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Bay Meadows KinderCare

Mimi Schmalz, Center Director

1350 Wayne Way San Mateo CA 94403
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We are growing by leaps and bounds! We have enrolled a lot of new families, but we still have room for more! We are currently enrolling for all classes, Toddlers through Kindergarten. Stop by or call to schedule a tour of our facility. If you would like, you can also schedule a visit for you and your child to check out their potential class!


Welcome to San Mateo (Bay Meadows) KinderCare! Our center has been serving children for over 10 years. We are excited to continue that tradition of quality! We believe in fostering whole child development. Every classroom has a special curriculum tailored specifically for that age group. Please stop by and check us out!               

Mimi Schmalz, 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

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.

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


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 teachers and staff at San Mateo KinderCare strongly believe that each child grows and develops at their own pace. Our teachers honor these differences by providing children with customized attention and activities that enable them to learn and grow at their own paces, in their own way. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of ten years in the Early Childhood Education field. Our teachers are all Early Childhood Education certified. We have a couple of teachers who have their Master Teaching Permit. We support our teachers in their professional development and ongoing education. All of our teachers are here because the love the joy of teaching!

  • Mimi Schmalz

    Mimi Schmalz, Center Director

    I love coming to work every morning and seeing the children's smiling faces and learning from them!

    Mimi has worked in the Toddler room moving her way up to the Prekindergarten room. After six years of  teaching, she became the Center Director in the summer of 201. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for the last 16 years and previously worked as a nanny prior to coming to KinderCare. Mimi has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, working towards her Bachelor's Degree. In her free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family and friends.  

    Previous Experience:
    Mimi previously worked as a nanny before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Working towards Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, Assistant Director

    I love watching children explore and grow.

    Ms. Jasmine has been teaching children for the past five years and holds her Master Teacher permit. She came to us last summer after working with children ages two and four. She loves watching children explore and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jasmine previously worked at Mission College Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Master Teacher's Permit
  • Ms. Yessica, Infant Classroom

    I love introducing children to new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teacher, nanny
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working towards Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Estela

    Ms. Estela, Todder Classroom and Chef

    I love all the smiles and hugs from the children.

    Ms. Estela comes to us with a love and passion for what she does, she is always communicating with parents on the children's progress no matter how big or small it is.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    I love working with young children. They are continually teaching me new things.

    Ms. Cara comes to us  with a strong background in Early Childhood Education.  She has her Site Supervisor certificate and many years of experience. Cara is also a published children's author.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cara has worked for several years at Child Careers.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Rionia, Preschool Classroom

    I like knowing that I play a huge part in a child's developmental process.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at our Alameda center.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working towards Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anela

    Ms. Anela, L.A. Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator

    I love seeing their smiling faces and teaching them new things.

    Ms. Anela joined our team last year after being a nanny for eight years.She has her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies and is currently working on achieving her Early Childhood Education certificate as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She loves watching the kids grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anela previously worked as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Marilu

    Ms. Marilu, Discovery Preschool Classroom Support

    I have a lot of love for all the children. It brings me joy to know the children like my cooking and sometimes the parents ask me for my recipes.

    Ms. Marilu has been with KinderCare since it first opened its doors in 2002. She truly has a passion for making every meal a great experience for the children and staff. 

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Jody Ryan

    Ms. Jody Ryan, Enrollment Specialist

    I love getting new faces in September and watching how they transform and grow throughout the school year.

    Ms. Jody has been in the Early Childhood field for over thirteen years, teaching both Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications as well as her Early Childhood Education certificate. She loves that she gives children the opportunity to learn, grow and discover new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Jody was an editor for a Bay Area Parent magazine for five years.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. Our teachers are First Aid and Pediatric CPR certified. Our center has a locked key pad entrance, secured gated playgrounds, and safety bells on all doors in the building. We are a "Nut Free" facility.

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.

I'd just like to take a short moment to thank Bay Meadows Kindercare for doing such an amazing job. Every day I leave my child there he is happy to go there and looks forward to it with excitement in his voice. The teachers and staff are always smiling and there is a fantastic positive atmosphere.
I really feel like my child is safe in the facility because of the security provided, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to friends and family.


- Mom

My son has been with Kindercare since he was 18 months old back in Seattle and I automatically decided him to transfer him to Kindercare when we moved to the Bay area- I picked Bay Meadows San Mateo as it was close to my work and now I'm so glad I did that- the center director/asst. director- Ms. Mimi and Ms. Jody are amazing when it comes to listening to parents and executing their requests in a prompt manner. I've always seen them to be very loving and caring towards kids as well.  The day care itself is very organized, has very loving teachers and I love the routine they follow. My son's Kindergarten teacher Ms. Jasmine has always attended to my son's personal needs and my personal requests without a question. I decided to put my now 18 month old daughter in the same day care as well as I feels assured and confident that my kids will be well taken care of here and will grow as complete more educated and confident individuals. They have several summer activities that my son is always super excited about. They offer Phonics, Math, Music and Spanish classes and have several volunteer opportunities for parents to be involved in their classrooms. They organized a state based test for Kindergartners amongst all Kindercare centers and from what I was told this center really did well. I will recommend this center at a heart beat without any reservations to any one! Kindercare is one of the very few daycares that provides breakfast and lunch along with snack and for all those working moms out there I'm sure you will realize how important that is when you don't have to think what to pack every day. I would love to keep Kindercare as my long term aftercare program too but the only drawback is that they don't have a bus (yet) to pick up the kids from their school- I hope that's something they can start in the near future!

- Mother

My three-year-old currently attends KinderCare and she loves it. Our oldest daughter used to attend too over seven years ago, and her former teacher is now the Director. The Director is very helpful and accommodating.

- Mother

This KinderCare is a great place. My daughter has been attending here for over two years now and we are very happy there. The level of service we get from everyone (director and teachers) is great. Mimi really listens to our concerns and is very accommodating to our needs. Together with the teachers, they have made us feel welcome since day one. My daughter loves her teachers and we love how nurturing and caring they are. During the two years my daughter has been attending I have been able to build relationships with some of the teachers and I trust them enough to even ask them to babysit on weekends when needed. They are not only concerned about my daughter's well being but also our own.
In addition, they have a great program; my daughter has learned a lot with them and I have noticed a great improvement in many areas.
I recently had a baby and she is going to daycare as well, but since this location does not take babies yet we had to put her in another daycare. It would have been easier for us to just transfer our older daughter to the new daycare, but she did not want to move. That tells us she is really happy where she is.
I would highly recommend KinderCare Bay Meadows to any parent.

- Mother

I remember about one year ago, when searching for a daycare in San Mateo/Foster City, we came across KinderCare. We went through all available reviews online for day cares, including Yelp. While reviews here are mostly negative, we decided to give it a chance, considering they had a new administration. One year later, our now two-and-a-half year old son always runs from the car to his classroom, very excited to meet his little friends and spend the day with all the nice and friendly staff.
At the end of the day, he always share with us all the fun stuff they did, for example, learning about insects, ladybugs, having fun with the bubble lady, the jumpy house, etc. He regularly goes two days per week, however, when needed, they can accommodate for him to go five days per week.
We have no complains at all. One time he was scratched while playing with another kid.. that happens, and we got a full report of how it happened. No other incidents since then.
I was a little bit nervous about the meals. He has never had any stomach problems and based on the reports they feed them very healthy stuff.
Every day we are greeted by name. I can't thank enough the wonderful staff that really makes us feel safe, knowing that our son is in good hands. Ms. Janet, Ms. Noemi, Ms. Anna, Ms. Mimi, Ms. Aden and so many more names. Thank you all!

- Father

We decided that we wanted to get our 18 month old son into a more social environment after having a nanny share for almost 2 years. After touring and looking into several options the choice for us was clear, KinderCare! This truly is a place for learning and childhood development that is customized for each stage of your child's life. The teachers and center director are wonderful at Bay Meadows KinderCare. A typical day includes learning activities, meal time (all meals included bonus), nap times, and outdoor play. The staff sends you home with daily reports, so you know everything that your little one has been up to. Our son loves all of his new friends and after only 3 months his language & social skills are soaring. I really encourage anyone that is looking for an early education option to tour KinderCare today. KinderCare truly is not a daycare it is a learning center that prepares your child for school.

- Mother

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