6:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Monday – Friday

Three Locations in El Dorado County:


Happy Kids Preschool & Child Care #1
2786 Coloma St.
Placerville, CA. 95667
(530) 626-0344
Providing care for children 24 months - 5 yrs

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Happy Kids Preschool #2
3900 Ponderosa Rd.
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(530) 677-0551
Providing care for children 2 months - 8 yrs

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Happy Kids Preschool #3
2635 Cambridge Rd.
Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 676-2223
Providing care for children 2 months - 5 yrs

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Our Program follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Program Standards

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Welcome to Happy Kids Preschool

My name is Sherri and I am co owner of Happy Kids along with my husband Bill. We opened our first Happy Kids in 1984. We are very committed to the early childhood education field. Our goal is for your child to experience the joy of learning, while developing a positive self-image in a creative and warm environment, designed for that purpose!

Happy Kids offers quality early education for infants, preschool, and pre-kindergarten children. Our professional, qualified and well-trained staff has been serving the needs of our community since 1984. We have a Parent Advisory Committee and encourage parents to be an active partner with us in meeting the needs of their child's early education.

We invite you to come in and visit our schools and meet the teachers, students, and parents that are part of our great team!

We feel it is important to be an active member in our community, especially in the Early Education Field. This is why I am an active member of many organizations locally and statewide. The following are some of the organizations that I am involved in and support as part of my commitment to quality Early Education and Care.

I was awarded the 2005 “Early Childhood Hall of Fame” from the El Dorado County Association for the Education of Young Children

I am past Chair and a current member of the El Dorado County Childcare and Development Planning Council (LPC). The mission of this organization is to serve as the focal point for the planning and development of accessible, affordable, quality child care and development programs for children and families in El Dorado County. I was on the LPC committee that spearheaded the local Compensation and Retention Encourages Stability (CARES) program. This program gives stipends to Early Childcare teachers who continue their education and receive their Child Development Permit from the California Department of Teacher Credentialing. I am very proud to say that almost all of Happy Kids teacher are in this program, which has helped to raise the professional level at Happy Kids even higher. As part of this program I have been trained to be a Professional Growth Advisor through the State Department of Education, in this capacity I mentor the participants in the process of receiving and upgrading their Child Development Permit.

I am on the First 5 of El Dorado Children and Families Commission (formerly known as Prop 10). Their mission is "The people of El Dorado County will promote nurturing, stable, and loving family environments so that all children enter school physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn and thrive." Also as part of First 5, I am on the School Readiness Steering Committee. This committee's goal is to ensure children are ready for school and schools are ready for children by developing an individual county plan. We have received grants through First 5 of El Dorado Children and Families Commission, which have enabled us to redo our playgrounds and has provided us with subsidy childcare funds for qualifying families. We also received a grant to assist us in our Accreditation process.

I am currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. This organization provides scholarships to assist in continuing education for individuals who live in El Dorado County.

I am Past President of a statewide childcare organization The Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE). The mission of this organization is to promote excellence in education and quality childcare in private center based programs. As part of PACE I also serve on their conference committee, legislative committee and the alternative payment committee. I also serve on PACE'S California Children's Project. This is a non-profit organization; their goal is to provide education for parents and providers to enhance the quality of childcare services to California's children. PACE provides many workshops and conferences for teachers, administrators and parents on quality issues in the early education profession.

I am also a member of the National & California Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC & CAEYC). As part of this organization I became a facilitator and our Cameron Park school is a satellite site for the Heads Up Reading Program and Pre-Kindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines Satellite Presentation developed through the California Department of Education. These are educational programs in early literacy training for preschool teachers.

I am certified through the State Department of Education and WestEd in the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC). This program trained me in the most recent research in Brain Development and the development of infants and toddlers. I will now use this knowledge to visit other childcare centers to help train their staff. This has allowed me to ensure our infant toddler program is of the highest quality and has the most updated information and research on the best policies and practices to meet the needs of infants and toddlers.