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Vallejo KinderCare

Shannon Bartlett, Center Director

35 Rotary Way Vallejo CA 94591
(707) 557-3007 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
behind Safeway

Neighborhood:
We are located behind Safeway across the street from the Honda Dealership.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Joseph H. Wardlaw Elementary, Annie Pennycook Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Steffan Manor Elementary, Johnston Cooper Elementary, Cave dual language Academy. We currently do drop-off and pick-up from the above listed schools.

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Welcome

Welcome to Vallejo KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

The teachers and staff are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Some of our teachers have been with KinderCare for over ten years. All of our teachers have an education in early childhood development, with some possessing a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. We strive for excellence by continuing education through biannual company professional development training and seeking additional college courses in the education field. Our teachers look forward to meeting your family and sharing what they have to offer your child.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
  

Shannon Bartlett, 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.

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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

Welcome to the Vallejo KinderCare. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth and their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at KinderCare, your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We are very excited to meet with you and your family.

  • Shannon Bartlett

    Shannon Bartlett, Center Director

    I've always had a passion for working with young children. I have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with children and their families at both a professional and personal level.

    Marisa taught Sunday School and was a nanny during high school, which lead to her interest in Early Childhood Education. While pursuing her degree in Child Development she worked with toddlers and then with school-age children in an after-school program. She continued the field by working with infants, toddlers, and young children up to the age of three. In 2004, she became a mom. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from San Diego State University in 2005, and acquired a job as a lead teacher, working with infants and toddlers. In 2006, she became a stay-at-home mom and continued to be a stay-at-home after having twins. After four years as a stay-at-home mom, she returned to the childcare world in 2010 as a Toddler teacher with KinderCare and also continued her education in child development.

    Previous Experience:
    Marisa has had much experience in the field of child development. She has been a Sunday school teacher, a nanny, worked with infants and young children in various child care centers, and worked with elementary school age children in an after-school program. She is also a mom of three children, ages 10 and 6-year-old twins.
    Year Started:
    3/25/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Tiffany Fox

    Tiffany Fox, Assistant Director

    At KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Being the Health and Safety Coordinator, Tiffany conducts monthly safety drills and ensures daily cleaning procedures are being done throughout the center. All of our staff members are also CPR and First Aid trained and certified.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with all ages including those with special needs.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Tieashia

    Ms. Tieashia, Infant Classroom

    My favorite age group is infants. I also love to decorate my classroom to brighten up the environment so it is welcoming to the children as they enter their classroom.

    Ms. Tieashia has been with KinderCare 11 years. Ms. Tieashia enjoys her time with the infants and toddlers. What she loves most about teaching the younger children is having the opportunity to watch them grow and develop all while capturing meaningful moments and events in their lives. Each day Ms. Tieashia is inspired to come to work simply because of the relationship she has developed not only with the children, but with the parents. She believes that maintaining a trustful communication and relationship with parents can better the development of the children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Started her career at KinderCare in 1996 at the Pittsburg, California center.
    Year Started:
    9/28/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Completed 18 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marlo

    Ms. Marlo, Toddler Classroom

    I have always enjoyed and have been passionate about working with children and their families. I have cared and do care for them as the were my own children.

    Ms. Marlo has dedicated several years of her time in working with young mothers and their families. She has done this for over 25 years and still she is passionate about her work. Ms. Marlo enjoys spending time with the toddlers and teaching them new things. She also has the privilege to be with the infants where she enjoys watching them learn to crawl, scoot, then walk. Ms. Marlo would have conversations with the infants and toddlers in such a way that would excite the children, which in turn keeps the families coming back to our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in early childcare for over 20 years. Opened up a program in Hill Top Daycare Family Services Agency working with teen mothers and their children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Traci

    Ms. Traci, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Traci started her career with KinderCare as a preschool teacher. She has spent time working with each age group, but has found her joy in program management. Being able to help teachers provide a quality learning environment is something she takes very seriously. Ms. Traci is currently working to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. When she is not working she can be found spending time with her two children.

    Year Started:
    4/20/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Currently taking courses in obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children learn, mature, and change through their elementary years. I enjoy the fact that I have the same children for several years and can form a good relationship with them.

    Ms. Joan enjoys working with the School Age children because she is able to develop a friendship with them, which in turn, provides a sense of security and belonging for the children. For eight years, Ms. Joan has worked with children as well as being one of the bus drivers for the School Age children.  She has made it a point to know each child’s school schedule and get them there on time. Ms. Joan loves animals; she takes care of three pets in her classroom. She involves the children in the feeding and the maintenance of the animals. This gives the children responsibility. Ms. Joan is an outgoing, creative teacher and we are lucky to have her at our center.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joan was a private preschool teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church, a cook, and a teacher's aid.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing her degree
  • Ms. Tamara

    Ms. Tamara, Preschool Classroom

    I love the excitement children show when they learn something new or do something all by themselves for the first time.

    Ms. Tamara received her degree in Human Development at Sonoma State University. She found her love of teaching by witnessing the inspiration she presents to the children. Each day Ms. Tamara is inspired to come to work because of the differences she can make in the children’s lives. She believes that a good foundation in education can help a child reach their future goals. She also believes that with consistency of being in the classroom every day with the children will provide a safe environment and the children can be more productive with their day.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tamara has been nanny, worked in summer care for a total of eight families, and has worked in other childcare facilities.
    Year Started:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with a concentration in Child Development
  • Ms. Irza

    Ms. Irza, Transitional Kindergarten

    I really like that I am able to be in all classrooms and interact with children of all ages. It keeps me on my toes and being around their enthusiasm make me happy.

    Ms. Irza has worked with children for a total of 14 years. Her experience in working with children has made her become a talented and unique teacher. With the diversity in California, Ms. Irza is able to communicate to the Latin community which is highly beneficial for those who know English as a second language (ESL). Irza is a very flexible teacher who always asked what needs to be done and what can she do to help. If you need help, she is there to give it.

    Previous Experience:
    Y.M.C.A, After School Programs, First Start, and Bright Future
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Mr. Julian

    Mr. Julian, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Julian has been working with children for five years. He enjoys planning events, hiking, and most of all working with children!

    Previous Experience:
    Julian worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Vacaville.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    2/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5

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

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Professional Development Day 
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Professional Development Day
  • Thanksgiving, and day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas 

Health and Safety

Your child's health and safety is our number one priority here at KinderCare. Our front doors are secure with a key pad entry and our playground gates have latches and alarms for security. Regular emergency drills are conducted to ensure that we are prepared in the event of an emergency. We have regular janitorial service and all of our staff follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning checklists. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified, and all of our staff are required to pass a background and fingerprint check prior to starting work in our center.

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