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Petaluma KinderCare

Libby Cookman, 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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Special Instructions:
Off N. McDowell Blvd. in back of Telltabs and Clover Office Bldgs

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 that has been added this year! 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!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Petaluma KinderCare! We would like ot 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 will also be introducing a new curriculum for our Infant, Toddler and Discovery Preschool programs. Come join the fun!

Libby Cookman, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Back to School Night

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      Come and learn about our Center and all the new and exciting things we have going on.
      This is an opportunity to meet all the teachers and see all the classrooms.

  2. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Social

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      Come Join us and Kick off our Fall season.
       

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.

  • Libby Cookman

    Libby Cookman, Center Director

    Teachers who love to teach children to learn, create children who love to learn.

    Libby has worked with children ever since she was one herself. Starting out as a volunteer at a Nature camp and several years later, running it as the youngest director to date. She has been at almost every level and understands the importance of every level to a well run program. She says her greatest joy is hearing the children talk to their parents each day during pick up about what happened that day. Libby got married in 2006 and had her son Oliver in 2010. She says that having children is the most rewarding, amazing, challenging, and honorable job she has had. Being able to watch Oliver at school every day reminds Libby how fantastic KinderCare's program is and how it has shaped Oliver into a little person with a great foundation for what lies ahead. Libby loves being at KinderCare and loves having relationships with each child, staff and parent. She can't imagine a world without KinderCare…and doesn't want you to either.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Libby worked as a Program Coordinator at Extended Child Care, and served as Director at Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Administration, Site Supervisor Permit
  • Cindy Campagna

    Cindy Campagna, Assistant Director

    Cindy loves to see the children grow. She loves to hear all about their days and help set them up for the future.

    Cindy has been with KinderCare since April 2011 and started out as a Pre Kindergarten teacher and most recently was the Kindergarten teacher before becoming the Assistant Director in April of 2014. She loves to see the children grow! Now that she is the Assistant Director, she is excited to be able to see all the children in the center! On her own time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She is a big Giants fan and goes to games whenever she can. Cindy loves being apart of the KinderCare family and hopes to grow within the company.

    Previous Experience:
    Cindy has worked at KinderCare for 4 years now, before that she worked as an afterschool care provider for children ages 5-12 for 5 years. Cindy was the Pre Kindergarten teacher for 2 years and then the Kindergarten teacher for 1 year before she became the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    AA in Child Development; Continuing education towards BA
  • Miss Taryn

    Miss Taryn, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Taryn joined us in April.  She comes to us with much experience working with children.  Taryn was a nanny for four years.  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 she enjoys playing soccer and going camping.

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
  • Miss Jenn

    Miss Jenn, Infant Classroom

    Miss Jenn is one of our Infant teachers and has worked with children for many years as a nanny. She has also come to the Petaluma family from our Mountain View Center where she was an Infant teacher as well. She is newly married and new to the Sonoma County area. She loves living in the wine country with her husband and their cat and new puppy. Miss Jenn loves teaching and the most rewarding thing about her job is to see the children light up as they are learning something new. She also loves the bonds she makes with her infant class and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jenn was a nanny for nine years before coming to work for KinderCare. She was a teacher at our San Mateo and Mt. View centers before making her way to our center where I have found my home in the Infant room.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Liberal Arts & Certificate in ECE
  • Miss Amanda

    Miss Amanda, Pre-Kindergarten

    Amanda has been with KinderCare since March.  She is working on her Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Amanda really enjoys learning with the children. She tries to make it as fun as possible. You can often see Amanda singing and dancing around with her class.  She has a great energy and loves being in the classroom. We are so excited to have Amanda in our school.

    Year Started:
    3/9/2015
  • Miss Nicole

    Miss Nicole, Todders

    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
  • Karen

    Karen, Toddlers

    Karen joined our Toddler room early this year with many years of experience. She graduated from Humbolt University with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies and Elementary Education.  She lives with her Husband and Daughter Kiley.  Karen loves to spend time with her family and they enjoy going to the beach and the park.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies
  • 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.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    18 Units of Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tucker

    Ms. Tucker, Staff Support Infants & Toddlers

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Amberly

    Ms. Amberly, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Amberly has been an aide in many different classrooms including a Pre-K and Kindergarten class.
    Year Started:
    7/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    AA in Social & Behavioral Sciences and BS in Human Development
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being that positive influence in a child's life and watching them grown and learn.

    Ms. Kristen has been working at KinderCare since 2012. When she first started, she was a substitute teacher, and is now one of the Discovery Preschool Teachers. Ms. Kristen brings creativity and fun, positive energy to the classroom. She is also our center's Curriculum Specialist and helps other classrooms develop their curriculum; making sure it is current and up on the boards. Ms. Kristen is currently working towards obtaining her Associate Teaching Certificate at the Santa Rosa Junior College adn with online classes.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Ms. Kristen is pursuing her Associate Teaching Certificate.
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Kindergarten Classroom

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate Teaching Certificate
  • 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:
    1 Year
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education
  • 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Back to School Night

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      Come and learn about our Center and all the new and exciting things we have going on.
      This is an opportunity to meet all the teachers and see all the classrooms.

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. Ms. Desiree is the Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Ms. Desiree's role includes conducting emergency drills, ensuring staff CPR and First Aid cards are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

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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