Ms. Noreen Kinohi, 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!
Ms. Noreen Kinohi, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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