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Santa Clara KinderCare

Lora Almond, Center Director

840 Bing Dr. Santa Clara CA 95051
(408) 246-2141 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
@ Homestead & Lawrence just past McDonald's

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Here at KinderCare Santa Clara, we are excited to announce that we are now working towards NAEYC accreditation! We are thrilled to be starting this process and to continue to provide the best possible care for each and every child.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Santa Clara! Our center has been serving children for over 40 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!

Lora Almond, Center Director

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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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We are happy to boast a high average tenure of teachers. Our longest term teacher, Ms. Guitar, has been here over 20 years! Several of our staff have a degree in Early Childhood Education or are currently enrolled in college courses to earn one. Our teachers have a true love of learning and a passion for working with children. Our center director and assistant director are both very new to their positions, we are eager to see the growth in our young management team!

  • Lora Almond

    Lora Almond, Center Director

    Lora has lived in the Bay Area her whole life. She moved to Portland for two years and got to experience working at a KinderCare while there. Lora just recently got married and spent her honeymoon in Maui. In her free time, Lora enjoys cooking, watching movies, and shopping. 

    Previous Experience:
    Lora has been with KinderCare since she was 18 years old! She has been an infant teacher, prekindergarten teacher and the health and safety coordinator. Lora was the assistant director briefly while living in Portland and then became Santa Clara's assistant director when she moved back. She became center director at Santa Clara KinderCare just recently and is very excited about all of the wonderful opportunities in her future.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Esperanza

    Ms. Esperanza, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/7/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/3/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
  • Ms. Angelica

    Ms. Angelica, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
  • Ms. Guitar

    Ms. Guitar, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/21/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Kassie, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/15/2015
  • Ms. Leticia

    Ms. Leticia, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/25/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Precious

    Ms. Precious, Discovery Preschool Classroom (Young Two's)

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gabby

    Ms. Gabby, Two's Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Two's Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
  • Ms. Miriam, Two's Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kavitha

    Ms. Kavitha, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
  • Ms. Mirian

    Ms. Mirian, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Lauri

    Ms. Lauri, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Espi

    Ms. Espi, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Charmaine, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    7/21/2015
  • Mr. Matt

    Mr. Matt, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Support Staff

    Year Started:
    5/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jennifer, Center Chef

    Year Started:
    3/1/2015

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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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

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

Here at KinderCare Santa Clara, the health and safety of your children is one of our top priorities. The front of our building may only be entered with a code that only our enrolled families and staff have; all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well.  Ms. Kelsey is the Health and Safety Coordinator on site. Kelsey's role includes conducting emergency drills, ensuring staff CPR and First Aid cards are up to date, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

My child has been here for 2 years, and has grown so much. Every day he comes home singing new songs, and using new vocabulary. I know it's because what his teachers have taught him. He knows how to share, take turns, and socialize with other children. Thank you KinderCare!

- Father

The growth and changes we have seen in our son because of the environment and teachers he has been exposed to has been outstanding. His language skills really took off when we arrived into the Two’s Room. He is a headstrong and stubborn little guy whom I thought would never get potty trained. If it had not been for the patience and persistence of your staff, who have spent the most time with him, I wouldn’t know what to do.

- Mother

Our children are loved and cared for exceptionally. I trust my children wholeheartedly looked after. The teachers, director, and assistant director could not be better. This is our second family. Highly recommend!

- Mother

Our daughter joined this center when she was 11 months old and moved from infants to toddlers to two’s to preschool. I don’t hesitate to give almost all the credit to her teachers for her overall growth and development. Thanks!

- Father
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