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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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Special Instructions:
One block north of Prater Way Next to the Greater Nevada Credit Union

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Katherine Dunn, Sepulveda, Jerry Whitehead, Bud Beasley, Marvin Moss, Lloyd Diedrichsen. Changes every school year. Call Center for details.

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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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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

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


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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

    Truly Wonderful the mind of a child is

    I love my career working with children and parents. I build strong relationships with the families and staff. I love to watch the children smile and discover new things everyday! I am very passionate about education- it is the one thing no one can take away from you. I am married and have an adorable 9yr old boxer.

    Previous Experience:
    At Kindercare has worked as a twos, threes, fours, and school age teacher. She has also worked as a Learning Adventures teacher, Health and Saftey Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and School Administrator.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associates Art Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor Science Degree in 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in sociology.
  • Ms. Corey

    Ms. Corey, Health and Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventures

    Promise me you'll always remember, You are braver than you believe stronger than you seem and smarter than you think

    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, Children's Creative Learning Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where They Wild Things Are
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma, College Credits, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Laiza

    Ms. Laiza, Infant A Classroom

    The only person you are destined to become is the person you DECIDE to be.

    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 on Infant Primary Teachers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Grimm's Fairy Tales
    Years in ECE industry:
    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 A 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.
    High School Diploma, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Infant B

    Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you

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

    Ms. Sara, Infant Support Staff

    The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you'll go

    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, One-on-one teacher aide for Special Needs Program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in General Studies and Early Childhood Education, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. RoseMarie

    Ms. RoseMarie, Toddler

    Rose Marie was born in Manila, Philippines. She was educatd and worked in the Philippines and Sweden. She taught in both countries from Preschool to College level.

    Previous Experience:
    Personality Development Teacher Pre-School Teacher Elementary Teacher Bi-Lingual Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess Books
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masteral units in Psychology. European Languages, Swedish History, and Political Science, short courses in Information Technology and Personality Development.
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Toddler

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

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting for 8 years, CNA from Milan Instituite,
    High School Diploma, Milan Instutite CNA, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Discovery Preschool

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Night and Day
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Discovery Preschool

    Lauren grew up in Spanish Springs with her brother. Throughout school, she excelled in Mathmatical subjects and she is now pursuing her passion in chemistry at UNR. I am currently in my first year and I am having fun.

    Years in ECE industry:
    10 months
    High School Diploma, University of Neveda, Reno in Chemistry
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool

    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
    Years in ECE industry:
    Continuing education for a Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Preschool
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Preschool

    I enjoy children and everything they teach me! I am a mommy to a very energetic toddler and she inspires me to teach as well. Children are our future!

    Previous Experience:
    HippityHop Learning Center, 10 Years babysitting experience.
    Years in ECE industry:
    GED, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Eryka

    Ms. Eryka, Pre-Kindergarten

    I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

    Eryka is 25 years old and so far in 2016 she got married to the man of her dreams and had a beauitful baby girl named Hayvn. Being a mommy has all she ever wanted to be. 

    Previous Experience:
    Milestones, Creative Kids, Child's Play
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Pre-Kindergarten

    Adults are just outdated children

    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 20's 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    A levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design, German Language, and Psychology
  • Ms. Shayla

    Ms. Shayla, School Age

    If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be!

    I am currently a student at CCNN studying for Health Infomation Management. I am also a mother to a beautiful four-year old named Dominique. I absolutely love music and art but most of all working with children. My favorite color is purpleand I always say to dream big and reach for the stars.

    Previous Experience:
    Ages 5-12 Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, School-Age

    The more that you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go

    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.

    High Schiik Diploma, Bachelor's of Arts in Anthropology from the University if Nevada, Reno
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Support Staff

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory

    Paige was born in Reno but grew up in Minden, NV and attended Douglas High School, University of Nevada, Reno; 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma, Univeristy of Nevada, Reno; Reno Business College, Nevada Registry Credential
  • Ms. Cianlyn, Support Staff

    Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.

    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:
    City of Sparks - Kinder Konnection Staff Boys and Girls Club - Program Aide Staff
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Advanced High School Diploma, Attending TMCC Graduating in Fall 2016
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Cook

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

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

    Previous Experience:
    Childcare field for 15 years, Customer service experience
    Years in ECE industry:
    High School Diploma, Child Developement Associates Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.
We are also closed two days a year for Professional Development Days (Days are announced in center 30 days in advance).

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.

Share Your Story
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 3yrs ago abd 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 4 years old, started in the infant room abd 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 schoolage, 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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