Ericka Ramirez, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
We sit at the bottom of Rose Drive across the street from a couple of shopping centers. We are also at the beginning of a very nice residential area. It is clean and quiet.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Joe Henderson, Matthew Turner, Mary Farmar, Robert Semple
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Ericka Ramirez, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Associate Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Charlotte's Web
Meet Ericka Ramirez! She is the Center Director at Benicia KinderCare in California. Ericka attended Pacific Union College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Erica enjoys bike riding. "Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life." - Maria Montessori
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!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
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!
I just want to put an honest review out there to let you know these ladies go above and beyond for these babies and toddlers. I had a lot of struggles I personally dealt with when it came to leaving my baby with anyone due to issues with childcare in the past with my older son when he was a toddler. It was VERY hard to go back to work and pick a childcare place that I felt like I could entrust my baby's safety and care in.
When I say these ladies go the mile for your child I mean in every way they deliver. I can expect my child's diaper to be changed often, that he is dry, that he is held and snuggled and loved like family, and that if he ever fell and got a boo-boo trying to learn how to walk or climb being a big boy then I know they will scoop him up, kiss his owees, hold him, and call me right away.
They check on him, they keep pictures of him like their own, they come to his birthday parties, ALL OF THEM not just A TEACHER. These ladies are incredible. I am so beyond blessed to have them in his life.
The center lets you view their food items. Menus are printed for the month. There is a LEARNING PLAN that is INDIVIDUALIZED for EACH baby and child based on their individual needs that you can view. It's on a week by week basis. The kids have great toys and outside playtime. I couldn't have asked for a better daycare center for my baby. I am so thankful.”
Amanda C - KinderCare Parent
My daughter, Kendra, is currently in the Discovery Preschool Program. Ms. Rina is the teacher and she is very kind and loving. Her first day was a couple months ago, but she has learned so much under Ms. Rina's wing. Every day she tells me about all the wonderful things her class does and how much she loves her teacher. As someone who has worked with children for years, I know how difficult it is to supervise groups of kids, especially toddlers, so it takes a very special person to form a type of bond. Ms. Rina has formed a great bond with all of the toddlers in her classroom. To simply put it, she's amazing! I know that my daughter will soon be transitioning into the Preschool Program when she turns three. Although it'll be hard on us both, I know that Ms. Rina's care and dedication will have made Kendra ready for preschool. Ms. Rina will always hold a special place in my daughter's heart.
I want to thank everyone at the Benicia KinderCare for their dedication in watching over my daughter, especially Ms. Rina. You all have soothed the fears of two very protective parents and have gone above and beyond every expectation I have had. Thank you!”
Marissa - KinderCare Parent
My daughter, Maggie, began KinderCare with Ms. Julie in the infant room. Ms. Julie really does care for the children as if they are her own. We can see at home the positive influence that the KinderCare teachers have had on Maggie. When Maggie sees someone get hurt, she stops what she is doing and gives them a hug and a pat; we know she learned that response at KinderCare from the way Ms. Julie comforts children. KinderCare also helped us transition Maggie into the toddler room. There are so many opportunities to learn and interact, so we feel that KinderCare is more than just daycare, it's a learning environment!”
Tommie Jean - 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.