Maarit McCrossen, Center Director
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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 parent's 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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. Seeing the excitement of parents and their child is just such a great experience to be a part of.
Eva has been working with children since September 2008. She received her Associates Degree in Child Development from Gavilan College then continued her education at San Jose State University where she received her Bachelors 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 Assisstant Director in July 2015 and is very eager to help lead an amazing team!
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 Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development. She began working with KinderCare's sister company, 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!
I love the toddler classroom because I get to teach the children self help skills, social skills, and all the basics to help them become a well rounded child. We teach them the beginning stepping stones to academics.
Ms. Mayra enjoys spending time with her children at the park. She also enjoys staying active by running 5k's. Her favorite color is hot pink and she loves spicy Mexican food.
I love watching the children learn and grow every day. It is exciting to teach them new skills and to get them ready for kindergarten.
Ms. Stacy has been teaching for over 12 years! She has taught all ages in the past, but primarily has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. On her free time Ms. Stacy enjoys planning events for family and also classroom events.
I love working with toddlers because I get to see them grow and learn everyday! They are so eager to learn and soak stuff up like sponges. They bring joy into my life and make me smile.
Ms. Michelle worked with preschool age chidren for nearly 10 years. She absolutely LOVES working with her toddler babies! She was born in San Jose and has two children. Her Favorite color is purple and she loves Mexican food.
I love being in the Infant room because I enjoy seeing the children grow and learn. I also enjoy teaching the babies how to reach milestones and then watching them repeat the learned behavior.
Ms. Melissa was born in Santa Clara, CA. She enjoys reading non-fiction books and spending time with her children outside of work.
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. On her free time Ms. Esme enjoys spending time with her family and quality time with her son.
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 and music and movement into the classroom. Ms. Naomi is a very loving and nurturing teacher, all her two year old babies love her.
I enjoy my classroom because I love watching the children learn new developmental milestones that put them closer to Pre-Kindergarten.
Ms. April has been teaching for 30 years in licensed child care centers and learning centers. She has worked with handicapped children and has also worked with infants, two year olds, and preschool age children.
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 has been working with preschool children for a little over 6 years now. Ms. Stephanie is an amazing story teller! The children and even teachers enjoy listening to her during story time and finger plays.
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.
I enjoy my classroom because I love to see how excited the children get when learning something new.
Ms. Rowena has been working with children for five years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University and currently lives in Morgan Hill.
I love this classroom because my children are awesome! We get to do lots of fun stuff in class and I like helping the kids accomplish various goals.
Ms. Katelyn has been teaching preschool and school-age for 4 years. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her animals and with her close friends.
I love being in the school-age classroom because the children are independent and fun! This group is different because they go to school most of the day, yet we can expand their learning with our "catch the wave" program and summer series.
Ms. Eve was born in Salinas. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family during her free time.
I love to see the children's faces when they learn something new and the vastness of their imagination is incredible.
Nina has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with an emphasis in behavior, as well as a minor in Child & Adolescent Development. She has worked with all ages, including children with special needs.
I love working with children and seeing their light bulb turn on when they grasp and master a new concept. Each age is so unique. I love to see how individual children develop and learn.
Ms. Marissa has been working with children for nine years in various positions from teaching to management. She is currently studying at San Jose State University to attain her bachelor’s degree, but has three Associate degrees from Gavilan College in Child Development, Communications and liberal studies. She currently lives in San Juan Bautista with her fiancé!
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.
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. .
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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