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Bruceville KinderCare

Julie Farlow, Center Director

9394 Bruceville Rd. Elk Grove CA 95758
(916) 684-4040 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Folks Ranch, Donner, Carroll, Zehnder Ranch, Arlene Hein Bus Runs: 7:45am - 8:15am / 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Here at Bruceville KinderCare every day is full of meaningful learning and exciting activities. Children delight in purposeful projects while developing social skills and learning through play. Our children, parents, and teachers agree that this is a wonderful place to be! Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure a positive and interactive learning environment everyday. We have extensive health and safety procedures and policies to ensure the well being of the children at all times. This truly is a family environment with everyone invested in our children's future. We have an open-door policy and encourage open communication daily through informal meetings, personal notes to families, and parent-teacher conferences through out the year. Our number-one priority is the safety and education of the children that our parents trust us with everyday.

Julie Farlow, 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.

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


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.

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.

  • Julie Farlow

    Julie Farlow, Center Director

    I am passionate about letting children express themselves creatively, emotionally, and physically through various modalities that we offer. I love seeing their self esteem and self confidence rise from this ability!

    Julie came to us from our Laguna West KinderCare where she was the Assistant Director for over five years.  She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Sports Management. In her post graduate years, Julie had the opportunity to coach a competitive girl's volleyball team, as well as manage several sports facilities. Julie quickly learned that she has a genuine love and gift to work and mentor young people which brought her to our KinderCare family. She has been with the company since 2006, when she began as our Learning Adventures and Prekindergarten teacher in the Folsom center. As of today, we can all say that her dedication to children and education has paid off, because now Julie is a great mother to her daughter and a great asset to our center!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Julie ran a sports facility for a number of years and coached girl's competitive volleyball for twelve years.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development and a Minor in Sports Management
  • Susan Medeiros

    Susan Medeiros, Assistant Director

    I love what I do and I do what I love every day!

    Sue joined KinderCare in 1989 and is an important part of our KinderCare family! Sue is constantly making sure all the children in the building are well cared for and loved while nurturing their creativity. As a tenured employee with KinderCare, Sue is committed to providing an outstanding experience to all the children she gets to educate and nurture everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Sue has been with KinderCare since 1989. During her tenure she has worked with all ages.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant Classroom

    When you work with children, every day is a new day, filled with new experiences.

    Ms. Amber loves to work with the babies because of how fast they learn and grow emotionally and physically in their first year of life. It is such a joy to see the changes. Watching them develop into little people with their own little personalities makes this such a rewarding job for her.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Amber was a director at private center in Phoenix, Arizona.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Infant Classroom

    Make a difference in a child's life today - they are our future!

    Ms. Wendy started at KinderCare in January of 2006 in the Infant room. She enjoys the many milestones of the infants' development and partnering with their parents to create an individualized care plan for every child. In 2012 she won the highly coveted Educator of the Year Award. We are very proud of Ms. Wendy and her accomplishments. We are very lucky to have her on our team!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Wendy has previous experience working in all preschool ages.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alexis was born and raised in Lodi, CA.  She loves working with children and is passionate about what she does. She has attended various training on types of special needs, including a specialized program in autism.  Ms. Alexis feels every child deserves the best quality of care and she enjoys furthering her education and training to make sure she can accomplish that to the best of her ability.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alexis worked at Headstart for four and a half years, as well as Lodi Unified Creative Child Care.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rachel has been with KinderCare since October of 2012. She has been working in the education field for nine years now. Ms. Rachel started off at UC Davis taking medical classes, but decided it was not for her since children were her passion. She then went on to pursue her passion by taking classes allowing her to work with children. Ms. Rachel now works in the Preschool classroom and loves every minute of it!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel has previous experience working with children with special needs and as an administrator's assistant.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teach each child as a unique individual.

    Ms. Phyllis is a dynamic teacher with over eighteen years experience. She has taught in the Prekindergarten program here at Bruceville for three years. Ms. Phyllis has a talent for relationship-building both with her children and their parents. Her classroom reflects her knowledge and dedication to her students. Ms. Phyllis excels at engaging the children in discussion at morning circle and strives to support every child as an individual.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Phyllis has previous teaching experience in several different capacities with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Working with children has been an aspiration of Ms. Liz's since she was very young.  At five years old, after having a wonderful kindergarten experience, she decided she wanted to be a teacher.  Since then, Ms. Liz has aspired to be a teacher.  During college, she was given the opportunity to work with Head Start, and that only affirmed that she wanted to work with children.  Ms. Liz worked with them for four years as she worked on her Bachlor of Arts degree in Child Development. In 2014, she started working at KinderCare and it has been an amazing experience being able to watch children grow and learn knowing that she is able to be a part of that process.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Melissa became an aunt at 10 years old. Ever since then, she has loved taking care of her niece and knew she wanted to be a mom. She has three children of her own and loves every minute of it.  Becoming a mom was the best thing in Ms. Melissa's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa started working at age 15 for an in-home daycare where she realized she loved working with children and watching them grow. She has worked in childcare for a total of 14 years has worked for KinderCare since 2011.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    6 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Persian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

The health and safety of all the children is our top priority that we take extremely serious. We know that families trust us with their children everyday and we feel privileged to have been given that trust. A member of management is always present in the building and all staff and  management are CPR and First aid certified. All of the staff responsible for transporting children in our KinderCare vans are also CPR and First Aid certified. Our health and safety coordinator does monthly fire and disaster drills as well as other health and safety training with children and staff. Our front door is protected by a key pad and all gates as well as fences are locked and protected by alarm. We follow strict cleaning standards to proactively limit illnesses throughout the building.

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.

We're first time parents & were super hesitant to put our five-month-old in daycare, or in the care of anyone else for that matter. We looked at our centers & in-home cares but didn't seem to have that "click" or connection with any of them. We then decided to stop into KinderCare after being referred by a friend who took her baby to this center as well. 

First thing that we liked was that you either have to be buzzed in or have the code to even get into the door. That added security made us feel good. We were introduced to the center director, Julie, who was warm and welcoming from the very start and really understood all of our concerns and questions (trust me we had a lot). She was patient and took the time to go over everything in detail. The assistant director, Sue, also was able to help explain things about the center and show us around as well. 

Now as far as the infant area itself, it's required that everyone wears shoe covers before entering the room, which makes sense since infants are always on the floor. Again, just another thoughtful thing that they do that makes us feel like they care about the well being of our baby. The play area has lot of toys and fun, stimulating things they can play with. They do have curriculum and songs as well but limited since they are so small. Teachers and staff are great! They remember our baby's name and our baby also remembers them as well! They know his special favorite things, and the do's and don’ts of each child. Each baby is on his or her own eat and sleeping schedule and they get their own crib and cubby with pictures on them :) Each day they provide a "my day" log to show all the things baby did that day down to the minute! I could go on and on but overall great place that really seems to care about the health and development of each child!

- Parent

I love KinderCare! We recently moved to the area and had no idea where to take our preschooler. After asking around, we took a tour of the KinderCare on Bruceville road. We were in the building for less than 5 minutes, and I was ready to sign up. Each person I met was warm, welcoming and really took an interest in my daughter. They took the time to make a connection with her. When we were ready to go, she started crying because she wanted to stay! Since our first day, we have never had a bad experience. Every day she comes home exhausted from all of the fun activities she did all day long. We are lucky to have found KinderCare!

- Parent

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