History of Le Jardin des Enfants

Why Le Jardin des Enfants?

The Mini-Maternelle program is an exciting new way for parents to provide their children with the building blocks needed for a lifetime of learning while exposing them to the benefits of a foreign language in a nurturing and supportive environment.

It is not necessary for the parents of the child to speak French — only that they recognize the many benefits of exposing their child to a foreign language and culture at a young age! The program is formulated to meet the unique needs of each child, to develop his or her self-esteem and to improve needed skills. The child will seamlessly be exposed to French while developing essential cognitive and motor skills and while having a whole lot of creative fun!

When did Le Jardin des Enfants start?

JDE was established in 2014.

Ali Keech and Pascale Setbon, both educators, met in Brooklyn  in 2010 when French bilingual education was taking hold in the Big Apple.  A year after Pascale and Ali met, Ali moved to Los Angeles and upon arriving on the West Coast, 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 with her educational program The Language and Laughter Studio, 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.

The Le Jardin des Enfants program is adapted from France’s National Education guidelines and based on the successful programming at LLS.


Q: How old does my child need to be to start the preschool program?
On their first day of school, the child must be at least 24 months old.

Q: Do you have extended care?
At this time, we do not. 

Q: Is there a sibling discount?
A: Yes, please email us for more details. 

Q: How do I plan for my child’s first day?
A: After the enrollment process, we will provide a list of supplies your child will need for their first day. We are here to provide support and work together to make the first day as easy as possible for both parents and the child.

Q: Is the annual tuition due at the first of the school year?
A: No, we offer a monthly payment plan as well. Please let us know you would like to  set-up monthly payments.