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Milpitas KinderCare

Ida Gemignani-Stearns, Center Director

400 South Abel St. Milpitas CA 95035
(408) 263-7212 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
at Abel & Corning 2 doors down from the Post Office

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Welcome

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

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Friday July 31, 2015
    1. Annual Family Picnic

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Teachers & Staff

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 Gemignani-Stearns

    Ida Gemignani-Stearns, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ida was a Preschool teacher for children ages 18 months through school-age.
    Year Started:
    6/7/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies, Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Noreen Kinohi

    Noreen Kinohi, Assistant Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    2/2/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Early Foundations Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Maria has experience working with children ages infants through 5th grade.
    Year Started:
    4/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development and a Minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Jennette

    Ms. Jennette, Education Specialist

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennette worked with Autistic teens, she was a Rec Leader for school-age children and spent 2 years as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/27/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Child Development and a Minor in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Herlinda

    Ms. Herlinda, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Kassaundra

    Ms. Kassaundra, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Marisu

    Ms. Marisu, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Yesenia

    Ms. Yesenia, Pre-Kindergarten

    Yesenia is married with one son and enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Yesenia has worked as a Toddler ,Preschool and a School-age teacher. She has also worked as an office assistant.
    Year Started:
    4/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Coursework in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ravinder

    Ms. Ravinder, Preschool

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with children ages 3 years to 6 years.
    Year Started:
    2/18/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Master Degree in Commerce Froms India, child development unit from Mission College.
  • Ms. Aruna

    Ms. Aruna, Toddler

    Year Started:
    5/4/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Communication
  • Ms. Harbans

    Ms. Harbans, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Huong

    Ms. Huong, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Mr. D'Andre

    Mr. D'Andre, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Jr. Kindergarten/ Kindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1987
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
  • Mr. Josh

    Mr. Josh, Cook

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years

July 2015 Events

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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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

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.

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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The Infant program in KinderCare (Abel Street) is staffed with very good and caring teachers. They provide our kids not only the warmth of hugs but provide them with the right stimulating environment to allow them to develop and grow. My daughter started out sitting in one of their play areas, and in no time learned how to crawl and stand. What I like about their Infant room is that it is very organized. The Infant room is cleaned every single day, all of the toys are cleaned and washed every day, the bedding on the crib are washed every day.<br /> Each baby has their own crib and their own drawer and a section in the refrigerator for their milk. They have gloves and warmers and protocols in place to handle breast milk/formula and the food for our precious ones. We are provided with daily charts on how our baby’s day went, like how many hours they slept, how much of their milk they finished and what their daily temperament was like. They also provide booties just so whoever goes in the Infant room will not be carrying their outside shoes inside.<br /> I cannot say enough good things about the teachers, Ms. Marisu, Ms. Herlinda and Ms. Kassaundra. They are all warm and caring and they never fail to talk and greet my daughter and all the other kids that go into the room. It gives me peace of mind knowing that these teachers are there for my daughter.<br /> I also appreciate Ms. Denise for always being on top of things. If there is something you need, she will get back to you promptly. Or if something needs to be brought to your attention, she will be there to help you out. She is hands on with the kids too. I’ve seen her carry my daughter, have small talk with her and know how she is progressing. I think she knows each and every single child in her school and that is something all parents would like the Director to be.

- Mother

I had my daughter at Milpitas KinderCare for a year. She loved it and so did my husband and I. The teachers and directors were so friendly and they know each child by name. As a working mom it was amazing to know that my daughter was safe and having fun. The lessons they teacher are age appropriate and planned out for the month. Meals are healthy and fresh! Take your child Milpitas KinderCare and you’ll love it! If I didn’t get a chance to stay home now, my daughter would still be there.

- Mother

As full time working parents of two very young children, there are several easy things on our check list to evaluate when looking for a day care center. 1) Distance to work or home 2) Affordable tuition 3) Coverage of basics of care (diaper changing, feeding, what the children will learn) 4) Food options. When our older son was two and we just had another baby, my office moved closer to the KinderCare in Milpitas on Abel Street, so we decided to check them out. They met all of our up front criteria and so we placed our boys there. Additional criteria that we found important to us started to show through. Especially when Denise came on board as Director, we started to feel even happier with our decision. She runs a great facility. I communicate with her as if she was a family member taking care of my children. I appreciate her transparency on all matters. No question of mine is taken lightly or brushed off. Her communication is stellar. The teachers for each of my boys have clearly made a difference in their lives. It’s amazing how quickly they can grow up and how much they can absorb and learn at that age. I believe it’s a fundamental cascade of what Denise puts in place for the various age groups. I am fortunate to have two very good, and very sweet children.

- Mother

My wife and I are two full time working parents and have had our daughter at KinderCare for a couple of years now. Every time I hear someone talking about looking for a day care I immediately recommend this location. Not only is our daughter thriving in this environment, the teachers have provided more than exceptional results and really show that they care about the futures of the children.<br /> The Director, Denise Reid, goes above and beyond to make sure that every child is getting the most out of their time at KinderCare. And don’t forget about Mr. Josh preparing all the meals and snacks for the kids every day. I’d name off all of the wonderful teachers but I’m sure I would spell their names wrong, so will just say that you can’t go wrong when it comes to counting on the staff at KinderCare to shape the future of our children. KinderCare is more than just an ordinary day care center!

- Father
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