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Arvada West KinderCare

Mrs. Shannon Duran-Martinez, Center Director

6255 Simms St. Arvada CO 80004
(303) 422-9232 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Allendale, Campbell, Lincoln Academy, Stott, Weber

Welcome

Welcome to Arvada West KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Mrs. Shannon Duran-Martinez, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Teachers & Staff

We would like to introduce our staff here at Arvada West KinderCare. We take pride in the quality care that we provide. We believe that Early Childhood Development is crucial to the future success of your children. Our staff is highly trained through continuing education. We realize that Early Childhood Education is always evolving and we stay on top of the latest theories and practices. Per the State of Colorado and the high standards of KinderCare Education, all of our staff members have at least two years of experience working with children and at least two courses related to the field. Lucky for us, we have been so very blessed with highly motivated and knowledgeable people!

  • Mrs. Shannon Duran-Martinez

    Mrs. Shannon Duran-Martinez, Center Director

    Shannon loves working with children, is married, and has four children of her own. She has always dreamed about running her own center and is hopeful about the future of Arvada West KinderCare. She loves to learn and is constantly looking for ways to better herself and gain more knowledge.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Shannon taught kindergarten for four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    4/20/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Maser of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Large Center Director Certificate, and Medication Administration Certificate
  • Ms. Stephanie Bernard

    Ms. Stephanie Bernard, Assistant Director

    Ms. Stephanie is originally from Texas. She has two daughters and enjoys spending time outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie previously worked at this center from 2007 to 2011.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Administrative III, CPR and First Aid Certified, Universal Precautions, and Medication Certified
  • Ms. Mary Pierpont

    Ms. Mary Pierpont, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mary was born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in Lund, Sweden. She has a family full of teachers, mainly in middle school. She studied in Reggio Emilia for six months.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary worked in Montessori for six years and has one year with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    Year Started:
    9/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor in Criminal Justice as well as Adult Fitness and Exercise Science and Master in Education Psychology with a focus in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tina Hunter

    Ms. Tina Hunter, Toddler Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rebecca Mendoza

    Ms. Rebecca Mendoza, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rebecca is a proud Colorado native. She loves that she has had the privilege to have both her son, Max, and her daughter, Elizabeth, as students since they were two years old.

    Previous Experience:
    She has been an infant and toddler teacher, as well as a para professional.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter series

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heaven Valdez

    Ms. Heaven Valdez, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to have the opportunity to watch the kids learn and grow everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Swim instructor
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Moreen Rojas

    Ms. Moreen Rojas, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Moreen was born and raised in Colorado. She has two children, two grandchildren, and three dogs.

    Previous Experience:
    Summer job in Early Childhood Education
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    4/26/1985
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credential, Group Leader Certificate, Universal Precautions, and Medication Administration
  • Ms. Sherry Tafoya

    Ms. Sherry Tafoya, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sherry is a preschool teacher who loves her job! She is willing to do whatever she needs to in order to better herself as a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherry has been a school age, prekindergarten, and preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any of the Critter books

    Year Started:
    5/11/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credentials
  • Ms. Marcia Bischof

    Ms. Marcia Bischof, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Marcia has five children and two grandchildren. They keep her young (at heart!). She grew up in New Jersey and came out to Colorado in 1981. Ms. Marcia enjoys antiquing and collecting. Her biggest collection is UNO card games, about 65 sets and counting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marci was a cook at Creative Hands for six months.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    1/28/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential, First Aid, CPR, Blood-borne Pathogens and Medication Administration
  • Ms. Nadine Gregory

    Ms. Nadine Gregory, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Nadine has been married, going on 30 years. She has four beautiful grandchildren and three beautiful girls. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nadine has worked with infants for three years, toddlers for two years, and prekindergarten for four years. She was the director for Sunday school for four years and did optical for four years as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    16 units in Child Development
  • Ms. Schanel Tafoya

    Ms. Schanel Tafoya, Floater

    Ms. Schanel has been working with children of all age groups for eight years. She is a mother to a two-year-old daughter. Her hobbies are hanging out with her family and anything outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    3/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Zander Bednall

    Mr. Zander Bednall, Cook

    Mr. Zander is a 28-year-old cook who loves pitbulls.

    Previous Experience:
    A multitude of restaurants
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly odd tales

    Year Started:
    5/19/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Our school is on consistent lock-down. No one can enter our building without a code. Our staff is highly trained in First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions. We run fire and tornado drills monthly and we are prepared for any crisis. Your child is our number one concern, therefore, we do not release your child to anyone without authorization. See more details upon enrollment.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My wife and I always thought that taking our son to a Montessori school was the best quality education and care we could find. We enrolled our son at Arvada West KinderCare at ten-months-old and he really thrived. Because Kinder Care incorporates Montessori among other methods, our son has developed independence, sensitivity, and a sense of responsibility that is uncommon for his age. He is 2 1/2 and playing very well with others, sharing, communicating clearly and politely, and is a happy, confident child. We owe much of that to the experienced staff at Arvada West KinderCare. They show such a high degree if care, it is though it is his second family.
 
 One cloudy morning, I woke Bennett and he asked, "Where is the sun?"
 
 I replied, "The sun is behind the clouds."
 
 Then he said, "Well we can go to school; the sun is in Ms. Cricket's room!"
 
 Thanks for everything!

- Father

Our five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter have thrived at Arvada West KinderCare for the past 3+ years. They love their teachers and feel right at home, and we are always amazed at how much they learn. Our son was sounding out words by age four. After one month of kindergarten, we feel like he is more than prepared and ahead of the game. Our kids have also loved all of the extracurricular activities that KinderCare offers, such as music and cooking classes.

- Mother

Our daughter loves going to school – she wakes up and asks if it’s a school day and then promptly informs us we need to go school NOW. She loves her friends but more importantly, we’re amazed at home how much she learns. She comes home every day with a new song or game and stories of her day. All the staff know her by name and are kind and caring. The Center Director and Assistant Director are fantastic – they know each parent and child by name and have excellent communication. Whether we contact them in person, over the phone, or email, we always get a prompt response. The open communication reassures us our precious daughter is being well cared for!

- Mother

My two children (ages 3 and 1½) have been attending Arvada West KinderCare since my youngest was 6-weeks-old. The staff at Arvada West KinderCare treats my girls like their own. They show them love and affection, teach and guide them, and has their best interest at all times. My girls love Arvada West KinderCare, and when I am at work I feel so comfortable that my girls are well care for.

- Mother
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