The Learning Forest Academy



                                   Ms. Lola

My name is Ms. Lola and I am a retired nurse from Oakland. I am a teachers assistant at The Learning Forest and the cook most days too. 






                Ms. Honey

My name is Ms. Honey. I support The Learning Forest preschool during special events and activities and as a substitute teacher. 




Our philosophy of care focuses on all aspects of growth. We strongly believe that children learn best through:


  • Active exploration

  • Experimentation

  • Problem solving


The Learning Forest provides a loving, understanding, comfortable, safe and nurturing environment where children will be stimulated and encouraged to develop social, physical, emotional and intellectual skills. 

Our childcare home is dedicated to working with children and families to best meet your child’s needs.

                              We are your Home away from Home preschool. We love your child like our own! 

Ms. Debby

My name is Debby and I am a long-time childcare provider. I have worked with children since I was a preteen. I love reading and enjoy teaching students the power in education. I am thrilled to be apart of The Learning Forest to give a great foundation to every student that enters these doors. 


I am known as Chief. I am a San Francisco native and a very proud grandfather and dad. I work for The Learning Forest and lead special outdoor activities as well as Friday Fitnes. I am a big kid at heart and enjoy teaching students about exercise, healthy eating and all the other great daily activites. I am a Native American and enjoy sharing native culture with students.  


My name is Amaris Israel and I am the owner & director of The Learning Forest Academy. Students affectionately call me Ahma, which means mother. I love to encourage, teach, inspire and uplift the beautiful youth In Dana Estates. I am a mother of three and former teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, likewise I taught theater for over 5 years throughout the Bay Area and now I am  utilizing my variety of experience to create an amazing fun-filled educational daycare for my preschool students. 

We are licensed 073409248!!!

The Learning Forest is fully licensed and our standards exceed state requirements. The childcare home has been inspected by the Fire Marshal and Child Care Licensing Department.  We are long time child care providers and credentialed teachers through the state of California. 

Our Location

Our home is in the heart of Dana Estates and is beautifully designed and dedicated to accommodating busy infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our schools toys, outdoor playground, and indoor spaces support your child's developmental needs. 


  • The Discovery Room is a Montessori-inspired open space with natural lighting and plenty of activities for all ages. It accommodates the children and allows them to explore through rug play, puzzles, stories and circle time happens here. Children enjoy free play activities related to simple math, writing and reading, block play, dramatic play and other manipulatives. Technology happens in this room where children have access to tablets, educational videos, songs, and dance. 
  • Our other space is exclusively for our youngest learners called Fawns.  Building imagination and growth through meaningful interactions, daily storytime, singing, and free play. 
  • Our school also includes a large outdoor play area with a robust garden, greenhouse, grass, tunnels, age-appropriate play structure, bikes, balls and other equipment. 


The Learning Forest is a privately owned childcare home and preschool.
Read profiles below for a closer look at our incredible team.

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