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West Granite Bay KinderCare

Melissa Brandeberry, Center Director

8765 Sierra College Blvd. Granite Bay CA 95661
(916) 789-9898 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Johnson Ranch

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maidu, Stoneridge, Oakhills, Sierra, Sargeant and Greenhills


Welcome to the Granite Bay KinderCare. This is an amazing place where each day is spent playing, exploring and learning. We understand that this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, and we are honored that you and your family have trusted us to be a part of your extended family. We have a team of dedicated teachers whose passion is to provide the very best care and education possible. By our learn-through-play approach, we focus on whole child development including their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. From literacy development through a print-rich environment to social skills build in dramatic play, at KinderCare everything we do is designed for learning.

Melissa Brandeberry, 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 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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff of highly trained teachers have a passion for educating. They work each day to provide a joyful, warm, and safe environment. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to provide the best service possible to your unique family. It is our promise that you will share in all of the joy of your child's experiences each day through regular communication with their teachers. Whether a formal parent-teacher conference or a simple note home, we believe communication is of the highest priority.

  • Melissa Brandeberry

    Melissa Brandeberry, Center Director

    Be the change you wish to see.

    Melissa Brandeberry has been the Center Director at Granite Bay for ten years. She is a mom to two beautiful girls and understands how important it is to find a quality program. Melissa knows that you want to be certain that you have made the best choice for your child. At KinderCare, she is committed to creating a safe, warm, and nurturing environment for your child.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Training credential
  • Serina Taylor

    Serina Taylor, Assistant Director

    Knowing I can provide families with peace of mind that their child is in great hands is my greatest professional accomplishment.

    Serina has had the pleasure of working with children for 11 years within KinderCare. For her the most amazing part of the job is to see all the smiling faces that are eager to learn and share their little world each morning. Her role allows her to maintain valued and cherished relationships with each and every family. She is passionate about the safety, learning environment, and care of each child. Above all, learning is fun, and she works hard as a team each day to accomplish that goal! Thank you for entrusting us with your most valuable asset .

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to being promoted to Assistant Center Director, Serina held several positions throughout the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss Books and Sandra Boynton books for children.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education credentials
  • Angela Mendibles, Assistant Director

    Ms. Angela has been with KinderCare for 15 years. Angela has a family with three boys. She is dedicated to parents, children, and staff no matter what the situation. Being an Assistant Director is more than a job, it is an honor. Angela has taught in every classroom and held every position possible within the KinderCare family. With her teaching experience combined with her management skills, she brings with her a great added magic to make KinderCare at Granite Bay an amazing center.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    ECE Units, Bachelor of Art in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kayla started with KinderCare in 2015. She is married and has a wonderful little boy. Ms. Kayla has wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. She has always looked up to teachers and wants the children to do the same with her. Ms Kayla loves to see the children smile and light up when she walks into the classroom. Everyday is a different and new experience with the children in the Infant room. The children keeps Ms. Kayla's heart young. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Kayla worked in the kid's gym at 24 Hour Fitness.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Toddler Classroom

    Rather than following other paths, support each child's own unique path.

    Ms. Becca has a genuine love for children, specifically fostering each child's individual growth. She demonstrates her passion and love for children from the moment they enter our building. Ms. Becca greets each child with a smile and genuinely asks each child a question about their morning. She then speaks softly to our children and transitions to the next activity. Ms. Becca is amazing with young children!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Becca worked at Humboldt State Preschool and Town & Country Preschool.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddler Classroom and Chef

    I love watching the children grow and learn new things everyday.

    Ms. Alicia's experience with working with children is apparent. Her ability to teach children new things is always impressive.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Alicia has worked at other child care facilities.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces as they learn something new and then talking about what they learned.

    Ms. Valerie has a very loving disposition and compassion for others. She enjoys being a role model and seeing the improvement in each child's developmental progress.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education certificate
  • Miss Carrie

    Miss Carrie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Each day brings a new sunshine. I'm inspired by the many hugs I receive each and every morning! Knowing I am striving to make a difference is an amazing feeling.

    Miss Carrie has a unique way of teaching with such ease and patience. Each day she allows each child to take advantage of learning through a new opportunity. Miss Carrie also does not pass up any opportunity to teach a child new things. Her knowledge and passion for teaching never goes unnoticed!

    Year Started:
    39 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I'm inspired by the emotional and intellectual growth that I get to witness in the children first-hand everyday.

    Ms. Heather is so happy to have an opportunity to talk to children each day. You can see her enthusiasm when she listens to their stories. She lives for children.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Candace

    Ms. Candace, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the smile and the excitement on a child's face once they have accomplished something new!

    Ms. Candace has an amazing heart and passion for children. She has a way of guiding each child to reach their highest potential. We are so fortunate to have Ms. Candace here with us at KinderCare Granite Bay. Each morning she greets both children and families alike with a genuine smile. Her love for teaching is evident in her classroom. She is so creative and able to get children excited about learning in a fun way! Learning through play is a great tool Ms. Candace uses each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candace has previous experience working as a private kindergarten teacher for both KinderCare and Bright Horizons.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Mr. Steffan

    Mr. Steffan, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Steffan graduated from Sacramento State University. He grew up in a United States Air Force family that prides itself on hard work, commitment to family, and fun. The staff and families at this center are like a second family to Mr. Steffan, and he could not be more proud of what they accomplish every day. He looks forward to seeing the school age children to grow into amazing people and make a positive impact on the world. Mr. Steffan loves to watch them learn and grow into bright and successful young students. He is excited to know that he has played a part in each child's life. Mr. Steffan love the fact that he gets to see students and teachers that have become a second family to him. He believes that the best thing about his center is that it has such a welcoming family inclusive environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Mr. Steffan worked at Bishop's Pumpkin Farm.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, School Age Classroom and Van Driver

    Knowing I am striving to make a difference each and everyday in a child's life.

    Ms. Elizabeth is such an inspiration and role model for our older school age children. She makes an effort to be a good listener. She is also proud to teach children new tools and see them utilize these new tools under her supervision. It's a proud moment when her classroom achieves personal growth within themselves.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth used to work as a nanny for triplets.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education certificate
  • Ms. Andie

    Ms. Andie, Learning Adventures

    The thing I love most about teaching, is taking every opportunity to teach each child how to care for others.

    Ms. Andie thrives on watching the development of each child grow and explore. She is always smiling when she sees the children in her care, feeling accomplished, and becoming successful little kids!

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education certificate
  • Christina Vang, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Christina has brought such a ray of sunshine to KinderCare Granite Bay! We are so excited to have Ms. Christina teaching our Preschool class. She has a passion for Preschool children. Ms. Christina has worked with children for seven years. Her interactions with children are simply sweet and she gives every ounce of attention to each child!  

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    ECE Credentials, 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • PEANUT-FREE Environment

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

Health and safety is among our top priorities. We keep a secure environment through a coded front entry, alarms on every gate exiting the property as well, as adhering to a very strict pick-up policy. The health of every child in our care is top of mind each and every day. Our Health & Safety Coordinator works each day to ensure we provide a clean and sanitized environment for children of all ages. Our teachers are CPR Certified and have Health & Safety certifications .

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 have only nice things to say about this KinderCare. I set out about eight months ago to find a preschool for my 3-year-old. I had visited other schools in the area but after visiting KinderCare, I knew I wanted my child there. On my tour, I met with the center director and was greeted with a smile, handshake, and she knew my name as we had previously scheduled the tour. She was friendly, full of information, and answered my questions honestly. You could tell she was happy to be working there. After being at KinderCare for eight months, I see the same consistency as I did in the initial visit. The staff and directors are friendly and seem genuinely happy to be there. Their summer program has tons of fun activities for my child. I love my child's teacher and I get a ton of art that they do in class and a daily report that describes her day including what she ate for lunch and if she napped. I am so happy I found this center. Thank you Melissa and staff for making us a part of your family.

- Parent

As we are nearing the end of our school year and soon the end of our stay (since 2005) with KinderCare Granite Bay, I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with Miss Carrie.  I know this is no surprise to you. I first noticed Miss Carrie back in 2008 and asked how long I had to wait for my child to be in her class. Miss Carrie provides the comfort, security, discipline, and learning environment that every child this age needs.  This is a challenging year for the kids as they get ready for kindergarten.  They need the tools and confidence to move onto this next big stage in their life.  Miss Carrie provides this in many ways.  Here are a few that I love: I have always felt like I was going into my mom's house when I entered Miss Carrie's room.  She has a way of making things feel very welcoming and homey.  From the smell of breakfast which is always ready and waiting to clean blankets for nap time, she provides the home-like feeling in her class. Her room always has a new activity, usually created by her, for the kids to play with.  Whether she has made a new batch of homemade play dough or created a rocket out of cardboard and foil, it is always something the kids absolutely love.  She also is creative in putting things together in different nooks in her class for kids to sit and learn independently.   With the amount of boys in her class, I'm constantly amazed by her calm way of disciplining but when needed she is quick and tough. I believe Miss Carrie goes above and beyond the call of duty in her role.  Every child is lucky to have her.  The quality and retention of teachers the Granite Bay center has is awesome.  I'm lucky to have you as my extended "family" for my children.  I will continue my referrals even after I am gone.  We will be back for summer programs :)

- Parent

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