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Milpitas KinderCare

Ms. Noreen Kinohi, 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

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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!

Ms. Noreen Kinohi, 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.

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. 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

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!

  • Ms. Noreen Kinohi

    Ms. Noreen Kinohi, Center Director

    Noreen started working at KinderCare in 2013 as a preschool teacher and educational specialist. Noreen enjoys being around children of all ages and watching each child grow. Noreen is currently continuing her education in Child Development and Child Psychology. 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:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Currently going to school to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Jennette Petrak

    Ms. Jennette Petrak, Assistant Director

    You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting , so....get on your way!

    Ms. Jennette starting working at KinderCare as a Preschool Teacher and Education Specialist. Over the past year she has been the Assistant Director and loves helping families and their children. She enjoys getting to know every child in the center and building relationships with the families and teachers. Her goal is to make our center a happy and safe place for the children. Ms. Jennette loves to explore the outdoors, bake and spend time with friends and family.  

    Year Started:
    4/27/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from San Jose State
  • Ms. Kristine

    Ms. Kristine, Program Coordinator

    Children need models more than critics.

    Ms. Kristine is currently going to San Jose State University to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Ms. Kristine loves working with children because they have such creative minds and the world is much bigger to them than we know. She loves engaging in conversations with the children to get to know them and help them build their communication skills. She currently helps out within all of our classrooms.

    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently attending SJSU for her Bachelor's in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Office Assistant

    I am a mother of two wonderful children, five and ten years old. Ever since I became a mom, being around children gives me happiness, that is why I love working here at KinderCare. 

    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • 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. Ms. Herlinda is a very kind and gentle person. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of her students and their families.

    Year Started:
    5/29/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    19 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Aruna

    Ms. Aruna, Infant

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

    Ms. Harbans, Infant/Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy dancing with children, playing with balls and reading to them.

    Ms. Harbans has a wonderful upbeat spirit and she is great at entertaining the children by signing and dancing. She loves to read to the children and believes that a well balanced education is important. Ms. Harbans works hard at building a positive relationship with families and building their trust. 

    Year Started:
    10/10/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree from India, 23 ECE units from Ohlone College
  • Ms. Honey

    Ms. Honey, Toddler Classroom

    Tell me and I forgot. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Ms. Honey is very passionate about teaching children in the Toddler Classroom and watching them develop. Currently Ms. Honey is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler Program. She believes that every child is unique and special and loves to help them reach their full potential. The most rewarding part about her job is having previous students visit and tell her how mush they miss her. 


    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from SJSU
  • Ms. Yesenia

    Ms. Yesenia, Toddler Classroom

    Over the past 10 years, Ms. Yesenia, has enjoyed working and learning from children. As a mother of two children, she knows the importance of education. She has enjoyed working in the Toddler Room over the past two years! Ms. Yesenia is a kind and caring teacher that is very patience with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Yesenia has worked as a Toddler, Preschool and a School-age teacher. She has also worked as an office assistant within a child care center.
    Year Started:
    4/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    40 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Ada

    Ms. Ada, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ada has worked with infants through school age children for over 12 years. She enjoys watching the children smile, play and laugh. Ms. Ada brings happiness into the classroom everyday with her fun songs and dancing. She also likes to garden, sew and make art in her spare time

    Year Started:
    6/29/1915
    Tenure:
    101 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, General Art, and Degree in Electronic Technology
  • Ms. Rhonda, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rhonda enjoys working in the Toddler Classroom and it is important to her that the children learn real life experiences. Ms. Rhonda works hard at bringing in new materials into the classroom for the children to enjoy. She loves spending time with her family and getting to know the families in her classroom. Ms. Rhonda worked at a KinderCare in Texas and once she moved to California she missed the children and decided to return to the company!

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Returning to school to gain her ECE units
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Theresa worked with children for about nine years within youth groups. She creates a welcoming environment within her classroom and works on getting to know all of her families. Ms. Theresa loves to bake in her spare time and wishes to travel the work some day. She comes from a large family. Each of her parents has 10 siblings and she has over 40 cousins and more on the way!

    Year Started:
    2/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Sacramento State
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Janet has had a passion for teaching since she was a teenager. At 21 years old, she started working at a preschool in Milpitas. Since then, she has been working with children and loves teaching. She has been married for 23 years and has three amazing children. Her hobbies include shopping, cooking and of course teaching. She loves to learn new things and bring new experiencing into her classroom to share with her students. She enjoys watching her students learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    9/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Ravinder

    Ms. Ravinder, Preschool Classroom

    Becoming a teacher lets you take part in shaping the next generation

    Ms. Ravinder has a passion working with children and loves to watch all of her students accomplish goals. She is a very kind hearted teacher and she treats all of her students as if they were her own. Ms. Ravinder enjoys creating fun ways for the children to learn new information. During her off time, she loves listening to music and spending time with her family.  

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with children ages three years to six years.
    Year Started:
    2/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Commerce From India, 24 ECE units from Mission College
  • Ms. Shawnese, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Children learn better when they can use their five senses.

    Ms. Shawnese is married and a mother of one boy. She has been a preschool teacher for 28 years. She treats all the children as if they were her own. Ms. Shawnese believes teaching children is a gift and getting hugs daily from her children make her smile and keep her young! On her off time she enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    3/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Timpa

    Ms. Timpa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of education

    Ms. Timpa loves working with children and watching them grow. She has experience working with infants through school age. She enjoys keeping them engaged and making learning fun. Ms. Timpa brings fun into the classroom by dancing, singing and creating interactive games. In her off time, she likes to travel and learn about different cultures. 


    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Transitional Kindergarten

    I continue to believe that if children 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:
    8/31/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Mr. D'Andre

    Mr. D'Andre, Transitional Kindergarten

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

    Mr. D’Andre has working with infants through school age students. He has fun working in the Transition Kindergarten room because he likes getting them ready for Kindergarten. He is married with two beautiful children. He enjoys helping children learn through hands-on experiences. Everyday he works on building strong relationships with families.

    Year Started:
    8/5/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    15 Early Childhood Education units

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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
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