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Harbor Bay KinderCare

Patti Ballance,
Center Director

2155 North Loop Rd. Alameda CA 94502
Ph: (510) 521-3227
Ages:
6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: in the Harbor Bay Business Park past the Raiders' Headquarters

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: None

Teachers & Staff

Every one of our teachers goes through a full orientation which includes a comprehensive training program during the first two weeks of employment. Prior to coming on board we conduct a thorough backround and reference check. Every member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirement set forth by the state of California.

Patti Ballance, Center Director

""Educating children is what I was meant to do!""

Patti has been in the industry for 30 years and continually educates herself in the field. Patti has worked in a variety of child care programs and brings valuable knowledge to center.

Previous Experience:

Patti spent 12 years as a Director in Corporate Care.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Early Childhood Education Certificate

LaTrina Gibson, Assistant Director

"I believe in the Nigerian proverb that states "It takes a village to raise a child." I believe that everyone should help in anyway that they can in nurturing and educating our children. We are all full of resources from within that are unique and wonderful that our children can learn from."

Trina as she in known around the center, has been with KinderCare since October of 2011. She is very excited to be presented with the opportunity to be Assistant Director after many years of being in the classroom as a head teacher. Being an Assistant Director gives her the perfect balance of still being the class, but also doing administrative duties to assist the director, staff members, and our families to the best of her ability.

Previous Experience:

LaTrina was the Co-Owner of a Home Child Care Center, Head Teacher at two Infant and Toddler Child Development Center.

Year Started:
10/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Certificate

Ms. Cindy, Infant Classroom

""I enjoy seeing all the babies and sharing stories with parents about what they did special that day. Having each day to learn and grow as they explore and play in their environment. To work with teachers who are supportive in what we love and enjoy doing taking care of these babies each day. I love this age group all the hugs and smiles I get every morning makes my day so special."

Ms. Cindy, a KinderCare teacher for the past twelve years, loves teaching infants. She is a very patient, nurturing, loving, caregiver and provides a safe environment for babies. Ms. Cindy makes each of the families feel welcomed and comfortable to ensure the best possible customer service, a strong partnership with both parents and staff. Ms. Cindy will be dedicated to help develop your child's full potential and sensitive to your child's individual needs.

Year Started:
1/1/2000
Tenure:
14 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 years

Ms. Sahar, Infant Classroom

""I enjoy working with kids because the energy is great, and makes me happy. I believe that only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.""

Ms. Sahar is here to help children grow and to share her experience with children and families. Ms. Sahar feels that working with children makes her very important and responsible. Ms. Sahar has been working at KinderCare since 2007, she has working with a multiple age groups, but working with the infants makes her the happiest teacher in the world.

Year Started:
1/1/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 years

Ms. Mary, Toddler Classroom

""I love the smiles I see on the children's faces as they get excited about learning.""

Ms. Mary is a talented teacher who has 12 years of early childhood education experience. Mary is currently pursing an Associate of Arts Degree with in Early Childhood Education Development and Children with Disabilities. She is a creative teacher who loves arts and crafts, engaging and dancing with the children.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Mary has previous experience with Family ChildCare Center, Child Development Center, Educational Consulting.

Year Started:
3/23/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 years
Education:
Pursing an Associate of Arts Degree with in Early Childhood Education Development and Children with Disabilities

Ms. Sadjia, Toddler Classroom

""I love to help kids.""

Ms. Sadjia has worked at KinderCare since 2011. She enjoys being a toddler teacher. She like to watch  the children learn and try new activities. She loves seeing the children safe and happy.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sadjia was a Toddler Teacher in a child care development center.

Year Started:
4/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Degree in Mathematics

Ms. Amani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I have a strong desire to work with children, I enjoy developing and teaching new skills and techniques to children.""

Amani has over 18 years experience as a preschool  teacher and a great love and respect for children. Amani enjoys reading and doing art projects with the children. She loves spending time with children watching them learn and watching  the light that comes in their eyes when they learn something new, it is amazing.

Years in ECE industry:
18 years
Education:
Bachelor of Science- Early Childhood Education

Ms. Amy, Prekindergarten Classroom

""My favorite part about this classroom is it gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young individual. I love to watch them grow and mature over the year.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Amy worked as a nanny and at a Montessori center.

Year Started:
8/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 years

Ms. Kendra, Kindergarten, Toddler and Learning Adventures Classrooms

""I am passionate about making sure the children are in a loving environment.""

Ms. Kendra has been with KinderCare for six years. She loves to make sure all the children are happy in her class, while still guiding them on the right path for future success.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Kendra has experience in her Church Nursery, and babysitting.

Year Started:
1/1/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's credential

Ms. Wen Xiu, Kitchen

""I believe that we all can do our best if we just try.""

Wendy has been working for KinderCare since 2010. She is a hardworking individual. She enjoys working with children and cooking nutritious meals and snacks for them. She also enjoys giving her fellow staff members a helping hand when they need it.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Wendy worked in retail sales and support.

Year Started:
12/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Education:
Site Supervisor Permit

Ms. Mau, Support Staff

""I love to teach the children new things and help them succeed in life.""

Ms. Mau is currently in school working to further her education. Ms. Mau is CPR/Health and Safety cerftified. Ms. Mau enjoys and loves to work with children of all ages. Ms. Mau has been working with children for 10 years.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Mau worked at other Child Development Centers.

Year Started:
7/13/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 years

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