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McCarran KinderCare

Julie Hitchcock, Center Director

1285 N McCarran Blvd. Sparks NV 89431
(775) 331-4211 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Katherine Dunn, Sepulveda, Jerry Whitehead, Bud Beasley, Marvin Moss, Lloyd Diedrichsen. Changes every school year. Call center for details.

Welcome

At McCarran KinderCare, our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Julie Hitchcock, 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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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

Our teachers and staff are dedicated to teaching, nurturing, and growing with your family. Each teacher commits to open communication, and going above and beyond to keep your children happy and safe so they are open to an amazing experience learning in our school. We welcome you to join our KinderCare family, where everything is designed for learning.

  • Julie Hitchcock

    Julie Hitchcock, Center Director

    Julie lovers her career working with children and parents. She builds strong relationships with the families and her staff. She loves to watch the children smile and discover new things every day. She is very passionate about education since it is the one thing no one can take away from you. Julie is married and has an adorable boxer dog.

    Previous Experience:
    At KinderCare, Julie worked in many different classrooms as a teacher and also as the Health and Safety Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and School Administrator.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Science Human Development Family Studies
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, School Administrator

    I enjoy watching the children grow and learn through everyday experiences.

    Michelle has been with KinderCare for 11 years. She started out as our Preschool teacher and held that position for 10 years. She recently moved into the role of school administrator and enjoys interacting with the families and children on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, had worked for six years at another child care center.
    Year Started:
    3/24/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
  • Ms. Corey

    Ms. Corey, Health and Safety Coordinator and Learning Adventures

    Corey graduated from Bowie High School in 2008. She attended Frostburg State University for Environmental Science, where she tutored K-8 and fell in love with children and teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    The Young School and Children's Creative Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where They Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    College credits and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Laiza

    Ms. Laiza, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Liaza has taught college for 12 years and graduate school for two years. She taught English as a second language in San Francisco.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liaza was a Primary Teacher at Bright Horizons Lucas Films in San Francisco for a year as an infant primary teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Grimm's Fairy Tales
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education, Master of Arts in Development Communication, Doctor of Arts in Literature and Communication
  • Ms. Aubrey

    Ms. Aubrey, Infant Classroom

    Aubrey was born in Kansas City, Missouri and when she was seven years old she moved to Nevada. She has always has an interest in taking care of children, and decided to make a career out of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Aubrey started working as a babysitter for her siblings and other families.
    Education:
    High School Diploma and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant Classroom

    Karen is a 4th generation Nevadan. She loves to camp and hike. Her hobby is dog training. She is a single mother to two wonderful daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Six years at Washoe County School DIstrict as Teacher Aide Special Education, four years at Lyon County School District lunchroom and recess duty for all grades.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    Education:
    High School Diploma, Truckee Meadows General Studies, and Nevada Registry Credential.
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant Support Staff

    Sara was born in Carson City. She graduated from Carson High School, and Western Nevada Community College. She loves children and animals.

    Previous Experience:
    Six years working with Washoe County School District as a Teacher Aide and one-on-one teacher aide for Special Needs Program.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate in General Studies and Early Childhood Education, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. RoseMarie

    Ms. RoseMarie, Toddler Classroom

    Rose Marie was born in Manila, Philippines. She was educated and worked in the Philippines and Sweden. She taught in both countries from preschool to college level.

    Previous Experience:
    Personality Development teacher, preschool teacher, elementary teacher, and bilingual teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess Books
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master units in Psychology. European Languages, Swedish History, and Political Science, short courses in Information Technology and Personality Development.
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Toddler Classroom

    Crystal was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She has always been passionate about education and helping children learn and acquire skills. She loves spending time with her three-year-old niece and family, and looks forward to bringing love and joy to children at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and Certified Nursing Assistant from Milan Institute
    Education:
    High School Diploma, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam

  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Lauren grew up in Spanish Springs with her brother. Throughout school, she excelled in mathematical subjects and she is now pursuing her passion in chemistry at University of Nevada, Reno. 

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    High School Diploma and University of Neveda, Reno in Chemistry
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Nicole has been teaching since she turned 18. She also enjoys working with animals and volunteering at the Humane Society. She lives with her wonderful boyfriend and her two fur-babies, Parker and Chole.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole started working in the field at La Petite Academy where she became Lead Preschool Teacher for four years. She taught at Kids R Kids before moving on to Blue Kangaroo.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Preschool
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tasha enjoys children and everything they teach her. She is a mother to a very energetic toddler and she inspires her to teach as well. 

    Previous Experience:
    HippityHop Learning Center and 10 Years babysitting experience.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    General Education Diploma and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Eryka

    Ms. Eryka, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Eryka was recently married to the man of her dreams and had a beautiful baby girl named Hayvn. Being a mommy has all she ever wanted to be. 

    Previous Experience:
    Milestones, Creative Kids, and Child's Play
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    High School Diploma and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Donna was born and raised in England. From a young age, she was always interested in art and architecture. She spent a lot of her teenage years and early twenties travelling around Europe before she came to settling in the United States in 2010.

    Previous Experience:
    Five years teaching children, teens, and adults with learning difficulties.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    A levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design, German Language, and Psychology
  • Ms. Shayla

    Ms. Shayla, School Age Classroom

    Shayla is currently a student at Career College of Northern Nevada studying for Health Information Management. She is also a mother to a beautiful four-year old named Dominique. She loves music and art but most of all working with children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ages 5-12 Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    General Education Diploma
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, School Age Classroom

    Kelsey was born at Hill Air Force Base in Utah but raised in Las Vegas, NV. She moved to Reno to attend University of Nevada, Reno and after graduating with a degree in Anthropology she did archaeology in Nevada.

    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University if Nevada, Reno
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Support Staff

    Paige was born in Reno but grew up in Minden, NV and attended Douglas High School, University of Nevada, Reno, and Reno Business College. She has been married for 33 years to her husband Mike. She has two children, Brianne and Tom. She has two grandchildren, Connor and Kaitlyn.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    University of Nevada, Reno, Reno Business College, and Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Cianlyn, Support Staff

    Cianlyn came to the United States when she was only five years old. She is from Mindoro, an island in the Philippines. She came from a big family, who are scattered every where in the United States.

    Previous Experience:
    Kinder Konnection at City of Sparks and Program Aide at Boys and Girls Club
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Education:
    Advanced High School Diploma, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Cook

    Melissa is the proud mom of seven children. She has been at KinderCare for 10 years. She loves to read and go to the park with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Childcare field for 15 years and customer service experience
    Year Started:
    2/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    High School Diploma and Child Developement Associates Credential

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

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

At McCarran KinderCare, the Health and Safety of your children is a top priority for us. Corey Huffman is our Certified Health and Safety Coordinator and Michelle Cook serves as our on-site Certified Food Protection manager. Our center upholds standards set by the Health Department, social services and company expectations. We have daily, weekly, and monthly inspections to ensure that our center is upholding the highest standards in health and safety.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Preschool is something that I had been thinking about for quite a long time and when my son turned 3 ½, I started actively researching schools in my area.  We decided on KinderCare for a variety for reasons.  First, what you receive for the tuition cost is a very good deal – meals are included which saves me from having to pack a breakfast and lunch every week.  A half day includes 4 ½ hours of care with a full day being anything beyond that.  The center is also very open to flexibility.  One week I needed just one day past the 4 ½ hours and I was able to make the arrangements without any trouble or hassle.  My son loves his teacher and has already made friends.  After class, he will tell me little stories about what he did with his friends.  At home, when something happens, he tells me that he is going to tell his teacher when he goes back to school.  On days when he does not attend, he will ask if he can go.  I’m sure he would be happy if he could go 7 days a week.  I am already very excited to see how much he enjoys attending and it definitely makes me feel like the center is helping to shape his love for the school environment.  Another deciding factor for us in choosing KinderCare was the center’s front desk staff.  They are always so nice when we go in and they have never given me any problems with answering as many questions as I might have.

- Mom

We came to KinderCare almost three years ago and I have never been happier. You are made to feel like part of the family, not just a child going to another day care center. My son, who is almost four years old, started in the infant room and now is getting ready to make the move to the fours class. He has grown so much and has learned many new things. He amazes me with the words and skills that he is able to do on a daily basis. My other two children, part-time school age, and they love the activities and projects. They have so much fun and still learn new things when they are there. This is all thanks to the wonderful providers at KinderCare. Thank you KinderCare for taking such great care of my family.

- Mother
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