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El Dorado Hills KinderCare

Amy Dodge, Center Director

3959 Park Dr. El Dorado Hills CA 95762
(916) 939-0391 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
in Raley's Shopping Center, next to El Dorado Savings Bank

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
William Brooks, Oak Meadow, Silva Valley, Golden Hills, Blue Oaks, Marble Valley, Lake Forest, Lake View, Jackson

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Thank you so much for your interest in the El Dorado Hills KinderCare located at 3959 Park Drive. Finding the right place — and the right people — for your child’s education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we’d love for you to meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and the programs we offer.

Amy Dodge, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Hip Hop, Ballet, Science

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

Many of our staff members at KinderCare have been here for over five years or have the education and equivalent experience.

  • Amy Dodge

    Amy Dodge, Center Director

    I enjoy working with children of all ages. I love being able to watch them learn and grow, and most of all, being able to make some kind of a difference in the lives of our children and families.

    Amy is an amazing leader. She has been the Director at our center for four years and continues to do her very best to make it one of the best in the area. Amy has received a number of honors from Best Director in our District, all the way to being chosen as a top leader out of all the Center Directors in California. We are proud to learn and develop under her management.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to being a Director Amy worked as an Assistant Director, and had many years experience working with children as a nanny and Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Family Studies
  • Robyn Perle

    Robyn Perle, Assistant Director

    I have a passion for being every child's friend first. I have always known from a very young age that I would work either for children or with children. I love my job and feel truly lucky to be able to do what I love each and every day!

    Robyn has been a huge asset to our management team. She has excellent customer service skills and our families appreciate her each and every day. She is a great leader and a positive influence on our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Director, Robyn was a teacher in the Toddler room for a year and worked as a nanny and volunteered with children for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Infant Classroom

    "I love taking care of the babies because, they have such positive energy and hugging them every day is wonderful. I also love watching them grow throughout the center and it breaks my heart when they move on to the public school."

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working with us here at KinderCare, Monica owned and operated her own in home day care for 12 years, where she was able to raise her from home.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Teacher

    Amanda has been with us for 2 years and we could not be more happy to now have her as a second teacher in the Infant room. Monica and Amanda work as a great team and Amanda absolutely loves the babies! We look forward to many more years with Amanda and her dedication to her job in outstanding.

    Previous Experience:
    prior to coming to KinderCare Amanda has worked with young children for several years. She has many units in Early Childhood Education and has years of experience doing volunteer work and internships with children of various ages. We are so lucky to now have her in the Infant room with Ms. Monica!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If you're happy and you know it"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Toddler Classroom

    I love working in this classroom because of the children that are in it.

    Rhonda has worked for us for over 3 years and prior to that she has been working with young children for over 20 years. She loves her Toddlers and they love her!

    Previous Experience:
    Rhonda has worked with children for over 20 years and prior to working with KinderCare she worked for the county.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Are you my Mother?"
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
  • Ms. Christa

    Ms. Christa, Toddlers

    Christa has been working for us for two years but we feel so lucky to have her! Christa is not only one of our Toddler teachers, but she is also our Hip Hop and Ballet teacher. All of the kids light up when they see Ms. Christa, she is an amazing teacher that has so much energy for our children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "We're going on a Bear Hunt"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Discovery Preschool

    Since Teresa has come to us just one year ago, she has transformed her room incredibly. Teresa's class is always clean, organized and she does a great job teaching the curriculum to her class. We are lucky to have her and we know that she is the best two's teacher there is!

  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with the preschool class because the classroom is full of life and laughter. Everyday with preschoolers is a new day and they are always eager to learn.

    We have been lucky to have Maria here with us for the last 7 years! She has more energy and enthusiasm than anyone we know and the kids love it! Prior to working with the preachool class, Maria worked with the two year olds so she has experience potty training too.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to work for KinderCare, Maria worked as a caregiver for several years and raised 2 children of her own.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love working with my Pre-K students because no day is ever the same. The Pre-K children are both funny and fun to be around.

    Although Leah has only been at our location for almost a year, she has brought so much to our Pre-K class and we are very pleased with the way her and Elena co-teach together. The curriculum and dialog with the children is evident each and every day and the kids get excited about what they are learning because of the way she teaches it. We look forward to many more years with Leah and we are very happy she is back with KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Leah worked for KinderCare in the past and took time off to raise her kids, when she returned back to work she spent some time working for a smaller preschool before deciding to come back to work for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree"
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Dulcey

    Ms. Dulcey, Private Kindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Madalyn

    Ms. Madalyn, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Cook

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • 2 staff In-service day's TBA

Health and Safety

We have a secure entry with a key pad for use by authorized parents and family members. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site.

We are a nut-free center and we always monitor the food and treats that are brought into the center for special events.

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.

Nicolas has been loving his new room with Ms. Joy.  I wanted to send you a note to let you know how much I have appreciated the communication from Ms. Joy and Ms. Elena.  With their schedules, we are able to get a lot of feedback every day about what they did in class, naps and behavior.  I feel like I am more involved and have information that I can talk to Nicolas about.  So, kudos to your teachers!

- Mother

KinderCare’s Catch the Wave School-Age program has inspired my daughter to love learning again!  The instructor is professional, knowledgeable, patient, and extremely helpful.  My daughter is motivated to complete her homework shortly after arriving at KinderCare each day now.  Her reading skills have improved already and she has earned A’s on all of her spelling tests this year.  In addition, this program has given our family back quality family time at home, which is priceless.  This program is truly amazing!

- Mother

My two boys attend KinderCare n El Dorado Hills managed by Amy Dodge. I could not be happier with the level of care and early education that your center provides. My four-year-old is so happy with his teacher, Ms. Joy. So am I. It is clear that this wonderful teacher is there because she enjoys the kids. Every day, she tells me about my son, how he did, little things that she noticed about him that day. I have never had to have a parent/teacher conference, because every day the teachers tell me how my boys are doing, what they are learning about, how they are developing and what they are working on, and also if there are any issues that we need to discuss. Every day!
The management, teachers, and even parents that are part of this facility make it a joy for my kids to be there. My boys come home talking about what they learned and also repeat important social lessons. My older son says to the younger one, "that's not a good choice," when the younger one does something that the older one does not like.
The way every teacher there lovingly guides and teaches the kids is so impressive and makes me feel confident leaving my boys in their care. As a full-time working mother, I feel guilty about not being able to spend more time with my children. It gives me so much comfort knowing that this wonderful group of people care so much and do such a good job teaching and caring for my boys. Thank you KinderCare.

- Mother

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