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Northridge KinderCare

Deborah Bradley, Center Director

16901 Lassen St. North Hills CA 91343
(818) 368-5334 Contact this center

Ages: 18 MONTH-OLDS to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Corner of Lassen and Balboa across from In/Out

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Andasol Elementary, Balboa Magnet, Mayall Magnet, Vintage Magnet, and Gledhill Elementary.

KinderCare Northridge has a pool that is used during the summer months for one on one swim lessons with a certified water safety instructor.

Welcome

Welcome to Northridge KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Deborah Bradley, Center Director

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Our Programs

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday September 15, 2015
    1. Open House

  2. Tuesday October 20, 2015
    1. Open House

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Northridge has a great staff that work together well. They like to laugh and are very supportive to each other as well as the children and the families.

  • Deborah Bradley

    Deborah Bradley, Center Director

    We need to lead by example, for the children to learn respectful behavior we need to show them respect.

    When Deborah started working with preschool age children while still in high school she knew this would be her career. Deborah studied Child Development at Long Beach City College. She has three children who have all attended KinderCare during their preschool and elementary years. Deborah spends time in all of the classrooms everyday helping and watching the interactions of the children. She comes to work with a smile everyday looking forward to hearing the funny things the children say and seeing the wonder in their eyes when experiencing the process of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Deborah has experience as a teacher working with Toddlers, Preschool and Prekindergarten. She was also an Assistant Director for KinderCare for two years. Deborah has been a Center Director with KinderCare since May 2000.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Alina Manukyan-Murillo

    Alina Manukyan-Murillo, Assistant Director

    Being a positive role model and knowing that children learn from us and look up to us is the greatest feeling.

    Alina started working with School Age children in 1993. She studied Child Development at Valley College, Pierce College and California State University, Northridge. She has two young children; one is currently attending KinderCare and the other will be starting soon. Alina enjoys helping out in the classrooms throughout the day because it gives her an opportunity to interact with children and do what she enjoys the most. Alina loves her job because of the wonderful experiences that she takes with her at the end of the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Alina has prior experience working as a Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher Assistant and Center Director.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Support Staff, Swim Instructor, and Health & Coordinator

    Everyday I have the opportunity to change lives and inspire my students.

    Ms. Nikki has studied Child Development as well as Journalism. She is very creative and loves to encourage the children to find their creative side. She likes to take advantage of those teachable moments. Ms. Nikki is also our Swim Instructor. She teaches one on one swim lessons during the summer months. She is our Health and Safety Coordinator as well. She help perform our fire and earthquake drill each month.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I find my greatest joy in teaching and working with children. I love seeing their growth and development. I enjoy making a positive difference in their lives.

    Ms. Kate has been working with our Discovery Preschool classroom since 2006. She is excellent at working with the children to help develop the whole child. When in Russia Ms. Kate earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and in Psychology. The children enjoy Ms. Kate's animated circle times with flannel stories and songs.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Kate worked with all ages in Russia.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I came; I saw; and I conquered

    Ms. Mayra has an AA degree in Child Development and is currently attending CSUN working on her Bachelor's Degree in  Psychology.  Ms. Mayra says she loves working with Discovery Preschool because it allows her the opportunity to foster and enhance the children's education, seeing the grow and develop is the biggest accomplishment.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work everyday and seeing the smile on the children's face as I walk in.

    Ms. Elizabeth knew since High School that she wanted to work with children.  When she started working with KinderCare she was so happy to have the opportunity to change a child's life.  Ms. Elizabeth feels the staff is amazing and works well as a team.  She is happy to come to work and help make the child's day great.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Elizabeth was a babysitter and tutor.
    Year Started:
    3/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cynthia

    Ms. Cynthia, Preschool Classroom

    With these Hands, I can offer so much
    with these hands I can create and with these hands I can offer my love
    I can do beautiful things with these hands.

    Ms. Cynthia says her experiences as a child was an eye opener and lead to her passion for teaching.  She enjoys helping others.  The effort put into our daily routine makes me strive for a higher education.  Ms. Cynthia is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree.  Ms. Cynthia feels helping the children makes learning fun and helps to accommodate each child unique need.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Cynthia use to work for LAUSD Preschool.
    Year Started:
    6/15/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Keilly

    Ms. Keilly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching and learning is a practice. Each day you get better.

    Ms. Keilly is our Third Level supervisor as well as a center trainer for new teachers. Not only did she take child development classes in college but she also studied psychology. Ms. Keilly has a structured classroom geared towards getting the children prepared for Kindergarten. She also teaches our Spanish Learning Adventure class.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Keilly worked in the retail industry.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Karina, Martinez

    I love being creative when it comes to teaching new concepts to the children.  I also enjoy seeing the children's smiles and excitement when I come in.

    Ms. Karina attended Los Angeles Pierce college where she became interested in Child Development.  She started working with children in 2003 and from the start knew this was the career for her.  Ms. Karina has worked at the Jewish Community Center, a Head Start program with Pre-Kindergarten students, as well as an after school program for school age children before coming to find her home at KinderCare.  She enjoys reading to the children and watching them grow and develop each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare Ms. Karina worked with Pre-Kindergarten and School Age children.
    Year Started:
    7/2/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    AA Degree in General Education
  • Ms. Shonneise

    Ms. Shonneise, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. I am passionate about teaching children to express their feelings and learn how to believe in them self.

    Ms. Shonneise has worked with the Northridge KinderCare since 2003. She has worked with toddlers all the way up to the school agers. Ms. Shonneise has been teaching Private Kindergarten since 2008. Although she is very structured and work time is work time she loves to act silly and dance with the children. She enjoys teaching the children about the world around them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Shonneise was a babysitter and teacher assistant.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Brandi

    Ms. Brandi, School Age & Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I love my job because not only do I get to see individual children learn and grow, I also get to watch the future being shaped.

    Ms. Brandi graduated with honors from Cal State University Northridge. She has always been interested in becoming a teacher. Not only does she help with homework and complete the Catch the Wave curriculum, you can often find her outside playing with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Brandi was an intern and tutor.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Mr. Winn

    Mr. Winn, Suport Staff

    The way we teach children will open up a new window for them to explore and learn.

    Mr. Winn has an associate teacher - preschool certificate from Los Angeles Valley College.  Mr. Winn also hold a State of California Child Development Teacher Permit.  With KinderCare Mr. Winn has been a Learning Adventures teacher, an Assistant Director, as well as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher.  In the position of support staff it gives Mr. Winn the opportunity to work with all of the children and help fellow teachers in all classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Winn has worked with children infant through school age
    Year Started:
    8/11/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dalila

    Ms. Dalila, Support Staff

    Loves teaching because I know I can make a difference in a student's life both in and out of the classroom.

    Ms. Dalila graduated from the University of Quebec in Montreal Canada. When in Canada she worked with public school children ages four to five years old. Ms. Dalila loves to have creative art time with the children. She is very nurturing with the children and encourages their development as a whole child.

    In the position of support staff it gives Ms. Dalila the opportunity to work with all of the children and help fellow teachers in all classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Dalila taught Journalism in Canada.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years

August 2015 Events

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  1. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Pre-Kindergarten Graduation

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  2. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Open House

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
  • AM Snack
  • 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

Our center has a keypad entry. All playgrounds are fenced in. We offer CPR and First Aid training to all our staff.

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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The teachers have helped my child to solve problems and use a confident voice when speaking to her peers and other adults.

- Parents

It feels good to know my daughter is safe and learning while I am at work! Thank you all so much!!

- Parents

I couldn't ask for more amazing, understanding teachers. The teachers always go out of their way to take care of our boys and teach as the highest standards. We runn a million miles a minute during the week with the twins and a full schedule and they are always there with a smile and positive update about our little monsters. They put us at ease in our most stressful moments and I couldn't be more grateful for such amazing women in the twins lives. Thank you so much KinderCare.

- Parents

The teachers have helped my child to speak more confidently, be less aggressive, and to listen better.

- Parents

The teachers have helped my child express himself by using his words. The teachers have done a wonderful job preparing my son for preschool, Awesome Job!!

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