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Bay Meadows KinderCare

Mimi Schmalz, Center Director

1350 Wayne Way San Mateo CA 94403
(650) 577-0257 Contact this center

Ages: 18 MONTH-OLDS to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
near Hillsdale Blvd. & Saratoga Dr in San Mateo

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

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!

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Welcome

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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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

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

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.

Spanish

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Settings in Books

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Beginning, Middle, and End

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:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Working towards Bachelor's Degree
  • Haydet Rivera

    Haydet Rivera, Assistant Director

    I love the rewards that come with working with children, no matter how big or small. Watching them develop and learn in a safe and healthy environment reinforces why I choose to be in this field. It truly makes me love my job

    Ms. Haydet started with KinderCare in 2006, teaching the prekindergarted class, until she became the Assistant Director in 2011. She has been in the early childhood developpment field for 11 years, managing a home child care and working as a substitute teachers while attending school. She is currently working on her Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in ESL.  

    Previous Experience:
    Haydet previously worked for Bright Horizon as a support staff teacher. She also managed home childcare for six years and has worked as a substitute teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nohemy Perez

    Ms. Nohemy Perez, Toddler Classroom

    I love to walk in and see all the smiles on the children's faces.

    Ms. Nohemy has been with KinderCare for over ten years. She has fourteen years experience in Early Childhood Education working with Preschool children and Infants. She loves seeing the children’s unique way of learning new things every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Estela

    Ms. Estela, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The children at this age are all very eager to learn; as evidenced by their look of complete interest whenever we introduce a new book or activity.

    Ms. Nancy enjoys engaging in new adventures with the children and always has new ideas on how to enrich the curriculum. She is also the grandmother of two children who attended Baymeadows KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nancy worked at our sister center, CCLC in Redwood Shores
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love coming into a room of happy faces everyday and knowing I am making a difference in a child's life.

    This is Ms. Stephanie's first job in a child care center and has thrived in her new environment. She is continuing her education and hopes to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie worked as a nanny for several years and has also worked in Human Relations.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Toddler Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anela

    Ms. Anela, Preschool Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Beverly enjoys watching the children’s faces light up with confidence whenever they learn something new. Knowing that each day is a new day to learn new things inspires her to come to work. Ms. Beverly has an Associate's of Arts degree in Child Development and is working on receiving her Bachelor's Degree. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Raquel

    Ms. Raquel, Prekindergarten A Classroom

    The children have such unique personalities and are at a crucial stage of their development.

    Ms. Raquel is a great addition to our staff. She has an extensive background in Child Psychology and Behavior. She enjoys interacting with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Raquel was a Special Education ABA Therapist in an elementary school.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psycology and Behavioral Sciences
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I'm never bored, the children are full of questions they always find a way to challenge me.

    Ms. Gina likes the communication between staff and management. She is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys to read and come up with unique and new curriculum ideas for her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gina has been a nanny and worked at a home daycare for the past 10 years
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Master Teacher's Permit
  • Ms. Sridevi

    Ms. Sridevi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sri loves the great feeling she gets knowing that she plays a major role in kick starting a child’s life. The innocent smiles and selfless love of children inspires her every day. Ms. Sri has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Engineering.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Engineering
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Preschool Classroom

    I felt welcomed on my first day of work, the teachers and children are so sweet.

    Ms. Emily has previously worked at Palcare in Burlingame and brings to us many great new ideas. Her oldest daughter is currently in our Prekindergarten classroom. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily comes to us after working for several years at Palcare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Alison

    Ms. Alison, Kindergarten Classroom

    I have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the children and instill in them a love of learning!" 

    Ms. Alison has been teaching Prekindergarten for the past eleven years. She joined our team last year coming from teaching another Prekindergarten class. She loves that she gets the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children and instill in them a love of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alison previously worked at a Montessori preschool before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Jody Ryan

    Ms. Jody Ryan, Learning Adventures Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    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:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communications
  • Ms. Marilu

    Ms. Marilu, Cook

    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:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Anamika

    Ms. Anamika, Support Staff

    Ms. Anamika is currently attending classes, working towards her Early Childhood Education degree. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Natural Sciences. Ms. Anamika loves the smiles on the children’s faces as they understand a new skill. She is inspired by learning new things along with the children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Natural Sciences

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Settings in Books

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Beginning, Middle, and End

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Insect Discovery Lab 9:30-10:30AM

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Were Our Predictions Correct?

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Sharing the Books We Made

  6. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Identifying Food Group

  7. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Sunshine Snacks

  8. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Face Painting

  9. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Investigating Popcorn

  10. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. What's in an apple?

  11. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Healthy Helpings

  12. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Examining Foods with Seeds

  13. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Bounce House

  14. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Banana Pudding

  15. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Pretzel Letters

  16. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Alphabet Book: A,B,C

  17. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Letter Search

  18. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Bubble Lady 9:30-10:30AM

  19. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Small, Medium, and Large Letters

  20. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. End of Summer Party 4:30PM - Music, Food, and Fun!

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

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

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
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