505 East Third Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Telephone: (213) 680-2976

Fax:(213) 626-6850

Contact Leslie Nicho




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    Mission Statement

    The Lumbini Child Development Center of the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is a quality child care provider that promotes a safe, nurturing environment for children.  Based on principles of our Budhist tradition, our goal is to develop a positive self image, and to support growth through a variety of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual experiences.

    For further information, please refer to our broshure.

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    Referral Credit Program

    We’ve initiated a referral incentive program to help increase student enrollment at Lumbini.

    The program works as follows:

    1. Refer a child for enrollment at Lumbini.

    2. Once a referral enrolls in the Center successfully for a minimum of six months, a one month free tuition will be given.

    3. Once the referral completes a year, a second month’s tuition will be given. In other words, for each successful referral, two months free tuition will be given. The more students you can help enroll, the more credit you can receive.

    If you have any questions, please email Leslie Nicho at or by phone at (213) 680-2976.


    Calendar 2014-2015

    September March
    2 Labor Day – School Closed 3 Girl’s Day Celebration
    October April
    27 Halloween Dharma School Halloween – 10:00 am TBA School Pictures
    31 Halloween Parade – 1:30 pm May
    November 5 Children’s Day Celebration – 10 am
    11 Veteran’s Day – School closed 25 Memorial Day – School Closed
    27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday – School Closed June
    December 28 Lumbini Graduation 1: 00 pm
    TBA Holiday Party July
    3 4th of July Observed – School Closed
    12 Holiday Program – 7:00 pm 24 Preparation for Obon – School Closed
    24 Minimum Day  Closing at 3:00 pm 25-26 Obon Festival
    25-26 Christmas – School Closed 27 Obon Cleanup – Festival
    29 Mochitsuki –  10: 00 am
    31 Minimum Day – Closing at 3:00 pm
    1 New Year’s Day – School Closed
    19 MLK’s Birthday – School Closed
    16 President Day – School Closed

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    Location & Description

    The Lumbini Child Development Center is located in the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. The school is registered with the State of California Department of Social Services as a licensed preschool and fully accredited kindergarten and has served the community at its current location since the temple was built in 1976 to provide services for children from ages 21/2 to 6 years old.

    The current enrollment consists of 54 children, with a full capacity of 75 children to care for.

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    The Staff

    The staff is headed by Director Leslie Nicho and consists of five full-time teachers, all with educational backgrounds in child development.

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    Hours of Operation

    School Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with classes run on a set Daily Schedule.

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    Daily Schedule

    7:30 – 9:30 am Free Play
    9:30 – 10:00 am Snack Time
    10:-00 – 12:00 pm Academics
    12:-00 – 12:30 pm Lunch Time
    12:30 – 2:30 pm Nap Time
    2:30 – 3:00 pm Snack Time
    3:00 – 3:30 pm Songs/Stories
    3:30 – 6:00 pm Academics/Free Play