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Vacaville KinderCare

Michelle Duffy, 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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Neighborhood:
Vacaville

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

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!

Michelle Duffy, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

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.

  • Michelle Duffy

    Michelle Duffy, Center Director

    Ms. Michelle has been a part of the KinderCare family for 18 years as a Center Director. She has her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, and loves utilizing her experience and education to provide a fun loving and enriching learning environment. Children learn through their experiences. Every child is so unique, she loves being a part of such a great program where children are allowed to learn and grow at their own pace. Michelle has four children of her own, all in which, have been a part of the KinderCare Education. She loves playing an inspirational role in children's development and seeing their smiles every day.

    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
  • Joshua Jackson

    Joshua Jackson, Assistant Director

    I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

    Mr. Josh has worked with children for many years. He loves using his business acumen and applying it in the childcare environment to create a great learning setting for the children and their families. His favorite part of the day is walking into a classroom and watching them learning, playing, and laughing. He is very proud to be a part of the KinderCare community.

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Business Degree and Child Development Degree
  • 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. 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:
    3 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. 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:
    2 Years
    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:
    2 Years
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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.

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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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