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Antelope KinderCare

Charlotte Daniels, Center Director

6825 Purslane Way Citrus Heights CA 95621
(916) 723-9696 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Antelope & I-80

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Arlington, Carriage, Grand Oaks, Lichen, Mariposa, Foothill Oaks, Frontier, North Country

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Welcome to the Antelope KinderCare. This is an amazing place where each day is spent playing, exploring, and learning. We understand that this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, and we are honored that you and your family have trusted us to be a part of your extended family. We have a team of dedicated teachers whose passion is to provide the very best care and education possible. By our learn through play approach, we focus on whole child development including their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. From literacy development through a print-rich environment to social skills build in dramatic play, at KinderCare everything we do is designed for learning.

Charlotte Daniels, Center Director

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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.

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


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. 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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff of highly trained teachers have a passion for educating. They work each day to provide a joyful, warm and safe environment. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to provide the best service possible to your unique family. It is our promise that you will share in all of the joy of your child's experiences each day through regular communication with their teachers. Whether a formal parent-teacher conference or a simple note home, we believe communication is of the highest priority.

  • Charlotte Daniels

    Charlotte Daniels, Center Director

    I love to see the smiling faces of each child every day and the excitement when they get to learn something new!

    Charlotte has been with KinderCare since 2002. She has had the experience of working as a teacher and an Assistant Director. She currently has the joy of working closely with the children, teachers, and parents here at the center to provide each and every family with the best educational experience. She has two girls of her own and that has helped motivate her to ensure every family is taken care of in the same way she would expect her family to be treated. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that your family comes first.

    Previous Experience:
    Charlotte has worked in many positions at KinderCare, from Toddler teacher to Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Completed all Early Childhood Education Courses, as well as Administration courses.
  • Lucia Vargas

    Lucia Vargas, Assistant Director

    What I love about my job is being able to partner with families and working with children to make their lives a little easier in this busy world. I love treating each and every child as my own!

    Lucia has worked for KinderCare since 2000. She has had the opportunity of working as a lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Prekindergarten classrooms. She has also had the opportunity to work as a Center Director. She found her greatest enjoyment when she became the Assistant Director. She gets to work with the children and their families, as well with the staff to make sure our center is a great place for our children to grow and experience their childhood in a good and healthy environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Lucia has previously worked in several positions at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    All Early Childhood Education units completed including Administration courses.
  • Ms. Ashlee

    Ms. Ashlee, Infant Classroom

    To shape the lives of infants is to shape the future.

    Ms. Ashlee has worked for KinderCare since March 2014. She works hard to engage her children and families through her creative approach to teaching. She loves to inspire her infants to reach their developmental goals with hands-on activities that touch on all senses. One of her favorite lessons is teaching communication through infant sign language. Ms. Ashlee not only works hard to create lasting relationships with her infants, but also with the families she serves through great communication and positive attitude. Ms. Ashlee has a young daughter of her own that she looks to for inspiration in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashlee has had the opportunity to work with all age groups including preschool, school agers, and even with special-needs children.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    All required Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Maryann

    Ms. Maryann, Toddler Classroom

    A smile on my students' face let's me know they feel loved and appreciated.

    Ms. Maryann has worked at Kindercare since 2006. She enjoys introducing new and exciting things for the children to explore. Ms. Maryann enjoys teaching the children Spanish throughout the day, spending time with them and giving them her undivided attention.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting with KinderCare, Ms. Maryann worked at an in-home childcare facility.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    All required Early Childhood Education units complete.
  • Ms. Bianca

    Ms. Bianca, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love that I can make a difference in a child's life and I feel the best time is in the early childhood stage.

    Ms. Bianca has been with KinderCare since September 2014. She completed her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2014. Ms. Bianca tries her hardest to complete each task that is given to her when asked to do so. She takes pride in her communication with parents, especially when it comes to parent concerns. She also prides herself in helping children transitioning into potty training.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bianca has her degree in Early Childhood Education, and has worked in other child care centers.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    All required Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Vilma

    Ms. Vilma, Preschool Classroom

    There is no better feeling than coming to your dream job every day.

    Ms. Vilma has truly found her calling in teaching preschool. Each day she enjoys spending time with children and helping them to discover all of the world's great mysteries. She enjoys teaching the children in Spanish, as well as English. Once you step into her classroom, you will see why her children love to come to school every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Vilma has worked with children of all ages throughout her tenure with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Fully qualified Preschool teacher
  • Ms. Keela

    Ms. Keela, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The greater the teacher, the smarter the children, the greater the future.

    Ms. Keela believes being a Preschool teacher is a job that comes with benefits! It means being patient, understanding, empathetic and also being a good role model. It's not just a job. You have to have a passion for teaching, be dedicated to the children and their education. Then, and only then, will you be an inspiration in a child's life. Ms. Keela has found her passion in teaching!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Keela was a Certified Nursing Assistant and Breastfeeding Counselor.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Early Childhood Education credits, CPR and First Aid certified
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, School Age Classroom

    I love to see a child's face light up when an enrichment, activity, or project positively impacts them.

    Ms. Kari has been with KinderCare since 2004. She has over 70 Early Childhood Education units. Ms. Kari's unique classroom activities include group enrichment games, art and science projects, and educational field trips. Ms. Kari's school age children look forward to doing these activities on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Kari worked as an Elderly Care Independent Consultant.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    70 Early Childhood Edcuation units completed

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

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

Health and safety is among our top priorities. We keep a secure environment through a coded front entry, alarms on every gate exiting the property, as well as adhering to a very strict pick-up policy. The health of every child in our care is top-of-mind each and every day. Each center's Health & Safety Coordinator works each day to ensure we provide a clean and sanitized environment for children of all ages.

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.

I have been coming to the Antelope KinderCare for the past two years. I am the first to refer any of my friends with children to this center as they have truly become an extension of my family. Ms. Charlotte and her staff go out of their way to make sure that my child is happy and safe. Thank you KinderCare for allowing me to go to work knowing my baby is in good hands!

- Parent

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