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Westpark KinderCare

Valerie Saunders, Center Director

855 Paseo Westpark Irvine CA 92606
(949) 262-0260 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Our center boasts two Infant rooms, two Toddler rooms with a 1:4 ratio; two Discovery Preschool rooms, two Preschool rooms, two PreKindergarten rooms and a Private Kindergarten class.   Learning is supposed to be a natural and joyful experience.  Our goal is to help your child develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  We believe all children need opportunities to be responsible, to make choices and to be treated with respect.  We hope to help build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

Welcome

Welcome to Westpark Kindercare!   We are conveniently located in the residential area of Irvine called Westpark in one of the nicest locations in Irvine.  We are surrounded by community parks, shopping and homes and are especially lucky to have a spacious school with four large playgrounds, all of them with grass and room to run.  Although we have a wonderful curriculum and a beautiful school, it's our staff that sets us apart.  Come visit us today and experience for yourself the Westpark Kindercare difference!

Valerie Saunders, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

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?

Dance, Art, Active Adventures

Teachers & Staff

Every school has its own personality and this is where we truly shine. Our staff members are engaged professionals with a true heart for children. With years of experience and an enthusiasm for teaching this staff is a wonderful example of early childhood educators; I am proud to introduce you to them.

  • Valerie Saunders

    Valerie Saunders, Center Director

    Valerie has worked in Preschools since she was eighteen years old and has loved every minute of it. She enjoys the day to day "little miracles" that happen when a child discovers something new. We have wonderful parents here at Westpark KinderCare. Valerie is fortunate to be a part of this amazing "family"!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current position, Valerie was a Preschool teacher for five years, spent seven years as a Middle School Office Manager and Religion Teacher at a faith based Preschool-Eighth Grade. She's also opened two Preschools and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Travel Management and still holds a current Real Estate License.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education degree
  • Ms. Caryn

    Ms. Caryn, Infants

  • Ms. Juliann

    Ms. Juliann, Infants/Toddlers

  • Ms. Sheeba

    Ms. Sheeba, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy teaching children, because I love to witness the "AHA" moments happen, when teaching them a new concept. I have a passion for working a diverse group of children, because each individual child brings something new to the classroom community for everyone else to learn from.

    Previous Experience:
    Antec Diagnostic (Labratory job)
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carl

    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marim

    Ms. Marim, Toddlers

  • Ms. Coni

    Ms. Coni, Toddler Classroom

    Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times; if one only remembers to turn on the light" -Albus Dumbledore

    I originally went to school to become a nurse, but after I went to India to work with children for the summer I changed my mind. After I returned, I changed my major to Child Development and am so glad that I did. Seeing their faces when they finally mastered a new skill, after trying day, after day, after day, is the most rewarding feeling in the world. It brightens up my day to see them grow physically and academically and emotionally.

    Previous Experience:
    Internship during school working with children with special needs; working with 3-year-olds at my church
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Quick As a Cricket by Audrey Wood
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA in Child Development/ Early Childhood
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler Classroom

    I began my journey in Early Childhood Education (ECE) by working at my college's ECE center, I fell in love with the work and decided to continue my degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 10 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Pre-Kindergarten

  • Ms. Tatiana

    Ms. Tatiana, Kindergarten Classroom

    Tatiana entered the Early Childhood Education field because she enjoys working with children and seeing them grow in many developmental areas. She has such a passion for the field that she decided to continue her education toward a bachelor of art in Child Development and Family Studies. The biggest reward for her is seeing the children develop their own understanding of the world around them. It is really amazing to witness children developing a sense of self-competence and self-worth as well as working on cognitive development. She believes that to help children reach their full potential both, teachers and families, must work together to help each child succeed.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for 6 years as a Jr. K teacher; full-time/part-time substitute teacher; summer school teacher; two years I worked at a school that taught 18 month olds to 14 year olds
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Collection of Russian Fairy Tails

    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 12 years in ECE
    Education:
    Dual bachelor of art in Child Development and Family Studies
  • Ms Tanya, Pre-Kindergarten

    Education:
    B.A.
  • Ms. Rachel, Pre-Kindergarten

  • Mr. Paul

    Mr. Paul, Support Staff and Active Adventures

    We all make mistakes, we are all just learning" - Unknown

    Born and raised in Harrisburg, PA, attended college and then joined the Marines where I was stationed on the East Coast and then transferred to Camp Pendleton, CA. I got into this field by chance, and during that time I realized how important Early Childhood Education is to the development of each individual child.   I really enjoy hearing   the children talk about all the new knowledge they have learned and accumulated during their time in my classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Caregiver, volunteered with disabled children and veterans while in the military.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting
    Year Started:
    2/27/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Years
    Education:
    B.S. in Criminology/Minor in Religious Studies
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Support Staff

    Every child you encounter is a divine appointment and a special gift".

    I started teaching preschool when my daughter turned 2 years old. I fell in love with teaching preschool children, and continued teaching even after my daughter moved onto Elementary school. I do not see this as a job, but as an opportunity to sow into the live of children. I love to see the growth and development in each individual child. I am passionate about loving and caring for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught 2nd grade at a private school for 4 years, and Pre-Kindergarten for 10 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Little Bears by Robert Southey
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    24 ECE units
  • Chef Tri

    Chef Tri, Kitchen

    Education:
    Degree in Food and Nutritian

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

We are a Nationally Accredited Center

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Farsi, Korean, Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Spring PDD (Professional Development Day) TBA
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Fall PDD (Professional Development Day) TBA
Thanksgiving Day
The Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (early closure)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority.  In addition to the built-in security features at the center we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure.  Teaching your child the importance of hand washing at an early age helps maintain his/her health. Children may become sick during the day; if your child becomes ill while at the school we think it's better for him/her to be at home with you.  We will call you and ask that you pick your child up within the hour.  All children need to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. 
We also follow monthly emergency drills and have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff who maintains our safety and cleanliness records.

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.

Westpark KinderCare has been a great experience for our daughter Sofia.  The Director and Administrative personnel and teachers are very welcoming and caring; they are always open to discussing any questions or comments we may have.  From a facility standpoint, the school has great open areas and is always very clean.  Lastly we really value their offering of additional classes which helps take our daughter's development to a great place. 

- Mother
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