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North Fullerton KinderCare

Kristen Funk, Center Director

3223 North Associated Rd. Fullerton CA 92835
(714) 990-6924 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
off of 57 just south of Imperial & Associated Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rolling Hills, Raymond, Acacia, Topaz, Sierra Vista, and Country Hills,Olinda,Fanning,Hermosa, and Brookhaven

We offer programs for ages 6wks to 12 years old. Call or stop by today for a tour.

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Welcome

At Fullerton KinderCare we believe in developing the whole child. Each day, we provide a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our goal is to meet the needs of each of our families. We strive to be an extension of your home. Our staff will provide a safe, secure and loving environment in which your child can begin a life long love of learning. The team at North Fullerton is truly passionate about educating and nurturing young children. Whether your child has their first words or Kindergarten on the horizon, see how we prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Come visit us today!

Kristen Funk, 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

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. 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

The teachers and staff at North Fullerton KinderCare welcome you to our school. We are all very passionate about providing the best care and education for your child while you are away at work or school. Our teachers have an average tenure of seven years at our center. Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here at the Fullerton KinderCare and look forward to having your child in one of our classrooms.

  • Kristen Funk

    Kristen Funk, Center Director

    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

    Kristen has been the Director of this KinderCare center since 2009. She has worked in the early childhood industry for 20 years. The center has been growing and continues to provide quality care for the families in our area. The staff at the center is second to none and has a very low turnover. Everyday Kristen and her staff strive to provide the "BEST" care for our children and families. The dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm is what sets her center apart from any other school. Kristen's passion for educating children shows in all she does.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristen spent 15 years as a center director at a private school.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Melissa Holts

    Melissa Holts, Assistant Director

    Melissa has worked with children since she was twelve years old, professionally for 23 years. She is the mother of three beautiful children. Melissa loves the excitement of watching children grow and develop into the amazing people they are. In her free time Melissa enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Rena

    Ms. Rena, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rena teaches in the infant classroom and has been with KinderCare for nine years. She is Early Childhood Education Certifified as well as infant and toddler qualified.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified, Infant and Toddler Qualified
  • Ms. Beverly, Kitchen

    Year Started:
    10/26/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Cecelia

    Ms. Cecelia, Pre Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Vanessa S.

    Ms. Vanessa S., Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanessa has experience working with ages 6 weeks to 12 years old as well as administrative experience.
    Year Started:
    5/15/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Assoicates degree in child development
  • Miss Victoria

    Miss Victoria, Toddlers Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/30/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Three years
    Education:
    Early childhood units
  • Ms. Christy, Two's Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/31/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four years
    Education:
    Early childhood certified
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Two's Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Eight years
    Education:
    Early childhood certified
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Schoolage Classroom

    Ms. Sherry teaches in the toddler classroom and has been with KinderCare for 11 years. She is Early Childhood Education Certified and infant and toddler qualified.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified, Infant and Toddler Qualified
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Support Staff

    Ms. Peggy recently joined our KinderCare family and has been with KinderCare since May 2012. She teaches in our discovery preschool classroom and is Early Childhood Education Certified.

    Year Started:
    5/11/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brenda has been with KinderCare for seven years. She currently teaches in the preschool classroom and is Early Childhood Education Certified.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified
  • Ms. Lorena

    Ms. Lorena, Toddler classroom

    Ms. Lorena teaches in the kindergarten and Learning Adventures classrooms. She has been with KinderCare for two years. She is Early Childhood Education Certified as well as infant and toddler qualified.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified, Infant and Toddler Qualified
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Vanessa has been with KinderCare for three years. She currently teaches in the school age classroom and is Early Childhood Education Certified.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certified

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

We have a secure key pad entry, and we check identification for all children that are being picked up. Our center staff are all CPR and Heartsaver certified.

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
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This center is awesome! We have only been at this center a little over a week it is like night and day from the previous center we were enrolled in. The Center Director Kristen always takes my child from me in the morning and he always smiles. My son started crawling within the first week of starting at KinderCare. Ms. Renee, Ms. Vanessa, Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kristen are amazing. It is evident that the staff cares for the children and wants them to learn and grow while in their care. I could not ask for better care for my son.

- Mother

When my sons were babies, they want to KC in Buena Park and they loved it. Now they're parents and my grandson needed to be in daycare when he was 11 months old...so I naturally thought of KC. He was there until he was 2-1/2, and then I transferred him to the Lab School since I work at Fuller College. When he turned five I took him back to KC and it was like he never left. He was welcomed back with opened arms...Kristen Funk, the Director, was there when Shawn first started, as well as Ms. Sherry and Ms. Rene. They have always been there for me, and it's been a place they Shawn always feels happy to go back to.These next two weeks will be his last ones there before kindergarten. Thank you KC for playing such an important role in the lives of my sons and grandson!

- Grandmother / Guardian
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