Maarit McCrossen, Center Director
Meet Maarit McCrossen, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2000
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Maarit McCrossen! She is the Center Director at Morgan Hill KinderCare in California. Maarit attended Diablo Valley College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Child Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2000, serving multiple roles as a preschool teacher, bookkeeper, assistant director, and director. Every day, Maarit looks forward to providing children with a nurturing learning environment. “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” – Vernon Howard. Outside of work, Maarit enjoys going on long walks with her dog and spending time outdoors 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.
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.)
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
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!
We attended KinderCare Morgan Hill for nearly six years and loved it. All four of our kids have been involved at different levels and really enjoyed their time there. The best part about the center is the people. The teachers and staff are amazing. They truly care and that made all the difference to us and our kids. We always felt great about taking our kids there. I would highly recommend this center to anyone!”
Kate W. - KinderCare Parent
What my husband and I like about this facility is how approachable the director is and how she has always made herself available to us whenever we wanted to talk. She gave us a same day walk-through and we, as parents, can drop in any time to observe. The facility is clean. Ms. Miriam is one of the main reasons why we are loyal to KinderCare. My second-grader had her when he was here and now my PreK son has her. My son loves Ms. Miriam. She knows when to be firm and she knows when to be silly with the kids. In my observation, Ms. Miriam puts in a lot of thought as to how she can tailor the lesson plan to engage each child. She makes learning fun and takes the time to research fun activities that can incorporate academics. My son comes home knowing how to write his numbers, is familiar with some site words, and excited about the artwork that he has done. Of course, I work with my son at home to reinforce what he is learning but I also communicate his progress to Ms. Miriam and she continues the lesson at school. Both my sons have benefited from the extra phonics lessons that are offered. The trick is to find the right teacher to teach this course. My sons have been fortunate enough to have had great phonics teachers such as Ms. Candy and Ms. Eva. They have both moved on to other things but they helped build the foundation and it has made my job at home much easier. My son in pre-k is starting to spell and recognize some site words. He is starting to show interest in stringing sounds together to pronounce simple words. Some of the teachers that I have interacted with and who have shown how much they love these kids are Ms. Esme, Ms. Naomi, Ms. Mayra, and as I have already mentioned, Ms. Miriam.”
Desiree C. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter went to Morgan Hill Kindercare for almost a year and I couldn't be happier with my overall experience. I am so glad I chose this center for my daughter. To begin with I went for Morgan Hill center because that's where I used to work, and I am a resident of Milpitas, Ca. The center was two miles from workplace. I am using all past-tense because I don't work at the company anymore or else I would have gladly continued sending my daughter there. The craziest thought I had was still continuing sending my daughter but the commute doesn't make any sense.
The center director, Maarit, is an extremely pleasant person. No matter how busy she is, she would never forget to greet you! If ever I had any concerns she always made sure to take care of those. The assistant director, Miss Eva is also very helpful and a very nice person. The teachers at the center are just too good. I personally knew Miss Alyssa, Miss Michelle, Miss Myra, Miss Melissa, I just miss them. I got to know everyone so well because I used to spend all my lunch hour at the center when I went to feed my daughter when she was in infant room. That created a very good bond between me and all teachers, and the director. They go above and beyond to make sure your kid is happy. A kid that eats well and sleeps well is definitely happy and not to mention clean diapers. All these things are very well taken care of in addition to so many other activities! Needless to mention , I loved the written report of how my daughter spent the day. My daughter learned so many nice things at the center. I can go on and on.
If I get a chance in future, I would love to send my daughter at the MorganHill center. Me and my daughter truly miss all the staff at Morgan Hill KinderCare. I recommend this center greatly whoever need family environment for their kids. It always felt like a home away from home. I am glad my daughter got a very good start here”
Preeti T. - 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.