Susan Pope, Center Director
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Welcome to Tracy KinderCare. We realize that one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is where to start your child’s education. Here at KinderCare you will see that we are a big happy family, so please give us a call we would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our center.
Susan Pope, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan has worked with every age group, giving her a well rounded perspective of the needs of every child. She strongly believes that every child and family that enters the center becomes part of her KinderCare family. Her role is to lead and manage all aspects of our Tracy center. Susan's focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality care and education.
When Amanda joined KinderCare she started as Preschool teacher. She later worked in the Infant and Toddler rooms before becoming our Assistant Director. Being the Assistant Director gives Amanda the opportunity to support all the teachers in every classroom and build wonderful relationships with all the families. She enjoys sharing stories with families in the evening during pick up time about the fun and adorable things their child did during the day. Amanda also enjoys spending time in the classroom with the students and seeing the progress they make each and every day.
Ms. Vika has had the pleasure of working in many classrooms over the years. She has worked in our Discovery Preschool room, Toddler room and most recently now is working in our Infant room. What Ms. Vika loves most about teaching is the unconditional love from the kids each day. She is inspired to come to work each day because of the children. She loves the good morning hugs and greetings when she walks in. Ms. Vika enjoys working in the Infant room because she is able to see their ongoing development blossom. She is able to see many of the infants' firsts from the sitting up to walking.
Ms. Alicia loves working in our toddler room. She is full of energy and loves to be crazy and wild with her kids. The children love Ms. Alicia’s circle times which are jam packed with songs, stories, flannel boards and puppets. What she loves most about teaching is watching the children grow and learn. She is inspired to come to work each day to see all her smiling toddlers.
Ms. Sonia loves working with our toddlers. She strives to make every moment special. She feels that her time with the toddlers is precious and that she is very lucky to work with some of the youngest children. What Ms. Sonia loves most about teaching is encouraging children to discover their independence. She is inspired to come to work each day knowing that she makes a difference in a child’s life.
Ms. Veronica loves working closely with our infants and toddlers watching them learn and grow and seeing their unique personalities blossom. She realizes she can make a difference in the life of toddlers each day so she comes to the classroom ready to work with them on an individual level. Ms. Veronica enjoys singing songs to the children both in English and Spanish. What she loves most about teaching is helping the children succeed. She is inspired to come to work each day to learn new things from her children, families and her co-workers.
Ms. Alma loves working in our Discovery Preschool classroom. What she loves most about teaching is seeing how happy her children's faces get when they learn something new. She is inspired to come to work each day to see how full of energy the children have.
Ms. Melaina has had the joy of working both in our Infant and Toddler room and now recently working in our Discovery Preschool room. She loves to think up new and fun art projects for her two year old friends to do. She loves to sing songs and read stories to her little friends. What Ms. Melaina loves most about teaching is that knowing children learn by trial and error. Their experiences challenge her to become the best teacher for them. She is inspired to come to work each day to see what new things her two-year-old children will learn.
Ms. Jessica has been a wonderful addition to our KinderCare staff. She brings such a joyous and positive attitude with her to work each and everyday. What she loves most about teaching is seeing how excited each of her kids get when they see her. Ms. Jessica is inspired to come to work each day to see each of her kids smiling faces and to see how eager they are to learn. She also has the pleasure of teaching our Music Adventures program which she enjoys getting down to the children's level and dancing and introducing new instruments to them.
Ms. Sara is new to the KinderCare staff and is learning new ideas each and everyday. What she loves most about teaching is seeing things through a child’s eye how everything is so new and exciting. Ms. Sara is inspired to come to work each day to keep the children excited about learning and being in school.
Ms. April has been a strong and positive influence in our Prekindergarten classroom. She is a very nurturing, caring teacher who always has a smile on her face. She brings many years of experience with her and truly enjoys her job. What Ms. April loves most about teaching is watching the children grow and develop. She is inspired to come to work each day to see her children so eager to learn new things.
Ms. Brenda loves to see the joy on the faces of the children everyday as they accomplish new tasks. She is inspired to come to work everyday to see the parents and children’s faces light up. Ms. Brenda enjoys working with all ages. She is full of energy and ready to get down and crawl with the Infants or run with the School Age children. Ms. Brenda is also our Learning Adventures Instructor and gets joy in working with the smaller groups and seeing her students grow and become successful readers.
Ms. Sara has the pleasure of working in all the classrooms. What she loves most about teaching is being able to discover how each child is different in their own way. She loves their individuality. Ms. Sara is inspired to come to work each day because she really enjoys the love and attention she gets from all the children.
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.
Tracy KinderCare is also very big on the safety and security of the children and staff in our building. The door is locked at all times with a key pad entry; all classrooms have a door chime on the door going outside, we have a fence around both our playgrounds. All our staff is CPR and First Aid Certified and we practice monthly fire drills.
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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