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Cerritos KinderCare

Mary Nichols, Center Director

18727 Carmenita Rd. Cerritos CA 90703
(562) 924-8718 Contact this center

Ages: 2 Months to 12 Years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Leal, Stowers, Carver, Cerritos and Gonzalez Elementary. (Afterschool pick only).

We are currently enrolling children ages 2 years to 12 years old. Call or stop by to set up a tour and get your child’s education started in the right direction.


Welcome to KinderCare Cerritos. We are known for providing a loving and warm environment that you will experience as soon as you come through our front door. Our curriculum engages the whole child so not only are they learning academics but they are learning the social emotional skills to continue their educational journey. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family. Please feel free to call to schedule a tour of our center so we can answer any questions you may have and get your child’s education started today.

Mary Nichols, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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

Here at KinderCare Cerritos we are a very knowledgeable team. We are fun, loving and have a true passion for children! We have a great understanding of the developmental milestones each and every child should be meeting at an appropriate stage in their lives. We are looking forward to being a part of your family, and watching your child grow while you are here with us.

  • Mary Nichols

    Mary Nichols, Center Director

    When Mary joined the Cerritos center 10 years ago, she started in the Kindergarten room and worked her way up to the Center Director at our wonderful Cerritos KinderCare. Her role at the center is to lead and manage all aspects of the Cerritos KinderCare. Her focus is on providing quality programming, exceptional service to you and your children, as well as leading a great staff to ensure that we are providing the highest quality care and education for your family.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Veronica Rivera

    Veronica Rivera, Assistant Director

    Veronica has been with KinderCare for six years as the Assistant Director. Her job at the center it to work closely with our Center Director, Mary Nichols and our amazing teachers to ensure we are providing the highest quality care and educational experiences for each child who attends our center. She is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding any aspects of your child’s experience here.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    I love the feeling I get when I know I have made an impact early on in the babies lives. The smiles and hugs I get every morning when I walk into the classroom inspire me to come to work every day.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Tina A.

    Ms. Tina A., Infant Classroom

    I love watching the children grow. From the time they are weeks old until they are one is when they grow the most. I love being a part of that. The smiles and the happiness I receive from when the children in my care inspire me. I love them all!

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children apply academic and social skills that I have taught them through the year. I love to see the children's smiling face along with the great team players we have at Cerritos KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    23 Years
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that I am shaping the future and minds of young children.Working with the "Twos" everyday, there is always something new going on in our classroom.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Infant

    I love the fact that I am helping the children prepare for what is to come in Preschool. I also believe that I am an asset to your child's future.The children inspire me to come to work. Working with the two's is a different day, everyday. I always put children first.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Charmaine

    Ms. Charmaine, Preschool Classroom

    I love playing and talking with the children each day. Knowing that I am helping each child to grow academically inspires me to come to work every day.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Tameka

    Ms. Tameka, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love being with the children, engaging them in fun activities, and helping them to achieve each milestone. I'm inspired knowing that I am a vital part in each one of their educational development - not to mention all the hugs and happy faces.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Mel P.

    Ms. Mel P., Private Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    I love knowing that I have a huge part in every child's life as they grow up in the world. I love coming to work everyday because the children make my job enjoyable. They know how to put a smile on my face.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Transitional KindergartenClassroom

    I love knowing that I am filling the children's minds with skills that will be important in the years to come, and I love all of my students!

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Helen

    Ms. Helen, Learning Adventures Classroom and Cook

    I love being able to share my Spanish, Music, and Cooking with the children. I love to see how much they enjoy themselves. I also enjoy cooking healthy and nutritious foods for the children every day. The Children inspire me. I enjoy seeing their faces and smiles and how happy they are to see me when I go into their classrooms. I love to come to work and put children first!

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Pam G.

    Ms. Pam G., Learning Adventures Classroom and Program Specialist

    Ms. Pam been working at the Cerritos KinderCare for 33 years. She spends a majority of her time in classrooms supporting teachers. Her role here at our center is to implement and enhance quality education programs and curriculum in our center to help your child learn and grow. She is also the Health and Safety Coordinator and third in command.

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Here at KinderCare Cerritos it is my number one priority to make sure that children are in a safe, clean, healthy environment. To help ensure this for parents we have daily sign-in and out procedures, strict parent/guardian identification release procedures, pin coded entrance, daily classroom observations for safe and age appropriate toys, weekly safety protocol practices, and monthly disaster drills. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance for each and every child here in our center. – Pam G. Health & Safety Coordinator

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 son has been coming here since he was 4 months old; he is now 2 and a half. He had bad eczema and intermittent hives, and the teachers were very helpful in repeatedly applying lotion to him and administering Benadryl. Over the years, they have really come to know my son, and he loves all of the teachers. He also loves the water play and jumpers in the summer, and music class. This is a great environment for social and mental development. They even helped with potty training. Thanks, KinderCare!

- Parent

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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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