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El Sobrante KinderCare

Megan Newell, Center Director

3240 San Pablo Dam Rd. El Sobrante CA 94803
(510) 222-1144 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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We are conveniently located in the El Sobrante Princeton Plaza shopping center behind McDonalds.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Murphy, Sheldon, Valley View, Bay View, Riverside, and Olinda


Welcome to El Sobrante KinderCare. We are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parent’s consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Megan Newell, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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 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.

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

KinderCare at El Sobrante is proud to have a highly qualified team of teachers who are dedicated to the field of education. In addition to having their six core Early Childhood units, many of our teachers have also taken additional courses specific to curriculum, diversity training, and infant and toddler development.

  • Megan Newell

    Megan Newell, Center Director

    It's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain. Why Fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss

    Megan has been a part of the KinderCare Family since July of 2013. She came to KinderCare all the way from the east coast, Washington, D.C. with over 8 years experience working with children. She started working with children right after high school as an afternoon floating teacher. During her time in college, she swam competitively at Virginia Tech graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Child Psychology. Megan taugh swim lessons and worked the Mom's Morning Out summer camp program inbetween semisters. Following college she worked as an assiatant director for Learning Care Group in Fairfax, VA for a year. From there she was promoted as a Center Director. In June of 2013 Megan made the wonderful decision to relocate to the west coast.  Shortly after her move she joined the Kindercare family.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelors of Science in Child Psychology
  • Rachelle Ticzon, Assistant Director

    Rachelle has been serving families for fifteen years. She's had experience working in a number of different capacities including family childcare, as a nanny, as an infant toddler teacher, and preschool teacher. Her first classroom experience was right here at this center as a Toddler Teacher back in the early 2000s! Since then, she has earned a BA in Humanities and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. While the majority of her experience has been teaching preschool, she was recently promoted to Assistant Director in June 2015.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sandra, Infant

    Ms. Sandra has been working with children for about five years.  Since she was a littler girl she kew that she would be a teacher someday.  She always cared for children and she had a lot of experience from babysitting and taking care of children in her large family.  Right now she is continuing her education to receive her BA degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working for Kindercare for almost two years and she loves coming everyday.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Vidya Singh, Infant/Toddler

    Positivily nurturing the lives of young child during their growth process is the best part of the day.

    During my afternoon closing hours I use the curriculum to create a stimulating learning environment for the children in my care.  This is done through creative expression, play, music and movement, and outside activities.  I am presently pursing studies to upgrade my teacher's permit.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining Kindercare I had 28 years of experience working as a teacher aide, teacher, and assistant director.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Vicki, Toddler

    New day and new adventures.

    Ms. Vicki loves working with chidlren and seeing how excited they get when they learn something new!

    Previous Experience:
    CNA Certified
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Mary, Toddler

    I am creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's degree Degree in Early Childhood education
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Infant/Toddler

    I love coming to work and seeing the children everyday, seeing the excitiment when they successfully achieve goals. One of the things that warms my heart and puts a smile on my face is hearing a child say, "I did it!

    I have worked for KinderCare for 3 years and with chidlren for over ten years.  I grew up in a childcare environment as my mother ran her own in home daycare for eight years and I really enjoyed helping her.  I have worked with children of all ages as well as earing my AS in Early Childhood education through Kaplan University in 2011.  One thing I am working hard with the childrenon is using their words, respecting their friends, and instilling confiedence in themselves.  At the end of my morning shift my goal is to make sure all the chidlren in my care have learning something new!

    Previous Experience:
    City of Hercules Recreation department before and after school programs and tiny tots little learners preschool program
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 10
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Preschool

    Ms. Adriana has been a part of the Kindercare Team since March 2014 as the Lead Preschool teacher.  Prior to joining our team she was working with two year olds.  She attends Contra Costa College and is pursing to obtain her AA.  One of the many things she loves about her job is watching the children gorw thoughout the year and helping them to become fully prepared for our pre-Kindergarten program.  She she is a wonderful addition to the team and all of the chidlren in her class love her!

    Previous Experience:
    Infant/Toddler and two year old teacher
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Early Childhood education units
  • Ms. Kit

    Ms. Kit, Floater

    Do what you love so you can love what you do.

    Ms. Kit has been working at KinderCare since November 2012.  Prior to working at Kindercare she worked at the Bayview Elementary School's After care program for two years as a Youth Leader.  She is currently working on obtaining her B.A. in sociology at Cal East Bay.  Ms. Kit enjoys working with kids because she loves to put a smile on their faces.  Besides teacher and doing curriculum she also loves doing arts and crafts with the children and watching them grow throughout the year, helping them to be ready to move on to Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Youth Lead at Bay View Elementary School
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 3
  • Ms. Alex, Preschool

    Never say you CAN'T because you can!

    Ms. Alex is a very crafty person who loves to teach young children using arts and crafts.  Working with children is what she loves to do and wants to make it her career.  She is currently majoring in mathmatics to eventually become a high school math teacher.  She loves signing song to help all the children, no matter what age, learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Currently works during school hours with the Murphy Elementary preschool school. Children's medical assistant at Kiwi Peds Dr. office
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Vivi

    Ms. Vivi, Cook & School Age Bus Driver

    I love cooking happy healthy meals because a happy tummy means happy learning children!

    Ms. Vivi is one of the most tenured staff memebers her in El Sobrante.  She loves her job and she really loves driving the bus.  Seeing the children after school and talking to them about there day makes her day.  She loves helping and visiting in every classroom throught the day when she deliever breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her two teenage sons.

    Previous Experience:
    Greater Richmond Social Services teacher Aid 2 years, YMCA two year as a teacher Aid and Cook
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Fall Professional Development Day, Spring Professional Development Day (2/18/2014)

Health and Safety

Nothing is more important to us then the health and safety of each child enrolled at our center. Our center is protected by a keypad entry to which only authorized family members has access. All visitors must check into the office prior to touring the school. We have two outdoors play areas that are protected by fencing all around. In addition to this, each of our classrooms has at least 1 teacher certified in CPR and First Aid.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I was really nervous about my daughter starting in the Toddler Class. She had never been in child care before. I think the first week was more difficult for me than it was for her. I was so grateful to all of her teachers in the classroom. She loved all of them! She loved coming to school and receiving all the hugs and attention that they gave her. Her birthday was last week and now she's in the Discovery Preschool class. It has been a transistion for her but she is doing great thanks to her new teachers in the Two's class. Her favorite activities are playing in the Home Living Center and playing with playdough! I have had such great experiences with all the her teachers. They keep me informed about my child's day with a day sheet and they let me know how she did when I come to pick her up, too. Megan, the director, is always available if I have questions or concerns!

- Father

I love dropping my son off here everyday! He is in the Pre-K program and is learning so much! I am confident that he is going to go into Kindergarten well prepared and ready to learn. The teachers are great and are always doing some kind of activity with the kids. The teachers always update me on what my son is working on and any concerns they have. The curriculum here is well designed and engaging. My son is sounding out letters and reading small words, which I think is amazing. The teachers in the other classrooms are also very friendly and welcoming. The management recently changed here so maybe some of these other reviews are outdated and do not apply to the current state of the center. I would definitely recommend this place to other parents. It is always difficult to leave your babies with strangers, but they make it very easy here.

- Mother

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