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Walnut Boulevard KinderCare

Grace Ewing, Center Director

2521 Walnut Blvd. Walnut Creek CA 94596
(925) 935-3276 Contact this center

Ages: 2 YEAR-OLDS to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Welcome

Walnut Boulevard KinderCare continues to provide the Walnut Creek area with consistent, well-balanced educational programs and a facility the community can count on. Our facility was designed with the developmental needs of young children in mind. Every component of the indoor and outdoor spaces is a learning environment and serves as a brick-and-mortar extension of the school's philosophy and goals. We are fully licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Our center operates as a giant family & we have many center-wide events that promote relationships among all of our families and staff. Walnut Boulevard KinderCare provides fun, educational experiences that make learning come alive for children. Young children grow intellectually when using our multidimensional "hands-on" learning activities. Utilizing the KinderCare Education Early Foundations curriculum, academics are introduced through various experiences that allow children to learn through their senses, their feelings and their intellects. We'd love for your family to join ours, so please call us to set up a tour and experience the KinderCare difference for yourself!

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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.

Monthly Activities

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

Our Programs

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.

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

The staff at KinderCare on Walnut Boulevard is passionate about what they do each and every day. Your child is is phenomenal hands! The experience and dedication each teacher brings to the classroom is evident in the fun activities and focused curriculum your child is exposed to on a daily basis.

  • Grace Ewing

    Grace Ewing, Center Director

    Making a difference is what this job is all about and I LOVE it. The relationships I'm able to build with children and families make for an indescribable feeling. I look forward to seeing each child's smiling face when I come to work and look forward to sharing the special moments I was able to witness with their parents at pick-up time. I enjoy bringing a sense of community to our center & love being a part of this incredible experience is my calling.

    Grace has been a Director with KinderCare since 1992. In addition to leading and managing strong teams of teachers, she has also served as a Peer Trainer. As a peer trainer she helped fellow Center Directors learn, understand, and utilize systems-based programs to help them manage their centers more efficiently. Grace is known for spreading her positive attitude wherever she goes! She has vast knowledge of child development and is dedicated to helping families receive the best early childhood education possible!

    Year Started:
    3/18/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credential
  • Nicole Cozzone

    Nicole Cozzone, Assistant Director

    Ms. Nicole has been working with children since she was about 13, volunteering in a local nursery. It was then that she knew she wanted to make it her career. Her first official childcare job was at a center in Martinez. She was there for about two and a half years when she was offered a director's position at a center in Pittsburg. After a couple of years of directing, she decided she needed a change of venue and found herself at KinderCare! Ms. Nicole has never been happier!

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered in a local nursery and a former director at another childcare center.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with a focus in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vanettra

    Ms. Vanettra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vanettra started working with children at the age of 12. Her mother had an in-home child care center, and she loved to help, so she knew working with children was what she would love to make a career. She started taking child care units in high school, and by the time she graduated had finished her required units. Ms. Vanettra landed her first job working with children with Down Syndrome and autism. It was a great experience and opportunity. After two years, Ms. Vanettra had a child of her own and took a break from work. When she decided she was ready to work again, she found herself with KinderCare. She has a passion for caring for families and children and loves what she does.

    Previous Experience:
    In-home childcare center and working with both Down Syndrome and autistic children
    Year Started:
    2/1/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credentials
  • Ms. Lorraine

    Ms. Lorraine, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lorraine has been working at KinderCare since January 2000. She started working as the cook. Four years later, she took online classes for Early Childhood Education and became a teacher. Ms. Lorraine loves when the children's faces light up because they've learned something new. She also loves to hear all of their stories and continues to enjoy her experience as a KinderCare teacher.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credential
  • Ms. Ratna

    Ms. Ratna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ratna has been teaching prekindergarten since 1997. Her education and background is in Child Psychology and Biology. She also completed classes in Sociology. Ms. Ratna loves working with children and seeing their eyes light up with each new thing they learn. Her passion for teaching and caring for children has taught her a lot over the years. She gets excited about making every moment a learning opportunity with children and their families.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Psychology and Biology degrees
  • Ms. Rashunda

    Ms. Rashunda, Floater

    Ms. Rashunda has been serving children and families since 2009. She has always had compassion for children. Ms. Rashunda values her time at KinderCare as she helps each child reach their next milestone. She enjoys their innocence and giving them guidance, love, and affection daily. In her spare time, she does fun things with her own children who mean the world to her. 

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Working towards her Associate in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our center provides a safe and secure place for your child to learn and grow. Key pad entry, fenced-in playground and alarmed classroom doors are just a few of the features we provide to give you the piece of mind when your drop off your most valued possession to our care. Staff are CPR and First Aid trained. Monthly safety drills are performed along with nightly cleaning of the entire facility.

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.

On behalf of my family, I wanted to say that I really appreciate the way that the principal runs this school, the way that she understood and helped us with our situation and most importantly the way that our son, (four years old) responded to his class. The school team is amazing. We are amazed and pleased to say that compared with the first attempt, our son learned with Ms. Ratna a lot. He excels with Math and with writing all alphabet letters He knows a lot of things that he learned in class and I can say that after comparing and listening to his conversations with his brother. It's amazing how he had the opportunity to accumulate so much in such a short period of time. The school curriculum of Ms. Ratna's class is excellent, and I’m sure they hear this all the time about all team members, but they're the best. I’m firm in this after also comparing what my son learned these past couple months with what other friends of his of similar age learned. I can tell that he’s more adapted than most of them to the new challenges that are in front of him starting in just a few weeks.

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