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KinderCare at Natoma Station

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


At KinderCare at 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 become a part of our family!

Melissa Schmierer, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.


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.


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.

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.

  • Melissa Schmierer, Center Director

    Year Started:
    10 Years
  • Parveen Malhi

    Parveen Malhi, Assistant Director

    Ms. Paveen has been with KinderCare for ten years and has played many roles during that time. She started out in the preschool classroom as the lead teacher for almost six years. She also spent time working with other age groups, from toddlers to school age children. 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 asset 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Keeley Tripp

    Keeley Tripp, Office Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Keeley has always known she's wanted to work with children, so she began working for KinderCare straight out of high school through college. She has been with the company her entire adult life and she's done everything from teaching in a classroom to working as an Assistant Director. In addition to her role as bookkeeper, Ms. Keeley also teaches our Learning Adventures programs and can be seen helping out in classrooms around the center. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Keeley would babysit for all the neighborhood children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Missing Piece by Shell Silverstein

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    21 ECE units with Infant/Toddler class, working on bachelor of art in Health and Human Services in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Infant Classroom & Parents Night Out Event Coordinator

    Ms. Jenn has worked at KinderCare Natoma Station for almost five years. She began her career with KinderCare as a toddler teacher, and has taken on other roles around the center since then. She absolutely loves working with children, no matter the age group. She can be seen helping out around the center when she isn't working with her infants. She primarily works with the younger group of babies. Ms. Jenn enjoys getting to know every child and family in our center and loves coming to work every day. She is also our Parent's Night Out Event 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:

    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Pursuing Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Michelle began her career with KinderCare five year ago, starting out as a lead toddler teacher. After three years, she moved up into a management position and transferred to our Natoma Station center. Since then, Ms. Michelle worked briefly as our bookkeeper before deciding to work in the Infant Classroom with the older infants.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Berenstain Bears book series

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Associate Degree in Child Development, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Candice

    Ms. Candice, Toddler Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Candice was born in California and raised by her mother in Mississippi until she moved back in 2011. She recently joined our KinderCare team as a certified Bus Driver. She is currently enrolled in a child development associate program to obtain her credential. She has taken on more roles within the company as our Health and Safety Coordinator and working in the Toddler room. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candice has previous experience working in a drop-in childcare facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Currently enrolled in a child development associate program
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sabrina joined our Natoma Station family two years ago as the Discovery Preschool teacher. Working with two- to three-year-olds can be challenging at times, but Ms. Sabrina does an amazing job. She loves to get the kids excited to get into the curriculum and do fun, messy art projects. Her previous experiences as a teacher and leader really shine through. She currently resides in Folsom with her family, and the love to do any fun outdoor activity, like swimming and camping.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sabrina has worked at various types of centers, including in-home and Montessori.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any and every Dr. Seuss book

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 Early Childhood Education units
  • Mr. Rolan

    Mr. Rolan, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Rolan started his career with KinderCare as a School Age Teacher. He can be seen assisting in classrooms throughout the center and the children love interacting with him. While he has not worked long in the early childhood education field, he brings experience working alongside school age children. In his spare time, Mr. Rolan likes to listen to music, hang out with friends, and have fun. He is currently attending school to be a physical therapist. We are so excited to have Mr. Rolan as a team member.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous to working at KinderCare at Natoma Station, Rolan worked in the school district as a yard supervisor, as well as coaching the youth wrestling program at his high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently attending Sacramento State
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Floater

    I am very passionate about working with kids.

    Ms. Cindy truly cares about the children and the bonds she forms with them show. She always has an activity planned that is sure to keep the children engaged and learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Cindy has worked in a few child care facilities. She worked at our sister school, CCLC, before transferring to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate degree and core Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Ellie

    Ms. Ellie, Floater

    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 discontinued her path when she moved to the United States from Romania. Upon arriving here, she's worked in food service, bookkeeping and salons. When Ms. Ellie joined us at Natoma Station, she started as a Bus Driver and Support Staff. In the last year, Ms. Ellie has completed her child development associate credential and taken over as lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom. Ms. Ellie truly brightens everyone's day!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Cook

    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 Blew by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

We are more than just a childcare 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 opportunities 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.

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

My daughter has been attending KinderCare in Folsom for over two 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

Returning back to work after five months of maternity leave was the hardest thing I have had to do as a parent, but due to 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 now 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. The staff at KinderCare at Natoma Station is very sweet and care for my children. I am glad to have them enrolled there on a regular basis. Thanks!

- Mother

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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