Christi Navarrette, Center Director
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Welcome to the Via Verde KinderCare Learning center website. We are located between the 57 and 10 freeway at 1175 Via Verde Road in the beautiful city of San Dimas.
KinderCare Learning Center provides a safe, secure and nurturing environment that promotes active learning with high expectations for each student. Our caring staff is committed to the development of each child academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Individual student needs are met and developmentally appropriate activities are provided to help your child achieve his or her full potential and establish a solid foundation for lifelong learning.
Christi Navarrette, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come and meet our Awesome Staff Family here at San Dimas, Via Verde School. We all work together for the best interest of you and your child. Your child will know everyone in our Center as we all engage with all of our students.
It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together to encourage and impact lives.
Christi has been a center director with KinderCare since January 2013. She has worked as a director prior to KinderCare for 12 years. Christi assisted in the building project of a large school, and licensed three center's through the Department of Social Services. Christi was a Co-Chairman on a private International Accredidation board. Christi is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Administration with a Speicalty in Infants and Toddlers. Christi really invests in all the families that she comes in contact with as well as her staff. She works hard to make sure that parents are equipped to help their children succeed and that school is a positive experience for both families and the children they intrust to her and her staff.
I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, "because of you, I didn't give up.
Nichole started with KinderCare 17 years ago as a two year old Teacher in San Dimas, Foothill Blvd. Then she moved to Chino Hills as an Assistant Director in 2004, in 2007 she was the Assistant Director in West Covina, Merced until 2012, then she was an Acting Director to Via Verde, during transition time. Nichole is versatile in many positions, and very knowledgeable about KinderCare's operations. Parents, teachers and children enjoy her upbeat attitude and helpfulness.
Angel is the Third in Change at Via Verde, she loves providing for the Health & Safety for the Center. She also helps out anywhere needed. She is currently in the Infant Room in the afternoon.
I enjoy watching children develop to the fullest. I watch them learn and play with little stress. I offer a happy environment. I love my Infant classroom, I have lots to offer children to start their beautiful lives.
"Babies are a blessing!"
I love this classroom becaue..."I love watching the children explore and learn new things through their experiences.
Anna works with our Toddlers program. She has a connection with the class, and is always seeking the best interest of the child.
The children in my toddlers classroom are full of life and joy. They bring me back to how wonderful childhood is. I admire their energy.
"The children make teaching so much fun?"
I love every classroom I have been in. The teachers are great!
The highlights of my days are when I see a child's excitement when they learn something new, such as when they are suddenly about to make the letters in their name or do something they we not previously able to do. I love it!
I love the look in a child's eyes when they learn something new. I love the children and seeing them grow into successful Kindergarteners.
Mrs. Elaine loves the children in her care. She executes her curriculum in a fun and exciting way, always taking extra time for those meaningful moments to just give a hug, or ask an open ended questions to hear what the children have to say. She builds special relationships with her Parents and they all have such faith and trust in her. She helps the other Teachers with her experience and loving heart.
The children can explore, experienc, and create through phonics, reading, math,music, and cooking. They also have the oppoutunity to expand and develop new skills.
I really enjoy watching the children grow and learn how to problem solve. I especially love their imaginations!
I love working with children. They teach me to be more creative and outgoing. They also inspire to be a more understanding and patient. Watching children grow is a privilege and I am very fortunate to work with them." >
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.
We are a National Accredited Center with NAEYC © National Association for the Education of Young Children
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The Health and Safety of all the children is our number one priority here at the Via Verde KinderCare, from keypad entry to alarmed gates. Our staff are CPR and First Aid certified
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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