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Irvine KinderCare

Ms. Holly Shobe, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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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!

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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.

Ms. Holly Shobe, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Gymnastics

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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

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.

  • Ms. Holly Shobe, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Holly spent two years with Sylvan Learning Center as a Center Director, 10 years with Tutor Time Learning Center, first as a teacher for two years, then Assistant Director for six months, then to Center Director for four years, finally ending as a District Manager over seeing four other Tutor Times while maintaining her Center Director Position as well. Prior to those 12 years, Holly began her career working with young learners from Infants through Pre-Kindergarten and school age children at two other preschools for 15 years.
    Year Started:
    10/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Natalie, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/29/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Basudha, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kate, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • 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.

    Year Started:
    5/3/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • 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.

    Year Started:
    3/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Janet, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Maria, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    4/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Grace, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Emy, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Niki, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    4/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Indika

    Ms. Indika, Pre-Kindergarten 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.

    Year Started:
    10/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Shondra, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sonia, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Farahan, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    Year Started:
    1/30/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Lolita, Cook

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    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

  • 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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