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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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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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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

    Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.

    Jamie started at Francisco Drive KinderCare in February 2016 as the Assistant Director. In November 2016, she took over as Center Director and couldn't be happier. She loves watching the children learn and grow everyday and building relationships with her staff and families at the center. When she is not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, going out of town, exploring new places, and reading.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Tommie Greene

    Ms. Tommie Greene, Assistant Director

    Teaching is the act of sharing the knowledge we have been given by others with hope that someday, in some way, it again will be passed on.

    Tommie has been at Francisco Drive KinderCare for 11 years, and during her time here, she has worked in every classroom. Most recently she was our Transitional Kindergarten teacher before accepting the role of Assistant Director. In her free time, Tommie loves spending time with her family and going on adventures out of town.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tommie has worked as a kindergarten teacher before coming to us here at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6/30/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Multicultural Emphasis from Sacramento State and Teaching Credential
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Jamie has been with Francisco Drive KinderCare for almost 12 years. She is our lead Infant teacher and she is an asset to our infant room! In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her four children and husband.

    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:
    12
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Farideh Salehi

    Ms. Farideh Salehi, Infant Classroom

    Fari has been with Francisco Drive KinderCare for a year and a half and our babies just love the joy and love that she brings to her classroom every day. In her free time, Ms. Fari likes to spend time with her husband and son, and garden when the weather is nice. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Gia Schelosky

    Ms. Gia Schelosky, Toddler Classroom

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

    Gia is the lead teacher in our toddler room at Francisco Drive. She has been with us for almost one year and we are so happy to have her as part of our family. In her free time, Gia likes to spend time with her husband going on adventures and enjoying all of the nature Northern California has to offer. 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Hannah Berdrow

    Ms. Hannah Berdrow, Toddler Classroom

    Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

    Hannah is fairly new to our family here at Francisco Drive KinderCare. She has recently completed the Child Development Associate Credential and is the co-teacher to Ms. Gia in our toddler room. In her free time, Hannah loves to take day trips to San Francisco and Tahoe with her family. She also loves to visit Disneyland when she gets a chance. 

    Year Started:
    10/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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