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Francisco Drive KinderCare

Jamie Pitts, Center Director

2220 Francisco Dr. El Dorado Hills CA 95762
(916) 941-0358 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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"Corner of Francisco and Green Valley" next door to the Fire Department

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Welcome

Welcome to Francisco Drive KinderCare in El Dorado Hills. Our center is an amazing place for children and their families. Every day is spent playing, exploring, and learning. We are proud of our structured curriculum that promotes whole-child development. From the early stages of infancy to the beginning readers in Transitional Kindergarten, every day is filled with learning, making new friends, and having fun. Our goal is to provide your child with a love for learning and your family with a peace of mind that they are in a safe and nurturing environment. Please take a moment to give me a call or stop by. I would love to show you all our center has to offer.

Jamie Pitts, Center Director

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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.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

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  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

Our staff of highly trained teachers have a passion for educating. They work each day to provide a joyful, warm and safe environment, and are eager to understand your needs and to provide the best service possible to your unique family. It is our promise that you will share in all of the joy of your child's experiences each day through regular communication with their teachers. Whether a formal parent-teacher conference or a simple note home, we believe communication is of the highest priority.

  • Jamie Pitts

    Jamie Pitts, Center Director

    Each day I strive to make my center the most nurturing and educational place for your child.

    Anna has been with the company for thirteen years. She has years of experience in the early childhood development field. It is truly her passion. She is dedicated to ensuring the best possible care for your child. Her experiences during her career have furthered her goal in enriching the lives of children through rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance and support, and allowing children to learn, grow, and discover the world around them.

    Year Started:
    7/12/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tommie Greene

    Ms. Tommie Greene, Assistant Director

    I believe that each child deserves a champion who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

    After working as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the public school system, Ms. Tommie decided to start a career as a preschool teacher. She constantly strives to teach towards the state standards and to each child's learning style and ability.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tommie has worked as a kindergarten teacher before coming to us here at KinderCare. She has held various positions with us, including most recently as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    6/30/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Multicultural Emphasis, Sacramento State
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant Classroom

    Every day I spend my time nurturing and developing young minds. I am so lucky to get to do what I love and what I am truly passionate about!

    Ms. Jamie has been a lead teacher for our Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Prekindergarten classrooms, and is currently working as a lead teacher in our Infant classroom. She enjoys working with children and helping them reach their developmental milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jamie has worked in several different teaching positions during her tenure with our center.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Veronica is very passionate about children. She previously worked in the Discovery Preschool class, and is currently our prekindergarten teacher. She loves teaching the children how to write their names, and loves seeing them progress with their reading and writing. She has lived in Folsom for over 20 years. Veronica enjoys running marathons in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Veronica has worked for the Folsom Cordova School District, as well as Brighton Preschools before joining us at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

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
  • Tagalog, Farsi, Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Health and safety is among our top priorities. We keep a secure environment through a coded front entry, alarms on every gate exiting the property as well as adhering t a very strict pick up policy. The health of every child in our care is top of mind each and every day. Our Health and Safety Coordinator works each day to ensure we provide a clean and sanitized environment for children of all ages.

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.

I wanted to take a minute to show some thanks to the wonderful ladies at KinderCare--Ms. Cindy, Ms. Tommy, Ms. Courtney and most of all, Ms. Veronica, who has truly helped me through more than a few rough mornings! She manages to help redirect Cody’s attention away from mommy’s departure. She usually pops right up if she sees any kind of resistance and always willing to cuddle Cody and help me get on to work, even if he is crying and having a hard time. I think Cody has a special bond with his first teacher from KinderCare. Ms. Veronica is a sweet heart, please let her know how much she is appreciated! Just the other morning Ms. Ramie, with her oatmeal in one hand and coffee in the other, stopped to help me with a very tired, sad little Cody! They say it is ‘their job’, but they really make a difference! Thanks to you!

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