Jeannie Kloberdanz, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare in Clayton on Main Street. We look forward to meeting with you and your child. We believe it is all designed for learning. All aspects of the classroom are there to assist in your child’s growth and development. We will ensure a happy and safe environment for child. Our staff is very excited about what they do and are excellent child care providers and teachers. Stop by our center and see what we have to offer!
Jeannie Kloberdanz, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at KinderCare - Clayton, are passionate about being a part of your child’s life. They take pride in what they do and it is evident in their classrooms. We have raised the bar in Early Childhood Education because the children in the community deserve the very best! As a part of being the best, we are also proud of the fact that we have obtained accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are very proud to say that we are the only Nationally Accredited Center in Clayton.
I have always enjoyed working children! I love their eagerness to learn new things, no matter what the age. I've been around children for the majority of my life and they never stop to amaze me with their personalities, innocence, and love of life.
Jeannie began working with children at Gerber Children's Center in Southern California at the age of 15. In 1987, her husband received a job promotion, which allowed them to move to Northern California, where she was a Preschool Teacher and an Assistant Director at the Bailey Road location in Concord. She was also an Assistant Director for our Brentwood and East Antioch locations before her promotion to Center Director at Clayton.
I love seeing all the progress each child makes through out the year. I am honored to be working with all children in our center and their families
Ms. Gina has experience working with all age groups in our center. She was also in charge of our Learning Adventures program before becoming an Assistant Director.The children love her and ask for her every day. Ms. Gina is always happy to come to work and dedicated to each of her tasks during the day.
I love to see all the babies grow and learn. They discover the world each day
Ms. Jackie comes to work everyday with a big smile and likes to make the babies feel happy and welcome. She has many years of experience working with different ages. Babies and families in her class love talking to her as she always maintains a positive attitude.
I love to see children learn and discover new things everyday
Ms. Justine is a caring teacher. She is very patient, all the babies in her class enjoy Ms. Justine's company. She loves reading books and helping them achieve milestones in their early years.
I am inspired to come to work each day knowing I will see the smiling faces and helping them feel comfortable
Ms. Janet just celebrated her 13 year anniversary with KinderCare. She works with our youngest children and treats them as if they were her own. The infants and toddlers in our class become very attached to her. Ms. Janet is sweet and soothing to our little ones. She also likes to maintain ongoing communication with all the families in her class.
I love learning from all the children in my class
Ms. Irena is a caring teacher for all the children in the center. She likes to work with younger children and help them learn end grow every day.
I love teaching children new things and just seeing them smile makes my day
Ms. Rose joined our team in 2012 and quickly became a vital part of our center family. She is easy going and very fun. Ms. Rose truly loves the children that she cares for and they love her as well.
I love working with young children, it's amazing how much they learn every day
Ms. Silvia joined us in 2015. She loves being with the children in her class and helping them learn multiple skills. She is always willing to help everyone around her. Families and children love her and feel comfortable talking to her.
I love watching the children learning and having fun.
Ms. Shaunna is our "go get 'em" teacher. She is always up to new ideas and incorporates all the children's interests in the classroom curriculum. Ms. Shaunna is flexible and always has a smile on her face. Children love to see her coming into their classroom every morning.
I enjoy coming in each morning and watching the children's faces light up when they explore new things.
Ms. Carolina is always willing to help and providing creative ideas for the children. She likes to talk to families and make them feel welcome to our center. Ms. Carolina is very dedicated in getting all the children ready for Kindergarten. She is very proud of all of her student's accomplishments!
I love to watch kids growing and learning. I am inspired to come to work each day knowing I make a difference in their lives.
Ms. Zahra is a mother of four and her love for children inspired her to work at KinderCare where she has been for more than 10 years. When working with younger children she loves to watch them grow and learn, it reminds her of all her own kids' childhoods. Ms. Zahra is always willing to help everyone.
I enjoy learning from all the children in my class
Ms. Jessica is a very energergetic teacher, she loves spending time with all the children in her class. She is always willing to help and listen to all of her students. Ms. Jessica became the health and safety coordinator last year and she is also in charge of our Cooking Adventure classes.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 is very important to us. We always put children first. Ms. Jessica, our School-Age teacher and Health & Safety Coordinator, is given tasks from checking cleaning solutions to updating allergy lists and forms throughout the center. She also conducts monthly drills, which she and someone from Center Management log and initial. Ms. Jessica also participates in Health and Safety Conference calls with other Health and Safety Coordinators in the district and our District Manager. She provides ongoing training to other staff members on best practices and does frequent inspections inside and out of the facility. Once a month, we have staff meetings. During our staff meetings we discuss any new Health and Safety topics. We also update our Allergy and Food Restriction List once every three months. We ask parents to update us of any new food allergies so that we can ensure our food allergy lists are correct at all times. Our center requires a code in order to enter. We change our door code twice a year and we ask that parents keep the door code to themselves and to other authorized pick up and drop off persons.
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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