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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:
Morgan J Gallardo, Natoma Station, Goldridge, St. John's Cathol, Theodore Judah, Carl Sandol Bus Runs: 9:20am - 10:45am / 2:15pm - 3:00pm

We are a NAEYC Accredited center! Come and tour our center to see the difference NAEYC Accreditation makes!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Natoma Station KinderCare, where everything we do is designed for learning!

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Dance Adventures, Active Adventures

Teachers & Staff

We have the most amazing teachers that truly care about every child and family that attends our program.

  • 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 joined KinderCare in 2007. 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 here at Natoma Station, 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Josie 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.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Keeley Tripp

    Keeley Tripp, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work each day because I am always greeted with a ton of little hugs and smiles. The kids here at Natoma Station KinderCare mean so much to me, I love being a part of their lives and development!

    Keeley has been with the Natoma Station KinderCare since 2010. From a young age Keeley knew she wanted to work with children. After graduating from high school she started taking early childhood education classes and soon became a teacher in the toddler classroom at the KinderCare in Rocklin. She continued her education in the early childhood education field and eventually was promoted to the Learning Adventures Specialist and 3rd in management. After gaining some experience in the management field she became the Assistant Director at the Natoma Station KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to the Natoma Station KinderCare, Keeley worked at the Stanford Ranch KinderCare in Rocklin as a toddler teacher. In 2010, she moved to the Folsom area and transferred to the Natoma Station KinderCare as the lead toddler teacher. She has held many positions with the company and worked in every classroom. She then became the Learning Adventures Specialist and held the 3rd in management position before being promoted to Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/3/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Ms. Lexi

    Ms. Lexi, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I love my job because it is very rewarding being able to have an influence in their education and watch them grow up.

    Ms. Lexi has been working with children for six years. She is currently in college pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. After she graduates, she plans to attend Sacramento State to earn her Bachelors of Arts degree and teaching credential in hopes to become an elementary school teacher. Ms. Lexi joined KinderCare in early 2012 and supports the infant and toddler classrooms. She also teaches the Spanish Adventures program.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Working towards degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marci

    Ms. Marci, Infant Classroom

    Each day holds new and fun surprises. I love watching the babies and parents experience achieving milestones in a baby's life.

    Ms. Marci started with KinderCare as our Learning Adventures teacher and then became our Preschool teacher. She then joined our Infant program, and in 2011 she opened our "Movers" Infant room.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the infant teacher at the Natoma Station KinderCare, Ms. Marci has had years of experience as a Preschool teacher and a Center Director. She also ran her own in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Infant Classroom

    I love what I do. I help nourish and care for the well-being of children every day. I see their happiness, their first steps, their first tooth, and hear their first coos!

    Ms. Yolanda (also known as Ms. ChaCha to her babies) gives the Infants love and care every day. She is such an important part of the development of the Infants in our care.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her career in Early Childhood Education Ms. Yolanda was a film technician in post-production laboratories.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children's smiling faces! They make coming to work an amazing experience!

    Ms. Holly started with KinderCare working in our Discovery Preschool classroom and now helps out in our Toddler program. She loves planning fun projects for her class!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Holly has experience working in two other Preschools prior to her joining our KinderCare staff.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    12 Early Childhood Education Units (Infant/Toddler)
  • Ms. Jordan

    Ms. Jordan, Toddler Classroom

    I love knowing that I am making a positive impact in the children's day to day lives.

    Ms. Jordan loves working at KinderCare! Every morning when the kids see her they get so excited! Ms. Jordan is constantly singing songs, reading books, and creating wonderful teaching moments with the kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jordan has previous experience working in a Toddler classroom at a Preschool in Colorado.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Seanna

    Ms. Seanna, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I love watching the kids grow!

    Ms. Seanna has enjoyed spending time with each age group. She now spends her time with the Toddlers! Ms. Seanna loves coming to work each day and seeing the children's smiling faces.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Seanna has previous experience babysitting and volunteering at a HeadStart program. She also has previous experience working with Infants and Toddlers.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer S.

    Ms. Jennifer S., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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. Jennifer has worked for KinderCare for several years with Toddlers and now with our two-year-old children in our Discovery Preschool class. She has enjoyed getting to know every child in our center and loves coming to work every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has experience working at several other Preschools and working as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love helping prepare the children in my class for their Kindergarten experience!

    Ms. Ruth has had the opportunity to be a lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and now the Prekindergarten class. She now has the important role of preparing our Prekindergarten children for their big year as Kindergarteners.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ruth has previous experience working as a nanny and as a teacher's aide in another Prekindergarten classroom.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Edith

    Ms. Edith, Cook

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Floating Teacher

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

    Ms. Jessica enjoys spending time in each classroom, Infants through School Age. She is a great help to our teaching staff!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has previous experience working in several other Early Childhood Education centers.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Floating Teacher, Bus Driver

    I love to see the kids grow and being a part of that process.

    Ms. Kristen comes to KinderCare with a positive attitude hoping to bring good energy to all the staff and children. Her help around the center creates a fun and relaxing learning environment.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    12 Early Childhood Education Units

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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

Our center features a keypad entry, secured and fenced playgrounds, and an experienced Health and Safety Coordinator to make sure all aspects of our day are done safely. All members of our staff 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.

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

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

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

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

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
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