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Eagle Ridge KinderCare

Melissa Birmingham, Center Director

18601 Eagle Ridge Dr. Golden CO 80401
(303) 279-0814 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Eagle Ridge

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kyffin and Shelton


Thank you for your interest in our school. We are committed to providing your child the best experience in the Early Childhood Education. We strive to be the best with a deep focus on school readiness, physical development, and maintaining a healthy and safe center for all the children in our care. We are always looking for ways to improve and never settle. I look forward to speaking with you and your family and to building a strong influence in your child's life.

Melissa Birmingham, 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.

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


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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

We have a warm and welcoming school with a wonderful staff who really care about the families and children in our care. Our staff is educated in the field of Early Childhood Education and have experience working in various types of Early Childhood Education settings. We are dedicated and we work has a team to provide families with a great educational experience while attending our center!

  • Melissa Birmingham, Center Director

  • Ms. Antoinette Rivera

    Ms. Antoinette Rivera, Assistant Director

    Ms. Antoinette has worked at various childcare centers and with the school district preschool program in Pueblo, Colorado for over six years. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Director Letter through the State of Colorado
  • Ms. Amy Fine

    Ms. Amy Fine, Infant Classroom

    Amy has been with KinderCare since 1999. 

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has been a director and an assistant director.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Yolanda Nunez

    Ms. Yolanda Nunez, Infant Classroom

    Yolanda is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two wonderful children.  Her favorite color is purple.  Her family means everything and she loves spending time with them doing anything they feel like doing.

    Previous Experience:
    Yolanda has worked for a few childcare centers including the Denver Federal Center. She has also been a para professional for kindergarten in the Denver Public Schools,
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor and she is in the process of obtaining her Associate in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Ada

    Ms. Ada, Infant Classroom

    I love watching those babies grow and learn to sit up, crawl, and walk.

    Ms. Ada is one of our infant nursery supervisor teachers and loves her babies. She is very dedicated to providing families with the best infant care experience. She has lots of love and hugs to go around!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ada has worked in various Early Childhood Education settings.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

    I love those babies! The coo, smile, and warm my heart.

    Ms. Elizabeth has been in the childcare field for over thirty years and we have been blessed to have her here for nine. She has been a steady, consistent team member, who is very dependable.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has worked in various Early Childhood Educqation settings since 1981 including her own home-based childcare setting.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science degree
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie loves watching the infants reach developmental milestones while in her care. She is a new mom, and uses her mom skills and education to help teach all the babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has worked with KinderCare since November of 2012, taking maternity leave, and then returning.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in English, Early Childhood Entry credential
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Toddler Classroom

    This is the best job for me!

    Ms. Tami works in our Toddler A classroom with Ms. Vanessa. They make a great duo and really work hard at providing the toddlers in their care with a loving and safe environment. Ms. Tami is always smiling and loves her little ones!!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tami previously worked for Kidz Inc., Little Harvard Academy, and Total Long Term Care.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Group Leader qualification courses
  • Ms. Tena

    Ms. Tena, Toddler Classroom

    This is the best job and the hardest job (besides being a mom!) Childcare is a career.

    Ms. Tena moved to Colorado from Arizona bringing with her lots of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Tena and Ms. Tami work together in the toddler room to create a fun and loving atmosphere. The toddlers in their care love getting hugs from their Ms. Tena!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tena has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years and at various childcare centers.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Group leader qualification classes and lots of specialized training in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sandi, Toddler Classroom

    Creating positive and happy days for the children in my care!

    Ms. Sandi is a very happy and loving person. She works hard to make her children's experience in her room filled with love and lots of fun. She is very dedicated to her profession and the families she serves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandi has dedicated her whole entire career in Early Childhood Education to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love bringing the world of literature to our children.

    Previous Experience:
    Trish has had many years in the child care field.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the children grow and get excited when they see me everyday.

    Ms. Jessica has wonderful relationships with her parents and families. She has the welfare of the children at heart. She enjoys discovering new projects for them to accomplish.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica has previous experience as a nanny and in the childcare field.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the children in my care! They are what makes me get out of bed every morning!

    Ms. Susan has worked for us at KinderCare since early in her career.  She has gone to Red Rocks Community College and has almost completed her Associate degree.  She came back to the Early Childhood Education field and we are very happy she did.  She works with Ms. Jessica in our Discovery Preschool toddler room and they are a dynamic duo.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has previously worked at our center and came back to us after re-examining her choice of career.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate credential has well as her Infant and Toddler Supervisor requirement
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy working with children and making a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Liz has worked with toddlers up to preschool and is very consistent and dependable. She is always ready to provide the children in her care with a joyous experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liz has been a family care provider since she was 13. She has prior experience in customer service.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on Child Development Accrediation
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ashley loves photography, arts and crafts (not to mention Pinterest), and soccer.  She has two amazing show dogs, one of whom loves to go down any slide she finds on a children's playground!  She is the oldest of three children with two younger brothers.  Ashley is in the process of publishing her own children's book series.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at QVC in customer finance.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see the smiling faces of all the children and enjoy their successes!

    Ms. Shannon has become an integral partner with Ms. Ashley in the Prekindergarten classroom. Her background in Elementary Education helps her set the stage for her students' successes by concentrating on play, learning, and independence.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon has previous experience working in the school district as a kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, School Age Classroom

    I love getting to come to work everyday and watch the children learn and discover new things.

    Ms. Monica, not only works with the school age students in the afternoon and on days-off, but also plans our summer program and substitutes in all of our classrooms. She is quite the versatile teacher and does all of her jobs with a smile.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Monica has many years working in the childcare field.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Teaching certificate

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

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

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4th (if it falls on a Saturday we will be closed July 3rd; if a Sunday, July 5th)
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We committed to providing all the families with a safe and healthy center. We take pride in our center, and it shows with the deep focus on safety. We have many guidelines that we follow such as a Health and Safety Calendar, Cleaning Checklist, and Center Safety Checklist.

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