Our Mini Makers™ Studio provides supervised care for young children who need a space to learn, explore, create, and grow while their parents work onsite.

Our "play school" approach is based on a character-education model and emphasizes promoting exposure to integrative arts in a play-based setting. Staffed by team of trained caregivers and parents, our developmentally-designed child care area welcomes young children (3 months to 5 years). Space permitting, we are able to include older children (ages 6-12 years) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to learn more or apply here.

Together, we aim to expose children to a variety of educational and artistic experiences while they learn and play together.

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Our Philosophy

We believe the best learning happens when children have the freedom to explore, connect, and play - this is the ethos behind our "play school" philosophy.

With both indoor and outdoor spaces, our caregivers focus on incorporating music, art, reading, and supervised free play into the daily program. We focus on enhancing children’s character education at a young age. Each month, we select a core value to feature and apply through technology, art, and creative play. 

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Childcare Cost + SCHEDULE

Onsite childcare is included in most membership levels with different hourly packages based on parent preference. Additional hours can be purchased for siblings at a reduced rate. We do not currently offer drop in childcare or drop off options where parents can be offsite while their children are in our care. Please view our membership packages to learn more.

Currently, childcare is offered 12 hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-5:00pm. As need increases, we hope to expand the days we offer childcare. Let us know if this would make a difference for you now by taking our childcare survey.

Meet our caregivers

Our Mini Makers™ Studio is under the direction and supervision of a professional team of Educators, Behavioral Psychologists, Professional Coaches, student interns, and parents. Together, they aim to expose your children to a variety of educational and artistic experiences while they learn and play together.

Leadership Team

Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC, graduated from UCLA with degrees in Communications, Education, and Applied Developmental Psychology. She also is a trained as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and has experience working in Higher Education in student leadership development. Leslie is the Co-Founder of The Makers Place™ where she currently serves as the Community Manager and Coordinator of the Mini Makers™ Studio. She also works as a Leadership Coach and Lifestyle Strategist at her boutique practice, Lead With Intention®.

Joel Bosserman, M.A., BCBA, is a Behavior Analyst with a decade of experience working with children and families that have a range of developmental and behavioral issues. He currently runs an early intervention preschool program for children with Autism in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Along with his wife Leslie, Joel is the Co-Founder of The Makers Place™ and also does Behavioral Assessments, Parent Training, and in-home work for children and families through his corporation, Entropy Behavior Services, Inc.

The Bossermans are based in East Sacramento where they live with their two young boys. When they are not playing at McKinley Park or hosting epic dinner parties, they enjoy traveling the globe, dancing (and singing) to all kinds of music, and reading as a family.

Our Caregivers

Kelly Hopkins grew up in a large family with five brothers. When she's not working as the Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Conservatory, Kelly enjoys adventuring by bike, boots and boat! She enjoys staying active and being outdoors and loves to kayak and stand up paddleboard with her family. Kelly is also a Head Coach a Kaia FIT and loves helping other achieve their fitness goals in a fun way!

Jenessa Kayyali is the mother of two girls, one dog, and a musician husband. Being the youngest of 5 children and aunt to 18 nieces and nephews, she understands that it takes more than just a village to raise children! She spent a decade providing in-home childcare to neighbors while in high school and college. After pursuing a career in media and advertising, Jenessa currently works part-time as a Stitch Fix stylist and is simultaneously chasing her children and her daydreams. 

Sheri Sullivan is a mother to two active boys who appreciate crafting and cooking alongside her when they’re not riding biking or playing ball. With a background in Fine Arts and a Graphic Design, Sheri often desings unique arts and crafts projects for our childcare program and loves getting kids involved in expressing their creativity through exploring arts and crafts. She also serves locally on the Fremont MOPS leadership team and previously used to own a FIT4Mom franchise in Southern California.