About Us


Our Philosophy

The Little Explorers Family Day Care values a child-centered play-based program enriched by our warm, home-like, and nurturing environment. We follow a theme-based program that provides developmentally appropriate activities, which target all the domains of development (Biosocial, Cognitive, and Socio-Emotional). We believe that each child can grow and develop at their own pace through exploration and interaction, both inside and outside the day care. Our goal is to help children develop a positive self-image, a sense of responsibility, and independence. We plan to achieve this through positive guidance and unconditional acceptance along with the support of a good relationship between parents and staff.


Our Misson

  • To provide a safe, healthy, and home-like environment that encourages social play for toddlers and school-aged kids.
  • To provide high-quality learning through cooperative partnership between parents and staff.
  • To satisfy parents’ need for convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind.
  • To offer a play-based program that will cater to the holistic development of each


Our Vision

To provide exceptional, fun, educational programs in a safe, nurturing environment, for infants through school-aged children in our community.



Play and learn

Creativity and curiosity



Marclen Ricafort - Program Director / Lead Teacher


"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

Favorite Princess: Mulan

I am very passionate about working with children. I come from a big family with 4 brothers and 4 sisters, which exposed me to a fun-loving and caring environment. I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Philippines and have been working with children since 2008. In 2010, I started working as a preschool teacher and have been doing it ever since. I love sports and have volunteered to coach both children’s soccer and volleyball. On my spare time, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors and playing sports (Basketball and Flag Football). 

Nikki Co - Marketing Director / Toddler Teacher


"If there is a will, there is a way."

Favorite Princess: Mulan

After graduating with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in the Philippines, I decided to take additional classes in Early Childhood Development because I love children. My first job in the United States was a kid's club attendant for 24-Hour Fitness for 3 years, where I took care of kids from 6 months to 12 years old. I am currently a middle school (since 2015) and high school basketball coach (since 2016). In my spare time, I love exploring the world and playing basketball.

Stephanie Co - Accounting Director / Substitute Teacher


"Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart."

Favorite Princess: Belle

Ever since I was young, I have always adored kids. I am a CPA and have a full-time accounting job; however, I mostly work from home and I have to say that the kids make our home a much happier place. I call myself “Lola” which means grandma in Filipino.  Because I am not on the child care floor full time, I am more like a lola who helps out
when needed and loves to play with the kids. On my spare time, you can see me reading a book, like my favorite princess, Belle.

Jasmin Carrasco - Toddler Teacher


“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”

Favorite Princess: Ariel

I was born and raised in West Seattle. I love it here and I don’t plan on ever leaving! My family lives here as well. While I was in school, and up until I graduated, my first job was being a nanny and from there I knew I wanted to work with kids. I’ve been a teacher here at Little Explorers since 2018 and I absolutely love it! I love taking care of them, teaching them and watching them grow. Each and every kid has their own cute personality that I adore. 

Outside of work, I’m always running around with my fiancé, our 5year old daughter, and our 3 dogs. If we are not out in the yard or at the beach, I’m home doing art projects. I love being crafty and making new things! 

Fauzia Ali - Substitute Teacher


“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

Favorite Princess: Princess RAHMA

My affection for children is indescribable which motivated me to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya, in order to acquire a deeper and meaningful understanding of child psychology and development. During my studies, I worked with different categories of vulnerable children in various institutions exposing me to colossal challenges they encounter. 

I taught grade 2 kids for close to one year after which I worked for an NGO that deals with the less fortunate children, providing them with all the basic human needs and an education. The experience was mind boggling! 

I love playing football (soccer) and rugby and during my free time I have assisted in coaching football to young children.

Angelina Balderrama


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