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Vallejo KinderCare

Lacy Sczepanski, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
We are located behind Safeway across the street from the Honda Dealership.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Highland, Wardlaw, Pennycook, Cooper

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!
  

Lacy Sczepanski, 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.

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.

  • Lacy Sczepanski

    Lacy Sczepanski, Center Director

    I am incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love every day. I am passionate about serving families and being a role model for my teachers.

    Holding the center director position at Fairfield for over nine years, Lacy has decided to take over and direct the Vallejo center. Lacy started KinderCare in 2006 teaching the Private Kindergarten program at the Vacaville KinderCare location. In 2007-2008, she held the Program Specialist position, which allowed her to be the lead teacher in any classroom while a teacher was out, and the Learning Adventures teacher. In 2008, Lacy became an Assistant Director and a Center Director in 2009 at Fairfield KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Marlo

    Ms. Marlo, Infant 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:
    4 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:
    15 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Pursuing her degree
  • 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

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 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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