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Fountain Valley KinderCare

Dianne Moses, Center Director

9945 Slater Ave. Fountain Valley CA 92708
(714) 968-4451 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
at Brookhurst & Slater across from Courtyard Marriott

Neighborhood:
Brookhurst / Slater across from the Marriott (Hotel)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Courresges, Cox, Plavin and Gisler

Our center is conveniently located off of the 405 freeway, which is a wonderful addition for anyone who commutes!

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Welcome

Welcome to Fountain Valley KinderCare. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.  We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Dianne Moses, 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.

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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Fountain Valley teachers are passionate about your child's wellbeing, happiness, growth, development and safety. We aim to provide a warm and nurturing environment that promotes self-esteem. Caring for and educating children is more than a job for us. It is an opportunity for us to reach each and every child in a way that positively impacts their world. We are here to stimulate, engage, and promote curiosity inside each and every child.

  • Dianne Moses, Center Director

    I believe each child can be whatever they want in this world if given the right tools and lots of nurturing.

    Ms Dianne has been the Center Director at the Fountain Valley KinderCare since October 2014.  Prior to joining the Fountain Valley family, Ms. Dianne was the Center Director at the Walnut center in Irvine for two years.  She has over 27 years of Early Childhood Education experience as a Teacher, Director and Divisional Manager.  Ms. Dianne is committed to offering a stimulating preschool experience for each and every child and looks forward to helping them become smart, caring and contributing members of the community.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Dianne worked for the YMCA of Orange County as a Teacher, Center Director and a Divisional Manager for seventeen years. After working at the YMCA she then became the Director of a preschool in Huntington Beach for ten years.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Andrea Datte, Assistant Director

    Everything happens for a reason. -unknown

    I joined the Fountain Valley KinderCare family in September of 2015. I have been married for two  and a half years and have two fur babies named Rebel and Loki. We are happy to announce that our first child is due February of 2016 (Jack Thomas). During my free time I love to volunteer at the Special Olympics and spending time with my family.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant at an elementary school; Assistant at Grace Christian School; Teacher on the Air Force base; Director at another preschool
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Tale of Three Trees
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Adolescent
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I love working with children. They are kind and gentle. They are fun and exciting. Children are non-stop entertainment. I knew when I was younger I wanted to teach, and I am happy to be living my dream job.

    Ms. Christine has a love for children and it is easily seen in her heart and efforts within our center. Ms. Christine is very calm and patient and she loves to read and sing to our little ones. She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education and she knows she has found the perfect atmosphere to work in.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Leanora

    Ms. Leanora, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Children are so precious and wonderful, working with them everyday is a blessing to me.

    Ms. Leanora has worked with children for many years within the Early Childhood field. She has patience and a very gentle nature that the children respond to very well. She is creative and exciting and likes to teach the children new things. Ms. Leanora enjoys leading the toddlers to new discoveries each and every day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    A person's a person, no matter How Big or How Small. -Dr. Seuss

    I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 17 years. My passion lies with teaching the infant and toddlers. I enjoy spending my days supporting our student's growth and development. I feel like I  bring fun and excitement to the children's daily adventures, and at the same time I am also calming and nurturing.

    Ms. Mary is a wonderful addition to our center!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Infant Classroom

    I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field and made it my career because children are extremely important and valuable. I want to be a part of their beginnings.

    I have been one of the infant teachers for the Fountain Valley KinderCare center since 2005. My goal is to help the center grow by using my experience and education . I have become a lead trainer for the infant and toddler room and have helped develop a wonderful team that puts our children's growth and development first.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
  • Ms. Rein, Toddler Classroom

    Train up a child the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    One of Ms. Rein's favorite things to do is garden!  To her it is a picture of nurturing children and that they will grow beautifully and fruitfully.

    Previous Experience:
    Before Ms. Rein started with KinderCare in 2013, she was a Licensed Family Childcare provider.
    Year Started:
    8/5/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Engineering (in the Philippines)
  • Ms. Alex, Cook

    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Griselda D. Rodriguez

    Ms. Griselda D. Rodriguez, Discovery Preschool and Spanish Adventures Classroom

    Don't give up. I believe in you all. A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss

    Griselda has been a lead teacher for KinderCare Fountain Valley since 2008. She began in the Discovery Preschool class as the lead teacher and has branched out, taking on more responsibility and programs. She has worked in all classrooms and brings her experience and expertise to each new environment. Griselda is fluent in Spanish and also teaches our Learning Adventures Spanish program. She is passionate about teaching and it shows in her ability to develop meaningful relationships with her students.

    Ms. Griselda enjoys working in the early childhood field because she gets a feeling of great pleasure watching and helping young children learn everything that is taught to them.  She strongly believes their brains are like little sponges. 

     

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Ms. Griselda worked at a Christian Preschool.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    22 Early Childhood Education units, Early Childhood Educator, Elementary classroom Teacher Aide Certificate, working on her Associates Degree and CPR trained.
  • Ms. Linda, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Tish, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was raised in Cerritos, California. I moved to Hawaii when I was 25 years old and lived there for 23 years. I attended College in Hawaii where I got my associate degree in Early Childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at a preschool in Hawaii for 12 years, Teacher at Waikiki Community Center for two years, Teacher at a preschool in Cerritos, CA for two years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vina, Preschool

    You are what you are, be a good one.

    Hello, my name is Vina Nguyen. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 10 years including the two years that I have worked here at KinderCare.

    I am married and have three children of my own. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child.  My goal for my teaching career is to make sure every individual child receives the best education and care that I can offer.

    Previous Experience:
    I was a two year old teacher at a preschool. I was a kindergarten teacher at a school. I have been a preschool teacher at a preschool, and I have been a pre-k teacher at a church school
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love all the Dr. Seuss Books
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    36 units in child development
  • Ms. Carly

    Ms. Carly, Preschool Classroom

    Children are joyful. I love my job because of the job and the excitement they bring. Each day is different, and each day is just an important as the next.

    Ms. Carly is our lead Discovery Preschool teacher. She has worked with KinderCare since 2008 and has been a wonderful addition to our KinderCare family. Ms. Carly is the potty training master and our children benefit daily from her calm disposistion and positive outlook on life. She is a strong teacher with excellent classroom management skills. She is a true asset to our team!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Sandy, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Soledad

    Ms. Soledad, Toddlers

    I love my job. Each day I get the opportunity to be a part of their life, and that is a privilage.

    Ms. Soledad has been working for KinderCare Fountain Valley since 2009. She spends the majority of her time working within the Infant and Toddler program. She brings excitement and energy where ever she goes. Ms. Soledad is currently working on her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She is dedicated and hardworking, but most importantly she plays with the children and brings new life to their every day experiences.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Kialani, Toddlers and suport staff

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lenora, Transitional Kinder and school -age Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Zoie

    Ms. Zoie, Support Staff

    I love children. I love to work with them and watch them grow. I love their energy and excitement for each new day.

    Ms. Zoie began teaching when she graduated from college in Iran. She has always worked in the field of Early Childhood Education and she brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Ms. Zoie works in the Early Foundations Preschool Program as a support teacher. She brings so much creativity and joy to the classroom on a daily basis.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36 Years
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children are an important part of our future. I love working with children and being an active part of their world.

    Ms. Sabrina is our Learning Adventures Specialist. She spends each day as a hard and dedicated worker, teaching Math and Phonics to our children. She is fun, lively and exciting. The children in our center enjoy spending time developing new skills with Ms. Sabrina. The students within our Learning Adventure programs have experienced great success under Ms. Sabrina's teaching. We feel honored to have Ms. Sabrina working every day for the empowerment of our children!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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
  • Vietnemese; Farse

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Professional Development Day-February (closure day is to be determined),  Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Professional Development Day-October (closure day is to be determined), Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas day.

We close early on Christmas Eve

Health and Safety

Fountain Valley KinderCare places the health and safety of their children first at all times. We have a health and safety coordinator on staff Monday through Friday who ensures the safety requirements and compliance of state regulations. The center is locked at all times, and there is a single entrance in and out of the building requiring keypad entry. All of our playgrounds are fenced, and we are surrounded by a well established safe neighborhood. Each and every teacher has been CPR and First Aid trained, and annual recertification occurs.

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.

I want to thank KinderCare for an amazing 30. This team truly loves the kids. Because of them my child is ready for Kindergarten. As a first time new parent the thought of putting my child in school was so scary. They walked me through the whole transition and never left my side. They are approachable and always available. The facility is clean and they offer so many extra programs for learning. 100% happy and sad to go. However we will be back for winter break, spring break, summer break and for a visit whenever we are in the area! Thank you Heather and your team!

- Parents

Our son started attending this daycare at nine-months-old. we went to over 25 daycares in the Fountain Valley and Irvine Areas. When we walked inside Fountain Valley KinderCare, we knew right away that this was the perfect place for us. From the moment the director welcomed us to the spacious classrooms, to the cleanliness of the place, I knew my son would be in a great place. I was currently still breastfeeding, so they helped me switch my son over to using a bottle. Our son was very attached to me, so it was hard for him to eat without me. However, the teachers where very patient and loving. Within a couple of weeks is was eager to get to school. I am extremely grateful to have found this daycare! The instant we move back to Orange County, we are going back to Fountain Valley KinderCare.

- Parents

The Fountain Valley KinderCare is such a wonderful daycare. The Director, Assistant Director and teachers are great, the programs and curriculum are amazing and the facility is really clean. The Directors and teachers are caring, nurturing, and warm. There’s constant communication between the teachers and parents. When my child had issues, not only did they inform us, but they also worked with us to help our child. The Director or Assistant Director is always available until closing if you ever need any advice or to address any issues or concerns. The teachers are always interacting with the children instead of just sitting around watching them.
Besides their great curriculum they also offer phonics, math, reading and Spanish as part of their enrichment programs. My child has learned so much from the phonics programs that it’s unbelievable.
Lastly, this center makes you feel like it’s your second home. The exterior and interior are well maintained. You will not see any marks on their white doors and trash cans. The playground is free from debris. As you step into this center, you'll feel the warmth of the nice decor and see pictures of all the children around the center. Another plus is that they provide nutritional and generous portions of breakfast, lunch and snacks. The children here sleep on cots during nap time instead of those thin flimsy mats.
Since we had to move, we assumed all day cares were comparable to the Fountain Valley location. The answer is No. Unfortunately, not all KinderCare's and other day cares are even comparable to the quality of this location.
Fountain Valley KinderCare should definitely be a role model to all the daycare facilities.

- Mother
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