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Himalaya KinderCare

Brandi Chandler, Center Director

5678 South Himalaya St. Aurora CO 80015
(720) 870-5053 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
at Smoky Hill Rd & Himalaya, 5 minutes from E-470

Neighborhood:
Parkview

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Antelope Ridge, Aspen Crossings, Peak View & Timberline.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Himalaya KinderCare located in Aurora, Colorado! Our school features eleven spacious classrooms offering loving care and education for children ages six weeks to 12 years. With flexible scheduling options and nutritious meals and snacks included, we have programming choices to fit every family. Whether you need a nurturing environment for your baby, the best school readiness program for your preschooler, or a fun and balanced before and after school program for your elementary school student, the Himalaya KinderCare has an option to meet your needs!

Brandi Chandler, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

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.

Dance

Teachers & Staff

The Himalaya KinderCare staff is one of the most experienced we think you’ll find anywhere! Eleven of our staff members having a decade of experience, and four staff members have over twenty years of experience! Everyone loves children so they are passionate about seeing them learn and grow.    

  • Brandi Chandler

    Brandi Chandler, Center Director

    Hanging out with children makes my day.

    Ms. Brandi believes children should have a place they can go where they are safe, loved, and can learn.  That is why she has chosen to work in this field.  Ms. Brandi loves watching the children grow from infants all the way to school age.  There isn't a day that goes by where the children don't make her smile.

    Previous Experience:
    She was a police officer and a Soccer director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Director Certification, BS in Accounting, Master's PE
  • Ms. Grecelda "Ms. G" Duran, Assistant Director

    I love working with children because I get to be a kid again. I believe children learn through play

    Ms. G started off teaching in the classroom and is now an amazing assistant director.  She cares about each and every child that walks through that door.  Ms. G's smile lights up the classrooms and her energy is contagious.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. G was a para at an Aurora public school, ran a home daycare, worked for state PS in CA, volunteer work for head start
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    8/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Directors Certification
  • Ms. Iman

    Ms. Iman, Infant Classroom

    I love working with the babies because it is the most beautiful thing to see them growing every day.

    Ms. Iman is from Lebanon and came to Colorado in 2005.  She has two kids; Rayan, ten, and Adam is eight.  They are her life.  Ms. Iman loves spending time with her family and cooking.  When she has extra time and money she likes to go shopping.  Ms. Iman loves her job and enjoys spending every day with the babies.  "Sometimes we have hard days but I still have too much fun".

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Iman has previous experience working with infants.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    textured books that babies can touch
    Year Started:
    9/10/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Pauline

    Ms. Pauline, Infant Classroom

    I'm the CEO

    Ms. Pauline has one daughter and one granddaughter. She has been married for over 50 years. Since she has been in the industry for over 19 years, her favorite part is seeing and interacting with the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    6/5/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Certificate in Early Education
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Toddler Classroom

    I love when the children are happy to see me and have give me hugs. I get to see the children grow from my room to the other rooms.

    Ms. Cindy has three adult sons and two cats. She truly enjoys learning and teaching. This has inspired Ms. Cindy to continue her education by taking courses at Aurora Community College.

    Previous Experience:
    twenty-eight plus years working with one year olds
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat In the Hat
    Year Started:
    5/15/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Credentials in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mona

    Ms. Mona, Toddler Classroom

    I chose to work in this field because I love children and I enjoy watching them learn, grow and express themselves in their own individual ways.

    Born in Lebanon, Ms. Mona has been a Colorado resident for the last 15 years, where she has worked as an infant teacher, a two-year-old teacher, and a toddler teacher. Ms. Mona is the afternoon Toddler Teacher here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    eighteen years in retail
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See
    Year Started:
    8/19/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 plus years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The energy and excitement that each child brings to the classroom is why I love my job. I love to see the progress of the children as they learn.

    Ms. Grace has been a Prekindergarten Teacher at KinderCare since January 2009. She completed her Child Development Associate's credential in California, where she also worked teaching preschool. With over a decade of experience in Early Childhood, Ms. Grace knows exactly how to help her students get prepared for Kindergarten!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Grace has previous experience as a teacher's assistant and as a cook.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1/26/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Roberta

    Ms. Roberta, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Roberta was born and raised in Colorado.  She has a seven month old daughter whom she loves spending time with and watching her grow.  Ms. Roberta also enjoys reading and going for walks.

    Previous Experience:
    previous para educator and school age teacher but has worked with all age groups
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    5/12/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Director Certification
  • Ms. Jo

    Ms. Jo, Cook

    I believe children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

    Ms. Jo was born and raised in Texas.  She has a daughter who is 28 years old.  They moved to Colorado when her daughter was twelve.  Ms. Jo loves all sports, ESPN, football, Dallas Cowboys.  She  has been the school chef at KinderCare since December of 2001.  Ms. Jo is also Early Childhood Teacher certified and helps in all of the classrooms!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jo spent 15 years running an in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    12/1/2001
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    early childhood courses
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Learning Adventures Classroom

    To me the best part of my job is being with the children, teaching them new things and watching them grow!

    Ms. Jamie has been with this KinderCare location for a year and was a KinderCare Teacher with another location for nine years!  She meets many different children through her role as the Learning Adventures teacher. Ms. Jamie is also the school Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie was a Certified Public Accountant assistant for 13 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Wocket in My Pocket
    Year Started:
    6/9/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Sports Medicine, minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shanice

    Ms. Shanice, Two's Classroom

    Caring for children is the best part of life.

    Growing up with over ten nieces and nephews is Ms. Shanice's root of love for children.  Being able to care for and teach young children is the best part, along with taking what she has learned and applying it to raising her own child.  Ms. Shanice has an infant.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All The Places You Will Go
    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    less than one year
    Education:
    working on Child Developement Associates Credential
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah,

    I believe the children are our future

    Ms. Mariah is 19 years old and currently going to a community college in Denver to receive her associates in Early Childhood Education and to become a director.  She has been around kids all of her life because her mom does home child care.  Ms. Mariah has learned and watched her mom teach the children and ever since then she has loved working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been working with children all my life
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David!
    Year Started:
    4/28/2015
    Education:
    Early Childhood classes
  • Ms. Grey, Toddlers

    Children surprise me daily.

    Ms. Grey truly enjoys working with the younger children.  She loves to watch them grow both socially and academically.  Ms. Grey thinks people don't give children credit for how smart they are, even at such a young age.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Nanny Certification
  • Ms. Janine, PreKindergarten

    Children have a zest for life.

    Ms. Janine loves watching children's eyes light up with joy and confidence when they succeed at something.  Their excitement inspires her passion for teaching.  Ms. Janine says coming to work is FUN when you are surrounded by children's zest for life!

    Previous Experience:
    She is a retired Chief Master Sergeant and was a Girl Scout leader. Previously taught one to three year olds.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Skippy Jon Jones
    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    BA in English, Director Certification, Early Childhood
  • Ms. Cherie

    Ms. Cherie, Two's Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked in retail
    Year Started:
    9/4/2001
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 plus years
    Education:
    Directors Certification

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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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our location has many features which provide piece of mind that your child is learning in a safe and secure environment. We have a gated property that is locked to prevent any unauthorized entrance. Any visitors must be checked in by a member of our management team, and our classrooms are secured by a coded front entryway. We ensure all of our staff are current in First Aid, Universal Precautions, and CPR. All staff also undergo background screenings on both state and federal levels. We also feature a Health and Safety Coordinator who oversees the safety practices at the school and coordinates safety drills .

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I am very happy with Himalaya KinderCare. We are raising our child to be bilingual, which we have received a lot of support from the staff about this. They are very involved and caring about our son; we are pleased!

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