Bernice Gonzalez, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Tell me and I 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.
Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that lasts a lifetime.
Three 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 five years and worked for Kindercare as the KLA teacher for two years. 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 the children and families support system.
You must first teach a child they are LOVED, only then are they ready to learn everything else." "The future of the world is in my classroom today.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
Ms. Lorena has been at Belmont Shore KinderCare since July. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 5 years. She was introduced to the field when she was a junior in highschool. She currently has 33 units in Child Development and is working on completing her AA at Cerritos college. She enjoys working with students of all ages. She has experience with infants, two and three year olds. She loves working with her two year olds and enjoys the wonderful adventures she has with them each and every day.
I call my students - my kids, because in our time together they are not just kids on my list, they become a part of my heart.
Shamika is a teacher at KinderCare. She has worked with the center for the past seven months. Her primary area of teaching is with the Discovery Preschool students. Before joing the KinderCare family Shamika worked at Young Horizons for nine years. Shamika has her ECE units and also her Associate Teaching Permit. She is continuing her education in hopes to obtain her Bachelor of Arts of Education. Shamika's specialty in her class it potty training. In her spare time Shamika enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
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.
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.
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.
I love seeing smiling happy little faces everyday, ready and eager to learn. That's what makes me so passionate about my job. The job of teaching young minds.
Ms. Shondra started working at KinderCare Knowledge Universe a Pre-K Transitional Kindergarten teacher, in Irvine, CA. Ms. Shondra is always smiling and happy when coming into work. When Ms. Shondra is in the Pre-K class, she's always energetic when engaging with the children during circle time, learning centers and outside time. When managment staff needs assistance with covering other staff/teacher, Ms. Shondra is always more than helpful to assist with helping other classroom and working with all age groups. Ms. Shondra is not just a wonderful teacher; she is also a great team player. When other teachers need help or advice with a lesson or activity, Ms. Shondra is more than wiling to assist them. Everyone loves Ms. Shondra at KinderCare because she brings out the best in them.
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.
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.
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.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.
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 teacher's aide and teacher for the last six years. She is very loving with all age groups 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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Key Pad entry, all staff CPR/Heartsaver certified, ID checks for pick up, name to face attendance every 30 minutes
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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