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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

We would like to highlight our Infant and Toddler classrooms! As we move forward in preparing for our NAEYC accreditation, many great things are happening! Our infants and toddlers learn how to communicate with their peers through singing songs, literacy and modeling. They are also building community through trusting relationships with their peers and caretakers. With our low teacher-to-child ratio, our teachers are able provide the best quality care possible. Not only are our teachers providing love and nurturing, but also fostering the whole child through their extensive background in Early Childhood Education. We offer a FREE DAY to those who would like to come in to take a tour. Call us for more details at 303-422-9232. We look forward to meeting you!

Welcome

Welcome to the Arvada West KinderCare! We are very excited to meet you! If you are looking for quality childcare and a family oriented atmosphere, look no further. Dana, our Center Director, and Janice, our Assistant Director, have both been in the Early Childhood industry for many years. Their goal is meet the needs of children and families during these precious years. If you would like to set up a time to speak or take tour, please call 303-422-9232 or email them at 000023@klcorp.com.

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.

Monthly Activities

January's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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 State of Colorado and KinderCare's high standards, all of our staff members have at least 2 years of experience working with children and at least 2 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

    Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions!

    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
    Year Started:
    4/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Large Center Director's Certificate, BA in Elementary Education, MA in TESOL, Medication Administration Certificate
  • Sara Spence

    Sara Spence, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sara is married with two children. She is 36 years old and was born in Wyoming.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as Special Education Aid for two years and as a Kindergarten Aid for one year.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Big, Fat, Friendly Giant

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Associate of Art and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Marcia Bischof

    Ms. Marcia Bischof, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Live everyday like it was your last.

    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:
    She 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:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential, First Aid, CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens, Medication Administration
  • Mary Pierpont

    Mary Pierpont, Prekindergarten 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

    Year Started:
    9/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree from Metro State in Criminal Justice/Adult Fitness and Exercise Science, Master's Degree from University of Colorado in Educational Psychology with a focus in ECE
  • Ms. Moreen Rojas

    Ms. Moreen Rojas, Preschool Classroom

    Always treat others as you treat yourself.

    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

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

    Ms. Sherry Tafoya, Preschool Classroom

    Only the strong survive.

    Ms. Sherry has worked for KinderCare for five year. She 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Group Leader Qualifications, ECE 101, and ECE 103
  • Rebecca Mendoza

    Rebecca Mendoza, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A fool learns from his own mistakes; a wise man learns from other's mistakes.

    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 while they were two years old.

    Previous Experience:
    She has been an Infant teacher, a Two's teacher, and 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 Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kristina Hunter

    Kristina Hunter, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Graduated from Arvada West High School
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than 1 year
    Education:
    High School Diploma, child development associate in progress
  • Nadine Gregory

    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:
    She has worked with Infants for three years, two year olds 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:

    A Storm is Coming

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Almost 9 years
    Education:
    16 units in child development
  • Ms. Schanel Tafoya

    Ms. Schanel Tafoya, Floater

    Ms. Schanel has been working with children for eight years, all age groups. 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:

    Stripes

    Year Started:
    3/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pomona High School, Red Rocks 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than 1
    Education:
    High School graduate, child development associate in progress

Upcoming Center Activities

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January's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

Monday January 02, 2017
Center Closed in Observance of New Year's Day

 

Monday January 16, 2017
Join our Open House the week of January 16–20!

Your whole family is welcome to join us for an Open House the week of January 16–20.

During wintertime we get a chance to get cozy and focus on fun activities that bring learning to life for children. This is the perfect time to see firsthand the learning and joy that happens in our classrooms every day. The center director and teachers will be on hand to meet you and talk about what makes our center so special. See you there!

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.

Share Your Story
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 will 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, Dana! Please share with your staff or anyone interested.

- 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 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 in 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, teaches and guides 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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