Meet Wendy Certeza, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Individual Early Childhood Education Courses
Favorite Children's Book: The Boxcar Children
Meet Wendy Certeza! Wendy is the Center Director at Fairfield KinderCare. Wendy attended Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, where she took individual Early Childhood Education classes. She has been with KinderCare since 2007. Wendy's favorite quote is, "Around here, we don't look backwards for very long... we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -Walt Disney. Outside of work, Wendy likes to spend time with her family.
Fairfield 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.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
“ I highly recommend the Fairfield KinderCare. My child has now attended, full-time for four years and every day I drop him off, I know he is extremely well cared for. The teachers and staff are wonderful. They are friendly, professional, and forthright with parents while being creative, loving, and fun with the children. They serve nutritious and creative meals, and discipline by teaching good manners and habits. They maintain a schedule with meal times, nap times, and fun-filled educational activities. My child has painted with ice, grown plants, danced in sprinklers, and learned so much about things from the alphabet and numbers to transportation and dinosaurs. I can’t imagine a more secure, loving, and trustworthy place for my child to spend his days.Show more
“ My son has been attending KinderCare Fairfield since he was four months old. He is four years old now and is thriving. KinderCare provides a secure and safe place for me to leave my child while I work. The teachers are great, they are very creative, sensitive, understanding, and honest. I have never had any problems at the center with anything. My son loves going to school and surprises us daily with all that he learns! Thank you KinderCare!Show more
“ I am pleased to recommend the Fairfield KinderCare to any parent looking for a reliable, caring center for his/her child(ren).My two youngest children, now ages 3 ½ and 2 ½ years old, have been attending KinderCare since they were three months old. Three years ago when my initial daycare provider didn’t work out, I was frantically looking for a reliable daycare provider. A family friend of mine recommended that I look into the Fairfield KinderCare as a possible option since her own nieces attended there from infancy until 12 years old. I called KinderCare that same day, scheduled a tour, and eventually met with the Director, Lacy Sczepanski. Ms. Lacy was very pleasant and accommodating, making sure to discuss the different daycare options and prices based on our needs. What I found most impressive about KinderCare was the daily written communication sheets they completed, particularly for the Infants, Toddlers, and Discovery Preschool ( 2-year-old) classes. For parents that desire and appreciate knowing how their child is progressing daily, these communication sheets are such a helpful tool. In addition, I found the center’s hours and days of operation to be very convenient since my significant other and I work such varied hours.Most importantly, I couldn’t be more pleased with the caring staff they have, particularly Ms. Erica and Ms. Christina in Infants; Ms. Phoua, Ms. Emily, and Ms. Amaris in Toddlers; Ms. Yoshi, Ms. Shirin, and Ms. Joi in Discovery Preschool; and Ms. Crystal and Ms. Aleesha in Preschool A. These wonderful teachers, in addition to ALL of the teachers and management team employed there, have truly made the Fairfield KinderCare so family-friendly and trustworthy.For any parent, the task of looking for a daycare provider can be so overwhelming and downright scary. There are literally different types of centers to choose from nowadays that each offer different types of services to different age groups. While one might argue that big daycare centers are “too costly,” I truly believe the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Fairfield KinderCare is truly a quality daycare center with quality staff committed to enriching the lives of the children they serve each day. I only wish I had all the money in the world so that I could provide to each and every one of them the compensation they really deserve. Therefore, it is with great pleasure to write this testimonial as a small token of my appreciation as a parent who feels incredibly blessed to have such wonderful individuals in my children’s everyday lives.Show more
“ I would like to take a moment to share the wonderful experience my family has had at the KinderCare on Woodcreek Dr. My daughter Ellie began attending KinderCare in 2009 when she was 14 months old. Before finding KinderCare we tried an in-home daycare that had been highly recommend by our friends. After a few weeks there we knew it was not a good fit for Ellie. Ellie was shy and very sensitive around people. We also felt that she needed to be surrounded by kids her own age. When I brought her to KinderCare the teachers and staff were extremely patient with her as she adapted to her new surroundings. From then on she has flourished in each and every class she has been in at the center. She started kindergarten recently and I am so impressed by how well prepared she was after attending KinderCare for preschool. In 2013, I also enrolled my son, Finn, when he was around five months old. The Infant room is great and the teachers are so nice. I always feel confident that my child is in an environment that is safe, nurturing, and stimulating. Finn has done so well in the Infant room, and now that he turned one I look forward to his next adventure at the center! I have been very happy with all of the teachers my children have had at the center over the years. The teachers and staff members are nurturing, friendly and have great communication, keeping me informed on how my children are progressing.The center truly feels like a big family. The best feeling as a parent who works outside the home is knowing that your children are happy, safe, and well taken care of, and that is exactly how I feel about KinderCare. As a final note I would like to mention that Lacy, the Center Director, has always been available for any questions or concerns I have had. Sometimes my work schedule changes and she has been more than willing to work with me when I need to add extra days of care. Overall my experience has been overwhelmingly positive and I would highly recommend the center to anyone looking for great daycare and school for their children.Show more
“ Your attentive teachers in the Infant room noticed one Monday morning earlier this month that my son wasn't himself and investigated right away by taking his temperature. Management called me right away when it was discovered he was running a fever (101.3). The Infant teachers continued to take his temperature while I was en route to pick him up. When I got there 45 minutes later, his fever had gone up even more (102.3). I ended up having to take him to the emergency room, where a chest x-ray revealed he had pneumonia. What a relief to know that the Infant room folks know my son well enough, with him being there just two days a week on average, to notice a problem right away and taking action right away rather than assuming he was just cranky and/or tired and letting it go! Feels good to know that your team is looking out for my son's well being when I can't be there. Thank you.Show more
“ My children are currently in your Woodcreek Dr. KinderCare. My youngest is in the Discovery Preschool Classroom and I love how much fun they have every day. Also, my four-year-old daughter is in the Prekindergarten classroom. I would like to tell you that Ms. Janie, Ms. Sandra, and Ms. Marissa have made my daughter's experience moving into another class the best I could have asked for. My daughter is inspired by Ms. Janie and really looks up to her. She has such a kind heart. I really appreciate everything she does for my daughter and It makes my days at work a lot easier knowing my daughter is in good hands with a teacher I can trust. Thank you.Show more
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 Fairfield 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 Fairfield 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.