Grace Ewing, Center Director
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KinderCare on Walnut Boulevard 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!
Grace Ewing, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on a daily basis.
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!
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 will hit her two year mark in December and she's never been happier!
I have been serving children and families since 2009. I've always had a heart and compassion for children. I enjoy their innocence and giving them guidance, love, and affection daily. In my space time I do fun things with my own children who mean the world to me.
I value my time here at KinderCare as I help each child reach their next milestone.
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.
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 & continues to enjoy her experience as a KinderCare teacher.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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