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Stanford Ranch KinderCare

Rhonda Bell, Center Director

2251 Sunset Blvd. Rocklin CA 95765
(916) 315-3399 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ruhkala, Rocklin Acadamy, Twin Oaks, Breen, Valley View, Cobble Stone, Parker Whitney, Analope, Thomas Jefferson, Sunset Whitney

Welcome

Here at Stanford Ranch KinderCare, every day is full of meaningful learning and exciting activities. Children delight in purposeful projects while developing social skills and learning through play. Our children, parents, and teachers agree that this is a wonderful place to be. Our teachers and staff work hard to ensure a positive and interactive learning environment everyday. We have extensive health and safety procedures and policies to ensure the well being of the children at all times. This truly is a family environment with everyone invested in our children's future. We have an open-door policy and encourage open communication daily through informal meetings, personal notes to families, and parent-teacher conferences through out the year. Our number-one priority is the safety and education of the children that our parents trust us with everyday.

Rhonda Bell, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff of highly trained teachers have a passion for educating. They work each day to provide a joyful, warm, and safe environment, and are eager to understand your needs and to provide the best service possible to your unique family. It is our promise that you will share in all of the joy of your child's experiences each day through regular communication with their teachers. Whether a formal parent-teacher conference or a simple note home, we believe communication is of the highest priority.

  • Rhonda Bell

    Rhonda Bell, Center Director

    Rhonda Bell is the Center Director. Rhonda has been with KinderCare for 12 years.

    Year Started:
    1/30/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education degree
  • Melissa Schmierer

    Melissa Schmierer, Assistant Director

    I love getting to know our families and to build relationships with them.

    Melissa has been the Assistant Director since 2012. A mother of two boys, she understands as a parent how important it is for children to be in a safe, nurturing , and enriched-learning environment. She believes at KinderCare, it is important to put our families first. She promises to provide the best care for your child.

    Year Started:
    2/11/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education unit requirements
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Bonnie has been with KinderCare since 2001. She comes with over 15 years of experience and is a mom of four girls and four grandchildren. She loves what she does and it shows every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Karen has been with KinderCare since 1986.She has over 30 years of experience in the field. She is a mom of three and a grandmother of two. Ms. Karen has worked in our Toddler program here at Rocklin since 2009. Her warm smile lights up her room and the children all glow when they see her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1986
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31
  • Ms. Rosalyn

    Ms. Rosalyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rosalyn has been with KinderCare since 2008. She has worked with our twos class since starting here. Her families recommend her to all their friends. She is a big part of our center.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Jeanne

    Ms. Jeanne, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jeanne comes to us with many years of experience. She has been with KinderCare since 2010. She is our Early Foundation Preschool teacher. She is a mother of three and a new grandmother!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Monica has been with the Stanford Ranch KinderCare since 2007. Ms. Monica teaches our Prekindergarten class. She knows the importance of being ready for kindergarten and how much our children need to know before entering our elementary schools. Ms. Monica is a mom of two and lives in Rocklin. She is a big part of our staff.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Bonnie comes to us from the Rocklin Unified School District. She does our after-school program, which ranges from five to 12 years. She has many years of experience working with all ages. She is a mom of two and enjoys what she does.

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • Spanish

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

Here at KinderCare we believe in safety first. We have two keypad entries, a gated, locked yard, and we perform safety drills monthly. We put children and safety first. Our staff is 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.

My two boys have been coming to KinderCare for eight years between them. We have been very satisfied with their care here. The teachers, going all the way back to when they were in the Discovery Preschool room, have be fantastic! They always go above and beyond with their positive attitudes to their nurturing qualities. I would highly recommend KinderCare to any of my close family and friends. Now that my boys are in school, the Before- and After-School Program at KinderCare is very good as well. They always get their homework done with help from the teachers and love to do the activities that they provide when their homework is finished. We love KinderCare! For our kids it is like having a second family.

- Father

The Stanford Ranch KinderCare has been a good fit for my two boys. They have been attending this center since they were babies. The mix of children receiving academic with social and other valuable skills I believe is essential for the next generation. One of my boys is now attending second grade and he continues to do well with his studies. This center, with the help of the teachers, has given him a good foundation as he continues his education. Thank you, Stanford Ranch KinderCare!

- Father

Both of my children started at this KinderCare location when they were about six months old. One is now nine years old and the other will be 11 years old in a month, and they still go there before and after school. From the time we started bringing the kids to KinderCare, the staff has always treated the kids like they are their own. The Director, Rhonda, has been there the entire time that we have and she is the sweetest and most accommodating person, as is the Assistant Director, Melissa. It has always been such a relief to know that my kids are well taken care of and safe. As infants and toddlers, they were always kept entertained and stimulated. Once they started school it was a huge relief not to worry about our kids getting to or from school because KinderCare carefully makes sure all kids are dropped off and picked up safely from school. The teachers are so nice to the kids and my kids enjoy them as well as the friends they have developed there. After having been at this location for about ten-and-a-half years, I would recommend this center to my friends and family.

- Mother
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