosophy

Our integrated approach specifically engages the child in lively and creative activities to enhance developmentally appropriate skills in a foreign language.

Classes are activity-based, full language immersion classes that will engage students in a circle of interesting and age-appropriate activities and experiments. Instruction is experiential and hands on with a focus on children's individual needs and interests. We help children to recognize and do their personal best to grow as happy learners.

All of our classes are designed to allow children's hands, minds and emotions to be active in a safe and supportive environment. At JDE, it is our goal to help lay a foundation for the long term appreciation of learning a foreign language, revealing the rich cultural and linguistic wonders that French and Spanish have to offer.


Our Methods

Instruction is experiential and hands on with a focus on children's individual needs and interests. Here are some important aspects of our pedagogical methods:

  • We use games, mimes, songs, arts and crafts, music, movement, theater and visual aids to promote language learning and community development. See more below about how these promote language learning.
  • Repetition is an important part of the learning process.
  • We foster the collaboration between children by enabling them to participate in small group work and whole group discussions.
  • We provide a place where their enthusiasm for discovery is challenged and their natural curiosities are focused into a context of learning about cultures, languages, and the world.

We use:

Music because it is subconsciously linked to memory. Children learn as they hear and sing our songs. Through music we also build a community of learners. Parents will be provided with material to support learning the language at home: words for songs, links to the songs online and other resources available to facilitate the learning process.

Movement activities because they allow children to physically interact with each other and the language.

Stories because they engage children visually, orally and auditorily. We choose stories with rich visuals and simple vocabulary. We will explore familiar fairy tales as well as new, original stories that will inspire a child's imagination all while providing another platform where they can interact with language.

Art because it promotes self-expression and creativity, both important parts of developing language. The art will also help build community within the class as the children and caregivers work side-by-side to create something new and original to share with others.


Our Mission

We aim to to serve any family that values the importance of foreign languages and intercultural understanding, to foster enthusiasm for learning a second or third language, and to support parents who wish to raise their children with more than one language, in order to maintain and strengthen a multicultural identity and heritage.

At JDE children are enabled to develop their potential and skills to the fullest extent, while allowing them to do so at an individual pace. JDE provides an intimate, progressive and multicultural education that is ideal for preparing our children to face the challenges and opportunities of an international future.

A few things to remember as your family /child embarks on this learning experience: Learning a language at a young age is natural for children, as they bring no inhibitions or fears to the experience. Their participation in meaningful activities will allow them to retain words and structures effortlessly. Children learn by doing, but don't forget that learning a language is a long-term process and a lifelong experience.


Faculty and Staff

All of our teachers at Le Jardin des Enfants are native speakers and specialize in their field. We collaborate with professional and brilliant early childhood educators, composers, musicians, and artists dedicated to working with children in order to create a unique programs designed to stimulate inquiry-based learning, concept formation and creativity. Students learn from caring and supportive early childhood educators who possess strong backgrounds in the arts.

Ali Keech and Pascale Setbon met in Brooklyn four years ago at the moment in which the French education "revolution" was just beginning to spread through the United States. French programs were booming on the East Coast at a fast pace and Ali was teaching at one of the first French Dual Language programs in Brooklyn, Public School 58. At the same time, Pascale was working similarly, serving as the director of a French preschool and language center, The Language and Laughter Studio, which she had founded in 2006 and of which still happily serves as the director today.

A year after Pascale and Ali met, Ali moved to Los Angeles as her husband's career progressed and upon arriving on the West Coast, Ali found many communities full of progressive, like-minded parents seeking a strong bilingual preschool program that would give their child a solid foundation for a curiosity-filled life. Knowing of Pascale's immense success in Brooklyn, the two decide to export the progressive, experiential and French language immersion philosophy that had become a rock in New York French education, to the sunny streets of Los Angeles. And this is how Le Jardin des Enfants was born.

Ali and Pascale are both passionate about languages and believe that language learning can be a vector that unifies people. The transformative abilities of language, both in oneself and in a community of learners, are fervently bringing this power to more families and children who can benefit and grow all while embracing new perspectives and cultures.


Ali Keech – Founder

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Marie Lafranque

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Nathalie Royo

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Pascale Setbon – Founder

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Zaïa Lebtahi

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