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Eagle Ridge KinderCare

Patricia Schulz, 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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Special Instructions:
"Two blocks south of 6th Ave. off Heritage Rd." near Jefferson County Complex

Neighborhood:
Eagle Ridge

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Kyffin, Shelton.


Our summer program is filled with fun and learning.  With three field trips per week, the children are exposed to new adventures as they explore the themes of their two week units.  We provide a safe environment with accountability for all children in our care.
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Welcome

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.

Patricia Schulz, 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.

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.

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?

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  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

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 ECE and have experience working in various types of ECE settings. We are dedicated and we work has a team to provide families with a great educational experience while attending our center!

  • Patricia Schulz

    Patricia Schulz, Center Director

    I am passionate about giving children the gift of learning and providing a safe environment for children to ask questions, become independent with the chance to explore and learn about their environment.

    I have always wanted to be a teacher and began my college experience at Elmira College, Elmira, New York where I majored in Elementary Education and English.  My roots are in upstate New York, but I moved to Denver in 1971 after having taught two years at Branford Junior High in Branford, Connecticut.  While new to Denver, I spent my time raising my two boys and in 1981 ventured on a new career in real estate.  I became a licensed agent, but realized my talents were in management.  I worked as an administrative assistant at two real estate firms before the birth of my first daughter.  While I had my daughter in Children's World, the director recruited me to become the school age teacher in 1995 and I have been with KinderCare Education ever since. 

    Previous Experience:
    Patricia has taught middle school and has been a manager of two successful real estate firms. She began here ECE career with Children's World Learning Centers in 1995 and became the center director at our KinderCare in Golden in 2005.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Teddy Bear from Bumpkin Hollow. (it is out of print, but still remains my favorite)
    Year Started:
    6/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Seconday Education
  • Ms. Antoinette Rivera

    Ms. Antoinette Rivera, Assistant Director

    Director Quallified.  Has taught catechism classes for more than 3 years.  Did Girl Scouts for one year.

    Previous Experience:
    Antoinette has worked at various childcare centers and with the school district preschool program in Pueblo, Colorado for over 6 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Director Letter through the State of Colorado
  • Ms. Trish Garcia

    Ms. Trish Garcia, Discovery Preschool

    I love bringing the world of literature to our children.

    Previous Experience:
    Trish has had many years in the child care field.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any book is her favorite!
    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
  • Ms. Amy Fine

    Ms. Amy Fine, Infants

    Amy has been with KinderCare since 1999 and has been an assistant director and a director.

    Year Started:
    7/8/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Yolanda Nunez

    Ms. Yolanda Nunez, Infants

    Imagine with all your mind, Believe with all your heart, Achieve with all your might! Unknown author

    Yolanda is married to her highshool sweethear and they have 2 wonderful children.  Her favoirite 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 parapprofessional for kindergarten in the Denver Public Schools,
    Year Started:
    11/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor. In the process of obtaining my AAS is early childyhood educatiojh.
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Pre-K

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Ashley just started at our school and is enjoying her time here.  She loves photgraphy and 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 2 younger brothers.  Ashley is in the process of publishing her own children's book series.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at QVC in cistomer finance.
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education with a minor in reading
  • 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:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms Elizabeth has been in the childcare field for 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 ECE settings since 1981 including her own home based childcare setting.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Toddler A

    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:
    8/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Group Leader qualification courses
  • Ms. Tena

    Ms. Tena, Toddler B

    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 ECE. 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 ECE for over 15 years and various centers.
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 15 years
    Education:
    Group leader qualification classes and lots of specialized training in the field of ECE
  • Ms. Sandi, Toddler C

    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 ECE to Kindercare.
    Year Started:
    11/11/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Associated Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    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 and 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 nannyand in the childcare field.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's 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 for us at KinderCare early in her career.  She has gone to Red Rocks Community College and has almost completed her associates degree.  She came back to the Early Childhood field and we are very happy she did.  She works with Ms. Jessica in our Discovery Preschool toddler 2 room and they are indeed a dynamic duo.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan has previously worked at our center and has come back to us after reexamining her choice of career.
    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential has well as her Infant/Toddler Supervisor requriement
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Preschool

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

    Ms. Liz has been a great addition to our center. She has worked with toddlers up to preschool and is very consistent and dependable. She is always ready to provide the children in 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:
    7/29/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Almost a year
    Education:
    Working on Child Development Accrediation
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Pre- K Teacher

    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 Pre-K 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:
    4/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Educaion 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 and over 10 years working with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant teacher

    There is no foot too small that if cannot leave an imprint on this world.

    I love watching the infants reach developmental milestones while in my care.  I love being a new mom and using my mom skills and my education to help teach all the babies that I care for.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stejphanie has worked with KinderCare since November of 2012, taking maternity leave, and then returning.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in English
    Education:
    Early Childhood Entry Certificate

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

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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