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Harbor Bay KinderCare

Patti Ballance, Center Director

2155 North Loop Rd. Alameda CA 94502
(510) 521-3227 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS

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Welcome to the Harbor Bay KinderCare, off of North Loop Road. Our center has been caring for our community for over 25 years. We are excited that you are interested in our program and can’t wait to meet with you and your family.
By offering a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences we will promote your child’s emotional, personal, and social development, as well as provide a warm, friendly and safe environment.
We understand that entrusting someone else with the care of your child can be difficult, as partners we will work closely with you to ensure you have chosen the right place where we will inspire your child’s love of learning.

Patti Ballance, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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

    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:
    4 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • LaTrina Gibson

    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:
    5 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Cindy

    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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Sahar

    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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Mary

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Pursing an Associate of Arts Degree with in Early Childhood Education Development and Children with Disabilities
  • Ms. Sadjia

    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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Degree in Mathematics
  • Ms. Amani

    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
    Bachelor of Science- Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy

    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:
    11 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:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Wen Xiu

    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:
    6 Years
    Site Supervisor Permit
  • Ms. Mau

    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe is our number one priority. Our school has a keypad entry to enter into our lobby. All children must be signed in and out daily in our attendance books. Our playgrounds are entirely fenced in and all exit gates have an alarm in place.

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Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.

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