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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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Welcome

Welcome to Milpitas KinderCare located on Abel Street. 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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We would like to introduce you to our staff here at Milpitas KinderCare. 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 in her spare time. She also enjoys going on mini vacations on the weekends with her family.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently going to school to obtain a Bachelor in Psychology
  • Ms. Jennette Petrak

    Ms. Jennette Petrak, Assistant Director

    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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor 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 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
    Education:
    Currently attending San Jose State University for her Bachelor in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Office Assistant

    Ms. Anna is a mother of two wonderful children, five and ten years old. Ever since she became a mom, being around children gives her happiness and is why she loves working here at KinderCare. 

    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor 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 and plans to continue school for her teaching degree. She has worked in the Infant classroom here at the Milpitas KinderCare for the past 11 years. She loves to see the babies grow.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Early Education units
  • Ms. Herlinda

    Ms. Herlinda, Infant Classroom

    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 and is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of her students and their families. 

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

    Ms. Aruna, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Aruna has been teaching since she was young and loves it. She believes that every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Ms. Aruna was born in India, then moved to Japan for 15 years before moving to the United States in 2001. When she has free time, she loves to go hiking, cook, or go to the movies. 

    Year Started:
    5/4/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor in Communication, Economics, and Accounting
  • Ms. Harbans

    Ms. Harbans, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I enjoy dancing, playing, and reading to children.

    Ms. Harbans has a wonderful upbeat spirit and she is great at entertaining the children by singing 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
    Education:
    Bachelor degree from India and 23 Early Childhood Education units from Ohlone College
  • Ms. Honey

    Ms. Honey, Toddler Classroom

    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. She loves to help them reach their full potential. The most rewarding part about her job is having previous students visit and tell her how much they miss her. 

    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University
  • Ms. Anh

    Ms. Anh, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Anh was born in Vietnam and moved to the U.S. when she was 17-years-old. Tutoring was her first job which inspired her to be a teacher. As a teacher, she loves to work with children and see them grow and evolve into little adults. 

    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Child Development
  • Ms. Yesenia

    Ms. Yesenia, Toddler Classroom

    Over the past ten 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 classroom over the past two years. Ms. Yesenia is a kind and caring teacher that is very patient 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    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:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education and General Art
  • Ms. Rhonda

    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
    Education:
    Returning to school to gain her Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Nazifa

    Ms. Nazifa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nazifa loves building trust with the children and their families. She also believes that children are the future and it is important to teach them while they are young. Ms. Nazifa is a mother of two daughters and has three beautiful grandchildren. When she has free time, she loves reading nonfiction books because it expands her knowledge on the world. 

    Year Started:
    8/22/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Literature and Associate of Art in Child Development
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessica was born and raised in San Jose. She likes playing an inspirational role in children's development and seeing their smiles makes her day. In her spare time, she likes to bake, be outdoors, and go to the gym.

    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Finishing Associate of Science at San Jose State University in Spring 2017
  • 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 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 world some day. She comes from a large family. Each of her parents have ten siblings so she has over 40 first cousins and more on the way!

    Year Started:
    2/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor 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 experiences 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
    Education:
    Associate 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 kindhearted 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Master in Commerce from India and 24 Early Childhood Education units from Mission College
  • Ms. Liliana

    Ms. Liliana, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Liliana was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 2008. She is a very patient, passionate, and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys art, music, food, and spending time with her family and friends. 

    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor degree and 12 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Shawnese

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Associate 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. On her off time, she likes to travel and learn about different cultures.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor 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
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Mr. D'Andre

    Mr. D'Andre, Transitional Kindergarten

    Mr. D’Andre has been 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 enjoys helping children learn through hands-on experiences. Everyday he works on building strong relationships with families. He is married with two beautiful children. 

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

    Mr. Francis, Cook

    Mr. Francis has been in the Culinary Industry for over ten years. He has worked at places such as Walt Disney World, Apple, and Marriott. He loves the Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, and Borussia Dortmund. 

    Year Started:
    5/3/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    California Culinary Academy

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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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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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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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