Mimi Schmalz, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
I love introducing children to new things.
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.
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.
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.
I like knowing that I play a huge part in a child's developmental process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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