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Mack Road KinderCare

Paula Ritter, Center Director

4920 Mack Rd. Sacramento CA 95823
(916) 428-1880 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Welcome to the Mack Road KinderCare, where everything we do is designed for learning!

Paula Ritter, Center Director

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC

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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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

The staff members at Mack Road KinderCare are the most caring teachers around. They work hard at keeping open communication between KinderCare and the families that are enrolled. They want you to share in all of the joy and experience your child has everyday. And they do it with a smile!

  • Paula Ritter, Center Director

  • Betty Barrow

    Betty Barrow, Assistant Director

    Betty has worked for KinderCare for ten years. She is originally from the Bay area where she started as a Prekindergarten teacher in 2003. In 2006, she moved to Sacramento with her family. In 2010, Betty became an Assistant Director. She has three children and all of them have had the opportunity to experience awesome curriculum at KinderCare.  Betty loves keeping up with the children and being an active part of their education.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Betty was an office manager for several years in the Bay area.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Early Childhood Education units, Early Childhood Education certificate, and pursuing an Associate degree
  • Ms. Gail

    Ms. Gail, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the growth and determination of babies. I think they are extraordinary.

    Ms. Gail has been taking care of children since she was 12 years old. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her awesome husband.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Gail was a manager for Chevron and a birth counselor for young mothers.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education certificate
  • Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    My philosophy is to balance a child's life with structure, love, education, and commitment. I understand that children need their daily vitamins, but they also need a daily dose of values, creativity, self-esteem, and the chance to broaden their horizons with supportive adults to talk and assist them through obstacles. Working with children is my calling.

    Ms. Kim has been working with children for almost thirteen years. She graduated from Consumnes River College with an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Site Supervisor credential
  • Ms. Arun

    Ms. Arun, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Arun has been working with children for 25 years. She attended college in the United States to get her Early Childhood Education units and become a Preschool teacher. Ms. Arun was born and raised in the Fiji islands and she speaks Hindi. English is her second language. She has two grown sons and she loves spending time with them.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Preschool Classroom

    My goal is to support the early explorer in every child!

    Ms. Elizabeth is the Preschool teacher but enjoys working with every age group. She has been working with children for over seven years. Art is her favorite activity to do with the children. She loves to observe them learning and growing from the numerous skill building activities she offers throughout the day. When the children have accomplished their goals, Ms. Elizabeth will quickly display their hard work.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth has prior experience working in customer service, but always felt she had a calling for working with preschool children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master Teacher's permit
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Children are our future, do your best for them.

    Ms. Angela was born and raised in the Fiji Islands and was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She came to America in 1998 and she is very happy to be working with kids again.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angela has previous experience as an elementary school teacher.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Teaching certificate
  • Ms. Shannon, Bookkeeper

    Children are like sponges, they want to soak up all the knowledge we can offer them!

    Ms. Shannon joined KinderCare in 1997 as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She then became the Private Kindergarten teacher. After five years of teaching, she became the Assistant Director for eleven years. She has held almost every position possible and is now currently the center's bookkeeper.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Shannon worked at another preschool.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Racquel

    Ms. Racquel, Cook

    I love my job as a cook because I get to see the kids light up when I bring in their food!

    Ms. Racquel favorite things are music and cooking. She believes that if you put those two together your meals will come out better!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming a cook at KinderCare, Ms. Racquel was a warranty coordinator.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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 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
  • Vietnamese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Our center features a keypad entry and a fenced play yard.

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