Cindy Campagna, Center Director
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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!
Cindy Campagna, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Teachers who love to teach children to learn, create children who love to learn.
Cindy has been with KinderCare since 2011. She has played many roles here at the Center in that time. She says her greatest joy is hearing the children talk to their parents each day during pick up about what happened that day. The pure excitment is contagious. Cindy loves KinderCare and loves having relationships with each child, staff and parent.
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.
The AHA moments are why I am here
Miss Taryn joined us in April 2015. She comes to us with much experience working with children. Taryn was a nanny for four years. Taryn grew up in Kenwood California. She is currently studying Early Childhood Educaion at Santa Rosa Junior College. She enjoys working with young children and watching them grow. In her spare time Taryn enjoys being outdoors and doing things like soccer, roller blading, and hiking.
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!
Miss Cami has joined our team and brought so much to our Preschool classroom. Her high energy and creativity is such a benefit for our center! Her love for children shines when she is in the classroom. We are excited to have her as part of our team.
The kids are so funny, I love to watch them grow and succeed
Miss Lauren is one of our fabulous staff support Teachers. Prior to KinderCare she was a substitute at a local preschool, as well as a Nanny. She is currently attending courses at the Santa Rosa Junior College to obtain her degree in Child Development. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and going to the beach. Lauren brings such a great energy to the classrooms, and has been such a great fit for our team!
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.
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.
Prior to joining the KinderCare team, she was a Sunday School teacher, and a teacher at a Therapeutic Riding Center. Ms. Tucker has become an important part of our infant and toddler rooms.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Amberly is one of our Toddler teachers. She came to us from UC Davis. She grew up here in Sonoma County. Amberly enjoys reading and running in her spare time. Her favorite color is teal and she loves to play trivia. We are so excited that Amberly joined our Toddler team. She has a wonderful way of communicating with the children and making them laugh. Amberly has a very social attitude and makes everyone around her smile.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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