Shayla Williams-Barnes, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be the reason someone smiles today.
Children have always been a major part of Ms. Angelina's life. She loves coming to work everyday and seeing our families and awesome staff. Ms. Angelina is the oldest of 10 children, and absolutely loves hanging out with her family and watching the 49ers.
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.
Tre'Auna is a recent graduate from Washington State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and also has a certificate in Family Studies. She currently works in our Infant room and enjoys every second of it. She loves that the infants allow her to be herself and get in touch with her inner child. Tre'Auna also enjoys interacting with all of our KinderCare families and really strives to give them a wonderful experience. Her favorite thing about being an Infant teacher is having the opportunity to watch the children grow and flourish. Outside work Tre'Auna, enjoys music and exploring the outdoors with her fur baby, Diamond.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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