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Laguna KinderCare

Shayla Williams-Barnes, Center Director

9150 Peets St. Elk Grove CA 95758
(916) 684-9284 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Castello, Joseph Sims, Stone Lake, Elliot Ranch, Arlene Hein

Welcome

Welcome to Laguna West KinderCare. This is an amazing place where each day is spent playing, exploring and learning. We understand that this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, and we are honored that you and your family have trusted us to be a part of your extended family. We have a team of dedicated teachers whose passion is to provide the very best care and education possible. By our learn-through-play approach, we focus on whole child development including their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. From literacy development through a print-rich environment to social skills build in dramatic play, at KinderCare everything we do is designed for learning.

Shayla Williams-Barnes, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

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. Our teachers 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.

  • Shayla Williams-Barnes

    Shayla Williams-Barnes, Center Director

    I believe that all children have the right to early childhood education! They are not only our future but they are our present.

    Shayla is a previous Center Director for KinderCare Education and came to the Laguna center with 12 plus years of Early Childhood Education experience. As a previous preschool owner and operator, she has only worked in the field of Early Childhood Education and has a great passion for providing a solid foundation that enhances the growth and development of children. As a mother of two young girls, she understands the importance of a safe, nurturing, quality child care learning program.

    Previous Experience:
    Shayla was a preschool owner previously, as well as a Center Director with KinderCare Education.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor degree in Child Development and Master degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Nicole Rowe

    Nicole Rowe, Assistant Director

    It is our vision that each child who comes through our door joins a community of children, families, and teachers engaged in the joy, work, and wonder of childhood.

    Ms. Nicole has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2008. She has always been passionate about providing individualized, quality care for every child. Her ultimate goal is to create and maintain a learning environment that is both fun and educational. Ms. Nicole genuinely loves just spending time with children. When she is not at KinderCare she enjoys spending time with her family, and going for walks and adventures with her dog, Abby. 

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole was a site supervisor of an after school program for elementary and middle school children for five years. She has also worked as a kindergarten phonics teacher that provided small groups, individualized lessons plans to transitionalk kindergartners, and kindergartners.
    Year Started:
    3/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Amy was born in Long Beach, California. She has three sisters and four brothers. Ms. Amy has been with KinderCare since 2005 in Reno, Nevada as an aide working while taking courses. She has always loved working with children and is looking forward to helping more children learn and grow. 

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    12 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Toddler Classroom

    Great teachers create great learning environments and from that education blooms!

    Ms. Yolanda began her career with KinderCare at our Rancho Cordova center back in 2000. She transferred over to the Laguna KinderCare in 2005. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Child Development and Social Sciences from Butte Community and Chico State. Prior to KinderCare, she worked as a nanny for six years before deciding to join the educational field. She is also a proud mother of two. Ms. Yolanda is a very attentive teacher who strives to maintain a focused, fun, and structured classroom environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Yolanda worked as a nanny for six years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Social Sciences and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chanel

    Ms. Chanel, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Chanel began working at KinderCare in June of 2016, shortly after graduating. She knew right away that this was the right field for her. Before joining our KinderCare family, she spent her time volunteering at Safetyville USA. She has lifelong experience working with her disabled sister, who she has learned so much from. Ms. Chanel has one child and loves bringing a funny, caring, and positive touch to her classroom. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chanel had been a volunteer at Safetyville.
    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    12 core Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because these children make me smile everyday, and I love knowing that I am making a positive difference in their lives.

    Ms. Jenny has worked for KinderCare for over seven years now. She began as a toddler teacher and currently is our Prekindergarten teacher. Day in and out, Ms. Jenny maintains a positive attitude and a sense of humor; two strong attributes that make her an asset to the KinderCare family. Ask any staff member or any family that’s been in Ms. Jenny's class or care, and they would all agree she is a blessing to KinderCare. She likes to believe that her first-hand experience as a mommy of two, and her natural gift to nurture, ranks her as an A+ teacher!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny previously worked for Vermont Hills Family Life Center in Oregon for five years. She also worked at Highlands Recreation Center for three years in the Bay Area, when she first moved to California.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Completed units in Early Childhood Education and attended the Nanny College
  • Ms. Tanji

    Ms. Tanji, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Tanji has always enjoyed working with children. They are such a joy and inspiration to be around. She finds that the children are teaching us just as much as we are teaching them. Ms. Tanji loves the way their minds absorb everything and how eager they are to learn. The best part about her job is knowing that she has made a positive impact on her students. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanji has worked for the YMCA and the Sacramento Unified School District.
    Year Started:
    8/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

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 to a very strict pick-up policy. The health of every child in our care is top of mind each and every day. Each center's Health & Safety Coordinator works each day to ensure we provide a clean and sanitized environment for children of all ages. All staff member are CPR and First Aid Certified.

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 have been with KinderCare since 2006. My family just loves it here. The proverb, "It takes a village to raise one child" is true. As a single mother who works full-time, they helped raise my three children.
 
The staff members are truly what make this center the best. For instance, Ms. Monica is the one who assisted us in potty training my youngest child, which I'm grateful for her help. Their assistance in helping me raise my children allows me to trust them to be around my children, and I know my children are safe and sound when they are here. At KinderCare, the teachers treat each child as if they were their own. This alone means a lot to parents who have to work during the day, so they have to be away from the children.
 
Ms. Amy, Ms. Denise, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Angelina, Ms. Jenny and Mr. Sylvin are my children’s teachers. Every teacher shows each child that they are important and have taught my children so many things. I would never want to be anywhere else, as KinderCare has become our second home. I love and am grateful for all of staff members here.

- Mother

My family has been apart of the KinderCare family since 1999, when I enrolled my now teenage son on a last-minute whim. From the very minute I stepped foot inside that KinderCare facility located in Stockton, California, I immediately knew this was going to be our safe haven. We were enrolled a little under a year, but I was in tears when we left. There was such a strong sense of comfort and assurance that my child was receiving above and beyond quality care. From then on I always knew that if I were ever to have more children, KinderCare would be our number-one choice. I kept that promise six years later when I had another little boy and couldn't wait to enroll him at KinderCare. We found a wonderful site in Santa Clara, California. The love and devotion that the teachers project into these children's lives, as well as the families they serve, is phenomenal. Not once have I felt like I couldn't communicate with a teacher or administrator about a concern or issue; their inviting atmosphere and customer service has always been accommodating. Now I have a five-year-old who also has been apart of the KinderCare family, and I actually chose to adopt a career with KinderCare as well because I believe in their philosophy and appreciate the quality of care they provide, especially here at the Laguna KinderCare.

- Mother
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