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Danville KinderCare

Julia Neely, Center Director

730 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Danville CA 94526
(925) 552-9825 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
at Sycamore Valley Rd & I-680

Neighborhood:
Sycamore

KinderCare on San Ramon Valley Blvd. provides fun, educational experiences that make learning come alive for children. Young children grow intellectually when using our multidimensional "hands-on" learning activities. Utilizing the Knowledge Universe Early Foundations curriculum, academics are introduced through various experiences that allow children to learn through their senses, their feelings and their intellects. We would love for your family to join ours, so please call us to set up a tour and experience the KinderCare difference for yourself!

Welcome

KinderCare on San Ramon Valley Blvd. continues to provide the greater Danville area with consistent and well-balanced educational programs - and a facility the community can count on! Our facility was designed with development needs of young children in mind. Every component of the the indoor and outdoor spaces is a learning environment and serves as a brick and mortar extension of the school's philosophy and goals. We are fully licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Our center operates as a giant family and we have many center-wide events that promote relationships amongst all of our families and staff.

Julia Neely, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • In the process of obtaining NAEYC Accreditations

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The teachers and staff at Danville KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of eleven years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's Credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Danville KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings, as well additional college courses or seminars in the education field. The true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Julia Neely, Center Director

    Tywanda has been with KinderCare since March 2012 and has worked in the field for fourteen years. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Services and a Master's of Science Degree in Teacher Leadership from University of Phoenix. Tywanda has a passion for providing high quality education and care for your children and keeps up on the latest theories and trends, as well as advocating for children and staff. Tywanda likes to spend her free time with family and friends. She finds the best part of her job is watching children grow and meet their developmental milestones in their own individual ways.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership
  • Lydia Castro, Assistant Director

    I love the innocence of young children, how they use their imagination, watching them grow and the excitement in their faces when they learn something new.

    Ms. Lydia is our Assistant Director and has been with KinderCare since 2008.  Ms. Lydia earned her AA Degree in Liberal Arts and is doing course work towards her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Lydia has experience with Infants through School Age children and enjoys teaching them Spanish and Portuguese and working in their classrooms daily. She is continues to be amazed at how much all these age groups change and grow in such short time periods. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Lydia worked as a Teacher's Aide at CAPE
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts, and Course work towards a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Julia Neely

    Julia Neely, Executive Director

    I enjoy listening to children's laughter, watching children helping each other, and seeing children and teachers rise to their highest potential.

    With 35 years of tremendous passion and dedication, Julia has worked in the educational field. She is devoted to working with teachers and parents to ensure the needs of every child are met.

    Previous Experience:
    Director, Executive Committee Member, Adult Trainer, Parent Educator and Teacher
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree: Child Development, Montessori Certificate
  • Ms. Anita, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I love watching children learn and grow everyday!

    Ms. Anita has worked for KinderCare for eight years. She has worked with Infants and Toddlers for most of her career. Before joining our team, Ms. Anita taught at a KinderCare in Alameda, CA .

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Isobel, Infant Classroom

    I love working with children and watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Isobel was an active parent volunteer for at least seven years at Muirwood as an assistant to their Science Teacher, Reading Teacher and in their library. When she first joined KinderCare she worked as our 2-year-old teacher and has now been enjoying our Infant room for over eight years.  Ms. Isobel's consistency, dedication and optimistic attitude is greatly appreciated amongst her peers.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Isobel was a parent volunteer for Muirwood Elementary School in Walnut Creek, CA
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    12 Units in Early Childhood Education Courses
  • Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    It makes my day when I walk into my Infant room and my babies turn and give me a big smile and crawl towards me.

    Ms. Linda works as a Kindergarten Parent Educator at our local emementary school as well as in our Infant program.  She has volunteered many hours at Sycamore Elementary school as their hospitality coordinator, in their library and as playground duty supervisor.  She brings her knowledge, friendly smile and team spirit to our Infant program eachday.    

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Linda worked at Sycamore Elementary School in Danville, CA.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    12 Units in Early Childhood Education Course
  • Ms. Celestine, Toddler Classroom

    I am passionate about my job because I help someone everyday and get to see the children learn new things.  I love when I walk in the room "every" morning and I get lots of smiles and hugs. 

    Ms. Celestine has worked with Infants and Toddlers for most of her career. Before coming to KinderCare she spent 8 and half years at Supporting Future Growth Preschool teaching infants, toddlers and preschool children.  Her experience and classroom expertise is highly valued at our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Celestine worked for eight years at Supporting Future Growth a infant, toddler and preschool program based out of Oakland, CA.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    32 Units in Early Childhood Education courses
  • Ms. Marsia, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the chidren's smiling faces when I come to school.

    Ms. Marsia has worked with our Toddler-aged children since she has joined our team in 2008.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare and the early childhood education, Marsia worked for our United States Postal Service.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    3 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shun, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    When it comes to children, I believe that it's my job to plant seeds that bloom throughout their lives, so I try to only plant the very best.

    Ms. Shun has been working in our two year-old Discovery Preschool program for more than two years. She is currently doing course work towards Human Development.  Ms. Shun loves music and brings her experience into the classroom.  She loves to celebrating for "any" reason, and in her classroom she makes each day look and feel special. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Shun worked at Gymboree as a Music & Play Teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    Young children have such unique qualities about them.  I am passionate about learning these qualities.  I love coming to work everyday and finding out what makes them laugh, cry, feel loved, etc.  It is a joy coming to work everyday knowing that no day is ever the same.

    Ms. Jessica has been with our team for 4 months in January, and it is already evident in her classroom that she uses researched content from her master classes to help her with our cutting edge curriculum. Ms. Jessica is always finding creative techinques to capture the interests of her students.   

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica was a kindergarten aid for two years prior to working at KinderCare. She also worked for our sister company, CCLC, at Standford West for eight months just before transferring to our team here in Danville.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education, Multiple Subject Credential and an Early Childhood Supervisor Permit
  • Ms. Windy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love being a positive part of a child's life and seeing their "light bulb" moments when they realize they got it.

    Windy has worked with young children for more than 20 years. While at the International Child Resource Institute she was a positive role model for young children as well as the families in her care.  She has brought her positive demeanor and excited personality to our team. 

    Previous Experience:
    Windy worked for International Child Resource Institute for 18 years prior to joining our KinderCare team.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    12 Units in Early Childhood Education courses
  • Ms. Erika, School Age Classroom

    I love to not only watch children learn and grow, but I also learn and grow from them.

    Ms. Erika is a graduate of California State Hayward. She believes we have a lot to learn from young children

    Previous Experience:
    Erika worked as a Behavioral Therapist for children ages 8 to 17 years old.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Julia

    Ms. Julia, Cook

    I enjoy their smiling faces when I enter a classroom. 

    Ms. Julia has been the cook at our Danville KinderCare for the past several months.  Before coming to KinderCare, Julia studied nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  While attending Cal Poly Julia spent two years as the cook at their on-campus childcare center. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Julia worked as a cook on the campus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

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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

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese, Chinese, Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
4th of July
Memorial Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day and the Day after
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center provides safe and secure place for your child to learn and grow. Key pad entry, fenced in playgrounds, and alarmed classroom doors are just a few of the features we provide to give you the piece of mind when you drop off your precious child(ren) to our care. Staff members are CPR and First Aid trained. Monthly safety drills are performed along with nightly cleaning of the entire facility.

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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I am impressed that KinderCare has an open door policy and conferences to keep me updated on my children’s progress. The teachers seem as excited as I am to see my children reach certain goals and developmental milestones. 

- Mom

It is such a great feeling to know that our family has found a infant program that is so loving. Danville KinderCare has given our son excellent care! Their staff is so wonderful and loving to our family.   

- Father
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