Children's Cottage Early Education & Preschool in Napa Since 1993

Miss Tiffany

Miss Tiffany

Tiffany Kear is the Director of Children's Cottage Preschool & Infant Center.  She was born and raised in Napa and graduated from Vintage High School.  Tiffany completed her Early Childhood Education classes at Napa Valley College and graduated in 2005 with an A.S. Degree.  She has worked in Early Childhood Education since then and loved every minute of it!  Tiffany is very passionate about children and believes the ages of 0-5 offer a critical and unique opportunity for growth and development.  Under her leadership she and her staff have the mission of providing the young children in care with a safe and loving environment structured to facilitate a future of lifetime learning.  One of her favorite things is getting to know all the wonderful children and their families.


Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica is an Infant teacher who has had experience with all the children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years.  Her specialty is the Honeybess class which is the youngest infants from 0-12 months.  She is artistic, creative, bi-lingual, and loves helping all the children grow into life-long learners.  Jessica just got an "A" in another Early Care & Education class she took at Napa Valley College.  She loves music and movement and interacting with the youngest children in our care. 


Miss Maricela

Miss Maricela

Miss Maricela is a fully trained Teacher who also works with the 2-year olds in the Ladybug room.  She previously taught at Head Start and is excited to be able to use her skills at Children's Cottage.  As a parent herself, Maricela knows how to engage children in activities that result in fun and knowledge.


Miss Kristy

Miss Kristy

Miss Kristy was born and raised in Sonoma County.  She went to school at Santa Rosa Junior College and earned her certificate in child development.  She and her husband have two girls aged 4 and 9.  Kristy believes that children are wonderful to work with and she loves their wonderful smiles.



Miss Laura

Miss Laura

Miss Laura graduated from Vintage High School in 2012 and immediately started taking child development classes and general education toward a CFS certificate.  She is teaching in the Ladybug room..  She enjoys interacting with each child, getting to know them as an individual as well as part of the social group.


Miss Astrid

Miss Astrid

Miss Astrid was born in Napa and graduated from Napa High School and then attended Napa Valley College.  She has 2 younger sisters and grew up helping to care for them.  One of  her favorite books is The Hungry Caterpillar which is appropriate since she teaches in the Caterpillar room.  She loves seeing the toddlers grow,develop, and engage with each other.  


Miss Ashley

Miss Ashley

Miss Ashley is one of our Caterpillar Teachers.  She loves the toddlers.  


Miss Ruann

Miss Ruann

Miss Ruann has worked with the children at our school for over a decade.  She now works part-time throughout the school with every age group from infants to preschoolers. 


Miss Janet

Miss Janet

Miss Janet grew up babysitting her 2 sisters and 3 brothers and got very good at it.  She studied early childhood education at Foothill College and now is one of our Infant teachers.  When she was a little girl she enjoyed watching The Mickey Mouse Club on television when Justin Timberlake was a Mousekateer.  Janet and her husband have a 2 year-old daughter Fatima, who is enrolled in our Preschool.



Mr. Ray

Mr. Ray

Ray Welch is the administrator and owner of Children's Cottage.  When studying children's literature at the University of Connecticut he became interested in the early care and education of young children.  Professor Francelia Butler asked Ray to be a Teacher's Assistant for the Children's Literature class and did so for 1 year.  One of the highlights of working as a Professor's teaching assistant was the opportunity to meet P. L. Travers.  She is the author of the Mary Poppins books and was a guest lecturer at Ray's Children's Literature class. Ray was inspired.  He moved to California and got married. Then Ray and his wife Mary had un-diagnosed twin girls who were born at home! This was followed by a son born at home 3 years later.  Ray and Mary started Children's Cottage Child Care in Napa in 1993.  Their 3 children are now adults and live in the area.