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


Our goal at KinderCare is to provide all of the children in our care, a clean, safe, comfortable, loving 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, and 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. We provide a positive and happy staff, a trusting relationship between care-giver and the child, and room to play in a safe and stimulating environment.

Yesenia Sanchez, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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?

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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.

    Yesenia was born in Eureka, CA, but raised in Mexico. She began working for KinderCare when she returned to the United States in July 2001. Yesenia attended Fresno City College, where she received her Associate of Science in Child Development and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She has been in the child developmental field for over 14 years. Yesenia is a very outgoing and energetic person. She chose to work in the field because it makes her happy. She enjoys reading and telling stories and using her imagination. In her spare time, she enjoys running, watching movies, shopping, and traveling.

    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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Associate of Science in Child Development
  • Marie Echeverria

    Marie Echeverria, Assistant Director

    Marie has worked with KinderCare since 2007. She is married with one daughter, Andrea, who attends KinderCare. Marie was born and raised in Fresno, CA. She has been working in the child development field since 2007. Marie loves what she does, watching the children grow, and being able to grow with them and learn from them. She believes the best thing about working with KinderCare is the great environment, exceptional teachers, the children, and the parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Marie was a preschool teacher before becoming Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Infant Classroom

    The more you smile at a child, 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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Nikki, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

    Nikki has been working in early education for 12 years. She has worked in other preschool classes but has a passion for the two-year-old children. 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 nine years. Then as a nanny for two years while she earned her degree.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Preschool Classroom

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

    Patricia has received her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from California State University of Fresno.  Before working 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 enjoy 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 handsome 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Site Supervisor permit
  • Ms. Margarita

    Ms. Margarita, Transitional Kindergarten

    Ms. Margarita is a kind, patient teacher with a great passion for teaching.  She puts her whole heart into her daily curriculum.  She really enjoys teaching the children new and exciting games while teaching them about new information.  Margarita has been working in the early child development field for over 11 years and finds it very rewarding.  She has worked for KinderCare for three years.  She knows the expectations for the children are 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 School District kindergarten class.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Minor in Spanish, and Site Supervisor permit
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, School Age Classroom

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom

    Kim has been apart of the KinderCare family since August 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor 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? by Bill Martin, Jr.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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 KinderCare center 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 Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) on all children. DRDP is 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

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 our center we have a keypad entry that is changed every six months for safety reasons. We 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.

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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 fours 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. 

- 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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