Andrea Kern, Center Director
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Welcome to Cupertino KinderCare! Our center has been serving children for over 11 years. We are excited to continue that tradition of quality! We believe in fostering whole child development. Every classroom has a special curriculum tailored specifically for that age group. Please stop by and check us out!
Andrea Kern, 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.
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.
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.
We are proud to share that we have a very long term staff, together we share over 107 Years of Service here at Cupertino KinderCare. Our high performing team has been the training school for our company when implementing new programs. We are currently implementing an Interactive Prekindergarten curriculum using SMART Boards in our Prekindergarten classroom. We have hosted numerous trainings for Regional Vice Presidents, District Managers and Teachers in our company! All of our staff have Early Childhood Education. Our teachers have a true love of learning, and a passion for working with children.
I love coming to work every day and seeing the smiles on the children's faces. It's so neat to see how fast the children grow and become more independent each year. I enjoy being a part of a wonderful team that works close together to make sure we are providing a happy and safe place for the children to have the opportunity to learn and grow.
Andrea has lived in the Bay Area all her life and is very proud to have had the opportunity to have worked at the Cupertino KinderCare since it opened in 2005. It has been a great journey for her to see all the children that started in the Infant room grow up and go off to Kindergarten. When she first joined KinderCare she started as a Preschool Teacher and then later became an Infant Teacher and then Assistant Director. Andrea has experience in being in and out of the classroom. She enjoys sharing stories with families in the evening during pick up time, about the fun and adorable things their child did during the day!
It's the best feeling coming into work everyday and to be greeted with big smiles and hugs. I hold a special place in my heart for every child that comes into my center. Children at these ages are growing and developing so fast right in front of our eyes and these are the most important and precious years of their lives. It means so much to me to get to share these experiences with them and their families.
Sarah has lived in the bay area her whole life. She has attended the University of Hawaii and Notre Dame de Namur University for a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She has been working with children since 2009 and was a toddler teacher at Cupertino KinderCare for 4 years before becoming the Assistant Director. Sarah loves watching the children grow up over the years and seeing them change and learn new things every day. In her free time she enjoys baking, cooking, and watching movies.
I love coming into the center everyday and seeing how the children and their families are doing. It is so much fun to see how much the children enjoy learning and I am amazed daily at all of the things that they discover I feel very luck to be a part of their everyday lives at such a pivotal time in their growth and development.
Brittney was born in Oregon and moved to California when she was 6 years old. She began working with children running after school programs and summer camps for the City of Sunnyvale. She joined KinderCare in 2009. She had fun working closely with the infants and toddlers and helping them grow. She worked as the Health and Safety Coordinator and then became Assistant Director. She has now stepped into the role of Program Coordiantor and enjoys working closely with the teachers to ensure they have the best classroom enviornemt. She loves to read, bake and enjoys watching movies. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Liberal Studies and plans to attain her teaching credential.
Anjana has been a teacher with KinderCare since 2011 and has experience in many classrooms. As the Service Values Champion, it is her job to work closely with her co-teachers as a mentor. She gets the chance to spend extra time in the classrooms and see the impact the teachers have on thier children. She builds realtionships with families by taking the extra time to communicate with them and let them know we are here to provide them with a special learning experience that will last a lifetime!
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.
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.
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.
Our center has a locked key pad entrance, secured gated playgrounds, and safety bells on all emergency exit doors in the classrooms. We are a "Nut Free" facility. We practice emergency drills including fire, earthquake and lockdown procedures. Our Health and Safety Coordinatior insures safety in all classrooms by doing walkthroughs.
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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