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Q&A with Local Companies: Joanie Giraudo at The Applebee Preschool

3628 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills,

Services or products you offer: I’m a certified parent coach who loves supporting preschoolers (and their families!) by providing them with a developmental/play-based experience. I recently relocated to this area from Menlo Park where I owned The Applebee Preschool for over 25 years.

What you enjoy most about your profession: I love creating play spaces for young children to learn at their own pace and promoting positive social and emotional skills so they have a great start to school. Learning through play is my jam! I love creating a community of learners.

Customer service is: My first priority. Meeting the needs of each of my preschoolers and their families is how I measure success.

You started your business, because: I believe that all children are capable of learning at their own pace in a fun, play-based, and loving environment.

First job: An aid at an in-home preschool.

Favorite food: Tacos!

Favorite local restaurant: Zócalo.

Last big purchase: A golden retriever puppy named Pearl!

Favorite small business: Rod Works at the Palladio.

When not working, you can be found: Prepping for work, doing an interior design project, or spending time with my family.

You love living here, because: It’s an amazing family-oriented community. The foothills are stunning.

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