Crystal Brooks Fritz, Center Director
Meet Crystal Brooks Fritz, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Crystal Brooks Fritz! She is the Center Director at Lone Tree Way KinderCare in Antioch, CA. Crystal attended the University of Mary, where she earned a Master's Degree in Leadership. She has been with KinderCare since 2020, and before that, she worked in the healthcare industry. Every day, Crystal looks forward to providing children with a nurturing learning environment. “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela. Outside of work, Crystal enjoys being outdoors with her family and golfing with her husband.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My daughter attends the KinderCare on Lone Tree Way in Antioch, CA. We love it. The staff, the hours, the location, the special events they have for the kiddos and most of all the education. My daughter is three years old and she loves school. She looks forward to going every day. I do believe she is the type of child who just loves school, but KinderCare gives her that extra excitement about learning and developing. Perfect place for infants and toddlers. Special thanks to Ms. Lisa, Ms. Ashley and Ms. Dennise. Thank you for all you do!”
Miles O. - KinderCare Parent
We have a three-year-old daughter that started at KinderCare when she was two. From the moment I stepped into this place I knew this is where I wanted my child to be. As you enter you will be greeted by the nicest office staff Denise and Lisa. They are always super friendly and ready to answer and tend to any concerns you may have. Then we move on to the super clean classrooms. Ms. Ashley and Ms. Maxine are the best! I don't have words to describe these two wonderful human beings that I trust 100% with my precious little one. They are extremely nice and sweet, always smiling and cheerful. You can tell that they care about the kids and like what they do. They are always open for suggestions and help with potty training! Now that is a BIG DEAL! My daughter always comes home with pictures, photos and art projects. Kids seem happy and very well entertained. I just can not say enough about Ms. Ashley and Ms. Maxine. I truly appreciate all that they do. I have had a pleasure of meeting Mr. Simon, who just won an award for best teacher award. He's a great guy! Ms. Noel, Ms. Dolly, Ms.Kerry are all great people. Hope I did not miss anyone. Overall the place is a 10! I'm excited to have my second daughter start soon.”
Ana W. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.