Monica Gonzalez, Center Director
Meet Monica Gonzalez, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Favorite Children's Book: Rainbow Fish
Meet Monica Gonzalez! She is the Center Director at Greenwood Avenue KinderCare in Torrance, CA. Monica has been with KinderCare since 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in the Early Education field. Every day, Monica looks forward to meeting new families and helping children develop confidence for life. "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”–Albert Einstein. Outside of work, Monica enjoys hiking with her family and trying out new recipes.
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.
Greenwood Avenue 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.
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.
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.)
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!
My son is four years old, and my daughter is one and both have been attending KinderCare since they were both three months old. It is very difficult decision for any parent to entrust someone else to care for their children, so when we found KinderCare, we were relieved and impressed. Our experience with KinderCare has been nothing but positive and they have made us feel welcome, and most of all my kids love to go! The staff truly takes the time to create a rewarding and educational experience for them. It is extremely reassuring to know that not only are they being well taken care of, but they are also learning and creating new friends and experiences as they grow. The staff really makes you feel that you are part of a family and for the extra mile to keep you informed on what your child is up to each and every day. The activities and Learning Adventures they provide are one of a kind and make each child feel included. They also have a ton of additional extra circular activities that you can sign your child up for. My husband and I are grateful that we found such a great and safe environment for our children and would recommend to anyone.”
Rebecca F. - KinderCare Parent
Both of my daughters have attended KinderCare in Torrance. My oldest daughter graduated Prekindergarten there 2 years ago and my youngest one will graduate Prekindergarten this June. She has been going there since she was 8 months old. I am VERY happy with the Teachers and Directors with how caring and loving they are. They are always supportive and keep me well informed of daily activities and my daughter's progress. I feel extremely SAFE having my daughter here. I never have to worry about her safety. I know she is in excellent hands each day! I am happy with the curriculum and my daughter is well ahead/advanced for her age group, due to the daily learning that she has experienced at KinderCare all of these years. She loves her nap/quiet time each day and her healthy snacks provided by the Center are always great. I would definitely refer anyone I know to go to KinderCare Torrance. I am very happy my Daughter goes there!”
Cristy H. - KinderCare Parent
My Juliette started in October 2016. She is a firecracker so I was afraid she wouldn't fit in. She was at a preschool in Torrance prior to KinderCare and noticed it was too strict and she was just not enjoying herself. At Greenwood not only did my Juliette become more social but she was herself. She gets to be a kid and play but also learn, there is flexibility for each child it is not so disciplinary. The teachers are so nice, loving and caring. She loves Ms Arlene, Ms Brittney from preschool, now while at Pre-K she loves Mrs Naz, Ms Melissa, Ms Ariel. The office ladies are so wonderful too. Ms Elvia and Ms Cynthia are dedicated and friendly. They always greet us with a smile, they ask how we are doing and help us with any questions or concerns regarding events, tuition, or my kids schedule. I love this pre-school. I can't be happier and more at ease to know she is safe and well cared for while I am at work.”
Claudia A. - 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 Greenwood Avenue KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. When the unexpected arises, KinderCare ensures you have access to reliable childcare in a pinch. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and drop-in childcare—you’re always covered with KinderCare.
How does naptime work at Greenwood Avenue 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.