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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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Special Instructions:
between Harvard & Culver, next to Santa Cruz Park

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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Accreditation

  • Going through self study for NAEYC

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.

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.

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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • Ms. Taylor Camarena

    Ms. Taylor Camarena, Assistant Director

    Just breathe.

    Taylor loves working with children of all ages. She is the sunshine in the office and classroom. Taylor enjoys the diversity of our center staff, parents and children as she loves to learn something from everyone. Taylor is continuing her education at California State Fullerton with the goal of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Assistant Director

    Ms. Stephanie believes that in order for children to learn they need to be interested in something to keep their attention. She strives to find exciting activities that children can enjoy and have fun with while learning. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie has previous experience working as a substitute teacher in gradesK-5 and worked in a Preschool with three, four and Kindergarten age children.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Credential
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    Children bring joy into my life because of their eagerness to learn and their genuine loving nature.

    Ms. Sandra has an Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies from Santa Ana College. She has a Child Development Associate's Credential and is continuing her education at California State University - Fullerton, majoring in Child and Adolescent Studies. Ms. Sandra has worked for KinderCare for about six months. She loves teaching because she can make a difference in a child’s life. She believes that each child needs gentle encouragement and guidance in their development. As a teacher, Ms. Sandra loves to learn from them each and every day.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sheeba

    Ms. Sheeba, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Sheeba has completed 22 units of Early Childhood Education and she has worked for KinderCare for almost seven years. Ms. Sheeba loves teaching because she loves getting to know the children and loves to build lasting relationships with her families. She is excited to be a part of a child’s life and help them grow and mature into beautiful young children.

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    22 Units of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

  • Ms. Deven

    Ms. Deven, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Anna, Infant, Toddler, and Discovery Preschool Classsroom

  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant/Toddler/Preschool Classrooms

    Ms. Jessica loves to be creative in her classroom. She enjoys teaching because she feels it prepares children for future success.

    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Coni

    Ms. Coni, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Toddlers Classroom

    Ms. Diana has chosen to work with children because she loves working with children. She is passionate in providing quality care and understand each child and their family. In her spare time, Ms. Diana enjoys spending time with her growing family!

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    California State Credential Associated Teacher
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Sierra

    Ms. Sierra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Shih

    Ms. Shih, Preschool

  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Preschool Classroom

    Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.  ~Gordon B. Hinkley

    I am the oldest of 7 children, born and raised in Orange County, CA.  I got married to my husband in September 2013.  I love sweets (way too much); I want to be a second grade teacher in the future and travel to Europe.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitter since i was 14, currently teach a Sunday School class for 4/5 year olds and I ran an indoor soccer program for ages 3-13.
    Education:
    B.S. In Marriage and Family studies from BYU
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

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

    Teaching is a wonderful gift and a calling. Ms. Lisa has taught for the past fourteen years. She has been a second grade teacher at a private school and a Prekindergarten teacher at various other schools. In her free time Ms. Lisa enjoys being with her family and spending time by the ocean.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has previous experience working as a Prekindergarten lead teacher for eight years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    College Credits
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Phyllis always has a smile to share, her joy of teaching is apparent on her face as well as the children she teaches.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Biological Sciences
  • Mr. Paul

    Mr. Paul, Prekindergarten and Active Adventures

    Life is going to be hard regardless, whether you get what you want or not.  ~ Anthony Green/ Circa Survive

    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.  Love the beach and outdoors, fishing the gym, and running.  I spend all of my free time with my girlfriend and dog named Kona.  In the future I'd like to become a guidance counselor.

    Previous Experience:
    Caregiver with No Ordinary Moments, volunteer with disabled children and veterans while in the military.
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    B.S. in Criminology/Minor in Religious Studies
  • Ms. Tita

    Ms. Tita, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It's fulfilling to see how children with different personalities learn and grow independently. My job allows me to direct them and guide them according to their needs.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree
  • Ms. Viridiana (Vidi)

    Ms. Viridiana (Vidi), Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my job because I get to be a part of the most important years of learning. I love it when the children are completely engaged in the process of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vidi has previous experience working in the Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Valerie F.

    Ms. Valerie F., Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Valerie just moved to Orange County from Oregon right after her wedding in September. She loves working with children, especially in arts and theater. In her spare time Ms. Valerie enjoys needlepoint, baking and DIY projects.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Valerie worked in Preschools for two years.
    Education:
    Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Education & Theater
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Taylor C

    Ms. Taylor C, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    Today you are you!  That is truer than true!  There is no one alive who is you-er than you!  ~ Dr. Seuss

    I love working with kids!  I hope to return to school and get my Masters.  In my free time I like to go to the beach and hang out with my brothers and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Summer day camp counselor and an after school teacher in a 4th grade class.
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State
  • Ms. Mischa, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Ms. Mischa has a husband and a wonderful daughter.  Her favorite things in life are her family, shopping and coffee!  She loves animal prints.  Ms. Mischa is a very happy person and she likes to make others happy as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mischa has experience babysitting and being a big sister!
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood and Administration
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Chef

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Christa

    Ms. Christa, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Christa has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from California State University - Fullerton and she currently has 15 Early Childhood Education Units from Irvine Valley College. She has worked for KinderCare for about ten months. Ms. Christa loves teaching because it is the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. Teaching allows her to work on hearts and minds. She enjoys watching the children grow and develop and see them smile knowing what they have completed.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree, 15 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Ramin

    Ms. Ramin, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Ramin has been at this center for eleven years and loves to see the babies reach their milestones as well build relationships with the families.

    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years

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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

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Farsi, Korean

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

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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