Shayla Williams-Barnes, Center Director
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Welcome to the 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.
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
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 someon smiles today.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not just from a book.
Ms. Karen is currently working in our Infant Classroom. She loves her job! Most days on her breaks you will catch Ms. Karen visiting other classrooms to say hello to other children in the center. Ms. Karen has her Early Childhood certificate from Post University, and is currently attending community college to further her education in Early Childhood Education and business administration. Ms. Karen speaks both English and Spanish, and in her spare time she loves to read and make jewelry.
Every day is another moment to inspire our youth through exploration and nurturing.
Ms. Michelle attended Sacramento City College, and Consumnes River College, studying Early Childhood Education. Most of Ms. Michelle's experience is in infant care, but wanting to experience something new she has decided to work with two year old class. She uses her 13 years of experience in child care, preschool, and care-giving to be successful in her classroom. Ms. Michelle provides a nurturing full of exploration, which she knows in her heart is the best way for the children to learn.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.
Tre'Auna is a recent graduate from Washington State University. She received her B.A. 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.
It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
Ms. Chanel began working at KinderCare in June of 2016, shortly after graduating. She knew right away that this is 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.
Great teachers create great learning environments and from that education blooms!
Ms. Yolanda began her career with KinderCare at our Rancho Cordova site back in 2000. She transferred over to the Laguna KinderCare in 2005. She received her Associates 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.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out" -Dr. Seuss
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 online. She has always loved working with children and is looking forward to helping more children learn and grow.
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!
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! –Dr. Seuss
Ms. Alex was born and raised in Sacramento, and has two younger brothers. She has always wanted to work with children. Ms. Alex finds that watching a child learn and grow is the best part of teaching. She looks forward to helping your child reach their full potential!
Why fit in when you were born to stand out.
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.
Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.
Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!
You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!
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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