Ida Gemignani-Stearns, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center located on Abel Street in Milpitas! Our program provides the foundation to children's early education. Through hands-on experiences, our program is designed to promote learning in several educational domains. Themed units encourage children's curiosity and every day learning. We provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment from Infancy through Kindergarten. Our teachers will honor your child's unique talents and interests by providing them with customized attention and activities that will enable them to learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. We would love the opportunity to meet your family and introduce them to our KinderCare family. Come by and see what we have to offer!
Ida Gemignani-Stearns, 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.
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.
We would like to introduce you to our staff here at KinderCare in Milpitas. We are proud to say that our teachers are truly dedicated to the growth and development of each and every child in our program. In total, our staff members have over 175 years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education and we are adding to that number every day!
Ida started with KinderCare in June 1993. She has experience as a teacher in all age groups as well as experience as and Assistant Director and for the last 18 years as a Director. She is passionate about children and loves to see all their accomplishments. She grew up in Burlingame, California and got her Bachelor's Degree from San Jose State University in 1997. She currently lives in Fremont, California with her husband and her two sons. She loves to spend time with family and friends and also loves to play soccer and go bike riding. Other hobbies include reading and knitting.
Noreen started working at KinderCare in 2013 as a preschool teacher and educational specialist. Noreen enjoys being around children off all ages and watching each child grow. Noreen is currently continuting her education in child development and children psycology. Noreen lives in Milpitas with her son and enjoys reading and going dancing on her spare time. She also enjoys going on mini vacations on the weekends with her family.
Failure isn't falling down, it's staying down.
On Maria's free time she loves to hike, do yoga, karaoke, hang out with family, friends, and her dog.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Ms. Jennette was born and raised in San jose. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Elementary Education from San Jose State University. She enjoys working with children and watching them grow and learn. She was honored to receive KinderCare's Most Outstanding Curriculum award in 2012 and 2013. Jennette is currently our Education Specialist which allows her to work will all ages.
Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate. -Anonymous
Ms. Herlinda enjoys listening to music and dancing. She likes to spend time with her family, especially with her daughter. She also loves to travel and explore new places. She loves being in the Infant Classroom, engaging in their learning with them and making them smile.
While we try to teach children about life, they teach us about what life is all about.
Ms. Kassaundra is the mother of a 3 year old boy. She is an Autism Activist. She is currently studying Early Childhood Studies at San Jose City College. She loves watching infants grow and develop new skills.
When watching the children learn, you're seeing their expressions and smiles.
Ms. Marisu went to Mission College to obtain her Early Education units. She plans to continue school for her teaching degree. She has worked in the Infant Classroom here at the Abel Street KinderCare for the past 11 years. She loves to see the babies grow.
Yesenia is married with one son and enjoys spending time with her family.
We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Ravinder has a passion working with children and loves watching all her students accomplishments. Ravinder on her spare time likes to listen to music and spend time with her two children. She also loves to go on vacation with her family.
I enjoy dancing with children, playing with balls and reading to them.
Ms. Harbans has a Bachelor's Degree from India and 23 Early Childhood Education units that she obtained from Ohlone College in Fremont. She enjoys watching children grow and learn.
I love working with children because they make me happy.
Ms. Huong was a teacher in Vietnam and taught Vietnamese and Chinese. She moved to the United States in 1994. She has two daughters, Alyssa and Alleen. In her free time she enjoys walking her dog, doing Taichi and making flannel board stories to share with the children in her room.
I believe that children are the future. -Whitney Houston
Mr. D'Andre has been with KinderCare for over eleven years. He really enjoys playing with the children and helping the children to learn through hands-on experiences. He believes that he learns from the children every day.
I continue to believe that if chidlren are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
Ms. Anna has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She attended both San Jose City College and San Jose State University. She enjoys teaching and caring for children.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. -Albert Einstein
Mr. Josh is the cook at the center. He loves interacting with the children throughout the day. He comes from a very large family and is used to being around children of all ages. He loves cooking, but most of all, he loves to laugh and make others laugh.
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.
Parents use a security code to enter the program through our front entrance. Our three playgrounds are surrounded by fencing and remain secure throughout the day. Our staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid and are the first responders when a child is in need of medical attention. Every month we engage our children by doing practice emergency drills to be prepared for any emergency.
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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