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Pittsburg KinderCare

Paula Zimmerman, Center Director

150 East Leland Rd. Pittsburg CA 94565
(925) 432-8800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between Pumpkin's Restaurant & Bank of America

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Heights, Highland, Foothill, Los Medanos, Parkside, Marina Vista, Stoneman

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Welcome

Welcome to Pittsburg KinderCare. We look forward to meeting you and your family. By visiting our center you will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and management. You will see that our focus for education is based on developing the whole child. We provide a safe, educational, loving environment in a structured setting. We look forward to meeting you!

Paula Zimmerman, 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.

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

The teachers and staff at KinderCare, Pittsburg are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Combined we have over 100 years of experience!  All of our staff have completed the required Early Childhood Education classes to be qualified Infant / Preschool teachers and we strive for excellence by participating in two company wide Professional Training Days every year.

  • Paula Zimmerman

    Paula Zimmerman, Center Director

    I very much enjoy working in the Early Childhood Education field. I recognized my natural connection with young children as a teenager and knew then that this was the field for me. Learning should be fun and I love the challenge of helping children recognize that, in the hopes that as they move on to the primary grades they will continue with the passion of learning that they developed in preschool. I take great pride in providing an educational, structured environment where children are treated with respect in a caring and nurturing manner.

    Paula Zimmerman has been with KinderCare since 1988. She worked as both a Prekindergarten Teacher and Assistant Director at our Antioch center. She was then promoted to Director of the Pittsburg location in 1995. Paula completed her Early Childhood Education at Los Medanos College.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Love You This Much"
    Year Started:
    9/6/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certification
  • Kim Roger

    Kim Roger, Assistant Director

    I feel so fortunate to work in a field that I look forward to being a part of every day. I can't wait to get to work in the morning and be greeted with smiles and hugs from all of the children. The conversations I have with the children bring a smile to my face, I can't imagine enjoying any profession more. I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. Education can and should be a fun experience and I am so privileged to work for a company that has such passion for early childhood education.

    Ms. Kim was hired by Ms. Paula as the Infant/Toddler teacher in 1994 at our Antioch center. During her time in Antioch she also served as the third management person and the health and safety coordinator. She continued at that location until being promoted to Assistant Director at our Pittsburg location in 2004, once again working with Ms. Paula.

    Year Started:
    1/19/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    11/5/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sima

    Ms. Sima, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work knowing my babies are there waiting for me to read and sing with them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, Kitchen

    I like it when the children get excited to see me and enjoy the meals that I make for them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Grisel

    Ms. Grisel, Pre-K

    What I like most about work is teaching and engaging with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    4 months with Pre-K 2 Years with School Age
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Junie B. Jones"
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 mounths
    Education:
    13 college ECE Units
  • Ms. Taniyah

    Ms. Taniyah, School Age

    I love it when the parents get here the kids tell them what they did that day.

    Previous Experience:
    Visual at Forever 21 Assistant Dance Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Harry Potter" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
    Year Started:
    3/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Nine Years
    Education:
    Child Development and Dramatic Arts
  • Ms. Karla

    Ms. Karla, Substitute Teacher

    Year Started:
    7/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Lyndsay

    Ms. Lyndsay, Toddler

    I love the children's laughter and I love to watch them learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Love You to the Moon and Back"
    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Currently taking calsses
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Van Driver, School Age

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Growing Tree"
    Year Started:
    9/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Freshta

    Ms. Freshta, Toddler Classroom

    Children are our future and I love to help shape that future with the children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to hear the funny things our children have to say and seeing their smiling faces every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Math & Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Humanities
  • Ms. Harjinder

    Ms. Harjinder, Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired to help mold young children for a bright future.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat in the Hat"
    Year Started:
    10/11/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    16 Units
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching the children new things and seeing how happy they are when they have accomplished something.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow, smile and learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "A Pocket Full of Kisses"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Human Development with an Early Childhood Option and a Minor in Recreation

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 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • 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

At KinderCare, your child's Health and Safety is our number one priority. Our front doors are secure with a key pad entry and our playground gates have latches and alarms for security. Regular emergency drills are conducted to ensure that we are prepared in the event of an emergency. We have regular janitorial service and all of our staff follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning checklist. Many of our teachers are CPR and first aide certified and all of our staff are required to pass a background / fingerprint check prior to starting work in our center.

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.

My daughter joined KinderCare because we wanted her to have experience in the classroom as well as socialization with her peers. We chose KinderCare because they set the stage for scholastic success by providing an enriching environment with the tools children need to learn and grow as individuals. Our daughter loves it there and we are constantly amazed at how much she has learned, from the essentials like ABCs and 123s, to the creative with art projects and journals. The teachers rotate, so that she has exposure to different ways of learning and overall, the entire group feels like a family. It’s been the perfect transition from the homecare to school. We love the open atmosphere and how informed they keep us parents. I know what she works on every day and with this, we are able to further the lessons at home. Most importantly, she loves it. She truly gets excited about going to school every day. We can only hope that she continues to feel this way and are thankful that KinderCare has set a good scholastic template from which she will grow.

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