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Vacaville KinderCare

Annie Stevens, Center Director

581 Peabody Rd. Vacaville CA 95687
(707) 447-7685 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Just off I-80 at the Peabody/Mason Street exit

Neighborhood:
Vacaville

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Foxboro, Cambridge, Cooper, Fairmont, and Markham

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Welcome

Welcome to Vacaville Kindercare. We are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Vacaville KinderCare, our teachers take pride in their ability to teach children while nurturing them. We believe it really does take a village to raise a child and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Your child will have a safe, secure and enriched learning environment to play in. We welcome you and your family to come and see what Vacaville KinderCare is all about! We are very excited to have you join our KinderCare family!

Annie Stevens, Center Director

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Accreditation

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Annie Stevens

    Annie Stevens, Center Director

    Annie was a Director in Reno, Nevada for four years and loved every minute of it. From there, Annie moved to California and worked as an Assistant Director for Knowledge Beginnings in Roseville. Annie is now the Center Director of the Vacaville KinderCare, where she works every day to create an amazing educational experience for the children in her care. With over 10 years in the field, she still enjoys every single day, no matter how crazy it can get. She loves all of her children, their families, and her staff that make each day a memorable one. She is a huge Atlanta Braves and Miami Dolphins fan, and loves to spend any time she's not at her school with her family or watching The Food Network.

    Previous Experience:
    Annie has previously worked as a preschool teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director at other KinderCare centers before that she worked as a camp counselor for Gold River Community Practicum at the University of Nevada
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    9/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Jeanette

    Jeanette, Assistant Director

    All people are equal, large and small.

    Ms. Jeanette enjoys watching the children grow through all of the stages of development. She enjoys interacting with all of the parents and children every day. Ms. Jeanette is inspired by all of the children, families, and the teachers in the center. Ms. Jeanette was raised on a cattle ranch, and loves horses and all other animals. She also loves to garden. Ms. Jeanette goes camping and fishing with her three children and seven grandchildren. She believes that everyone should enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeanette worked as a Director in a senior living community for 12 years before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, Operations Manager

    A room without books is a body without a soul.

    Ms. Bonnie loves watching the children learn and grow. She enjoys watching the children's pride, happiness, and excitment grow as they learn new things. Ms. Bonnie is truly inspired by all of the children she sees every day. When Ms. Bonnie is not at work she loves to travel, read, and take bicycle rides. She also likes to spend time with her friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bonnie has worked as a toddler teaching assistant at an in-home preschool. She has also worked as a live-in and live-out nanny for multiple families.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Learning Adventures and Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Elizabeth enjoys teaching young children to respect themselves and others. She likes seeing them reach their highest potential. Ms. Elizabeth implements our Learning Adventures programs. She works with small groups teaching them to read and write in our Phonics & Reading Adventures program, she teaches them to cook healthy, delicious meals in our Cooking Adventures program, and introduces them to new music and movement in our Musical Adventures program. As our Health and Safety Coordinator Ms. Elizabeth takes important measures to ensure the children are healthy and safe every day. She loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and her dog, Rex.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elizabeth previous spent eight years working in the retail industry
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Little Pigs By Patricia Seibert
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credits and some college
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Infant Classroom

    The only constant is change.

    Ms. Debbie loves spending time with the babies. She loves watching the children learn and discover new things, and mastering new skills every day. Ms. Debbie enjoys all of the smiles and hugs she gets when she walks through the door. Ms. Debbie was born and raised in the Vallejo-Benicia area. She made a home in Salem, Oregon before moving back to California. In her down time, Ms. Debbie loves to travel, read, and sew.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has worked as a program specialist at a child abuse prevention center.
    Year Started:
    8/31/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melanie loves teaching the infants, and seeing them learn, grow, and discover each day. She loves all of the hugs and smiles she gets every day. Ms. Melanie takes pride in knowing that she makes a difference in each and every child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melanie has worked as a recreation leader before coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Misty

    Ms. Misty, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Misty loves watching the children learn and grow. She looks forward to seeing all of the children and families every day. Ms. Misty is the mother of three wonderful kids. She loves country music concerts, decorating her home, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Misty has worked as a preschool teacher and owned an in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    College courses in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infant Classroom

    I love to see how all my students eyes light up with joy each day.

    Ms. Jennifer loves watching the children's reactions when they discover something new. She loves spending time with all of the babies. Ms. Jennifer enjoys watching the children reach new milestones. Ms. Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and three boys. She enjoys reading, and playing with her boys and all of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer started at KinderCare in 1998 and has worked for Phoenix schools, and Millennium before returning to KinderCare in 2015.
    Year Started:
    12/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education units from Solano Community College and Yuba Community College.
  • Ms. Aisha

    Ms. Aisha, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Aisha loves helping the children achieve new skills. She believes that the children teach her just as much, if not more then she teaches them. Ms. Aisha is inspired by the attachments that she has made with each child. The children's excitement and energy motivates her every day, and helping them reach new developmental goals.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Teresa loves to see the children's faces light up when they have mastered something new. She enjoys knowing that she has made a positive impact on each child she teaches. Ms. Teresa knows that each day is a new experience and is excited to teach the children something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
  • Ms. Zinnia

    Ms. Zinnia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Zinnia loves making a difference in the children's lives. She makes real connections with each child and family. Ms. Zinnia is motivated by the children in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Katie loves teaching the children. She enjoys watching them learn and grow. Ms. Katie loves coming in and seeing their smiling faces that are eager to learn.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Khesia

    Ms. Khesia, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Khesia loves to empower the children through learning and discovery. She enjoys seeing the joy and smile on the children's faces when they learn something new. Ms. Khesia loves working with such a wonderful team of educators.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Walker

    Ms. Walker, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Walker loves to mentor, lead, and nurture the children in her class. She is dedicated to the needs and education of each child. Ms. Walker enjoys connecting with each family and is a positive influence on those around her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Nicole prides herself on building trust and meaningful relationships with the children and families. She loves how happy the children are to see her every day. Ms. Nicole loves being part of each child's education and getting them ready for the next stage.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Alexis loves watching the children learn and grow. She believes that the children need a safe place to learn and express themselves. Ms. Alexis loves seeing how excited the children get when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Janine

    Ms. Janine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Janine loves to see the creativity the children show during the learning process. She is inspired by the relationships she builds with the chidlren and their families.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Transitional Kindergarten and School Age

    Ms. Sabrina loves to watch the children grow. She believes that there is nothing more amazing then seeing the children discover new things, and who they want to be. Ms. Sabrina is motivated becaue she knows that she makes a difference in the children's lives. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing she is part of a positive change.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Mr. Joshua

    Mr. Joshua, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Joshua works hard to set achievable goals for the children, and enjoys boosting the children's confidence in learning. He loves working with the school age children because they are learning, as well as teaching themselves every day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Farm

    Ms. Farm, Cook

    Ms. Farm enjoys cooking healthy and delicious meals for the children. She loves watching the children learn and grow. The best part of Ms. Farm's day is seeing the children's smiling faces.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3

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 center is conveniently located on Peabody Road. We offer childcare for children from infants all the way through sixth grade. We serve both Travis and Vacaville School Districts and offer a 10% discount to local military families. We also offer discounts to some local businesses, so check with your employer before enrolling.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Special diets
  • Lactose Intolerant

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 Vacaville KinderCare, your child's safety is our number one priority! We take pride in knowing that our building is secure. All of the outside perimeter doors are locked to ensure security, the playground is all fenced-in with locks and alarms on our gates. In addition, our front door can only be accessed with a code and only authorized families will have this code to enter. Otherwise, a doorbell is available for visitors who will be greeted by center staff. Here at Vacaville KinderCare we also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. She conducts monthly earthquake and fire drills, maintaining high cleanliness standards and is always ensuring the children's 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.

For my family, there are three concerns when it comes to child care: security, curriculum, and the "feel" of the environment when you walk in.
 
In the three years that I have utilized KinderCare, I have witnessed several occasions in which staff would question the identity of someone picking up a child. What has impressed me the most is the awkward situation that it creates, and the ability of the staff to handle the situation in a calm and professional manner.
 
As a single working mother, the curriculum my child receives while I am away is important to prepare him for school. Each child is assessed on skills by age level, and a full discussion with the teacher takes place explaining how the assessments were administered. For my Pre-K age child, I appreciated the detail of the discussion, in which I learned which numbers or letters my child was able to identify, and which he had trouble with. The assessment and discussion with my child's teacher allowed me to feel confident that I was focused on the correct curriculum review at home.
 
It is very important to have a child care facility in which you feel your child is cared for, loved, and the family is treated with respect and kindness. The cheerful disposition of teachers at the end of the day makes you feel that your child is with people who enjoy child care. When I leave my child to go to work, I know that he is going to have fun, learn new things, and enjoy time with his friends. I love knowing that my child is spending time in a positive environment.

- Mother
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