Diane Cardenas, Center Director
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Welcome to our KinderCare Learning Center. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to grow up in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
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Diane Cardenas, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
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.
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.
Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. As a nationally accredited child development program, our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education level and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child’s progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Diane is committed to her children, parents and teachers. She strives to provide the children of her center a place to feel happy and safe, while learning life skills and the necessary beginnings for future education. As a past Kindergarten and First Grade teacher, she understands the importance of the building blocks needed to be ready to enter the public school system. Diane also understands the need for family and community involvement in assisting with the well being and growth of children. She is extremely excited to be part of the start of the journey to your child's future.
Ms. Jessica is the Assistant Director. She joined KinderCare in 2010. Her favorite part about being a teacher is knowing that her children are gaining new developments every day because of her help and attention. Her goal is to create opportunities for your child to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for Kindergarten. She encourages the use of the senses to explore different materials, creates opportunities to ask and answer open-ended questions, experiments with spatial relationships, and promotes an understanding of sequencing such as first, next, and last. She also uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills, strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities, improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams, and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals.
I love knowing that I'm making a difference in a child's life.
Ms. Evelin is our Prekindergarten teacher. She joined KinderCare in 2011. She loves that through teaching, she has the ability to help children achieve their best. Her goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. We build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers and strengthen conversation skills with group sharing and reading experiences. We support cooperative play, use whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation, and demonstrate how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. We support pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes, encourage creative expression through age-appropriate art materials, and stimulate imagination through storytelling and block-building.
I love to see how my babies change while they accomplish each milestone. I come to work to see my babies smiling faces and to catch up on all the new things they can do. My goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. I provide paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; support imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourage self-expression through movement and music. I provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. I appreciate you trusting us with your infant's care and education, and I’m committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.
I love the children .I love to see the children learn new things and watch them grow. My goal is to encourage your child to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. I will help your infant learn to engage with others. I will talk with your child; communicate verbally and through non-verbal gestures; tell stories and sing songs to model conversational skills; and use picture books to build association between sounds, objects and words. I will also help your infant improve mobility and coordination. I will support your baby as he or she rolls from side-to-side and learns to crawl, stand, and walk; support the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards; and meet your child's individual needs for rest and nutrition.
I love spending each day with my students exploring, teaching, singing and learning with them. I also work hard to create a very consistent, stable and fun environment for the children. This allows them to feel comfortable and safe while enjoying their time at school. I enjoy all aspects of my job but my favorite things do to with the children are outside time and art projects. Watching them create their own masterpieces and accomplish new physical tasks independently is very rewarding. I am looking forward to spending my days with your children and getting to watch them learn and grow!
Ms. Amy joined us in March of 2016. She has worked as a two year old teacher for over 3 years and is passionate about working with this age group. Her goal is to create a very stable, consistent and entertaining environment for your children, while working on their life skills, toilet training and growing minds by teaching from our curriculum.
Seeing the smiling faces on the kids.Teaching and helping kids grow. Being greeted with love by the kids is what inspires me to come to work each day. My goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. I fill each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to me, so you’ll receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent / teacher conferences. I look forward to getting to know you and your family.
I love teaching the children something new and then seeing the excitement on their faces when they figure things out!
Ms. Rena joined our school in September 2015 where she was able to work in several different classrooms. She fell in love with the preschool age group and has now become our preschool teacher full time. She is looking forward to our new school year and the excitement of the children as they progress through their journey of learning. The smiles on her student's faces as they learn are what inspire her to come to work each day.
I love seeing the wonder light up in a child's eyes when they discover something new and I love to get their smiles and hugs.
Ms. Jennifer joined our school in August 2014. She spends most of her time with the children in our Toddler classroom. During her circle time, Ms. Jennifer reinforces colors, numbers and emotions with the children. She also utilizes sign language daily for teaching those skills. Ms. Jennifer has had a lot of experience working on these skills with small children as she has spent over 18 years in the early childhood education field, even being the owner of her own childcare center.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Our top priority at KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door, literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter. All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. All guests are emergency pick up people are identified and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously. We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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