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Petaluma KinderCare

Jenna Weisman, Center Director

1485 North McDowell Blvd. Petaluma CA 94954
(707) 794-0211 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Corna Creek Elementary & Penngrove Elementary

Here at KinderCare Petaluma we have some very exciting programs taking place. Being in the heart of the wine country, we are on the cutting edge of agriculture. In our Preschool and Prekindergarten program, the children's learning experiences are enhanced by our Spanish curriculum! The benefits of exposure to a second language at a early age not only helps children absorb the new language, but it also raises their proficiency in their first language. More than that, learning a second language has been found to enhance academic achievement through a child’s school years. The children will also do many other activities during centers that include phonics, math, literacy and much more! Come and enrich your child’s learning in our learning center program!

Welcome

Welcome to the Petaluma KinderCare! We would like to take this opportunity to share with you all of the exciting things we have going on at our center! We offer care for ages 6 weeks- 12 years old. Our Preschool and Pre Kindergarten programs now offer spanish as a part of their new curriculum. We also have new curriculum for our Infant, Toddler and Discovery Preschool programs. Come join our Family!

Jenna Weisman, Center Director

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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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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.

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.

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

The teachers and staff at KinderCare Petaluma are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Once you enroll with us, you become a part of our Petaluma Family. The KinderCare Petaluma staff strive for excellence through continuing their education from biannual company professional development trainings and trainings provided by local CPR First Aid trainers. At the end of the day, all of our teachers are here for one reason and that is that they truly love and enjoy teaching children.

  • Jenna Weisman

    Jenna Weisman, Center Director

    Jenna has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2014. She joined the leadership staff at a school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She lead two schools in PA, before moving to California and joining the West Coast team. Jenna has a strong passion for quality care and ensuring a well balanced curriculum. She enjoys going into the classrooms and coaching her staff on ways to strengthen their educational program. When Jenna is not at work she can be found exploring new restaurants, visiting the beach, or reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Jenna comes to KinderCare with a unique work history. She obtained her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, from Kutztown University in 2010. Jenna worked in the Philadelphia School Districts, Substitute Taught, and held management positions at both West Elm and Lucky, prior to joining KinderCare. Her background in both education and management help strengthen her skillset as a director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    5/30/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Kristen Amaral

    Kristen Amaral, Assistant Director

    I love to watch children learn and grow, and to be a positive influence in thier lives

    Kristen started as a substitute teacher with us in 2012.  She quickly became one of our teachers in Discovery Preschool. She has brought us great excitement and creativity.  She recently has been promoted to Assistant Director. We are so excited to have Kristen and are happy to see what she will do.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristen has been working with us since 2012. She started as a Teacher in our Discovery Preschool Class. She brings great happiness and excitement to our center.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently Pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Susie

    Ms. Susie, Infant Classroom

    Young children are pure sunshine. They bring joy to everyone around them by learning and playing.

    Ms. Susie is one of our wonderful Infant teachers. She truly is happy to see each child everyday. No matter how busy the day is and how fast it goes there is always joy. She is married and has three children. One daughter is eighteen years old and she also has two younger boys. Ms. Susie loves to watch them play sports and spend time with her family. She looks forward to growing and learning from her co-teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms, Susie worked at Bright Horizons as a Toddler teacher and Primary Plus as a Preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No More Jumping on the Bed

    Year Started:
    3/7/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    18 Units of Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Lindsay, Infants

    All the smiling faces, and all the funny things they say is the best part

    Miss Lindsay is one of our wonderful Infant teachers. She has previously worked with children as a Nanny and as a volunteer at a Preschool. Lindsay was born and raised here in Sonoma County. Lindsay loves to go swimming and play with her adorable puppy Thumper. We are excited to have her as a part of our team, and we are excited to see all that she has to bring to the classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Lindsay was a nanny and a volunteer at a preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Year
    Education:
    AA in Social Behavior Science
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Toddlers

    Miss Nicole is our newest Toddler teacher. Nicole comes to us with much experience with young children.  She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and also in Theatre Arts.  Before Nicole started with us she traveled and worked with the Circus where she worked with families and children from all over the world.

    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Tucker

    Ms. Tucker, Staff Support Infants and Toddlers

    Tucker is one of our Toddler teachers. She grew up here in Sonoma County. Tucker enjoys reading and running in her spare time. Her favorite color is teal and she loves to play trivia.

    Miss Tucker has brought so much love and joy to our Toddler and Infant rooms. She loves to sing and dance with the kids, and has so much

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting, a Sunday school teacher, as well as a teacher at a therapeutic riding center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy and Guess How Much I Love You

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Discovery Preschool

    I love my job because of the kids. I love to watch them learn!

    Ms. Courtney has been at KinderCare since March of 2011. She is a very nurturing teacher and loves to make connections with the children in her class and their families. She is great at continuing these relationships she has made even after the children have moved on from her class. Ms. Courtney is always accessible to the children's needs and wants. She shows tremendous passion for her classroom. She has three children of her own and loves spending time with them; especially by going to Giants games and Disneyland! Ms. Courtney loves being apart of the KinderCare family and looks forward to what the future holds.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Courtney worked at the YMCA Preschool.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that what I teach my students today will open doors for them tomorrow.

    Ms. Desiree has been a part of our KinderCare family since May 2007. She comes to us after spending some time as a substitute teacher for Learning to Learn and as an Intern for Santa Rosa Junior College Childcare. Ms. Desiree was also a Mentor for AmeriCorps Cool School Program. She is married and has a little boy who is in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She loves being able to bring her son to work and see his growth in his classroom. She loves to spend time with her husband and son when they go to Disneyland and Hawaii!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Desiree worked at the Santa Rosa Junior College Preschool, Learning to Learn Program, and AmeriCorps.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Miss Jenna

    Miss Jenna, Pre Kindergarten Classroom

    Miss Jenna has lived in Sonoma County all of her life. She currently lives in Rohnert Park with her husband and 2 children. She received her Associates Degree in Child Development in 2008. After that she was a Preschool Teacher for four years and she has loved every minute of it.  She is so excited to be working in the Pre-K class, and is looking forward to growing great memories with all of us.
    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jenna brings a fresh new light to our center with experience as a teachers aide for 1 year and she also was a Preschool teacher for 3 years.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    AA in Child Development and Teacher Permit
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, School Age Classroom

    I love being with children and watching them when they discover something they did not know. The glee on their faces is extraordinary!

    Ms. Pam's time at KinderCare has been wonderful. She has the unique opportunity to be with School Age children. They are so inquisitive and want to know as much as they can. Ms. Pam had her first "school" when she was fourteen. She held in on the patio across the street from her house in the summer. She had eight kids from around the neighborhood and they studied nature. Ms. Pam is an avid supporter of creative arts and science. She uses a lot of items from nature for learning based projects. Ms. Pam has brought all of these ideas to the School Age Classroom and the children have really thrived from it!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Pam worked at Occidental Parent Participation Nursery School for five years. She also worked with at-risk teens at Analy High School for four years and their study hall for six years. She spent fourteen years teaching at Wright School District, six of which teaching in Special Ed. Ms. Pam also taught primary grades one through six for five years at ECC.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • Ms. Rana

    Ms. Rana, Learning Adventures Specialist

    I enjoy singing and cooking with the children. I like to have fun at work with the children!

    Ms. Rana has worked here in Petaluma KinderCare for seven years. She is the MAG opening teacher and the Learning Adventures Specialist. She really enjoys singing, cooking and having fun with the children. Ms. Rana graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development. She lives in Petaluma with her husband one of her sons is attending Sonoma State and her other son is going to be a senior in high school next year.. Ms. Rana enjoys hiking, biking and watching her sons play sports.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Rana spent sixteen years at Marin Day School teaching Prekindergarten and two year old children.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Staff Support

    I love watching the children grow and change.

    Ms. Chelsea started at KinderCare in July 2013. She attended and obtained her Associate Teaching Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College. Ms. Chelsea has worked with young children for many years and loves every minute. She looks forward to spending her days with children. Ms. Chelsea started with us teaching Pre-Kindergarten and this year has moved into our Kindergarten Classroom and is excited every day to see how much the children learn.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Chelsea worked at Building Blocks Preschool, several home childcare centers, and has experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Debora

    Ms. Debora, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    I love being able to bring all my creativity to life at the center and to see the children's happiness and excitement.

    Ms. Debora is our fabulous Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She brings so much excitement to the classroom and loves to bring new experiences to the children. Ms. Debora loves to see how much the children grow and change throughout the year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debora worked for 14 years at Little Oaks Montessori prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Miss Tara

    Miss Tara, Staff Support

    I love to see the smiles on the children's faces as they learn and explore!

    Miss Tara come to us at Petaluma and began as an Infant Teacher and she loved working with the babies. She has so much experience that she brings with her to our center since she started working with children when she started babysitting at 10 years old. She has a son and when he was born she worked at the YMCA and they encouraged her to continue her education so she could become a teacher. She got her teaching certificate in 1991and has worked with all ages. She also was a boy and girl scout leader as well as a youth group leader. Miss Tara married her high school sweetheart in 1989. She has two children Jason and Angela who are now grown and fulfilling their futures. She and her husband also own MTO construction that her husband runs so she can work as a teacher with children. Miss Tara brings a warm smile to work every day and loves to spend her day with the children in our center.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Tara comes to us with a lot of experience from running the summer program at the YMCA for many years and she also worked with Preschool and PreK children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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

Here at KinderCare Petaluma, the health and safety of your children is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the doors to our center have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have the code to enter. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. This role includes conducting emergency drills, ensuring staff CPR and First Aid cards are up to date, maintaining high cleanliness standards and watching for the overall safety of all the children.

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.

I am a first-time mother who went back to work full time after our daughter was born in July 2015. We, my infant girl and I, have been attending KinderCare in Petaluma for about eight weeks now. I can't tell you enough how incredible and wonderful your staff is at this facility. Being a first-time mother, I was very anxious about returning to work and the options I had for infant care are very limited. I was so fortunate to have contacted KinderCare and toured the facility many months in advance, to prepare for when I would return to work. The staff at KinderCare is truly amazing. They knew my name and child right away and made us feel "right at home" during a difficult transition time for us. They are considerate and supportive, extremely knowledgeable and offer incredibly focused attention on my little girl and her needs while also fostering her sense of community, individual growth and development. I couldn't ever imagine the GIFT that KinderCare would be for her and us. At first, I was nervous that my "particular requests" for her care would get "lost" in the shuffle of caring for other infants, but right away the staff SHOWED me they had listened to my requests and treated me with total respect. I can't say enough how much this meant to me. My infant is getting the BEST care I could have ever imagined and knowing how she is being cared for by the KinderCare staff for has completely lain my anxiety and fears to rest and allows me the confidence to be back at work. They are always making sure they communicate with me observations of her, exciting developmental events and tracking her overall health. I don't know every person on the KinderCare staff by name; however, they have always all treated me with kindness and consideration. They are an exceptional group of individuals who deserve a special note of recognition in that they bring 150% to the table, each day and everyday. Your company has a very special resource in these individuals and I encourage you to recognize the "above and beyond" the staff offers just as a normal part of their daily approach to the children they care for. Thank you for the opportunity to express how wonderful the experience with KinderCare has been for our family.

- Parent

August 4, 2015
 
Dear KinderCare Management,
 
My husband and I wanted to tell you about two of your amazing teachers, Miss Susie and Miss Christina in the infant room.  Our son Luke has been in the care of Miss Susie and Miss Christina since he was five months old and this will be his last week with them before he moves to the toddler room.  We are so sad that Luke will no longer be with these two amazing teachers.  He has grown so attached to Miss Susie and Miss Christina as these ladies treat the kids as if they are their own.  Not only do they take great care of our son and all of the other infants, but they truly love each child and it definitely shows. Our son (and my husband and I) are greatly going to miss Susie and Christina.
 
Miss Susie and Miss Christina should definitely be recognized, as they are the ones that give KinderCare the excellent reputation that it has.
 
Sincerely,
 Rob, Ashley and Luke Brown 

 

- Parents

Dear Ms. Susie, Ms. Jenn, Ms. Rana, Ms. Cindy, Ms. Libby, and everyone at KinderCare,

A huge thanks to all of you for your care and support and answering questions. I felt like such a huge step to put Ani in daycare, but you guys treat her (and us) like family.  You're all so warm and to have such a welcome reception has greatly reduced my fears.  Thank you so much!  We're so grateful!
 

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