Our School


Our Mission

The Mission of KLA Schools is to provide a safe, innovative environment and high quality education for the students of our communities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.


Vision & Values

All children are honored as individuals who are intrinsically motivated and are active participants in their learning.

Families, educators and children are partners in learning and research.

Environments are safe, nurturing, and designed to promote experiences that invite children and adults to enter into meaningful dialogues that foster children’s innate curiosity, creativity, and thinking.

Relationships are at the core of our educational approach and are built with our surroundings: people, materials, and environments.

Through documentation, the learning process of teachers and children is made visible for furthering understanding, expanding on concepts, and celebrating ideas.

Our Leadership Team

Elif Kalkan

Elif Kalkan


Elif is an early childhood educator with 12 years of experience in the field. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and worked in the banking sector in Turkey for 2.5 years. In a short time, Elif decided to return to university to study Early Childhood Education. She has her M.S. and PhD in Early Childhood Education, and specialized on Socio-Constructivist Theories and the importance of play in children’s growth and development. She worked as a teacher in preschools in Turkey and in the USA. Elif has been a part of KLA Schools since 2013 and a director at Walnut Creek since 2016.

Elif believes in the effect of play-based learning and adult scaffolding in early years, and is very happy to be able to share her passion and ideas with her colleagues and families at KLA.

Roxana Acevedo


Assistant Director

Roxana has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 12 years. Her passion for education started early on, while taking care of the children of family and friends. She became fascinated with child development and how children learn. She pursued her passion in the field and obtained her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Solano Community College. She then acquired her Bachelor’s in Human Development from UC Davis, with an emphasis in the early years of development. Through her college years, Roxana worked in the lab schools and discovered the impact that child-centered curriculum can make in education. She continued working as a teacher in the field for six years.

Inspired to make a difference in the larger school setting, Roxana transitioned to administration. She joined the KLA team in 2013 and loves working for a school that parallels her beliefs in education.

A Letter from the Director

I would like to personally welcome you to the KLA Schools of Walnut Creek website. At KLA Schools, we are committed to offer children the high quality care and education they deserve and connect with their families as our partners. Our educators recognize that each child is a confident, capable, curious, and proficient individual. As you explore our site, you will be able to gain insight into our Reggio Emilio-inspired philosophy and how our curriculum is shaped within the founding aspects of it. We believe in unique potential of each child and strive to bring it out while supporting the whole development of the child.

KLA Schools of Walnut Creek is the school where children and their families experience an adventurous journey full of discovery, research, friendships, collaboration, exploration, and empathy, which support lifetime love for learning. Our environment, which we call the “third teacher,” is a stimulating, inviting and promoting place where children can freely explore and learn about the world they live in.

Our teachers are dedicated educators observing, documenting, playing and learning with the children. They are researchers who love to learn more about your children and witness their developmental progress. They are the experts to guide you in this wonderful journey of raising children. We believe in the importance of creating strong bonds with our families and our “open-doors” policy helps us connect with you more.

If you have any questions or would like to tour the school with me, feel free to contact me at 925-357-8080. Please enjoy your visit to our website. I look forward to meeting you in person during the tours.

Warm Regards,

Elif Kalkan
School Director
KLA Schools of Walnut Creek

Our Educators

KLA Schools are staffed with caring, fun, and dedicated professionals. Participating regularly in professional development experiences, our teachers are constantly looking for ways to learn more about the best ways to teach our students. Observations of each child are taken throughout the day in addition to notes reflecting on weekly projections. Our educators are continually analyzing which ways children learn best as well as which teaching styles are most effective.

Facilitators in their interactions with children, our educators work to align children interests with the learning domains in loving, nurturing, and positive ways which support students in feeling safe, loved, and valued. Our curriculum addresses the whole child including academic, physical, social and emotional domains.

We encourage them to think deeper and ask questions as they research different theories. It is of utmost importance that teachers and children alike invest in researching and collaborating together in order to be a part of each other’s learning process.

Parents as Our Partners

Parents are a crucial factor in our program. In fact, parents are our partners. Our teachers understand and respect that parents are their children’s first teacher. Their involvement in the school gives their children a sense of security and is deeply appreciated. We recognize that stable, quality relationships during the early years are fundamental for later developmental outcomes. Collaboration between teachers, parents and the children is an integral part of the educational experience at KLA Schools. Our goal is not simply to build a strong, warm and nurturing connection with each child, but to extend that connection to our community of parents. By working in a collaborative group setting, children learn critical life skills such as compromise, reasoning, respect for others’ opinions and enhancement of their sense of community. Through these partnerships, children benefit from experiencing many of the same principles at home that they do in school and thrive with this consistency. Teachers also offer frequent support our families and our communities through transparency and by being a source of information about educating a whole child and the various aspects of development.

Photo Tour

We would like to welcome you to your digital tour of KLA Schools. From the moment you walk into any of our locations, you will know that you are in a KLA School. Each one of our schools has a modern feel and design unlike any other. Features such as wood floors and furniture, large picture windows for all classrooms and offices, large corridors and classroom sizes, soft tone colors, and play soft furniture brought in from Italy are some of the visual components that makes KLA stand out from all the rest.

Click the photo to launch the tour.

Safety and Security

KLA Schools are safe and secure by design. We work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of our facility as well as the safety of our furnishings and overall health of our children and their environment.

The front door is always kept locked and there is always KLA staff at the front to open the doors for our parents.

The entire school is continually monitored utilizing closed-circuit cameras in all classrooms as well as hallways and outdoor spaces.

Staff members qualified to respond to life-threatening emergencies are always in attendance. Trained in pediatric first aid and CPR, staff members are always available to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. In addition to our regularly instituted health and safety plan, emergency care producers are also put in place for both minor and major incidents.

Whatever the situation, our staff is confident and qualified to keep your most prized possession safe at all times.

Community Service

As part of our philosophy and educational approach, we believe it is essential to make visible the fact that each child knows and understands that we are all different and can co-exist peacefully. We have different ways of thinking, a fact we embrace. In fulfilling this vision, KLA Schools has formed relationships with charitable organizations within each of the communities it exists. Stay tuned to learn more about our involvement with local charities.

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