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Granada Hills KinderCare

Ana Castellanos, Center Director

17730 Rinaldi St. Granada Hills CA 91344
(818) 363-8442 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between White Oak & Zelzah

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None at this time

We are currently have openings for our Toddler room, Discover Preschool room, Preschool room, Prekindgarten room and  school age room.

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Welcome

 Welcome to Granada Hills KinderCare. We are known for providing a loving and warm environment that you will experience as soon as you come through our front door. Our curriculum engages the whole child so not only are they learning academics but they are learning the social emotional skills to continue their educational journey. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family. Please feel free to call to schedule a tour of our center so we can answer any questions you may have and get your child’s education started today. 

Ana Castellanos, 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.

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.

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.

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 health and safety of our children is our first priority at Granada Hills. At our center all of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. Also, our center has a keypad entry and families are given the key-code upon enrollment. To maintain the safety our children the key-code is changed every 6 months.

  • Ana Castellanos

    Ana Castellanos, Center Director

    The staff, children and families make me the director I am.

    Ana started as a part time infant teacher in Downtown L.A and shortly after she took over their learning adventures program. Three years later she got offered a position as a preschool teacher in Burbank CA. After six months of being a lead teacher she got promoted to Assistant Director in Torrance. After a year and a half of being an A.D she got asked to take over the role of Acting Center Director at Granada Hills and months later got offered the position as Center Director. She has now been a Center Director for almost two years. Ana loves building relationships with her families, staff and children. She has learned that communication is the key in keeping a center running smoothly. She strives to provide a safe, fun, and learning environment at all times.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Multiple Subject Credential
  • Thania Garcia

    Thania Garcia, Assistant Director

    I love to make a difference in children's lifes.

    Thania started as a floater in 2005 and two years later she took over the Kindergarten classroom. She then became the Assistant Director. She enjoys helping families when they have questions. She enjoys her position because she gets to experience the administration side but at the same time still have interactions with teachers and children.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Lana

    Ms. Lana, Infant Classroom

    I love KinderCare. I love the parents, the teachers… I love the school! I want to do something new every day!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Yogitta

    Ms. Yogitta, Infant Classroom

    I love when the children learn to write their names, sing songs and when they use their first words.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Carolina

    Ms. Carolina, Toddler Classroom

    One of the many things I love about teaching is being able to be a part of a child's growth and development.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the children's reactions when they learn something new for the first time.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the bonds that are created among the children and teachers.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to be around children. I love to see them learn something new every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children's faces light up when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Keitra

    Ms. Keitra, Preschool Classroom

    I love it all. Interacting with the children, having them repeat something they learned from me in the past. I love teaching.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    24 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Preschool Classroom

    I love the expression on a child's face when they discover something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's 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

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

Here at Granada Hills KinderCare it is our number one priority to make sure that children are in a safe, clean, healthy environment. To help ensure this for parents we have daily sign-in and out procedures, strict parent/guardian identification release procedures, pin coded entrance, daily classroom observations for safe and age appropriate toys, weekly safety protocol practices, and monthly disaster drills. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules makes sure we provide healthy and clean environment.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I love this place and the people who work here! The management and teachers are super sweet and caring. My daughter was in the toddler room and absolutely loved it and I had no mom guilt because the teachers genuinely cared and were wonderful with her. Great experience, I actually cried the last day I dropped my daughter off (we moved). Recommend to everyone.

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