Tywanda Bartlow, Center Director
Meet Tywanda Bartlow, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2012
Education: Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Hair Love
Meet Tywanda Bartlow! She is the Center Director at Pleasanton KinderCare in California. Tywanda attended the University of Phoenix, where she earned a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services. She has been with KinderCare since 2012 and has over 20 years of experience working with children. Every day, Tywanda looks forward to helping children discover their true potential. “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Tywanda enjoys hiking and exploring nature 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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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
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!
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 wanted to take a moment to tell you how wonderful you, Ms. Brenda, and the teachers are at the Pleasanton KinderCare office. We have been a part of your preschool for several months now, and are thrilled at the level of professionalism, love and care you provide our children. All of your teachers and staff members have been outstanding in their interactions with us. There are a few that have stood out that I would like to mention. Ms. Nicole has been very encouraging to our son Jaitin, to get proficient with toilet training. Her patience and loving nature to keep him motivated has been very helpful to us. We can truly see the love she has for this age group, and helping them learn life-long lessons in independence. Ms. Ashley has a bright smile and positive energy that she radiates to the parents and children alike. She’s genuine in her comments and follow-up to ensure our son is always taken care of. Ms. Shubra’s sincere excitement to teach our daughter is infectious! Shreya is excited to tell us about her day, repeat the lessons learned, and get her homework started. This is a fantastic foundation for her to learn that school is fun, and there is a whole world to explore.
I also wanted to mention that we had a short time with Ms. Evan and Ms. Samita before our daughter moved to the new classroom, but even within that short amount of time, we could see their dedication to welcoming our daughter in their class room with open arms and smiling faces. They were very patient in answering all of our questions, and orienting us to the rules of the classroom. We are also looking forward to Jaitin moving up to Ms. Minnie’s class. She too has taken time to introduce herself to us, and to share how happy she is that Jaitin will be a part of her room. This is a great feeling, and something we are all looking forward too.
And of course, a big thank you to Ms. Brenda and Ms. Narinder. We were so nervous having to move to a new city, and start a new daycare all at once. You both have been very welcoming to our family, and we feel like we’ve been with you for years!
With warmest regards,
Payal and Benjamin”
Payal and Benjamin - KinderCare Parent
This is my fifth year having my daughter at Pleasanton KinderCare. To start with, the staff is phenomenal! Every teacher we have encountered has been amazing with my daughter and the same can be said for the directors and all office staff. As we walk into this center every morning, we are greeted with smiles, welcoming hellos and excitement. And every night we leave with the same smiles saying good-bye! The educational program is fantastic, from the early years of learning, like how to eat with a spoon, to most recent years of reading. Every classroom my daughter attended, I felt I left her in the most caring and loving arms. KinderCare offers a great mix of play and education. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my daughter learn to make friends, be a friend and prepare for elementary school.”
J. Family - KinderCare Parent
Both of our kids have been at KinderCare since they were about four months old and we couldn't be happier with their development socially and academically. Our four year old begs to come to school on the weekends and when we take vacations she is eager to return to school and her teachers and friends. Because of the warm environment she has an overall love of learning and takes pride in her academic accomplishments. We see a vast difference between her knowledge bank and friends who attend other day care or in home day care facilities. Our daughter is light years ahead of other kids from an academic and social aspect. The staff and teachers at KinderCare treat our children like one of their own and because of this it makes it much easier to go to work each day knowing that our kids are being taken care of, loved and are learning!”
Zimmerman Family - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been truly an amazing experience for my family. My family moved to a new city with no family and we had to put our daughter into daycare for the first time at 11 months. It was daunting to think about the idea that she would be in the hands of someone else for a large part of the day. When she started, she only took bottles (formula), and had a sporadic nap schedule. She was also still crawling when most of the kids in her room were already walking. The staff at KinderCare ensured me that she would eat and nap like all the other kids in a short time, and she'd adjust to the schedule and program. Within one week, the teachers at KinderCare had my daughter eating only solid food, napping once a day, and walking like all the other kids. I was so shocked that she adjusted so quickly.
My daughter loves going every morning and looks forward to seeing her friends. She has blossomed into a lovely and social little girl. At 18 months, she is speaking numerous words and is always sharing the new things she learned at KinderCare. KinderCare is more than just a daycare to us - it is a loving and nurturing environment that gives us peace when we are away at work because we know she is in great hands. We are so fortunate to be part of the KinderCare family.”
Nicole F. - 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.