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KinderCare at Natoma Station

Josephine Barajas, Center Director

420 Natoma Station Dr. Folsom CA 95630
(916) 353-0687 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Near the corner of Natoma Station and Blue Ravine, by Starbucks

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sandra J Gallardo, Natoma Station, Goldridge, Theodore Judah, Carl Sandol, Twin Lakes, Oak Chan, Folsom Hills

We are a NAEYC Accredited center! We're excited to invite you to tour our center and meet with your child's teacher to see the difference NAEYC Accreditation makes!

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Welcome

At KinderCare Natoma Station, everything we do is designed for learning! We know that leaving your child is difficult, but we strive to leave you feeling confident that your child is loved, learning and having a great time! Please come in for a tour to meet our staff, see our classrooms, and learn more about the programs we offer. We hope you'll beome a part of our family!

Josephine Barajas, Center Director

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is built with the most amazing teachers who are passionate about educating young children. We genuinely care for and about every child and family who steps through our doors! We work together to ensure our center is a warm and welcoming environment. We strive to provide the best service that meets every unique need and interest of the children we serve. We also believe that to build great relationships with our families, communication is key.

  • Josephine Barajas

    Josephine Barajas, Center Director

    I like to think of our school as a family, each child and their parents are such a big part of what we do here at KinderCare. I love what I do because I know that we are a positive influence on every child that steps through the door.

    Josie is an amazing Center Director. She started her career with KinderCare as an aid in a preschool classroom. She then became a fully-qualified teacher and ran her own classroom in the infant program. From there, Josie moved up to a teacher trainer and curriculum specialist. She worked as an Assistant Director at the KinderCare in El Dorado Hills for many years before accepting the position of Center Director here at Natoma Station. Since starting with the company, she has brought a mix of fun and excitement to every KinderCare she has worked for. Since becoming the Center Director, our school has seen a lot of positive changes. Josie’s long-term experience with the company and children makes her a great role model for the teachers here at KinderCare. She truly has a passion for what she does and it shows through the happy children and skilled teachers!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss; The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    26 Units in Early Childhood Education including administration units, CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Parveen Malhi

    Parveen Malhi, Assistant Director

    A teacher presents the past, reveals the present, and creates the future. It all comes from the heart!

    Ms. Paveen has been with KinderCare for 10 years and has played many roles during that time. She started out in the Preschool classroom as the lead teacher for almost 6 years. She also spent time working with other age groups, from toddlers to school agers. Ms. Parveen became our Health and Safety Coordinator and a certified Bus Driver before accepting her current position as Assistant Director. Ms. Parveen is truly a valuable assest to our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Parveen has worked in an elementary school setting. She's also worked with special needs children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood
    Year Started:
    8/5/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Michelle Gardner

    Michelle Gardner, Bookkeeper

    Ms. Michelle recently came to join our Natoma Station family. The first four years in the industry, she worked as the lead teacher in a preschool classroom. She then began working at KinderCare as the lead teacher in the toddler room for three years. In the last year, Michelle had been part of the management team for another center before transferring to Natoma Station as our bookkeeper.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Berenstain Bears books
    Year Started:
    3/22/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Child Development, CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Ms. Keeley, Early Foundations Infant Teacher

    A person is a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Keeley has always known she's wanted to be a teacher so she began working with children as soon as she was old enough. She has been at KinderCare her entire adult life and she's done everything from teaching in a classroom to working as an Assistant Director. Working with infants has always been a passion of hers though and she absolutely loves what she does. In addition to working in the infant room, Ms. Keeley also has the role of the Learning Adventures Dance Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Keeley began working at KinderCare straight out of high school through college. Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Keeley would babysit for all the neighborhood children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Missing Piece by Shell Silverstien
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    21 ECE units with Infant/Toddler class, working on BA in Health and Human Services with a specialization in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Jenn S.

    Ms. Jenn S., Early Foundations Toddler Teacher/Events Coordinator/Parent's Night Out Coordinator

    The children make my day! I love seeing that I've made an impact on the children and have developed special bonds with each of them.

    Ms. Jenn has worked for KinderCare Natoma Station for almost four years now. She began her career with Kindercare as a toddler teacher during her first year. She then took the role of Discovery Preschool Teacher for the two and a half years. She recently moved back into the Toddler room as the lead teacher. She absolutely loves working with children, no matter the age group. She can be seen helping out around the center when she isnt working with her class. Ms. Jenn enjoys getting to know every child and family in our center and loves coming to work every day. She is also our Parents' Night Out/Events Coordinator.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenn has experience in many forms of childcare, from babysitting to working as a nanny. She has also worked in traditional preschool settings as well as drop-in child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sabrina, Early Foundations Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Sabrina recently joined our team as the new Discovery Preschool teacher. She currently resides in Folsom with her family, and they love to do any fun outdoor activity, like swimming and camping! With her previous experience as a teacher and leader, we're excited to see all the wonderful things Ms. Sabrina will bring to our center. She is so excited to get into circle time and do fun, messy art projects with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sabrina has worked at various types of centers, including in-home and even Montessori.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any and every Dr. Seuss book.
    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    36 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Early Foundations Preschool Teacher

    Life is not about what you can get, it's about what you can do.

    Ms. Shannon came to join our KinderCare family as one of the school age teachers. Recently, she's taken on the role of being our preschool teacher. She does a wonderful job implementing the curriculum to keep the children engaged and learning. She's so excited to be working with the three-year-olds..

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has a variety of experience working with children. She's worked as a nanny, as well as having worked in the Elk Grove Unified School District. She also worked for Child Development Inc.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate Teacher Permit, CPR/First Aid
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Early Foundations Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    I will let them be little, fill their hearts with laughter, help them grow wings, nurture their sense of wonder, inspire them to believe and love them like there is no tomorrow.

    We are so lucky to have Ms. Lisa as a part of the Natoma Station team. Since coming to work at KinderCare, Ms. Lisa works in the Pre-Kindergarten room, as well as the Infant room. You can tell how much she loves working with the children by looking at her classroom. It is always filled with a variety of art work! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has a wide range of experience in the preschool settings. She worked with ages 2 - 4, as well as school age. She also was an assistant director for a private preschool. Ms. Lisa also worked in elementary school settings where she taught P.E., worked with the kindergarten program, and worked with Children on the Autism Spectrum for the school district.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    A.S. Degree in Childhood Education, CPR and First Aid Certification, 2 years of Sign Language, Teacher Certificate, Program Manager Certificate, Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Katie, K-12 Interactive Private Kindergarten Teacher

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Katie has been our Kindergarten teacher for the last year and a half. She constantly strives to teach toward state standards and to each child's learning style and ability. Ms. Katie works hard to ensure that each child is fully prepared to perform to their fullest potential in the future!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie has worked in a variety of childcare programs, including elementary and transitional kindergarten, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Elementary Education from Sonoma State University
  • Mr. Ryne

    Mr. Ryne, Catch the Wave School Age Teacher/Homework Club

    The sun doesn't give the light to the moon assuming the moon's going to owe it one. -Linkin Park

    Mr. Ryne has become an amazing School Age teacher. He always keeps the children engaged and on task with fun activities. Mr. Ryne also runs the Homework Club, helping the children with homework. You can always see a smile on Mr. Ryne's face!
     

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Ryne previously worked at the Shady Creek Counselor Program.
    Year Started:
    4/12/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 Years
    Education:
    College in progress.
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Support Staff

    A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where his influence stops.

    Ms. Stephanie began her career at KinderCare, taking on the role of Transitional Kindergarten Teacher. She has done an amazing job in the short time she's been with us. She now a support staff member.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie previously worked as a substitute teacher for San Juan for a year. She also worked at American River Community College for a year.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Elvira

    Ms. Elvira, Bus Driver/Support Staff

    The most important educational factor inside the home is the conversation where a child is living. - William Temple

    Prior to starting her career at KinderCare, Ms. Ellie was in the beauty industry for seven years. When she first entered college, she was taking classes in the educational field but didn't continue when she moved to the USA from Romania. Upon arriving here, she's worked in food service, bookkeeping and salons. She came to join us at Natoma Station over a year ago as a certified Bus Driver and Support Staff. Since then, Ms. Ellie has completed her first ECE class and she's almost finished with her second class. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year at Natoma Station. Ms. Ellie truly brightens everyone's day!

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Support Staff

    Positive mind, Positive vibes, Positive life.

    Ms. Anne recently came to join our team as support staff. She has always loved being around children, having been babysitting since the age of 12. Her experience includes 4 years of being a nanny, as well as raising her 20-month-old daughter. We are very excited to see the positive changes Ms. Anne will bring to Natoma Station.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Anne worked as a nanny for 4 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Education:
    B.A. in Child Development
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Cook/Nutrition Specialist

    Ms. Susan recently came to join us here at Natoma Station after transferring from one of our sister schools. She works very hard to make sure all our children have well-balanced meals that taste delicious!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has previous experience working at Head Start and private preschools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    When the Wind Blows by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Support Staff

    I love being able to see the children smile each day!

    Ms. Jessica began her career at Natoma Station as support staff before taking over the Early Foundations Preschool classroom. She transformed the classroom in the two years she has worked with the three-year-olds. She is now a support staff member. 
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has previous experience working in several other Early Childhood Education centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chick Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Jenn M.

    Ms. Jenn M., Support Staff

    I enjoy working with children because every day is an adventure!

    Ms. Jenn began her career in the child care industry when she was a ROP student in high school, where she was later hired on as a part-time aid while she took college courses. Once fully qualified, she became a preschool teacher and cook. She relocated and took on the role as a lead teacher to two-year-olds. Ms. Jenn took time away to have her own children. Later, she was hired at a sister school, CCLC, and took on many roles during her time before transferring to Natoma Station as the older infants teacher. She is currently one of our toddler teachers, and we are very happy she came to work with us.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare, Ms. Jenn worked at CCLC. She has experience that ranges from working with infants to four-year-olds.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    15 ECE units and pursuing more

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  1. Monday July 04, 2016
    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

About Our Center

We are more than just a child care center. Our staff makes Natoma Station like a second home to your child and family. This is a place where we nurture and inspire children to explore, discover, and learn. As a team of NAEYC Accredited teachers, we take pride in offering curriculum of a higher standard to set our children ahead. Our staff keeps up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education through ongoing training that is offered during the year at the center and through the various training opportunties in the community. We would like to welcome you to visit our center!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

Health and safety is one of our top priorities. At our center, we have a secured entrance with a keypad entry, secured and fenced playgrounds, and an experienced Health and Safety Coordinator on site to ensure all aspects of our day are performed safely. We also perform fire and disaster drills monthly. All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified.

We are a nut-free center.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As a new mom it was nerve-racking to leave my baby in the hands of someone else, but KinderCare met my tough criteria and we have had a positive relationship ever since. When I see things my daughter is exposed to on a daily basis - language, social skills, art, etc. - I know I am giving her a great foundation for her future success. Even if I didn't need regular daycare, I would still want KinderCare to be a part of her week. I think that says a lot.

- Mother

My daughter has been attending KinderCare in Folsom for over 2 years. My husband and I are so pleased with the level of education and care she receives. In fact we love it so much, we are willing to commute each and everyday; we live 30 minutes away and work an hour away. In fact, I work right next to another preschool. People always ask me why we drive so far. My response is always, "We love the teachers and staff and know that she is getting the best possible education." Thank you for making us feel like family!

- Parents

My kids love the Parents Night Out, especially Mariah my 6 year old! She loves to interact with the other children and the activities that take place on Parents night. She always has nice things to say about her teacher and wants to come in P.J's all the time! This is a great opportunity for parents to have a little me time. Since we give so much to our children this is very needed to everyone. Natoma Station KinderCare's staff is very sweet and care for my children. I am glad to have them enrolled there on a regular basis. Thanks!

- Mother

Returning back to work after 5 months of maternity leave was the hardest thing I have had to do as a parent. But because of the wonderful staff and teachers at KinderCare I can leave for work feeling confident my child is loved, learning and having a great time. Not only is she receiving great care in the infant classroom, but I have especially enjoyed the crafts and art projects sent home with her. There truly is no other place I'd rather send my child while I'm away and KinderCare not feels like part of our family.

- Mother
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