We opened our doors to Buds and Blossoms Preschool in Fallbrook in November of 2020 in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ensuring children were able to have a stable nurturing environment when the world outside was far from it. The staff have taken extra measures to sanitize and do health checks to help families stay healthy so their world can be as “normal” and stable for the children while in the preschool.
Over 30 years of working in the child development field and following my passion for teaching young children. I noticed a big gap in quality preschool for middle income families. I have worked for many years in Head Start and in the private sector. Parent were either receiving help through various agency to help with the cost of preschool or they were struggling to juggle the cost of having to send their children to place they can trust that was going to care for their children.
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. I feel that families shouldn’t have to choose between affordable and quality. With the help of Tony Arzu and many friends and family supporting us, We decided to open up Buds and Blossoms Preschool in Fallbrook, CA. We wanted to give back to our community and to build a bigger community of supportive people that wanted to see their children grow developmentally at their own pace through a Reggio Emilia inspired program.
By: Nikki Boles
Tony Arzu served over 12 years in the US Navy, where he completed his military service as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer. Tony has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and a Master’s degree from National University, San Diego, CA. Tony currently has over 19 years of experience with Solar Turbines Incorporated, a division of Caterpillar.
In 2020, Tony decided to become a Co-Founder of Buds and Blossoms Preschool, as part of a life long journey of service and giving. Tony’s goal for the business is to help the next generation start their educational career with a solid foundation of social, emotional, and educational skills to better help them meet the challenges of the future.
Nikki Boles grew up in a migrant family, with no stability, frequently being homeless, and relying on school setting to provide a stable place to be able to connect with peers and teachers. Through connecting to educators, She strived to become a teacher and be the voice of children. She studied Early Childhood Education while being a single mother and raising her son in San Diego.
Feeling that everyone deserves to have stability, respect, and a nurturing environment began her journey to learn more about the Reggio Emilia approach. After seeing children thrive in an environment that represented them, their families and the connection to community, she felt that she had to do something so other children and their families can experience so much support.