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San Juan KinderCare

Dawna Allred, Center Director

5448 San Juan Ave. Citrus Heights CA 95610
(916) 961-5599 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cambridge Heights, Harry Dewey, Schweitzer, Thomas Kelly, Charles Peck, Coyle Avenue, Skycrest, Kingswood, and Montessori Project.

Welcome

Welcome to the San Juan KinderCare. Here at our center, we are proud to say that our children are the most important part of the center. We believe that every child has something valuable to contribute to the learning environment. Our team of experienced and loving teachers helps every family know that their child's care is a collaborative venture and that we will work together as apart of every family to ensure that each child receives the highest quality care and education. We can't wait for your family to come by and visit our family. We know that once you do, you will know that San Juan KinderCare is the best choice for your family.

Dawna Allred, 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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

Our staff is the glue that holds our center together. Everyone works hand in hand to make each child's experience in education the best! We want every child to live each day to its fullest and we treat each child to their personality and uniqueness. We look at each day with them as a way to make a positive influence on their lives. Once your child has come to KinderCare, they are forever in our hearts.

  • Dawna Allred

    Dawna Allred, Center Director

    Dawna has been with KinderCare since September 1986 as a volunteer when she was a senior in high school. She was hired full-time right after she turned 18. She started in the School Age program and has since worked every program. She has also been an Assistant Director and a Program Supervisor. All of this past experience has helped her to have the understanding of what the teachers go through on a daily basis.  Dawna is passionate about her center and all those who enter it. She has a great love for her staff, her families and the children that she is fortunate enough to have at her center. KinderCare is an extension of her family.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
  • Lynette Nolasco

    Lynette Nolasco, Assistant Director

    Lynette has worked for KinderCare for over 25 years and she has completed all of her Early Childhood Education requirements. She started out as a Discovery Preschool teacher and worked her way through all of the classrooms to later be promoted to be an Assistant Director. She adores all of our students! Her favorite joy comes from watching them grow and learn. In turn, she even learns things from the children everyday!

    Year Started:
    1/1/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Beth Rehill

    Ms. Beth Rehill, Program Specialist

    Beth has always felt a connection to children ever since she was young. She attained a master's degree from Queens College in Early Childhood Education and then obtained a California Director Permit. Before deciding to follow her and her husband's dream of moving to California, Beth worked as an Education Director at a preschool in New York.  She helped the Executive Director put the new school together from the ground up, including a preschool curriculum. She is excited about joining the KinderCare family. The mentoring that she has provided to her staff in New York as well as her expertise in curriculum makes Beth a well qualified individual with a lot to offer to the program. It is the relationships she is able to develop with children, staff and families that make Beth love what she does.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher, Private Preschool Director, Camp Counselor, Lifeguard
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Master's in Early Childhood Education and California Director Permit
  • Ms. Marci Goldfaden, Head Teacher

    Marci was born in San Bernadino, California.  She has one sister and several nieces and nephews.  Marci obtained her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education at American River College.  She likes to attend Broadway plays and enjoys singing.  She love working with all different ages of children.  Marci enjoys watching them grow, learn, and experience new things.  Being the head teacher, she has the opportunity to touch the lives of many children and she values having that experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Marci has been a Director at San Juan preschool, as well as she was a preschool teacher and music teacher at the Temple Bnai Israel.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    8/26/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle (Dani)

    Ms. Danielle (Dani), Infant Classroom

    Danielle returned to KinderCare in June 2015. She had been with the company for nine years, working in all areas from kitchen to management. Her passion for helping children learn and create experiences brought her back to the field after years of managing a medical office. Danielle attended Sacramento State and received a Bachelor in Psychology and Child Development. She has also taken multiple courses in Gerontology and Interior Design at American River College, to enrich her personal development. Danielle has two dynamic daughters, a 16-year-old attending Del Campo High School and a 19-year-old attending Loyola Marymount University. Her years of volunteer experiences has brought a new perspective and maturity to her eagerness to return to teaching. Her excitement in this age group is to help the children learn to make their own decisions, solve their own problems, create and abide by rules and get along with others, while learning respect by being respected. She believes a child becomes what you tell them they are. She loves to enrich learning by rotating manipulative's frequently, recycling products in new ways & talking frequently about experiences and emotions.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for KinderCare Learning Center from 1994 to 2003
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    6/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development and Psychology
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Infant Classroom

    Brandy is married to the love of her life, she has one son who is her heart and soul.  Brandy is a very family oriented person, therefore much of her spare time is spent enjoying being with her family and friends. She also enjoys watching movies and reading.  Brandy enjoys getting to know the families on a personal one-on-one level.  She enjoys watching the children grow and advance through the different ages and programs within our center.  Being the infant teacher, she feels good knowing that she has had the opportunity to provide the children with a quality foundation and start to their growth and development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    9/12/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Aubrey

    Ms. Aubrey, Toddler Classroom

    Aubrey has received an associate teacher permit, and is furthering her education and is pursing a degree in Early Childhood Education at American River College.  She was a previous student teacher at the American River College child development center.  Aubrey believes in always being available for children in the classroom.  With the opportunity for children to ask questions and for her to be available to answer, builds strong student, teacher relationships.  Getting to know each child as an individual helps her to plan daily activities based on the child's interests and needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Student teacher at the American River College Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Fatima

    Ms. Fatima, Toddler Classroom

    Fatima was born in Berkeley, California.  She has two sisters and one brother.  Her favorite things to do are reading and relaxing with family and friends.  Fatima moved to Sacramento from Stockton were she grew up.  She love the outdoors, going camping, and the beach. Fatima enjoys working with the little ones and watching them grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at San Juaquin College Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credits
  • Ms. Geri

    Ms. Geri, Toddler Classroom

    Most of what I have learned about children has come from being a parent. I feel that my child has made me the teacher I am today.

    Geri started her career within the childcare industry in the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Geri loves watching children grow and learn, so her goal is to have a loving and nurturing impact in a child’s life. It is her belief that each child is unique and different, so they deserve to laugh and be loved.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Geri worked as a substitute teacher for the San Juan Unified School District in various schools, and classes. Additionally, she has worked with special needs students of all ages.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Ms. Belinda

    Ms. Belinda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    While being a single mother and raising her son, Belinda ran a successful home childcare for 17 years teaching preschool curriculum and kindergarten preparation.  After her son was grown, she closed her business and went to work for Walmart as a Customer Service specialist.  After 10 years, she left Walmart to return to her passion of teaching children.  Belinda is the grandmother to two handsome young men.  She is married to a wonderful man from Africa.  She is excited to be now working in a school in which she loves to come to work each day and see the smiling faces and receive the big hugs from all of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Home childcare provider and Customer Service Manager
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

    Year Started:
    12/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    20 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Monique

    Ms. Monique, Preschool Classroom

    Monique has been at KinderCare since December of 2014.  She studied at Amercian River College where she received a teachers certificate in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked with infants, toddlers and preschool children. She has always loved working in a classroom and working with children.  She understands that each child learns at their own pace and that every child has their own individual needs.  She loves making every moment a learning and fun experience.

    Previous Experience:
    10 years working with infants and toddlers and five years working with preschool children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love you This Much by by Lynn Hodges and Sue Buchanan

    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Teacher Certificate with 19 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Farhat

    Ms. Farhat, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Farhat is a foreign graduate, she has over 40 Early Childhood Education units and a teacher's permit.  She has over 23 years of teaching experience in the field working with different age groups. Farhat feels that the best thing about her job is watching children grow and learn new skills.  She is the proud mother of an Afghan War Veteran.  She is so thankful for her family, friends, and her job where she can share the excitment of learning with little ones. 

    Previous Experience:
    Several years of teaching experience at other daycare facilities and teacher at an assortment of different age groups.
    Year Started:
    6/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
  • Ms. Quiana

    Ms. Quiana, Kindergarten Classroom

    Quiana began working at KinderCare in July of 2007 where she began in the Toddler program. She partnered with her fellow Toddler teachers to improve the Toddler program. Together she and her colleagues earned Best Toddler Program in the Sacramento Area! Ms Quiana later agreed to teach our Early Foundations Preschool Program. She has proved to be an exemplary asset to that program. In the classroom, Ms. Quiana values each child and family she meets. Her ability to smoothly develop a relationship of love and trust with each child and family is essential. Quiana also understands that play is the most valuable tool in a child’s learning and development, so she embraces and utilizes unique ideas that will immerse her students in learning experiences that further the development of her students as a whole. As you can see, Ms. Quiana’s passion for educating the young makes her a valuable asset to the KinderCare’s team of dedicated educators!

    Previous Experience:
    Quiana started working in the childcare field when she was 18 years-old. She has worked with all ages from infants through school age children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Latrecia

    Ms. Latrecia, School Age Classroom

    Latrecia has been at KinderCare since November 2001. She studied at American River College where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in all aspects of the field from teacher to management, but believes her passion has always been in the classroom. Here is where she believes all the differences in the world can be made through educating children. She understands that school age students need a classroom to be functional in order to meet the needs of the various ages in the classroom while allowing for flexibility and change. In the School Age classroom, there is a lot of dramatic play. The music and drama areas are enriched with materials the children love to play. Latrecia loves to be with the children, and she enjoys seeing the joy and happiness she can bring to a child’s life.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Support Staff

    Leslie is the mother of three boys that are seven and eight years apart in age.  This provided Leslie with the experience of the different ages and stages of their development.  Having this opportunity with her own children sparked her passion and interest in the childcare field.  In 1995, Leslie started working for Americorps.  While with Americorps, she was provided the opportunity to attend Butte College and earned 21 Early Childhood Education units.  In the fall of 2014, she returned to school to further her education at American River College.  Leslie enjoys speaking with the parents about the children and their individual accomplishments.  One of her favorite things about teaching children is the excitement and joy they show when they learn and master a concept she has been teaching them. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    Year Started:
    4/24/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    24 units in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

About Our Center

At the San Juan KinderCare, we consider ourselves extended family. We welcome all who enter with a smile and treat them like they are already a part of our KinderCare family.  Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure your child has the best education possible, as well as the safest environment to learn in. Being a NAEYC-accredited center means that we strive for a higher standard, the standard of being the best and doing the best for the children. Come meet our amazing family, and join while you are here.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

The safety of our children in the center is our number one priority. Our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Latrecia, performs daily checks around the center to ensure everything is safe and up to standards. Gates, doors, and windows are kept secure, while our entry to our school is code entry only. Monthly, we perform fire and disaster drills to make sure we are ready for anything! All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We are proud to say we are incident-free and we plan to stay that way!

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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My center director, Dawna and the assistant director, Lynette, are absolutely amazing!  They go above and beyond to help us with any concerns we may have.  They greet us every morning and afternoon.  They are the best!  I drive out of my way just to bring my children here because of the awesome teachers!  I am so happy with the KinderCare on San Juan Avenue.

- Mother

My children have been attending the San Juan KinderCare for a few years and I do not know what I would do without them; they are like family. It is very easy to talk to any member of the staff, regardless of if it is about your children or something else. They also do a lot of family activities throughout the year that are fun for everyone!

- Mother

I love KinderCare and so does my daughter.  The staff is great and my daughter learns new things everyday.  My daughter loves going to KinderCare so much she wakes me up at times and tells me its time to go to school.  I would recommend this KinderCare to anyone.

- Mother

My daughter just finished up her first week in daycare here and I couldn't be happier.  The staff here are so kind and friendly.  My daughter is welcomed by name every time we walk in the door.  They take very good care of my daughter, they even get her to nap, which she refuses to do at home. This place is wonderful.  I would highly recommend KinderCare.

- Mother

Love this place! My kids went here for years. I highly recommend.

- Father
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