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La Verne KinderCare

Margie Zarate, Center Director

3602 Wheeler Ave. La Verne CA 91750
(909) 596-8200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
corner of Foothill Bl & Wheeler Ave.

behind Auto Zone

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oak Mesa, LaVerne Heights, Grace Miller, Roynon, Allen, Condit

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Welcome to the La Verne KinderCare in La Verne. We are all so excited to meet you and your family. We believe that our programs will engage children in hands-on, active learning that nurtures creativity and develops independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Children find us a welcoming, engaging and a safe place to explore the world around them. Learning becomes fun and exciting, and the love of learning the child develops will carry them forward, enhancing later success in school. Here at La Verne KinderCare we believe the children, your children, are a gift beyond measure. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful it is to have been chosen of the love they so freely bestow. Watching them grow and learn gives us great pleasure and gratification. Each day spent with your children is honestly a gift. Everyday is different, we never know what exciting adventures await us, but come what may it is always a gift!

Margie Zarate, 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.

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.

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


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.


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 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?

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At La Verne KinderCare our teachers make it a point to know and connect with each child in our school. They are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of three years in the center and an average of ten years in the early childhood education field. We have teachers that have their Child Development Associate's credential, Associate's Degree and Bachelor's degree in early childhood education. We strive for excellence through continuing education from our biannual Professional Development trainings to seeking additional college courses in the field. At the end of the day our teachers are passionate and love to engage with children each and everyday.

  • Margie Zarate

    Margie Zarate, Center Director

    The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

    Misty has been a part of the KinderCare Family for 23 Years. Her favotite part of being in the ECE field is seeing children learn and grow during their first years. Misty loves to build relationships with Families and make connections with the Community. She is a busy mother of 4 adorable children and spends all of her weekends being fully engaged as a "Softball Family".

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director in South Ridge KinderCare and District NAEYC Program Specialist
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
  • Alondra Torres

    Alondra Torres, Assistant Director

    Alondra started with KinderCare in 2011 and has operated several roles to include Teacher and Program Specialist. She is currently the Assistant Director here at our cozy and accredited La Verne KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Headstart Teacher, Pre-K Teacher at Kinder Care La Verne, Program Specialist and Health & Safety Coordinator
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever!
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Certificate
  • Jennie, Infants

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Degree
  • Alex, Toddlers

    Previous Experience:
    Playcare Coordinator for a Non-Profit School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll go!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Vanessa, Two's

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Certificate
  • Adrienne, PreSchool

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Certificate
  • Kristin, Prekindergarten

    Previous Experience:
    First Grade Elementary School Teacher
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree In Education
  • Timothy, School- Age

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at the Ontario Kinder Care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Certificate
  • Gladys, Supporting Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at McKindley's Center, Kiddie Academy and Leroy Holmes
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Special Features

  • Groupon Offer

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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

Here at La Verne KinderCare your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our front door to the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise we do have a doorbell that is available for visitors who will be greeted by a center manager. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Ms. Heather's role includes conducting monthly fire, earthquake and disaster drills. She will also ensure that all staff's first aid and CPR certifications are up to date as well as maintaining high cleaning standards.

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.

As you know, it is always a difficult decision to leave your children to be cared for by other people. KinderCare in La Verne has made the transition easy not only for my children, but for my husband and I as well! My daughter has been a student at KinderCare for over two years and we were very pleased to have my son begin this fall. When I drop them off in the morning they are greeted by their teachers and I can leave knowing that they will be safe, cared for, and loved. The staff plays such a large role in my children's lives, They are patient and kind when they are hurt or not feeling well and they enforce the same manners and rules that I expect at home.
I am also impressed by the curriculum that is used at KinderCare. My daughter is able to easily recognize letters, numbers and even some words! We had concerns about my son's vocabulary prior to KinderCare, but I have seen his language develop so much in the last few weeks, They always come home telling me about their latest art project, their cooking class, or what they played with outside. You and the staff do such a nice job of really incorporating the current lesson into every aspect of their day - even with dress-up days! My husband especially enjoys getting pictures of the kids while they are working on a project. He doesn't get as many opportunities to drop off and pick up - so these pictures offer glimpses of their day and offer nice ways for the kids to describe what they were doing that particular day.
On a personal note, I also want to thank you for the patience and kindness you and the staff have shown to me. Parenthood is not always easy! You and the staff are always available to talk about my kids progress and behavior; always willing to offer advice or just listen and remind me that I am not alone! It is for these and many other reasons that I send my children to KinderCare. Thank you for all that you do!

- Mother

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