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Merced KinderCare

Carrie Escobedo, Center Director

830 West Merced Ave. West Covina CA 91790
(626) 918-5608 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Glendora & Sunset

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
All West Covina School District

At Merced KinderCare, we are excited to announce that we are working towards NAEYC accreditation! Our center is excited to make our services, programs, classrooms and teachers even better than before!

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Welcome to Merced KinderCare…Where every day is a learning adventure! We are very excited about meeting your family and extending ours! We know this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Allow us to help you make the best decision for your child. Our goal to give your child every child opportunity to grow in every way in a safe and fun environment. Our teachers bring a passion of teaching and caring to your child everyday! No matter how old or how young your child is they will grow and develop in ways in you never imagined! At KinderCare our families always come first!

Carrie Escobedo, Center Director

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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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Our staff truly enjoys caring for children and all have the heart and dedication to making sure your child gets nothing but the best while in our care. Each day brings new fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of your family's day. We love to watch the children grow and learn and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here and look forward to having your child in one of our classrooms.

  • Carrie Escobedo

    Carrie Escobedo, Center Director

    Looking at life through a child's eyes is very rewarding and fills your heart with love. Children to me are the best medicine for happiness.

    Carrie started with KinderCare in July 2010. She began her career as a director in training and was able to work at several different KinderCare centers until being placed at the West Covina center. Carrie operates the school as if the children, parents and teachers were an extension of her own family. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment and maintain an open-door policy for anyone who would like to talk. She also believes in asking what specific needs your family has and then ensure those needs are met. We plan many events for everyone to participate in and work hard to ensure our families meet each other and develop strong relationships as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Carrie was an Assistant Director for another school in Orange County. She also taught Kindergarten for four years at a private school.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Amanda Sanchez

    Amanda Sanchez, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work and being able to create and share memorable moments with our children and their families.

    Amanda started with KinderCare in June 2011 as the School Age teacher. She loved working the camp and being a mentor for the children. Amanda also worked in the Discovery Preschool classroom and enjoyed sharing memorable moments with the children and their families. She has also worked with the Prekindergarten class, where the loved to spark the children's imagination. In September of 2012 Amanda was promoted to Assistant Director. She really enjoys working with the families and introducing new families to our center. Amanda always strives to provide 100% customer service to each and every family that enters the center!

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare Amanda worked at the Child Development Center at Mount San Antonio college in their Infant and Toddler program.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. San Juana, Infant & School Age Classrooms

    I treat the children how I would want my children to be treated.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Units
  • Ms. Cruz, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

    Ms. Cruz is our Infant teacher and a mother of two. She brings so much love and joy to the children that she cares for. She builds strong relationships with both her parents and children. Ms. Cruz teaches from the heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Cruz worked as an office mananger at another Preschool.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Child Development Units
  • Ms. Karen, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Karen is our new teacher here. She has 20 years experience teaching and working with children. Her unique skills include being fluent in American Sign Language and the ability to capture the attention of young students and help them grow and experience their own creativity through an environment filled with resources and opportunity.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen has over 20 years experience working with children in Preschool, School Age and Kindergarten classrooms and in Special Education.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, Teacher Permit for Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with each child and seeing them progress through out the year. It's so much fun to see them learn something new.

    Ms. Kim has been working at KinderCare for more than 20 years. She just loves working with the Preschool class.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Child Development Units
  • Ms. Ana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The daily reward of knowing that a child learned something new is what keeps me motivated to come to work each dayl

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ana was had an internship at a school working with three and four-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Pam

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

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

Safety comes first! We have a keypad entry, which only staff and enrolled families receive, all of our playgrounds are fenced, all staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. We also have monthly safety meetings with our staff regarding different issues, such as earthquakes, illness and how to keep healthy!

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 Richard has been attending KinderCare since he was an infant. As a parent it is a difficult decision to leave your child under the care and supervision of someone else. However, the staff has made this transition a very positive one. Richard loves coming to school where he is fully engaged in lots of educational activities. My son is able to recognize letters, numbers and even some words. He has also built friendships that will last a long time. I fully believe in everything that KinderCare offers. The staff is AMAZING! The director and staff are always available when I need to get in contact with them. They are very helpful without hesitation, patient and understanding. My son is now is 4 years old and the staff is preparing him for Kindergarten. I know once my son is in elementary school he will be well prepared. He will be able to grasp and learn the new curriculum in his new school. KinderCare was the best choice I made for my son.

- Mother

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