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Martinez KinderCare

Mrs. Amanda Saechao, 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

Neighborhood:
Morello exit off Highway 4 behind the Veterinary office. Please pull up the driveway to our entrance.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None offered at this time.

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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!

Mrs. Amanda Saechao, 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.

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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

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.

  • Mrs. Amanda Saechao, Center Director

    "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

    Amanda has always had a passion for working with children. After feeling unhappy at a large car dealership she decided to go back to school and study Early Childhood Education and Development. After gaining experience in a small in-home day care, she started with Kindercare. As she grew with the company, she found that her background in administration was an asset. Becoming a Center Director gave her the balance of using her organizational skills along with her desire to implement and provide quality care and education to children. As the Center Director, Amanda recognizes the importance of strengthening community ties and forming and maintaining close relationships with our staff, students and families. She will always strive to exceed expectations and reach new levels of excellence for the center and staff.

    Previous Experience:
    After gaining experience as an assistant in a home day care, Amanda started as toddler teacher with Kindercare Mitchell Drive in 2009. Assistant Director at Kindercare Walnut and Clayton from 2010 - 2013, Kindercare Cherry lane as Center Director from 2013 -2016. Finally arriving at Kindercare Martinez as her forever home!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Wish" By Matthew Cordell
    Year Started:
    4/6/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Background in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Claudia Barreto, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    8/29/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Mrs. Melissa Davis, Preschool Classroom

    "The biggest communication problem is that we don't listen to understand we listen to reply'

    Mrs. Melissa has a one-and-a-half year old named Zachary who attends KinderCare Martinez. She is married and has a chocolate lab/border collie mix named Bella whom she talks about in her class. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Melissa has worked at a Reggio Emilio center and a Montessori center. She also has previous experience at another preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Nelia Meurer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "When you fail, try and try again

    Mrs. Nelia loves working with children of all ages. She loves learning with them and watching their excitement as they learn new things and new ideas. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Nelia has worked at other centers before joining Kindercare and has been a valuable asset at Kindercare for over one year
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in ECE, Bachelor's in Liberal Studies, currently in Graduate School
  • Mrs. Tanya White

    Mrs. Tanya White, Infant Classroom

    "We are teaching our future leaders, lets do it well

    In her senior year of high school, 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 five. 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 many 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Regina

    Ms. Regina, Cook

    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 high school, 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 high school, she took early childhood education courses and began her career with the KinderCare family. She has been a dedicated member of the company for 18 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:
    22 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Toddler 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

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 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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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.

Share Your Story
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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