Jayleen Lopez Olmos, Center Director
Meet Jayleen Lopez Olmos, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1998
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Jayleen Olmos! She is the Center Director at Covina KinderCare in California. Jayleen attended Mount San Antonio College, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 1998. Every day, Jayleen enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buehner. Outside of work, Jayleen enjoys cooking, baking, and having barbecue with her family.
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.
Covina KinderCare Programs
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.
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!
My husband and I decided to enroll our son Christopher at KinderCare because one of my nieces had been there up until she graduated Kindergarten (about ten years prior) and she had a great experience there. Although our son has special needs, he has never been treated any different than the other kids. The friendliness and care that all of the teachers have for him and for us is amazing. The communication that we have had with teachers and the Director has been wonderful. Because of the excellent care that our son has received for the past three-and-a-half years, both my husband and I are comfortable leaving Christopher in the care of KinderCare staff while we are at work. Our experience at KinderCare has been very positive. We are very grateful to all of the staff for the patience and care they have given our son. Thank you for this opportunity to express our appreciation.”
Ana P. - KinderCare Parent
We would like to share my gratitude to all of the staff at KinderCare Covina. When we were first researching a daycare for our daughter, my wife and I visited all the daycare centers in our area. Our daughter cried at all of them, except KinderCare Covina. The staff at this center is exceptional! They are all very caring and professional, and not to mention warm and loving. They have all contributed to our daughter's academic and character growth. Our daughter is super bright and we feel it is because of KinderCare. If you are in need of a daycare you can trust, KinderCare Covina is worth every dollar spent and more. A special thanks to Jayleen, Wendi, Heather, Melanie, Jessica, Michele, Sandy and Ms. Rose.”
Rudy and Carol F. - KinderCare Parent
I have three kids that have gone through KinderCare; Haven who is now fourteen, Ryan who is twelve, and Noah who is six and still goes there. He attends the location in Covina off of Lark Ellen. All of the staff there has been amazing and I see everyone as family. Jayleen Olmos, the Director, is simply amazing! Whenever I see her she is working with staff or with the kids. She is truly an amazing woman and professional. She has an amazing relationship with her staff and it is very apparent that they respect and love her. I do not know what I would do without the KinderCare in my life. There are other daycare centers, but this one has become so valuable to me and my children. I could not imagine trusting anyone else to take care of my babies. Jayleen still has relationships with my older two kids even though they haven't been there for a while now. She asks about them, addresses them when they visit and wants to know what they are up to. It's truly rare to have a professional who is this passionate in this type of setting. Wendy, the Assistant Director, is also amazing. She has always been so kind and there for my children in every capacity. She is warm and her positive attitude always shines. Working with families and different personalities and children is a very hard position in itself, but I have always seen Jayleen and Wendy remain poised, confident and caring through it all. I look forward to a few more years at KinderCare for my Noah!”
Chantal Q. - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Covina KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Covina KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.