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Irvine KinderCare

Holly Shobe, Center Director

5396 Walnut Ave. Irvine CA 92604
(949) 551-6808 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Off Hwy 5 at Jeffery Ave. In Orangetree Square

Neighborhood:
Our Center is coveniently located off the 5 freeway in the Orangewood Plaza which is a wonderful advantage for commuting parents.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our bus drivers currently transport to and from the following elementary schools: Stonegate, Cypress Village, Northwood and Greentree Elementary.

Our school is very culturally diverse and prides itself in being very family oriented. We do many family events so families can meet each and feel more connected. Each month we have a newsletter that is given to parents so that they can have up to date information on school events or just the day to day learning that is happening in our school. We believe that communication is key to have a great Preschool!

Welcome

Hello and welcome to Irvine KinderCare located on Jeffrey and Walnut. We are a premier school for Early Childhood Education starting with Infant care, Preschool and School Age classrooms. Our school has both full time and part time options that are affordable to fit your family's needs. When it comes to education, our team of dedicated teachers work together to ensure that every child's needs are met. Our curriculum focuses on academic, emotional and social development in an engaging atmosphere. We offer care to children six weeks of age to twelve years, and every classroom is designed to encourage growth of the whole child. All of our classrooms offer exploration in dramatic play, science, math, language and literacy. Call us today to schedule a tour to visit so we can show you why KinderCare is the leading childcare provider in Early Childhood Education. We look forward to welcoming you to our family here at the Irvine KinderCare.

Holly Shobe, Center Director

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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

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

The teachers and staff at Irvine KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of fifteen years in the Early Childhood Education field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's degree, or Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. The Irvine KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Holly Shobe, Center Director

    I believe each child  can be whatever they want in this world if given the right tools and lots of nurturing.

    Dianne has been the Center Director at the Irvine KinderCare for the past two years. She has over 27 years of Early Childhood Education experience as a teacher, Director and Divisional Manager. Dianne is committed to offering a stimulating Preschool experience for each and every child and looks forward to helping them become smart, caring and contributing members of the community.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Dianne worked for the YMCA of Orange County as a Teacher, Center Director and Divisional Manager for seventeen years. After working at the YMCA she then became the Director of a Preschool in Huntington Beach for ten years.
    Year Started:
    3/2/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Alex Johnson

    Alex Johnson, Assistant Director

    I love to see the expressions of wonder and delight on my students' faces when they learn something new and knowing that every day I make a difference in each child's life no matter how big or small.

    Alex has been in the Early Childhood Education field for the past twelve years. She has worked with Infants through Prekindergarten age children and loves seeing the growth of each child as the go through their educational journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Alex spent seven years teaching Preschool at Orange Presbyterian, two years working with at-risk Infants and five years working for summer camps.
    Year Started:
    5/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Chanel

    Ms. Chanel, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Chanel loves being able to use the knowledge she has gained through the child development program and bring it to life inside her classroom.

  • Ms. Charon

    Ms. Charon, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces when they learn something new. I love knowing that I am part of their social, emotional and intellectual development each and every day they attend KinderCare.

  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Toddler Classroom

    I love being able to help children learn and seeing them enjoy themselves at school. I love knowing that I am playing an important role in each and every child that is my class.

  • Ms. Tania

    Ms. Tania, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Tania loves making a difference in the children's lives and watching them grow and become independent little people.

  • Ms. Alysha

    Ms. Alysha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Alysha loves seeing the children's smiling faces and getting their big hugs. She enjoys hearing their laughter and giggles. It makes her feel that they are enjoying learning what we are teaching in the classroom.

  • Ms. Indika

    Ms. Indika, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Indika loves seeing when children understand the curriculum that she is teaching each day. It's really fun to see them get excited about learning.

  • Ms. Araceli

    Ms. Araceli, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Araceli gets inspired on a daily basis by seeing the growth in each and every child from Infants to School Age.

  • Ms. Ruby

    Ms. Ruby, School Age Classroom

    I love helping each child develop and discover the world around them. I am so inspired knowing I am witnessing such an important time of their lives as they reach their developmental milestones.

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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

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed


New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
Professional Development Day- Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Professional Development Day - Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve - Close at 3pm
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At the Irvine KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of our building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At Irvine KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site  to conduct monthly earthquake and fire drills, ensure that all staff's First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date and maintain our high standard of cleanliness.

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