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Martinez KinderCare

Stephanie Beltram, Center Director

1285 Morello Ave. Martinez CA 94553
(925) 372-7701 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Off Hwy. 4.and Muir Rd. behind Muir Vetrinary Hos

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

Welcome to Kindercare Martinez, where your child’s educational journey of discovery, learning, exploration and fun becomes a reality. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, cognitive and physical development. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but you and your child will have support from our team of child development experts. Our teachers and support staff are fully committed to providing the best possible environment where children can develop, observe, learn and have fun! Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Stephanie Beltram, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. 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!

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

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      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.

Teachers & Staff

With our center being one of the smaller KinderCare facilities, we are able to provide a more intimate atmosphere for our children and families. Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers two to three times per year to review their child’s progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios, and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.

  • Stephanie Beltram

    Stephanie Beltram, Center Director

    My job is extrememly rewarding from both a professional and personal prospective. Creating a home away from home with educational growth at our core is my ultimate goal. I cherish my relationships with the staff and our families here at Kindercare and look forward to strengthening them everyday.

    Stephanie has always held a passion for education and children, starting at a young age by working at an in-home daycare and as a tutor. She pursued her goals of working with children by starting her education with a focus on Early Child Development and Child Psychology. She has worked with every age group ranging from infancy to school-age. She started with KinderCare in the Discovery Preschool classroom and is now a Center Director. Having children of her own only strengthened her desire to implement and provide quality care and education. She also understands the importance of continuing education and will be a lifelong student. As the Center Director, Stephanie recognizes the importance of strengthening community ties and staying current. Forming and maintaining close relationships with our staff, students and center families is a priority. She will always strive to exceed expectations and reach a level of excellence for the center and staff.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie has held various positions within the field of Early Child Development. She has worked as a tutor, an elementary intern, preschool teacher, Assistant Director and now Center Director.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Background in Early Childhood Education and Psychology
  • Jenn Shimel

    Jenn Shimel, Assistant Director

    I enjoy my job because everyday is an adventure. Some days are great, some are not so great but everyday the kids and I go home having learned something new about ourselves or our world.

    Jenn loves working in the child development field, specifically with young children. She really enjoyed working one on one with the children in the classroom, but also enjoys the opportunities that come from a management perspective. She comes to work each day knowing that she can make a difference in the day of the students, teachers, and families that she interacts with. She is excited to have the opportunity to work so closely on building up the school and community and strives each day to grow the school as a whole.

    Previous Experience:
    Jenn has worked with children for many years, beginning with babysitting at the age of 12. She has worked as a personal nanny, taught in her church, worked in a school-age afterschool program, and so on. She began working as a floating teacher for Kindercare, which gave her experiences in many of the different classrooms and with many ages. She has even spent time working in our center kitchen. She worked as the Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 2 years, and then transitioned into being the current Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Child Development
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I know I am coming daily to a positive environment where I can teach children to accept themselves as they are and learn how to prepare for life.

    In her senior year of highschool, Tanya's Christmas gift was a baby sister. Helping her parents take care of her sister, lead to her desire to work with young children and at the age of 19 she began working in a faith based childcare program. By the age of 20, she became a director. Over the years she directed five childcare programs. Three of the programs, she started and the others she taught infants and children up to the age of 5. At the age of 25 she became a mom and stayed at home with her son for two years before returning to work. Throughout the years she has continued to direct and teach infants and young children. In 2012, she joined KinderCare as a toddler teacher and is now our head Infant Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya has worked with children ages 0-5 for years. In the course of her Early Childhood Education career, she has also held a position of Director as well as owned her own daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    39 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Toddler Classroom

    Every day is a new adventure and every day I'm reminded why I became a teacher!

    Victoria has been working with children since she was in high school. Since childhood it's been her dream to be a mother and a teacher. Today she is both! Her daughters are 13 and 15 and Victoria couldn't be happier. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, jewelry making and painting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Victoria has over 13 years working with preschool and school age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Toddler Classroom

    Children are little caterpillars. One day they will take the knowledge you gave them and fly.

    Ms. Grace was born in Cleveland Ohio and raised in San Francisco. She has a twin brother, an older sister, and a younger brother. Grace enjoys going to the movies, reading, and creating art.

    Previous Experience:
    Grace has worked in childcare for 9 years with various age groups. Grace has been involved in volunteer services teaching art to children in Jamaica. She loves taking a theme or topic and bringing it to life for the children to get the full experience.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amazing Grace
    Year Started:
    3/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Regina

    Ms. Regina, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I can be silly and goofy with the kids and I get to sing and dance around. I enjoy coming to work because I know I am playing a big role in the children's lives and I'm contributing to the people they will soon become.

    Throughout highschool, Regina volunteered to work with children with disabilities, was a camp counselor during the summertime and babysat children of various ages. This lead to her passion of working with young children. After she graduated from highschool, she took early childhood education courses and began her career with the KinderCare family. She has been a dedicated member of the company for 14 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Regina has many years of babysitting experience. She has also been a camp counselor working with children and disabilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It Looked Like Spilt Milk
    Year Started:
    5/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. LaKisha

    Ms. LaKisha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love children. No matter what other field I have worked in, I keep coming back to children. They are a great joy in my life.

    Lakisha's passion has been children since she was 12 years old when she began taking care of her neices, nephews and cousins. She began her career in childcare in 1999 starting with the AmeriCorps program through her school. In 2000, Lakisha became a preschool teacher and a few years later moved to Hawaii to further her education. While attending college, she worked as a tutor, taught dance programs and worked as a morning care supervisor as well as an after school aide. Since graduating college with a Bachelor's degree in Dance, Lakisha has come full circle returning to California becoming a preschool teacher once again.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. LaKisha was a preschool teacher, supervisor, tutor, aide, and a dance instructor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stephanie's Ponytail
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Preschool Classroom

    I like watching the children grow and learn something new everyday.

    Over the last two years Ms. Claudia has enjoyed working with all the families and her co-workers at Kindercare Martinez. She is extremely passionate about education for her students as well as herself. She continues to educate herself through Early Childhood Education classes and workshops to stay current in the field. Ms. Claudia looks forward to continuing her career here with Kindercare as well as continue her teachings with her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Claudia spent two years working as a preschool aide and eight years working as a preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that everyday is going to be a new adventure with the kids!

    Olivia has just begun in the world of working with children, and it is not slowing her down! She has taken many early childhood education classes and continues her education as she works at the center. Her talents in creativity help her make the learning process a joy for the children. Olivia is excited to come to work everdyday to see what new things the children come up with. Her favorite food is pizza and she enjoys reading and watching movies on her downtime. She has one brother and a sister.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Olivia tutored children from Kindergarten through middle school for 2 years. She is bilingual which allowed her to tutor Spanish speaking students as well as English speaking students. She continues to expand on her education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Timia

    Ms. Timia, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love the opportunity to work closely and individually with each child to be able to see them on their own level.

    Ms. Timia has one older brother and two younger brothers. She is extremely patient with her students and enjoys working with them during small learning center time. She enjoys going to the mall and her favorite food is Mexican food.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Timia has spent years volunteering in programs with children through her church, during her schooling, and has worked with children through former work experiences as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    8/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Learning Adventures

    My favorite part of my job is witnessing the growth and learning that takes place every day."
     
     
     

    Diane has always had a passion for the field of Early Childhood Education. She began her education in ECE as a High School student and continues to take classes in the field. She is passionate about each and every child she cares for everyday and makes it a priorty to see that the children in her class get the attention, care and individual support they need. Her favorite part of the day is circle time as she is able to witness the children learning and understadning new concepts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for many years. She has held positions assisting in a summer camp/after school program, as an assistant teacher, as a co- toddler teacher, and now as our Learning Adventures Teacher!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

Our center provides care and learning experiences for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old. Many of our students come to us at a young age and stay until it is time for them to move into the elementary school system. We consider it an honor to be a part of your family and do our best to help you in any area you may need.

We have a fantastic group of teachers who are highly dedicated to the work they perform everyday. We know you will come to love them as much as we do!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

At KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. A few of our features include a key pad entry, alarmed doors and a fenced in playground. We have an on site Health and Safety Coordinator as well. Marisa conducts monthly safety drills and ensures daily cleaning procedures are being done throughout the center.  Our staff members are also CPR and first aid trained and certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We have been very happy with the care that the Martinez Kindercare child center has been providing for our children. The staff is very professional, flexible, warm & caring. They care about our children as their own. The staff communicates daily with us about what themes my children have been learning and the fun little things they said or did today. The staff are like family & friends for us & our kids. The staff are always coming up with creative crafts, activities to bring the families together, and fun ways to enjoy learning! We have been with Martinez Kindercare center for almost 5 years now and would recommend it to families needing a caring & safe environment for their children's daily care.
 

- Mother

I just wanted to take a few minutes to comment on the Martinez center. I have to say that the staff is awesome! They really make you feel welcome whenever you drop off or pick up. Our daughter has been going there for a couple of years and we just love it. She looks forward to going every time. I don't think this would be possible without the Director, Stephanie. She is definitely the example of professionalism and was our first contact when she was the Assistant Director. Right away my wife and I knew this was the place for our daughter. As you we'll know, dropping your child for the first time can be very emotional. Enter Marisa! She was the teacher in the two's room and took very good care of our daughter. We were pleased to see that she became the Assistant Director and Stephanie became Director. Another very notable teacher would be Miss Jenn. She is absolutely awesome and our daughter loves her. She is always bright and smiling and always a pleasure to visit with.

- Father

KinderCare in Martinez is an extremely well managed and staffed childcare and pre-kindergarten facility. Our children have attended other schools including other KinderCare schools so we have truly seen a difference in our children that a school that has consistent management and stable and well tenured teachers provides. Stephanie Beltram runs a top notch school and the teachers all sincerely care about the growth and development of the children in their classes. In other schools, I have seen substantial turnover in teachers but a testament to Ms. Beltram and her leadership, her teachers are happy and feel appreciated from the top down

The Pre-K teacher, Ms. Jenn is an amazing teacher. She gains the respect of her students and provides an environment that fosters child development as well as a enjoyable place to enrich her students. Our daughter truly looks forward to schools every day and the consistency it provides. We have seen the preparation for kindergarten really improve her skills with math and writing. Our daughter enjoys and actually looks forward to doing her homework. She has grown leaps and bounds while attending Ms. Jenn's class.
(Ms. Jenn has been promoted to Asst. Director)

KinderCare Martinez is a great facility, that is well run and treats everyone like family. It is small enough to make sure all the children are enriched and none are left behind. The teachers take their job of providing a safe , fun, and enriching environment, very seriously and we are very pleased to have our children experience it.
 

- Father
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