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Morgan Hill KinderCare

Maarit McCrossen, Center Director

605 East Dunne Ave. Morgan Hill CA 95037
(408) 778-1237 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Next to Walgreens

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This center currently has openings in all classrooms. We do offer before and after school care for school-age children, and provide transportation to all Morgan Hill schools. We hold several Open Houses throughout the year, which allow families to visit our center, meet our teachers, and take part in daily activities offered that day. We also offer a free day for your child to come and visit the classroom, which is a great way to get to know the teacher and the other children as well as get some firsthand experience of the daily classroom routine. We also offer Parent -Teacher conferences two to three times per year, giving the parents a chance to talk about their child's achievements and accomplishments in the classroom.

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Welcome

Welcome to our NAEYC Accredited center located in Morgan Hill California. We offer high quality programs for Infants through School Age children. Our focus is to develop the whole child, giving each child the skills he or she needs to excel socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment where learning is fun. Our research-based curriculum fosters individual growth by providing plenty of opportunities to explore, and to learn and grow at their own pace. We encourage you to come and visit our center, meet our wonderful teachers, see our inviting classrooms and become part of our KinderCare family.

Maarit McCrossen, 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.

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 A.A. degree, which is part of our NAEYC accreditation. Many of the staff already hold their A.A. degree or higher. Most of the staff members here have been working with the company and 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's of Arts Degree 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 twelve years of experience working with children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree, Site Supervisor Permit credential
  • Marissa Pigao

    Marissa Pigao, Assistant Director

    Marissa has been the Assistant Director at KinderCare since September 2013. She attended Gavilan College and received three Associates Degrees. She majored in Child Development, Liberal Arts and Communications. She plans to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and continue on to get a Master's Degree. Prior to starting at KinderCare, Marissa worked as an Assistant Director, Preschool Teacher and an After School Program Coordinator at ABC Preschool and Daycare in Aromas for a total of seven years. Marissa enjoys organizing, lending a helping hand, seeing that others' needs are met, encouraging and recognizing fellow staff members and is looking forward to growing and establishing a career with KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    I love this age group because you are able to be a part of their first milestones.

    Ms. Sarah is an infant/ toddler teacher. She started working with KinderCare in 2006. She has an A.A. degree in both child development and liberal arts. She speaks English and knows some sign language.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Child Development
  • Ms. Angie, Toddler Classroom

    I love all children, but what’s special about this age group is that I get the opportunity to witness their growth and to be a part of their lives, which brings me joy.

    Ms. Angie is an infant and toddler teacher. She started to work for KinderCare in August of 2011. She has 12 Early Childhood Education units. She has worked for many different child care programs such as Head Start, SJBC San Juan Bautista, K’s Quality Child Development Center, and Family Life Children’s Ministry. She speaks Yapese fluently.

    Previous Experience:
    Head Start, SJBC San Juan Bautista, K’s Quality Child Development Center, and Family Life Children’s Ministry
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Toddler Classroom

    I love being a part of the children's learning process and seeing the results once they have mastered something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Esme

    Ms. Esme, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love learning something new each day about the children I care for. I get inspired knowing I get to be a part of the children's lives.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Raquel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I know I’m making a child happy by teaching him or her new things everyday. My favorite part is hearing the children’s laughter when they are playing together.

    Ms. Raquel is in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She recently began work at KinderCare. She has 18 Early Childhood Education units from Gavilan College and 10 years experience working with children six weeks to12 years old. She speaks Spanish and knows some sign language.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, Preschool Classroom

    I love getting to know each individual child and sharing in the wonder of when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tiana, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy helping the children find their confidence in their unique abilities.

    Ms. Tiana is the preschool teacher. She stated to work for KinderCare in July of 2011. She has taken classes at Mission college and is currently working towards an AS degree in Child Development. She has worked at CCLC in Palo Alto and CCLC in Los Altos.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Child Developement
  • Ms. Miriam

    Ms. Miriam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the exitement in the children when they've learned to master a skill. I get inspired by all the warm welcomes from the children when I arrive and enjoy all the smiles and hugs I get.

    Ms. Miriam is in the prekindergarten classroom. She transferred from another KinderCare. She speaks both Spanish and English. Ms. Miriam has many years of experience working with preschool children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Kindergarten Classroom

    Working with children is a dream come true. I come to work every day happy to be here, knowing I can make a difference in the lives of the children I teach.

    Ms. Jessica is in the kindergarten classroom. She has been working at KinderCare since 2006 with all age groups. She has an Associate's Degree and has previous experience working with children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Janelle, Preschool, Prekindergarten, and School Age Classrooms

    I love being a teacher because I get to guide each child to strive, learn to love school, find their inner creativity, and be the best they can be.

    Ms. Janelle is in the School Age classroom and helps out in the Preschool and Prekindergarten rooms as well. She recently joined the KinderCare team. She has taken several child development classes. She has five years of previous teaching experience.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Five years
  • Ms. Clorecha

    Ms. Clorecha, School Age Classroom

    I love interacting with the children and watching them grow.

    Ms. Clorecha is the School Age teacher. She started with KinderCare in May of 2011.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Loni

    Ms. Loni, School Age Classroom

    I love being able to see the kids get excited when they learn how to do something new.

    Ms. Loni is the School Age teacher. She has been working at KinderCare since May of 2011. She has previous experience working with children as a nanny.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, School Age Classroom

    I hope that I will make a difference in each student's life in and out of the classroom. I appreciate that I have the ability to impact the children positively and seeing it in their smiles.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Eva, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love my job because of the warm welcomes I get from the kids every morning. I love this age group because there is so much that goes on between the age of 2-3 and I’m lucky enough to see it all.

    Ms. Eva is the phonics teacher. She has been working at KinderCare since May of 2010. She has taken many child development classes. She has been working with children since 2008. She speaks Spanish fluently.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four years

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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, and enforce hand washing.

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.

We attended KinderCare Morgan Hill for nearly 6 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

I have three children who are under the supervision of KinderCare (ages eleven, five and three). We have been a part of their family for about the last six to seven years and I have referred four other families to KinderCare as well. I have to say that I trust KinderCare very much with my children. They call me if any issues occur, they have "Great" Learning Techniques for all ages and these Brave Women are VERY patient with each child's needs. I am glad that they are in our lives and would recommend them to all residents looking for a Great Learning Center for their children.

- Parent

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 2nd-grader had her when he was here and now my pre-k 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
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