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

Welcome

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!

Josephine Barajas, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    26 Units in Early Childhood Education including administration units, CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Parveen Malhi

    Parveen Malhi, Assistant Director

    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 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:
    8/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Michelle Gardner

    Michelle Gardner, Bookkeeper

    After working as a lead teacher in a preschool classroom, Ms. Michelle joined KinderCare and became the lead teacher in the Toddler room for three years. Recently, she has been part of the management team for another center before transferring to Natoma Station as our bookkeeper. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Berenstain Bears book series

    Year Started:
    3/22/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate in Child Development, CPR and First Aid Certification
  • 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, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sabrina 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    36 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Preschool Classroom

    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-old children.

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

    Mr. Ryne, School Age Classroom

    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:
    3
    Education:
    Currently taking college courses
  • Mr. Rolan, Support Staff

    Mr. Rolan recently came to join us as a support staff member. 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:
    7/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently attending Sacramento State
  • Ms. Elvira

    Ms. Elvira, Bus Driver and Support Staff

    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 United States 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 Early Childhood Education 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • 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:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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.

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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.

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