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Morgan Hill KinderCare

Maarit McCrossen, Center Director

605 East Dunne Ave. Morgan Hill CA 95037
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

Welcome to our NAEYC Accredited Center located in Morgan Hill, California.  We are very excited to meet with you and your family.  Our center has been part of the community for nearly 30 years serving children 6 weeks through 12 years of age.  We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.  We provide a “Home Away from Home” and believe it takes a happy family to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. You are welcome to visit with your child to see all the exciting things we have to offer.

Maarit McCrossen, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at KinderCare in Morgan Hill are all currently working towards their Associate of Art degree, which is part of our NAEYC accreditation. Many of the staff already hold their Associate of Art degree or higher. Most of the staff members here have been working with the company or similar companies for many years. We have some staff members that are able to communicate with their families in Spanish. All staff members communicate well with the children and their families. The teachers will let the parents know what is going on within the classroom and how their child is doing in the classroom each day.

  • Maarit McCrossen

    Maarit McCrossen, Center Director

    I love that every day is a new adventure, and the everyday smiles and hugs from children warm my heart. The best part of my job is when a child tells me about what they have created and/or learned, and I can see that proud sense of accomplishment in their smiles. Each child is special and deserves the best experiences every day that they attend our center.

    Maarit started with KinderCare in July 2000 as a preschool teacher. She moved on to the Third in Management position and then Assistant Director. She has been the Center Director since spring 2008. Maarit was born in Finland, but lived in Sweden all her youth. She moved to the United States in 1988 to work with young children as well as go to school. She graduated from Diablo Valley College with an Associate of Art in Liberal Arts, and continued her education in early child development. She received a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Maarit has a wide variety of experience working with children in all age groups, and enjoys seeing children's growth and development at her center. She says "Every moment should be a memorable one," for each child attending at her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the Morgan Hill Center Director, Maarit had thirteen years of experience working with children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    7/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate of Art and Site Supervisor Permit credential
  • Eva Suarez

    Eva Suarez, Assistant Director

    My favorite thing about my job is being able to grow with the children as they move into each classroom. It's so awesome to be able to see a child who started in our infant room get ready for preschool and kindergarten. Being a part of seeing the excitement of parents and their child is such a great experience.

    Eva has been working with children since September 2008. She received her Associate degree in Child Development from Gavilan College then continued her education at San Jose State University where she received her Bachelor degree in Child & Adolescent Development. Ms. Eva began working with KinderCare in May 2010. She started off as a two-year-old teacher and took over our Learning Adventures Program in 2011. In 2013, Ms. Eva took over the Preschool classroom and taught preschool until the Spring of 2015, when she became the third manager. Eva has done such a great job in the classroom and with families these last five years, she was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2015 and is very eager to help lead an amazing team!

    Previous Experience:
    All Ages
    Favorite Children's Book:

    There's An Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

    Year Started:
    5/19/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Third Manager

    I love working with children because they remind me that life is full of simple pleasures and to cherish everyday.

    Ms. Marissa graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor in Child and Adolescent Development. She began working with the sister company of KinderCare, CCLC in 2013, as a two-year-old teacher and became the head teacher in 2014. She started working for KinderCare in 2015 as a third manager and has helped make our center warm and welcoming with her fun and creative ideas!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marissa previously has worked with infants through middle school age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Esme

    Esme, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the children grow and learn new things for the first time and see the excitement on their faces.

    Ms. Esme's favorite color is pink. She loves Mexican and Italian food. She is an artist when it comes to braiding children's hair and face painting. In her free time, Ms. Esme enjoys spending time with her family and quality time with her son.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with two-year-old children
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development units
  • Naomi

    Naomi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being in the two-year-old room because the children show so much growth at this age and their excitement over the things they discover is contagious!

    Ms. Naomi has been working with two-year-old children for 10 years. She always brings fun activities, music, and movement into the classroom. Ms. Naomi is a very loving and nurturing teacher. All her babies love her.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with two-year-old children
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development units
  • Michelle

    Michelle, Preschool Classroom

    "What I love most about working with children is seeing their eagerness to learn. It is really cool watching them learn something new and being proud about it.

    Ms. Michelle has always been drawn to children. When she was little she use to pretend her teddy bears were her kids in her very own classroom. Ms. Michelle has two kids of her own and a dog. She enjoys reading and dancing on her free time. 

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher Aide, Toddler Teacher, and Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    32 ECE Units
  • Stephanie Roddy

    Stephanie Roddy, Floater

    I love to see the children grow and develop over time. There is so much change that happens through the years and I am able to witness it all. I also love that they are able to learn new things so quickly.

    Ms. Stephanie loves the world of music, culture, food and dance. She is happily married and has a beautiful daughter. She enjoys working with all the free spirited children of all ages. Ms. Stephanie is a great story teller!! Ms. Stephanie also loves traveling; the farthest she has gone is  Australia, she hopes to be able to visit again in the future. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Babar the Elephant series

    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Courtney White, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy helping children grow and seeing how excited they are about coming to school everyday.

    Ms. Courtney comes from a very big family, her mother and sister are preschool teachers. She always enjoyed being around young children. Ms. Courtney loves spending time with her niece, nephews, and dogs. 

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny and in a school district
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy By Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Current working on Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Alexandria, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children because they are my hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. After all, they are our future society.

    Ms. Alex entered the early education field in 2016. She has beautiful baby boy and is engaged to be married. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her fiance and son. Ms. Alex is working towards making this world a better place by educating and inspiring our future generations.

    Previous Experience:
    Go Kids and Volunteering with the city of Gilroy.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working towards Bachelor in Liberal Arts
  • Zak, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because I love teaching them new information and watching them grow.

    Mr. Zak is from a small town called Wheatland near Sacramento. He is currently going to school at San Jose State University to complete his Bachelor degree in order to become a math teacher. 

    Previous Experience:
    Working in a Youth Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Series of Unfortunate Events series

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Working towards his Bachelor in Child Development
  • Ms. Miriam

    Ms. Miriam, Prekindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms

    I love seeing the excitement in the children when I arrive and enjoy all the smiles and hugs I get each day. I enjoy working with this age group because of how excited they get once they've learned to master a skill.

    Ms. Miriam transferred from the Fresno KinderCare in 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family on her free time and going to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Miriam has worked with four-year-old children for the majority of her tenure, but has also helped in other classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Mary Mack by Mary Ann Hoberman

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development units
  • Eve

    Eve, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love working with children because everything is pretty much new to them so when they make a discovery about something, it is so awesome! They are enthusiastic and energetic about different activities.

    Ms. Eve is one of eight children and grew up in Salinas, Ca. She has two dogs, which are her children :) She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Ms. Eve and her boyfriend Greg travel to Hawaii once a year to visit with Greg's family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool and School-Age teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    ECE Units
  • Sierra, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because they always find a way to make me smile, even on the worst days.

    Ms. Sierra is 22 years old and lives in Morgan Hill. In addition to working with school age children, she also works with preschool and high school students. She loves working with children of all ages because everyday is a new adventure. 

    Previous Experience:
    School Age and Preschool
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Currently attending junior college
  • Ms. Marissa P.

    Ms. Marissa P., Learning Adventures

    " I love seeing children learn and grow. When they have an "aha moment" I really feel like I am making a difference in their life. Knowing that I am apart of their foundation for life long learning is the ultimate reward as a teacher".

    Ms. Marissa has been working with children for 10 years in various positions from teaching to management. During this time she has also continued her own education. Through out the years she has learned that she finds the most joy working hands on in the classroom. After completion of her Master's Degree in Education, she plans to teach others how to be teachers, at a local community collage. 

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher, Assistant Director, Director & Education Specialist
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Annicia Nunez, Toddler Classroom

    "I love being able to watch the children grow! Children are very intelligent and I love that I am able to assist in their growth as they move onto older stages".

    Ms. Annicia is currently finishing up her degree in Early Childhood Education and Natural Sciences. This is her first job in a learning center and she loves it! The experience she gains here she hopes to take with her in the future. 

    Previous Experience:
    Retail
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You More

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently working towards associate of art
  • Alexandra Padilla, School Age Classroom

    "I love all their different personalities. I love how they teach you new things even when they are young. Everyday is different so I am always on my toes. It is never boring working with children".

    Ms. Alex is 25 years old and has a son, Jeremih. She loves going to the gym and weight training. Her favorite color is coral. On her free time, Ms. Alex enjoys doing new things with her son :) 

    Previous Experience:
    After School Leader at a Power School
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    4/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Health Science
  • Yolanda Contreras, Toddler Classroom

    " I love how children use their imaginations and see things in a different way. I enjoy exploring with them as they learn new things and being consistent on their language development

    Since Ms. Yolanda was in middle school she knew teaching was her  passion. She enjoyed arts and crafts the most. She always finds new ideas to explore and make teaching fun for the children in her classroom and her co-teachers. On her free time Ms. Yolanda enjoys taking her puppy; Bambi for walks with her husband and doing DIY projects. 

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Working towards Associate of Art degree
  • Roxxan Moreno, Toddler Classroom

    "I love watching children learn new things from sharing with one another to learning how to use their spoon. I love building relationships with families and working together for the benefit of their child".

    Ms. Roxxan has been working with children for 4 years. She started off working with infants and then moved on to teach Pre-K. She has learned that no matter how old a child is they can always teacher us something. She and her husband has two children who are 8 and 9. She loves spending time with her family on her free time and loves working with children. Every child she works with has a special place in he heart. 

    Previous Experience:
    Infants through Pre-K
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum By Lisa Wheeler

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Units and is currently working towards her associate of art degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At KinderCare Learning centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of the playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a doorbell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At Morgan Hill KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. We conduct monthly earthquake and fire drills. Administration and teachers are all certified in CPR and First Aid. We also maintain high cleanliness standards within the classrooms, as well as enforce handwashing according to NAEYC guidelines. .

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.

We attended KinderCare Morgan Hill for nearly six years and loved it. All four of our kids have been involved at different levels and really enjoyed their time there. The best part about the center is the people. The teachers and staff are amazing. They truly care and that made all the difference to us and our kids. We always felt great about taking our kids there. I would highly recommend this center to anyone!

- Mother

What my husband and I like about this facility is how approachable the director is and how she has always made herself available to us whenever we wanted to talk. She gave us a same day walk-through and we, as parents, can drop in any time to observe. The facility is clean. Ms. Miriam is one of the main reasons why we are loyal to KinderCare. My second-grader had her when he was here and now my PreK son has her. My son loves Ms. Miriam. She knows when to be firm and she knows when to be silly with the kids. In my observation, Ms. Miriam puts in a lot of thought as to how she can tailor the lesson plan to engage each child. She makes learning fun and takes the time to research fun activities that can incorporate academics. My son comes home knowing how to write his numbers, is familiar with some site words, and excited about the artwork that he has done. Of course, I work with my son at home to reinforce what he is learning but I also communicate his progress to Ms. Miriam and she continues the lesson at school. Both my sons have benefited from the extra phonics lessons that are offered. The trick is to find the right teacher to teach this course. My sons have been fortunate enough to have had great phonics teachers such as Ms. Candy and Ms. Eva. They have both moved on to other things but they helped build the foundation and it has made my job at home much easier. My son in pre-k is starting to spell and recognize some site words. He is starting to show interest in stringing sounds together to pronounce simple words. Some of the teachers that I have interacted with and who have shown how much they love these kids are Ms. Esme, Ms. Naomi, Ms. Mayra, and as I have already mentioned, Ms. Miriam.

- Parent

My daughter went to Morgan Hill Kindercare for almost a year and I couldn't be happier with my overall experience. I am so glad I chose this center for my daughter. To begin with I went for Morgan Hill center because that's where I used to work, and I am a resident of Milpitas, Ca. The center was two miles from workplace. I am using all past-tense because I don't work at the company anymore or else I would have gladly continued sending my daughter there. The craziest thought I had was still continuing sending my daughter but the commute doesn't make any sense.
 
The center director, Maarit, is an extremely pleasant person. No matter how busy she is, she would never forget to greet you! If ever I had any concerns she always made sure to take care of those. The assistant director, Miss Eva is also very helpful and a very nice person. The teachers at the center are just too good. I personally knew Miss Alyssa, Miss Michelle, Miss Myra, Miss Melissa, I just miss them. I got to know everyone so well because I used to spend all my lunch hour at the center when I went to feed my daughter when she was in infant room. That created a very good bond between me and all teachers, and the director. They go above and beyond to make sure your kid is happy. A kid that eats well and sleeps well is definitely happy and not to mention clean diapers. All these things are very well taken care of in addition to so many other activities! Needless to mention , I loved the written report of how my daughter spent the day. My daughter learned so many nice things at the center. I can go on and on.

If I get a chance in future, I would love to send my daughter at the MorganHill center. Me and my daughter truly miss all the staff at Morgan Hill KinderCare. I recommend this center greatly whoever need family environment for their kids. It always felt like a home away from home. I am glad my daughter got a very good start here

- Mother
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