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Mountain View KinderCare

Cherie Dotson, Center Director

2065 W. El Camino Mountain View CA 94040
(650) 967-4430 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 Years
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Special Instructions:
just before Rengstorff Ave

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Welcome to KinderCare Mountain! We look forward to meeting you and your family! We are currently full in our Infant, Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms. Wait list options are available. We are accepting enrollment applications for our Toddler and Discovery Preschool classrooms. Come check out our fun-filled program today!

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Mountain View! We are all excited to meet you and your family. We offer a well-rounded curriculum, fun and exciting daily activities, and learning enrich environment for your child. We strive to offer high quality care to each and every child in our care and we pride ourselves on maintaining a nurturing, loving environment for your family. We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our family!

Cherie Dotson, Center Director

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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.

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.

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

Our staff are passionate, loving individuals committed to their work and ensuring that each child's needs are met above and beyond the basic expectations. Our staff are all highly educated in the Field of Early Childhood Education and are dedicated to learning the most current best practices in teaching our young children.

  • Cherie Dotson, Center Director

    I love how excited children get when they are engaged and discover something new. I love to watch a little one, the first time their fingers touch paint or when their face lights up at the puppet I'm holding in my hand. It's always amazing to see the world through a child's eyes.

    Ms. Cherie was born and raised in Peoria, IL. She first started working with Kinder Care in 1980 at the Santa Clara location. She has two children and five grandchildren. She loves the water, flying kites, riding bikes, and enjoying time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Eric Carle Books from "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    10/1/1990
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Education:
    Education Background is in Early Childhood Education
  • Jessica Robles

    Jessica Robles, Assistant Director

    I love how excited the children become when they learn something new!

    Ms. Jessica has worked at KinderCare since December, 2013. She started at the Santa Clara center as a Discovery Preschool teacher and most is now the Assistant Director here at our Mountain View center! Ms. Jessica continued her education in the field of Early Childhood Education at DeAnza and West Valley Colleges. Ms. Jessica is a very creative, hands-on teacher who loves to play with the children and spend her time on their level. She loves creating new and different activities for the children to complete and she loves to see the children smile!

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica has worked with children ranging from Preschool age to School-age. She has worked as a camp counselor, a nanny and has also worked with Preschool aged children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    12/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Laraine

    Ms. Laraine, Infants

    Children are always happy and loving. I enjoy teaching and seeing the happiness shine through their smile every time they achieve something special.

    Ms. Laraine is from San Jose,  CA. She has been with Kinder Care since May of 2015. She has a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. Her faborite thing to do after work is to go swimming or any other active sport.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones and the Stinky School Bus
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Four Years
    Education:
    Studied Child Development
  • Ms. Emilie

    Ms. Emilie, Infants

    I love to watch children learn something new each day and watching their minds expand.

    Ms. Emilie was born and raised in Misouri. She moved to California when she was 17 years old. She finished school and fully started her career as an Infant/Toddler teacher. She has been married for 9 years and hopes to have children of her own soon. She likes the outdoors and going on adventures. She also enjoys going crabbing in the ocean and fishing.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting, Nannying, and Teaching
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Eric Carl and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    12/20/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    AA in Early Childhood Development specialization in Infants and Toddler Development and Special Needs
  • Ms. Kiyah, Infants

    Ms. Kiyah has recently joined our Infant Staff. She has two young boys and is soon expecting her first daughter!

    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Infants

    Bonding with the children is very important. The bond that you make is a very wonderful experience. I love to see children meet milestones and watch their development, knowing that I'm helping in ways to meet those goals.

    Ms. Briana is from Santa Clara, she has been with Kinder Care since 2014. She loves hiking, bike riding, and soccer. She loves to dance and spend quality time reading and being with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, 24 Hour Fitness Kids Club Supervisor, Pump-It-Up Attendant, Party Coordinator
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Studying Child Development (AA/AS Degree)
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Toddlers

    I love children because they are a lot of fun!

    Ms. Teresa was born and raised in Mexico. She became a citizen of the USA and come to work for Kinder Care 13 years ago. She has two children and one grandson whom she loves to dance with!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teresa previously taught in our Infant Room.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Five Little Monkey's
    Year Started:
    9/3/2002
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Infant and Toddler's Education Diploma
  • Ms. Stefani

    Ms. Stefani, Toddlers

    It's nice to see the children grow and develop. They make me very happy. I love to see each child's different personality!

    Ms. Stefani was born in Fresno, CA. She came to Kinder Care in the beginning of 2014. She has an 11 year old daughter who she loves to take on different adventures!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stefani was previously a shuttle bus driver for another Child Development Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Studied Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddlers

    Miss Alicia

    Year Started:
    7/31/2015
  • Ms. Josie

    Ms. Josie, Toddlers

    Miss Josie is recently married and excited to soon start a family of her own!

    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
  • Ms. Maricela

    Ms. Maricela, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with children because I enjoy watching them grow both physically and mentally. I love knowing that I am a part of that.

    Ms. Maricela was born in Mexico and moved to the US when she was 6 years old. She has a son in 3rd grade who she loves to take kayaking on the weekends.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny and Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Teaching Permit, Currently Continuing Education
  • Ms. Jayme

    Ms. Jayme, Preschool

    These children keep my heart full! My job is to play, be silly, laugh and love. In return they give me the best gifts: their laughter, trust, and love.

    Ms. Jayme's mission in life is to own and live in a beach house in Maui. She is a big kid at heart and can spend all day watching the rolling waves glaze over the sandy beach. Aloha!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    5/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Susy

    Ms. Susy, Preschool

    Children are honest and loving. I love their enthusiasm about life and learning.

    Ms. Susy is from San Jose, CA. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, experiencing life, and working out.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Siempre Te Querre
    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    BA in Spanish and ECE units
  • Ms. Marquela

    Ms. Marquela, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love when I learn something from the children. It's amazing how as a teacher, I learn something every day from my students. Children are unique and so special in their individual way.

    Ms. Marquela was born and raised in Panama, but has lived in the US for 41 years now. She has two wonderful children and one granddaughter. She started working at Kinder Care after teaching at a Montessori school for 14 years. For fun she likes to dance and listen to music as well as read books and cook.

    Previous Experience:
    Montessori Program, Elementary School Teacher, Rep of Panama
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don Quijote De La Manecha & 100 Anoes De Solidad
    Year Started:
    5/11/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    ECE Diploma and Montessori Credential
  • Ms. Emilee

    Ms. Emilee, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love to see the joy and enthusiasm the children get out of all the little things in life. I just love being able to be a part of that and help them to grow and learn eveything they can.

    Ms. Emilee is from San Jose, CA, but her family is from Hilo, Hawaii. She came to Kinder Care in August of 2015. For fun she lieks to go on bike rides and hikes when the weather is nice. When she stays in, she likes to read a good book and enjoy a cup of coffee.

    Previous Experience:
    Sports camp for physically disabled children, Americorps as the 4th and 5th grade Language Arts Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    BA in Psychology with an Education Minor
  • Ms. Rashmi

    Ms. Rashmi, Support Staff

    I love to see children grow socially, cognitively, emotionally, and physically from Infancy to Early Childhood.

    Ms. Rashmi is from India. She came to Kinder Care in 2011. While at work she loves to do different activities with the children. In her free time, she loves to travel and see diffuerent cultures and meet people with varried interests to make lasting friendships with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Montessori substitute teacher, Volunteer Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Festivals of India
    Year Started:
    5/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Sociology, Diploma in Child Development, Technical Communications Study
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Support Staff

    Ms. Angela has just recently joined our staff here in Mountain View and we are so excited to have her here with us!

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015

August 2015 Events

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  1. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Prince and Princess Day

      Come to school dressed up as a Prince or Princess! Let's all be royalty for the day! :)

  2. Saturday August 15, 2015
    1. Saturday Stories

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      Storytime with books, music and movement for children ages 2 to 5 and their families to enjoy together. Free. No registration required.

  3. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Fascinating Foods

      Come discover some Fascinating Foods as we bring Budding Geniuses in for an indoor field trip!

  4. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. End of Summer Extravaganza

      Come see Cotton Candy Express and enjoy some snacks as we celebrate the end of our Summer Program together!

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
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese, Cantonese, Urdu

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

Our staff at KinderCare Mountain View is CPR/First Aid Certified. Our center is secured with key pad entry-parents must have an entry code to enter the building. We have a large gated playground, gate/classroom alarms, and high fences to ensure your child's safety. Families are required to present photo identification before children are released and parents must sign their child in/out everyday.

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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Our daughter has been at KinderCare Mountain View since she was six months old. She is now four and loves going to school every day. This is evident by the smile on her face when I say its time to go to school. We have had amazing teachers in each room and would not bring our daughter anywhere else. I trust the teachers completely to take care of my daughter like she was their own. The teachers really make the difference between a good place and a great place.

- Parent

Our daughter has attended KinderCare Mountain View since she was ten weeks old. We are very happy with the care she receives every day. She is happy at drop off and pick up! Her teachers are great and the center has really become part of our family. We couldn't be happier.

- Father
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