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Walnut Creek KinderCare

2850 Cherry Lane Walnut Creek CA 94597
(925) 943-6777 Contact this center

Ages: 18 MONTH-OLDS to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Close to Contra Costa Center and a short walk from the Pleasant Hill BART station. Next to the new John Muir Urgent Care.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Before- and after-school care is not available at this location.

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare on Cherry Lane. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We would love for you to visit and see our unique center. Our center is one of only two small KinderCare centers in the area. Having a smaller center offers a home-like feel while still enriching your child's learning experience with the world-class KinderCare curriculum. We have small classrooms that enable your child to develop a strong relationship with his or her teacher and classmates. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. 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. Here at KinderCare on Cherry Lane, we also have a huge emphasis on bringing our families together and strengthening our relationships with one another. Relationships are critical to us. Our children know every teacher in the building and all of our teachers know all of our families. Our promise is that we will be committed to you and are proud to be a part of children’s early childhood education experience. Please stop in for a visit to experience the difference of KinderCare on Cherry Lane.

— 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

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.

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.

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.

Toddler Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Walnut Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. California requires teachers to have a minimum of 12 Early Childhood Education units completed before they can work in a classroom. Every member of our staff has exceeded this expectation and the educational levels throughout the center. Many of our teachers have completed Associate, Bachelor and even a Master degree. The Walnut Creek team strives for excellence through continuing education from our professional development training days held twice a year to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. This also includes several on-site training days from various child-related agencies from within our community. However, at the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Rozelle MacAlvey

    Rozelle MacAlvey, Assistant Director

    If all the materials I had were a crayon and some open ended questions, I could survive any classroom!

    Ms. Rozelle began her KinderCare career in 2014 as our Prekindergarten teacher, and loved working with the class on fun and creative art projects. In the summer of 2016 when the Assistant Director position opened up, she applied, and was chosen! Working with children has been a life-long goal and dream of hers, and it fills her heart everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Rozelle was the Prekindergarten teacher at our center. Previous to that, she was a teacher at a in-home daycare for ten years!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    When I Grow Up by "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Year Started:
    7/22/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Sarah has been working with children for most of her adult life. She absolutely adores and appreciates the time she gets to spend with her kids. She understands the awesome influence she has and the profound effect she can have on their futures. Ms. Sarah enjoys helping to shape her children’s knowledge and development.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked as a swim coach, English tutor, nanny, and behavioral therapist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and The Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    6/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Shekinah

    Ms. Shekinah, Toddler Classroom

    Shekinah has received her Associate degree from Diablo Valley College and is continuing her education. She has been working with children since 2008. It is a passion of hers.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    1/19/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate degree
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to learn. If you're not learning, you're not growing. Being a teacher helps me learn everyday.

    Miss Tasha began her early childhood career in 1998 before the arrival of her two children, although she knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a teacher. She has most of her early childhood education from Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA.

    Previous Experience:
    Tasha has previously worked for a few daycares and an elementary school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Lian

    Ms. Lian, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lian has been with KinderCare since 2006. She first started working with the two-year-old children before working with the four-year-old children. She currently holds the Lead Teacher position in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Lian likes spending time with her husband and son in her time off. She loves to travel, watch movies, take weekend morning walks, cheer on favorite sports teams and eat out. Ms. Lian also enjoys watching Broadway shows and her favorite cuisines are Italian and Japanese.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Cara

    Ms. Cara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I fell in love with teaching when I was a child, and my mom was a teacher. Seeing her joy and passion inspired mine.

    Miss Cara joined our team with a strong passion for early childhood education. Through her college early childhood education, she was lead here to us, and is now our blossoming Prekindergarten teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    She formerly worked in a church nursery school, youth group, and volunteering with children in Mexico.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/2/2017

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 unlike any school you have seen before. We offer smaller classrooms and a unique home-like feel. With the world-class KinderCare curriculum your family will get the best of both worlds.
 
  

Special Features

  • Small classrooms
  • Low student to teacher ratios
  • Large playground
  • CPR and First Aid trained staff

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets
  • Allergies

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

The health and safety of your children is priority to everyone on our team. We have an on-site health and safety coordinator who works diligently to make sure all policies and procedures are followed properly to allow us to maintain superior standards and keep our children happy and healthy. Emergency disaster drills like earthquake and fire drills are completed monthly and each classroom keeps a daily/weekly/monthly cleaning checklist to document our sanitation efforts. Our building is secured with a coded key pad on the front door and only enrolled families and authorized guardians who pick up at the center have the code. Codes are changed every six months to ensure the safety of our children. All of our interior doors are equipped with child-proof handles and door chimes so that we are alerted anytime a door is opened. And finally, all gates on the exterior of the building have loud sounding alarms to notify us of any openings.

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.

My son has been at Walnut Creek KinderCare for over a year. I work two blocks away and I pop in unannounced all the time. I have never seen anything negative - they are always happy to see me. My son LOVES the teachers and is really having a positive learning experience. He was so shy before attending this school and now he has just opened up so much. But honestly, I give them five stars because I love the teachers. They really care about each child (and each family) so much that they really feel like extended family. There is a good core group of kids, with some turnover, but the core kids all know each other and play pretty interchangeably (meaning not clique-y). The first day my son was there, he was so worried and not sure how to wash his hands and one little girl came up and showed him how everything worked. It was really very touching.

- Mother

We always feel very supported by the wonderful teachers at the Walnut Creek KinderCare. We know our child is in loving, caring hands, and he learns and grows everyday he goes to school. As parents, we couldn't ask for anything more.

- Parents

I would like to send a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at Walnut Creek KinderCare. You are all amazing and very much appreciated. You are all fabulous and so easy to talk with. We love the regular updates and always appreciate any advice you suggest. Over the past year we have seen tremendous growth and development within our son, from increasing his vocabulary, writing, learning to use his words and sharing/playing with others... in fact the list is endless. At four years old he's like a little sponge and amazes us with talk of the fantastic things he's learnt during the day. We love the happy and friendly vibe you always provide, and of course it helps that everything is clean and orderly. As we are new to the United States (recently relocated from New Zealand), it has been reassuring to know that Joel is safe and getting the most out of each KinderCare day. Thanks for helping our son be the best that he can be!

- Parents

Three years ago we made the decision to enroll our then eighteen month old daughter at Walnut Creek KinderCare. After touring the facility and choosing KinderCare, we nervously dropped our daughter off on her first day with the hope and anticipation that she would be cared for, paid attention to, and most importantly, safe. Three years later, and now with our son also attending, our family has received so much more. Not only does Walnut Creek KinderCare continue to provide a safe environment for our two children, but the staff consciously builds a physical and emotional environment that is filled with love, attention, and a desire to help grow our children into individuals who have a deep-seeded joy for learning and play. As parents, daily, we see and feel the direct impact that KinderCare has on our family. We see the impact through the school-learned songs our children share at the dinner table, through watching them happily practice their letters and numbers, and through hearing their stories of playing with friends on the playground. We feel the impact through the warm hugs our children get as they greet and depart the Center each day, through the open communication we have with their teachers and directors, and through the attentiveness to the planned curriculum that is carefully executed throughout the year. As our daughter nears the start of kindergarten (and eventually our son) we are confident that she will be walking in to her first day of school possessing the skills to confidently help her continued learning, and growth, that all began and was nurtured at Walnut Creek KinderCare.

- Mother
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