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Bearpaw KinderCare

Ms. Iris Antuna, Center Director

1 Bear Paw Irvine CA 92604
(949) 552-3222 Contact this center

Ages: 2 years to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Deerfield and Culver - 1 blk. S of Culver 1 mi. W of the 5 fwy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Green Tree Elementary College Park Elementary Deerfield Elementary El Camino Elementary

Our center is located near the intersection of Culver Dr. and Deerfield, close to Deerfield Elementary and across the street from Culver Plaza. We have five beautiful playgrounds and each class will have outside play twice a day. We also offer Learning Adventures programs in phonics and gymnastics for a small additional fee. These classes are wonderful enhancements and your child will receive lessons in a small group, allowing them more individual instruction. Our center also periodically hosts a parents night out and family dinners!

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We welcome you to Bearpaw, Irvine KinderCare. The moment you walk through our doors, you will feel the warmth and excitement that our wonderful teachers bring to this center. We pride ourselves in the longevity of our staff. Many of our teachers have been here for four or more years. Our teachers each have their own unique talents and ideas to enhance our excellent curriculum. Our curriculum focuses on academic, emotional, and social development in an engaging atmosphere. We offer care to children ages six weeks to twelve years, and every classroom is designed to encourage growth of the whole child. All of our programs offer exploration in dramatic play, art, math, science, and literacy. We warmly welcome you into our family, and look forward to celebrating your child’s success with you!

Ms. Iris Antuna, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.


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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 welcome you with a smile. We look forward to encouraging and teaching your child to grow and learn ever yday. We take every moment as a golden opportunity to complete what we were unable to finish yesterday. We are here for you and your child!  

  • Ms. Iris Antuna

    Ms. Iris Antuna, Center Director

    Kindness to children, love for children, and goodness to children are the only investments that never fail.

    Ms. Iris has over twenty years experience in Early Childhood Education. She started as an infant teacher and pursued her career and education in all classrooms. As she continued her path in the field of Early Childhood Education, she became a part of the KinderCare family as a Kindergarten Teacher. She continued to grow and was promoted to Assistant Director. Due to her knowledge and skills, she became the Center Director at the Bearpaw KinderCare. Ms. Iris has three beautiful children and lives in Orange County.  All three of her children have attended or still attend KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Early Childhood Education Certification
  • Ivania Lewis

    Ivania Lewis, Assistant Director

    You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.

    Ms. Ivania has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over fifteen years. She began her career as a part-time teacher for a private preschool in Garden Grove. As she continued her education in the field, she decided that this was the  perfect career for her!  In 1994 she joined the Kindercare family working in several locations, including Atlanta, Georgia. She joined the Bearpaw Family in 1999 where she was promoted to Assistant Director in 2006. Ms. Ivie has two beautiful daughters and is a proud grandma.

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Early Childhood Certified
  • Ms. Raquel

    Ms. Raquel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is a miracle.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Faye

    Ms. Faye, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Love and energy are the key words for success and achievement.

    Ms. Faye has been working with children for sixteen years because they are fun, interesting, challenging and innocent. Everyday she says she is learning something new from the children. Ms. Faye teaches and treats her students just the way she would do for her own children: caring all the way.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
  • Ms. Dianna

    Ms. Dianna, School-Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Multiage

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Opening teacher/Gymnastics

    Where there is a will, there is a way.

    Ms. Andrea has been a children's gymnastics coach for eight years. In her gymnastics class she teaches balance, coordination, strength and much more through fun physical games the children love!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Hilary

    Ms. Hilary, Phonics Adventures

    Year Started:
    1 Year

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
  • Farsi, Pashto

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Our center adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. This center is accessible via single-entry security with keypad access, with daily sign-in/out and strict parent/guardian identification procedures. The Center has a secured entry door with a keypad. Photo I.D. checks are required for all pick-ups. The playground has alarmed security gates. The Center conducts fire and earthquake drills. There is also an onsite Health and Safety Coordinator.

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

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

I want to thank you for the email and for the care that is provided to my grandson, Ethan. I have seen many changes to him and have enjoyed his growth. It is a pleasure to see his brightness and intuitiveness being put to a forum that enhances him. I am always happy to contribute to Ethan’s education and if there is ever something that I may provide or contribute to please do not hesitate to let me know.

- Grandmother

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you and your staff for your passion and love you pour into our children. Thank you for making Serena feel so special on Friday. She learned so much while at KinderCare and I’m grateful to all the wonderful teachers that worked with her over the years. You all are our everyday heroes because you are handling our precious future leaders. 
Serena is excited to go to her big girl school on Tuesday and finally be a school age girl. She was so brave and tiny when she started school at KinderCare when she was just five-months-old. I remember dropping off my most prized possession that first week and feeling like a part of my body was being torn off. She started her first day in style with her pretty purple dress. She can now read, do some addition, and she can talk your ear off. My beautiful little Sunshine will make all of you very proud. Please share my gratitude with all her teachers.

- Parents

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