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Whittier KinderCare

Maricruz Flores, Center Director

10704 Scott Ave. Whittier CA 90604
(562) 947-7100 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Between LA and Orange Counties

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Scott Avenue, Orchard Dale, Mullberry, Ceres, La Colima, Leffingwell

It is our business and our passion to know your child's needs at all stages, from infancy to Kindergarten and beyond. The building blocks of our program have been created by a team of expert educators, and designed to support each milestone in your child’s development. Our curriculum is based in the belief that children learn best by doing and playing. It’s hands-on approach that has set us apart from other early childhood learning providers for 40 year. Plus, our curriculum is regularly updated to meet national and state standards, so you always know your child is getting the best care, support and education. Here, the curriculum grows with your child, giving him or her the early learning skills needed to excel emotionally, socially, and most importantly, educationally. From learning to crawl to learning the ABC's, we create and provide a wealth of experiences that develop every part of your child’s mind, body, and paintbrush-wielding spirit - the whole child.


Welcome to KinderCare in the city of Whittier. We are very excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at KinderCare in Whittier, we believe it takes a village to raise a child and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. Each child and their family is considered part of our KinderCare family. 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.

Maricruz Flores, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

ABC Music and Me

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at KinderCare in Whittier are passionate and dedicated about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of 15 years in the early child development field. The majority of our teachers have their education in the early childhood education. The KinderCare team in Whittier strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. The true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Maricruz Flores

    Maricruz Flores, Center Director

    Children teach me something new each and everyday. I enjoy being a small part of their lives, everyday they experience something new. Knowing they can trust me is one great gift.

    Maricruz has been with KinderCare since 2004 and has held roles from Pre-kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director and now Center Director at KinderCare Whittier. Maricruz holds an Associate Degree in Child Development and Psychology. She is mother to three beautiful children all of which have been or are currently a part of the KinderCare Family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Child Development
  • Julie Velasquez

    Julie Velasquez, Assistant Director

    Julie has been a a part of KinderCare Whittier since February 2015 after transfering from KinderCare Anaheim. She has passion and experience which she offers to the children, families and the staff. Julie is always willing to listen, so feel free to talk with her if you have any questions or concerns.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher and Management Staff at a local child development center.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    ECE Units
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    I love knowing that I am part of a child's development. I come to work each day aware that children depend on me and I depend on their beautiful smiles.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Grace, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    I love to see every new thing infants can master in such a short amount of time, sitting up, scooting, crawling, standing, walking, talking and more

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infant and Toddler Classrooms, Van Driver, Learning Adventures Teacher

    I am passionate about teaching my children. I love it when I see children learning something new from me every day.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelors of Arts degree, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Rosaly

    Ms. Rosaly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I am so honored in creating a learning environment for all children to enjoy. I love watching children grow and learn something new each day.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development Teacher's Permit, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, School Age Classroom

    It is rewarding to watch children learn what I have taught them and see them move on. I feel like I have been a part of their lives.

    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Rosie

    Ms. Rosie, School Age Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator, and Van Driver

    I love being able to make a difference in a child's life through positive interactions with them everyday.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Marlo

    Ms. Marlo, Multiple Classroom Teacher

    I take pride in nurturing and loving each child. I love to learn from the children and watch them grow.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Cook, Staff Support

    I love seeing the children smile. Each day I want to teach them something new and give them the opportunity to learn, explore and develop. I want to make a positive difference in each child's life.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 years
    CPR and First Aid Certified

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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
  • 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

KinderCare Of Whittier focuses on the health and safety of all children. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator to assist in keeping our center up to licensing, and KinderCare requirements in order to maintain the safety and health of all children. All Staff members have been certified in CPR and First Aid. KinderCare has provided a safety door and fenced playgrounds.

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.

To all the Whittier KinderCare staff,
We would like to thank all the fantastic teachers at KinderCare. My son Anthony has loved going to “his school” and the teachers made his time there very special. Anthony has learned so much since he started in the Discovery Preschool classroom with Ms. Margo and Ms. Nicole. I have worked in the child care field for more than seventeen years. When choosing a center for my son I looked for nurturing and knowledgeable teachers that would encourage him to explore his environment. Attending KinderCare also prepared him for his transition to Kindergarten. Anthony learned not only his A, B, C’s but he learn to socialize with other children. I am very thankful for Ms. Denise, Ms Maricruz and all of the AWESOME teachers at KinderCare Learning Center.
From the bottom of our hearts, Josie & Saul.

- Mother

There are three things that I love about KinderCare. First, I love that my child is somewhere safe. Second, my son, Xavier loves coming to school to see his friends. Lastly, the teachers are wonderful.

- Mother

I appreciate the quality of education that Kindercare provides. I love that my child is somewhere safe. I also love that my son, Ian's learning is advancing.

- Mother

My daughter, Katelynn, has been at KinderCare for a year. I can't be happier with the education she has received. She wakes up every morning excited about going to school. The teachers are wonderful and Ms. Maricruz is amazing. I love that I am greeted by my first name every time I walk into the building. But more importantly, Katelynn is known by all the teachers and staff. Almost every day I am surprised at something new Katelynn has learned; ABC’s, numbers, what signs mean, and much more (she is not even three). We would all love to stay at home and take care of our children, but sometimes it is just not possible. Having my daughter attend a place like KinderCare puts my mind at ease while I am work, knowing she is safe, loved, and protected.

- Mother

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