Angie Chavez, Center Director
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Welcome to the Elk Grove KinderCare. This is an amazing place where each day is spent playing, exploring, and learning! We understand that choosing a place to educate and take care of your child 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 through their emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. From literacy development through a print-rich environment to social skills built in dramatic play, at KinderCare everything we do is designed for learning.
Angie Chavez, 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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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 it's a formal parent-teacher conference or a simple note home, we believe communication is of the highest priority.
Angie Chavez began her career with children by volunteering at the Children and Family Institute and at the UC Davis Cancer Center. In January of 2004, Angie began her incredible adventure with KinderCare. Since then she has been a teacher for all ages from a Learning Adventure teacher to an Assistant Director and now has taken on the amazing role of being our Center Director. While working, Angie attended Sierra Community College and earned her Associate degree. Then Angie graduated in 2010 from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Development. She has an incredible fiancé, loving family, and friends she would not change for the world. Everyday she strives to bring joy, fun and excitement to each of the children, families and her staff. Her staff creates a warm, nurturing and safe environment for you and your children. She cannot wait to meet you all!
My favorite thing about working with children is that while you are teaching them, they are helping you learn so much in return.
Ms. Casey was born in California but raised in Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Missouri State University. Before beginning her career with KinderCare, she was employed as a residential counselor at the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home. She is very passionate about working with children and has extensive crisis management training.
The moment when I see that I have a positive influence in a child's life is the best reward. It is a pleasure for me to be a part of KinderCare.
Ms. Ariana began working for KinderCare in January 2013. She attended Cosumnes River College where she graduated with her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. In the classroom, Ms. Ariana loves to dance and sing with the children in Spanish. She enjoys working with the children and helping them reach their developmental milestones.
I like helping the children develop their personal abilities and I enjoy watching them grow.
Before joining the staff at KinderCare, Ms. Lupe attended San Jose City College where she studied Child Development. She later moved to the Sacramento area and has now been with KinderCare for the past six years. Ms. Lupe has a vast amount of experience working with infants and toddlers and she enjoys singing and reading to them in Spanish. Ms. Lupe takes pride in caring for the infants as if they were her own.
I cherish every moment with the children.
Ms. Luisa joined KinderCare in February 2007. She began working as a lead teacher to the two-year-old children and later moved to the Infant and Toddler classrooms. Ms. Luisa currently transports the school age children to and from school, in addition to working in the infant room. She truly enjoys her job working with children of various ages throughout the day. In her spare time, she enjoys going on vacation and spending time with her three children.
Ms Rache'l grew up in San Francisco and moved to the Sacramento area when she started high school. She attended Sacramento City College and received an Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education and transferred to Sacramento State where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. She started working at the KinderCare in Vacaville in the Discovery Preschool room. She transferred to the Elk Grove KinderCare in November of 2014. This is her favorite age group to work with because they are so independent and love learning new things!
Ms. Brenda started in the child care field in 1981, right out of high school. She still very much enjoys the path she chose. She loves all the different faces she see everyday as they are all so unique in their own magical way! In all of her years of teaching, she has seen so many children grow into independent adults and parents who achieve their goals in life. It is so rewarding!
Ms. Linda is very grateful to work with children. They have taught her many things and how to be a better person. Ms. Linda's experience has taught her a lot in this field. Being able to change a child's life by teaching is the best reward she could ever receive.
Working with children at such a young age brings Ms. Stephanie patience, joy, and excitement!
Mr. Talent graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Recreation Administration. Mr. Talent began working at KinderCare the summer of 2014 as a summer camp counselor and joined the team late September of 2014. He currently has a second job working with special needs at City of Sacramento Access Leisure. He enjoys working with kids and people in general, because being around them puts a smile on his face.
Ms. Sami was raised in Elk Grove, California and is currently a student at Consumes River College working towards her Bachelor in Speech Pathology. She was previously a site teacher at Champions Extended Learning Center before beginning her career as our amazing school age teacher.
Ms. Caitlin has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since she was 18 years old and could not imagine doing anything else! Each day is a new and exciting adventure when working with children. Ms. Caitlin's goal is to create a safe and fun environment with each child in her class. She looks forward to continuing to grow in this field.
Ms. Meghann is our Learning Adventures teacher, and you can usually find her floating between the Infant and Toddler rooms singing and playing with the children. She recently relocated from Redondo Beach in Southern California to Sacramento. Ms. Meghann is currently attending school to continue her studies in Early Childhood Education as well as her intended major of HealthCare Administration. When she is not at school or working, she enjoys spending time at home relaxing and playing with her puppy!
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 are 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 priority each and every day. Our center's Health & Safety Coordinator works each day to ensure we provide a clean and sanitized environment for children of all ages.
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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