About Us

Our Team is passionately committed to providing a loving, safe educational child care environment that supports each child’s unique gift of learning. Our goal is to teach each child who comes through our doors that they are safe outside of the home, the importance of respect and good manners, and to encourage their love of learning so it continues with them throughout their entire life.
“Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.”

– Zig Ziglar

Meet Our Staff

Kathy McCullough

Has worked with children for over 20 years; preschool owner/ director/ teacher…she’s done it all! Loves reading, baking, outdoor activities, taking trips to Ireland, and obviously children!

Laurie Christian
Head Infant Teacher

Has a BA in Child Development; worked at Parkside for over 3 years caring for our babies and in the childcare profession for 13 years. Loves playing games and cards with her family.

Sam Vaughn
Head Toddler Teacher

She has completed her 15 Early Childhood Education units to become a qualified infant teacher. Sam has always loved babies and has been caring for them for about 10 years. Her past times are music and dance, writing poetry and working out; favorite food is sushi.

Danielle Moncrief
Head Preschool & 3 Year Old Teacher

Graduated with a BA in Child Development from San Jose State; has worked at Parkside for 5 years. An avid reader, baker, and movie goer; she had her first baby in February 2014.

Kelli Brennecke
Head Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

Graduated from CSU, Chico and working toward becoming a kindergarten teacher.   She has worked with children as a babysitter, camp counselor, and teacher’s aide. Enjoys reading, singing/making music, hikes with pup in upper Bidwell.


Lona Cooper
Infant Teacher

Graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and HR Management. She is an amazing baker and loves reading; employed with us since 2011.