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Belmont Shore KinderCare

Bernice Gonzalez, Center Director

5251 East Las Lomas St. Long Beach CA 90815
(562) 961-8882 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
E of Anaheim & Pacific Coast Hwy. across from Recreation Park Golf Course

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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At Belmont Shore KinderCare your child will have the opportunity to grow in every way, develop great friendships and most of all, we guarantee that he or she will have a blast! Summer is fast approaching and we have exciting shows, water play days, and super fun projects to look forward to.

Welcome

Welcome to Belmont Shore KinderCare! Here at our center we have an infant program starting at six weeks of age all the way up to our private kindergarten program. Our teachers and staff are caring, enthusiastic and communicate well with children, their families, as well as with each other. Our classrooms and curriculum are specially designed to focus on the whole child. We have circle times, books and different activities to help your child develop cognitively. Our playgrounds and classrooms are set up with developmentally appropriate toys to encourage motor skills. Our wonderful cook prepares delicious meals and snacks to encourage nutritious eating. We also assist children in communicating with others as well as talking about their feelings to enhance socio-emotional development. Throughout our classrooms we assist your child in communicating with others, building brain power, making new friends, growing healthy bodies, and nurturing individual creativity. Helping children to grow in all aspects and learn through play is our dedication. Please feel free to either stop by for a visit or schedule a tour to meet our friendly staff and teachers! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our center!

Bernice Gonzalez, 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.

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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to our center! Every day we come to work, we make a promise. We promise to welcome your child with open arms. We promise to use gentle encouragement if your child needs help. We promise to give hugs if they fall or are sad. We promise to get down to your child’s level and treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve. We promise to use our knowledge of child development to the fullest when teaching our curriculum and when interacting with your child day to day. We promise to nurture creativity, thoughts, or ideas your child may have. We promise to laugh, smile and have fun with your child!

  • Bernice Gonzalez

    Bernice Gonzalez, Center Director

    Tell me and forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    The thing I love most about Early Childhood Education is having the opportunity to work with passionate teachers who care for our wonderful children. Also being able to witness children reach their developmental milestones and academic achievements. What inspires me to come to "work" (my home) everyday are the children, families, and my amazing staff. There isn't one day that I do not receive a hug, a smile, or an I love you from my children here at my center. I really enjuoy sharing so many funny stories with my own family about what children do and say; I am blessed to care and work with young children. I am commited to our Service Values and providing a safe and fun loving environment for our children.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Site Supervisor
  • Renee Huber

    Renee Huber, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children grow and develop into their own individual persons.

    Renee enjoyed teaching for nine years. Every day she looked forward to helping every child grow at their own pace. She is so happy to have helped them in their life reach developmental milestones that will carry them for their life time. Being an Assistant Center Director is a great experience for her as well. She has truly enjoyed her position here at Long Beach KinderCare for the past four years, and is looking forward to many more.

    Previous Experience:
    Renee previously worked for KinderCare in Cerritos as a teacher for ten years then left the company for 15 years to raise her children. She returned to KinderCare in 2009 as an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    45 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Infant 2 teacher

    I enjoying seeing the infants learn and grow in their first year of life. The children's smiling faces inspire me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Julie enjoys working with the infants and watching them transition to the toddlers room. She enjoys the process of helping them walk, learn to eat, drink by themselves and explore their environment.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    14 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom 1

    Hold my hand and I will guide you as you learn and grow I will be beside you.

    Ms. Elizabeth is a caring and loving teacher. She has been with the center for almost one year now working with the toddlers. Ms. Elizabeth enjoys coming to work each day seeing the children smile and helping them achieve their development mile stone. She has fourth units in ECE and is working on furthering her education.

    Previous Experience:
    worked at another preschool
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    40 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chan bee (Rachel)

    Ms. Chan bee (Rachel), Infant two

    Be the teacher you always wanted to have.

    Rachel is currently working on her AA degree in ECE and on her master teacher certificate. She has worked at Kindercare for four months now in the infant classroom. She is always striving to engage children in the play they are interested in. My goal is to build strong relationships with the children and be someone they can turn to for help and support.

    Previous Experience:
    worked at another preschool
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    24 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    Make today the day to learn something new.

    Ms. Nancy has been working at Kindercare for 17 months. She has been an infant teacher for the past year and enjoys every moment she gets to have with each infant. Ms. Nancy enjoys spending one-on-one time with infants to learn their likes and dislikes in order to give them the best care they can get.

    Previous Experience:
    Going to college
    Year Started:
    5/23/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 months
    Education:
    28 units in ECE
  • Ms. Taina

    Ms. Taina, Toddler

    I love my job because I have a positive impact on childrens lives".

    I love teaching because every child is special in their own way. Seeing their faces of excitement when they learn something new is priceless.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    16 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heydee

    Ms. Heydee, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the children's excitement when they discover something new. I'm inspired to see children grow physically and mentally day by day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Maria O.

    Ms. Maria O., Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching because kids are surprising and unpredictable. I'm inspired knowing that I make a difference in their development.

    Ms. Maria loves working with the toddlers. She likes to involve the children with lots of arts and crafts. She enjoys coming to work each and everyday to see each of the children's smiles. She has been working in early childhood education for 8 years.

    Previous Experience:
    working at another preschool
    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    16 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yoselin

    Ms. Yoselin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy coming to work to teach something new to the children. What inspires me the most is each and every child's smile as they learn new things. "To teach is to touch a life forever.

    I graduated CSULB May, 2015 with a BA in Child Development. I have worked as an assistant teacher for over a year. I like to bring lots of sensory and motor activities into the classroom to create a different learning adventure for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child Development & Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Preschool Classroom

    I love making a difference in a child's life because every day is a learning experience. I'm inspired by every child's smile and hug.

    Ms. Monica loves working with children. She has been working with kids for over 20 years and enjoys being a part of their early learning years. She loves to enhance her dramatic play area where the children can pretend and play because she knows children learn best through play.

    Previous Experience:
    worked at another preschool
    Year Started:
    12/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    working on my Associates Degree
  • Ms. Cristina

    Ms. Cristina, Pre-Kindergarten

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Ms. Cristina has been at Kindercare for one year. She studied at LBCC and got her AA degree in ECE. She has always loved working with children. She has volunteered and worked as a teachers aide and teacher for the last six years. She is very loving with all age group she works with, but she most enjoys teaching pre-k. She is very dedicated to each and every student. She always tries to make them smile and have fun. Her most cherished moment is to see the progress her students achieve during the year.

    Previous Experience:
    working at another preschool
    Year Started:
    1/23/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    AA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Gabriela

    Ms. Gabriela, Kindergarten

    I enjoy teaching, it is an inspiration of mine to see children grow academically, socially and emotionally.

    Ms. Gaby is a teacher who is dedicated to provide the best teaching environment for her students. She enjoys teaching her students and tries to make the class lessons fun and interactive for her students. She likes to get to know each child and attend to each child unique personality and their way of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in another preschool for 3 years
    Year Started:
    4/30/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BA in phsychology and ECE teacher permit
  • Ms. Mercedes

    Ms. Mercedes, Cook

  • Ms. Lea

    Ms. Lea, Learning Adventures Teacher

    Being able to witness the children get inspired to learn something new each day is one of the most rewarding aspects working in the early childhood education field. Its important for children to have a strong support system to help them get inspired and motivated to learn.

    Two years ago Ms. Lea received her Bachelor of Science in child development at CSUDH. She has been working in the early childhood education field for three years and working for Kindercare as the KLA teacher for one year. She enjoys teaching children phonics, reading & writing, music, dance and cooking. She loves being able to work with all the different age groups through out the center; from infants to our kindergarten students. She enjoys and understands the importance of being a part of their support system.

    Previous Experience:
    working at another preschool
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Support Staff

    I love learning. I flourish in an active, dynamic environment and if I can have a little fun and a good challenge at work I'm a happy camper.

    Ms. Annie is passionate about education in all its forms. Whether she's taking a class, listening to a TED talk, or learning from the humor and (sometimes brutal) honesty of my students, education is invaluable and ever-present in her life.

    Ms. Annie wants her work to be more than a paycheck. She comes from a family of educators and is happy to share the "teacher gene!" She works to be an active contributor to her professional, local, and global communities in any way that she can.

    Ms. Annie is also a proud auntie of 12 nieces and nephews! She learns from her colleagues and students every day and is grateful for the opportunity to gain more experience from KinderCare too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Annie has worked with children in many settings. She began as a nanny, continued as an early childhood mentor for Jumpstart, and worked as a kindergarten program director for the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    4/12/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    BA from San Francisco State University, continuing education via UCLA Extension
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Support Staff

    Love to watch how my students grow and change.

    I have been working in the infant classroom at KinderCare for 13 years. I love building rapport with my children's parents, I am always available for any questions. I really enjoy making a difference in a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Sheryl worked for another early learning center.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education

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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.

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

Key Pad entry, all staff CPR/Heartsaver certified, ID checks for pick up, name to face attendance every 30 minutes

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