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Covina KinderCare

Jayleen Olmos, Center Director

4514 North Lark Ellen Ave. Covina CA 91722
(626) 332-4001 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
just S of Cypress

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All Covina School District

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Welcome to Covina KinderCare. Here at our center we believe in developing the whole child. Each day we provide a balanced approach to learning. Your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. One of our main goals is for you to be able to leave your child with the feeling that you have chosen the best care possible. Our staff is here to provide a safe, secure and loving environment in which your child can begin a life-long love of learning. We would love for you to stop by and visit any time to give us the opportunity to show you all that we have to offer.

Jayleen Olmos, 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.

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

At Covina KinderCare our teachers are passionate about education. Several of our teachers have been teaching at this site for over ten years. It is our mission each and every day to make sure that your child is receiving quality education in a fun, nurturing, safe and loving environment.

  • Jayleen Olmos

    Jayleen Olmos, Center Director

    I believe there is nothing more beautiful than the smile of a child. I'm truly blessed to have been given this amazing opportunity to be a large part of what's behind that smile.

    Jayleen started with KinderCare in the fall of 1997. Since 1994 she has devoted her professional career to Early Childhood Education. She has experience as a teacher and an Assistant Director and has been the Center Director here at our Covina site for the past fifteen years. Jayleen grew up in the area and is proud to be one of the leaders in Early Childhood Education in her community.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Jessica Muphy

    Jessica Muphy, Assistant Director

    Covina KinderCare has been a second home for me for the past nine years, and I feel home is where your heart is.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Angelica

    Ms. Angelica, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    To see the excitement in a babies face as they learn new songs, dances, and explore new things.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    I am excited to wake up everyday knowing that I will make a difference in a child's life.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    I love that I have been given the opportunity to teach a child to develop a love for learning in a comfortable loving enviornment.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Preschool Classroom

    I look forward to arriving at work because I know I will be greeted with all of the children's smiling faces. It is very rewarding to know I'm making a difference in so many little lives.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Early Foundation Discovery Preschool

    It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together as one.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Early Foundation Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy being able to implement the quality curriculum that KinderCare provides me with. Through this I see the growth and development in our two year olds everyday. I also enjoy being able to play my guitar for them to help them develop a love for music.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Ranvir (Rani)

    Ms. Ranvir (Rani), Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love inspiring students not only academically but personally as well.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rose

    Ms. Rose, Cook

    There is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide well balanced meals for all of our children. I also enjoy watching them build their social skills through the family style dining that we provide here at the center.

    Year Started:
    16 Years

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
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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 Covina KinderCare your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our front door to the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. We also have a on site Health and Safety Coordinator. Ms. Jessica's role includes conducting monthly fire, earthquake and disaster drills. Ms. Jessica also completes a monthly safety checklist of the entire center to ensure a safe and clean environment.

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 husband and I decided to enroll our son Christopher at KinderCare because one of my nieces had been there up until she graduated Kindergarten (about ten years prior) and she had a great experience there. Although our son has special needs, he has never been treated any different than the other kids. The friendliness and care that all of the teachers have for him and for us is amazing. The communication that we have had with teachers and the Director has been wonderful. Because of the excellent care that our son has received for the past three-and-a-half years, both my husband and I are comfortable leaving Christopher in the care of KinderCare staff while we are at work. Our experience at KinderCare has been very positive. We are very grateful to all of the staff for the patience and care they have given our son. Thank you for this opportunity to express our appreciation.

- Mother

We would like to share my gratitude to all of the staff at KinderCare Covina. When we were first researching a daycare for our daughter, my wife and I visited all the daycare centers in our area. Our daughter cried at all of them, except KinderCare Covina. The staff at this center is exceptional! They are all very caring and professional, and not to mention warm and loving. They have all contributed to our daughter's academic and character growth. Our daughter is super bright and we feel it is because of KinderCare. If you are in need of a daycare you can trust, KinderCare Covina is worth every dollar spent and more. A special thanks to Jayleen, Wendi, Heather, Melanie, Jessica, Michele, Sandy and Ms. Rose.

- Parents

I have three kids that have gone through KinderCare; Haven who is now fourteen, Ryan who is twelve, and Noah who is six and still goes there. He attends the location in Covina off of Lark Ellen. All of the staff there has been amazing and I see everyone as family. Jayleen Olmos, the Director, is simply amazing! Whenever I see her she is working with staff or with the kids. She is truly an amazing woman and professional. She has an amazing relationship with her staff and it is very apparent that they respect and love her. I do not know what I would do without the KinderCare in my life. There are other daycare centers, but this one has become so valuable to me and my children. I could not imagine trusting anyone else to take care of my babies. Jayleen still has relationships with my older two kids even though they haven't been there for a while now. She asks about them, addresses them when they visit and wants to know what they are up to. It's truly rare to have a professional who is this passionate in this type of setting. Wendy, the Assistant Director, is also amazing. She has always been so kind and there for my children in every capacity. She is warm and her positive attitude always shines. Working with families and different personalities and children is a very hard position in itself, but I have always seen Jayleen and Wendy remain poised, confident and caring through it all. I look forward to a few more years at KinderCare for my Noah!

- Mother

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