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Herndon Avenue KinderCare

Yesenia Sanchez, Center Director

1190 West Herndon Ave. Pinedale CA 93650
(559) 438-7740 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
located on Herndon Frontage road behind the Mercedes Dealership

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nelson, Kratt, Starr, Malloch, Gibson, Lincoln, and Pinedale, Lidell,St. Anthony, Fig Garden, Steinbeck

KinderCare is a dynamic, caring, and loving environment.  Since many of our parents are enrolling their children in school for the first time, we work with the entire family to make sure that this transition is a positive one. It's our number one priority for the children in our care feel safe, secure and valued.

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KinderCare’s goal is to provide all of the children in our care, a clean, safe, comfortable, loving and environment, where they can play and learn. Respect toward self, others and the environment will be emphasized. We believe in the value of both structured and flexible schedules. Structured activities will include the use of a preschool curriculum, regular reading times, arts and crafts, musical activities, outdoor play and free play. The most important priority is to have FUN! Here at KinderCare we believe in an integrated program that involves your children, the parents and our staff. Our philosophy incorporates open communication between staff and parents in a safe and stimulating environment that enriches the children through these important first years. Parents are always welcomed at our day care, for visiting their children, feedings or nursing, as the parents' schedules allow. Parental education is important, and we encourage you to ask questions regarding your child's activity, nutrition, growth and development. Flexibility of the program is important, as the needs of infants are constantly changing and developing. A positive and happy staff, a trusting relationship between care-giver and the child, clean and well-organized environment, room to play, indoors and outside, in a safe and stimulating environment.

Yesenia Sanchez, Center Director

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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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.


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.


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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Yesenia Sanchez

    Yesenia Sanchez, Center Director

    My favorite part of my job is receiving hugs from the children every day.

    I was born in  Eureka, CA, but raised in Mexico.  When I returned to the United States in July 2001,
    I began working for KinderCare.   As I was a preschool teacher I attended Fresno City College, where I received my AS in Child Development and AA in Liberal Arts. In,  May 2011 I received my BA Liberal Arts.  I have been in the Child Development field for over 14 years. I am a very out going and energetic person. I chose to work in the field because it makes me happy. How many people can honestly say they are happy and satisfied in their career choice? I can! I enjoy reading stories, and telling stories. I like using the imagination, I feel it has become a lost skill!!
    In my spare time, I enjoy running, watching movies, shopping, and traveling to different places.

    Previous Experience:
    Yesenia was a Preschool teacher when she first started with KinderCare. Over the years she has worked her way to running her own center as Center Director.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelorate of Arts Degree in Liberial Studies, Associate's of Science Degree in Child Development, Associate's of Arts Degree in Liberial Studies
  • Marie Echeverria

    Marie Echeverria, Assistant Director

    Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important.

    My name is Marie, I have worked with KinderCare since 2007, I am married and have one daughter, Andrea. My daughter attends KinderCare. I was born and raised in Fresno, Ca. I have been working in the child development field since 2007. I absolutely love what I do, watching the children grow and being able to grow with them and learn from them is the best part of my job.The best thing about working with KinderCare is the great environment and the exceptional teachers that I work with, the children and the parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Marie was a Preschool teacher before becoming Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear,Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development
  • Ms. Nikki, Discovery Preschool

    I can learn just as much from a child as they can learn from me.

    Nikki has been working in Early Education fro 12 years. She has worked in other preschool classes but has a passion for the Two-year-olds. She builds great relationships with the children as well as with their parents. She has a great imagination when it comes to creating new and unique activities for the children.  She enjoys interacting with the children and loves the expressions on their faces when they are learning new concepts.

    Previous Experience:
    She previously worked for Hand in Hand Children Center for 9 years. Then as a Nanny for 2 years while she earned her degree.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    AA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infants

    The more you smile at a child smile the brighter their future will be.

    Mary has been working with KinderCare for the last 13 years, and working here at this current location for the past 10 years.  She is very loving and caring teacher.  She truly enjoys working with the infants.  She has a real passion and dedication to the children.  She believes that every day is unique and the infants are constantly learning and exploring new concepts and objects.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Preschool

    Working with children is never a dull moment, Hearing and watching the children enjoy themselves is always heart warming.

    Patricia has recieved her BS in Child Development from California State University of Fresno.  Before workin at KinderCare Patricia was the preschool teacher at Reading And Beyond.  She joined the team in March 2015.  Patricia has shown a lot of passion towards what she does.  THe children enjoyu listening to Mrs. Patty during circle time.  The energy that Patty gives in her classroom is contagious and heart warming.  Besides being a preschool teacher, Patty is a mother of a hadsome baby boy named Isaac.  If she is not thinking of new ways to improve her classroom, she is spending the day with her son, going shopping, reading books with her son and spending time with her husband.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher at Reading and Beyond
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Site Supervisor Permit
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, School Age

    It is not the way we say it, it is the way it makes them feel.

    Christine has worked for KinderCare since August 2014.  She was born and raised in Fresno and has two children of her own.  Both her children attend KinderCare Learning Center.  Christine has so much passion for her job.  She is honored to be working on having the first School Age classroom NAEYC accredited.  This is a great opportunity for Christine and her fellow teacher to be the first School Age classroom in KinderCare Education to be accredited.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age

    Don't ever let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

    Kim has been apart of the KinderCare family since August 18,2014.  She was born and raised in Fresno, CA.  She graduated from Bullard High School and went on to pursue her dream of working with children at Fresno State.  She is the School Age teacher and is in the process of getting the School Age classroom NAEYC Accredited.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelors of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Vicki was a teacher's aide for Clovis Unified.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Master's Degree
  • Ms. Margarita

    Ms. Margarita, Transitional Kindergarten

    Mrs. Margarita is a very kind-hearted and patient teacher.  She has a great passion for what she does.  She puts her whole heart into her daily curriculum.  She really enjoys teaching the children new and exciting games and teaching them about new information.   Margarita has been working in the Early Child Development Field for quiet some time and finds it very rewarding.  She has been working in the field for about 11 years. Out of those 11 years she has worked for KinderCare for three years.  She knows the expectations for the children is limitless.  She has found that the more you teach the children the more they want to know.

    Previous Experience:
    She worked as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant for Fresno Unified Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelors of Liberal Arts, Minor in Spanish, Site Supervisor Permit

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our KinderCare School is participating in Early Stars.
Early Stars uses an easy-to-understand star rating system, the highest quality providers can achieve as high as five stars.
"Children who receive high quality early education do better in reading and math and are more likely to graduate high school." - Early Stars
Our teachers are also completing DRDP's (Desired results developmental profile) on all children.  DRDP's are a developmental continuum from early infancy to kindergarten entry.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accredition

    NAEYC Accredition

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Greek

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Here at our center we have a keypad entry that is changed every 6 months for safety reasons. We also ask for identification for all unknown parents picking up children. We have a fenced playground and a nice area for the children to play in. We also have a play structure that allows the children to have fun. All our teachers here at our center are CPR and First Aid certified.

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 happy to say that my daughter attends KinderCare.  She has grown up so much.  She has attended KinderCare since she was 4 months old and I am so happy with her growth.  I love the teacher interactions and the relationships that I see my daughter has with her teacher.

- Mother

Ms. Margarita is deserving of special accolades! She does an incredible job with teaching, doing projects, instilling self-confidence and sensitivity to the needs of all her students. With much appreciation, Jennifer

- Mother

''Our son started in a in-home daycare and is now at KinderCare. We love the people and the place. We feel comfortable and safe sending him every day. The caregivers are very warm, friendly, caring and professional. Our son is stimulated by the daily activities and and is having a lot of fun.

- Mother

The school has been a great. My children have all been happy and eager to go. They have certainly learned more than if they had stayed home. The teachers are more than capable and very loving and involved. The director is on site and easy to find. In addition, the premises are clean and neat. Other schools in the area that I toured do not measure up to Kindercare Learning Center.

- Mother

My daughter has been going to Kindercare for just about two years. She's four and we'd been looking for a preschool that would fit our needs in teaching her not just the fundamentals but also the social skills she needs for Kindergarten. Kindercare has a friendly office staff that has made both my daughter and myself happy. Her teacher is the best match for both personalities to enjoy learning, as well as teaching. :) Thank you KinderCare for making the start of a my daughter's education a great one!

- Mother

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