Infant Development Program
UCLA Department of Psychology
320 N. Charles E. Young Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Office: (310) 206-0633
*IDP’s office phones, for administrative and non-urgent calls (equipped with voice mail-please feel free to leave messages here and we will respond.)
IDP has seven staff members: one executive director, five full-time teachers, and one floater teacher. Each has extensive training and experience in early childhood education and developmental psychology. Additional staffing is provided by student interns. IDP has a favorable adult: child ratio of 1:3 or better.
Becca Bell, Floater Teacher
Becca began her time at IDP in the spring of 2022 with an internship in the IDP Blue Room. After completing her internship, she remained at IDP as a Graduated Intern Volunteer. In the winter of 2023 Becca graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. She started as a floater teacher in May 2023 and is beyond excited to be working full time at IDP! In her free time she loves spending time with family and friends, going to the beach and reading.
Alex Guardia, Teacher
Alex graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. During her undergraduate career she was a work study student at Early Care and Education, Fernald and was an intern in the Blue Room at IDP. After graduating, Alex worked as a teacher for ECE Fernald in the infant classroom. She then supported the IDP Gold Room from July 2020-March 2021 while the ECE Fernald infant classroom was closed due to the pandemic. Alex returned to IDP as a full time teacher in the Blue Room in November 2021 and she is glad to be back. In her free time Alex enjoys crafty hobbies like crocheting, embroidery, and knitting and enjoys spending time with her loved ones!
Courtney Kumar, Lead Teacher
Courtney Kumar graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge with a Degree in Child Development. From there she graduated with honors with a Masters in Child Development from the University of California, Davis. Mrs. Kumar is also a Certified Child Life Specialist. She has been working at IDP since February 2009 and enjoys learning new things from the children daily. In her free time, she enjoys running charity 5k and 10k races.
Ryan Lim, Floater Teacher
Ryan started at IDP in the fall of 2022 as an intern in the Gold Room. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology in the spring of 2023. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned in the floater teacher position. In his free time Ryan enjoys playing music, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to continue at IDP and spend time with all of the children and families!
Sam O’Grady, Teacher
Sam started at IDP in the spring of 2019 as an intern in the Blue Room. After completing his internship, Sam continued at IDP as a work study student for a year. In the spring of 2020, Sam received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. Following his time at IDP, Sam served as a floater and lead pre-k teacher at Sinai Akiba Academy’s early childhood center for a year. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, reading, exercising, and watching sports. He’s thrilled to be back at IDP!
Destiny Ramirez, Teacher
Destiny started at IDP in the Fall of 2019 as a Blue Room intern. She graduated from UCLA in the Fall of 2020 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a family assistant for a family in the West Los Angeles area throughout the pandemic. Destiny was very excited to return to IDP as the floater teacher in September 2022 and in May 2023 she became a primary teacher in the Blue Room! In her free time she enjoys reading, watching sitcom TV and going out to eat and to the movies with family and friends.
Eileen Santos, Lead Teacher
Eileen Santos earned her AA Degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Special Education from Santa Monica College. Ms. Santos is a wife & a mother of four daughters and a grandmother of seven grandchildren. Her two older daughters attended the Head Start Program in the State of California, where she diligently worked as a parent volunteer for four years. This program led her to pursue her career as an early childhood educator. She was a lead teacher in early childhood education for twelve years working with children ages three to five years. In the Fall of 2008, she joined IDP to work with the infant and toddler program. Here she has devoted her time and energy to young children, as well as to mentoring the students in the Applied Developmental Psychology minor.
Patrice Winn, Director
Patrice started her career in Early Childhood Education right here at IDP as a student many years ago. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. Patrice was lead teacher at IDP for 10 years before moving on to work with Bright Horizons for 12 years as a lead teacher and Education Coordinator with infant-preschool aged children. She returned to IDP as director in June 2016. Patrice is married with 2 children and enjoys traveling, baking, working out, and spending time with her family.