Shawn Smith, Center Director
Meet Shawn Smith, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Meet Shawn Smith! Shawn is the Center Director of Buena Ventura KinderCare in California. Shawn attended Oxnard and Ventura College and has over 30 units in Early Childhood Education. Shawn has been with KinderCare since 2008. His favorite quote is, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Shawn likes to watch movies and spend time with family and friends.
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.
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.)
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 Daughter has been at the Buena Ventura KinderCare for about three years now, and I would not think about taking her anywhere else. The staff and teachers are great because they are always there for you and address your concerns. I have decided to keep my daughter in KinderCare for the Kindergarten program instead of putting her into a public school, because they have a great curriculum for the children and I am very confident that she will do great while enjoy being there.”
DiAnn C. - KinderCare Parent
One of the hardest things I have ever had to do is leave my infant son in the care of virtual strangers. While I worked full-time, I knew that these strangers would be helping me raise my son. While looking for a place for my son to go, I visited different centers, looked into in-home centers, called child care licensing offices, and more. Some of the best advice I received was from the child care licensing office. The person on the other end said, "It is good to check all options, but usually your gut knows where to take your child". Well, she was correct because after visiting Buena Ventura Kindercare, I knew this was the right place for us.<br /> <br /> We have been coming to Kindercare for over four years. We are overall very happy. Although it has not always been perfect, no place is, the current group of teachers are fantastic, especially Ms. Virgie and Ms. Shawn. They care about each child and their individual personalities. Any concerns that I may have, they listen to and try to resolve the matter promptly. My son can be a typical five-year-old boy so he will test his boundaries. When there are issues, we work together as a team to do what is best for him while working on consistency for all of us to follow. Again, they focus on the child while they balance all other aspects of running a facility.<br /> <br /> My son's current teacher, Ms. Jaquie is phenomenal! She is very passionate about her job and it translates into the children's enthusiasm. Ms. Jaquie, really gets to know her students and how each one of them learns, as most have different learning styles. She makes learning fun and genuinely wants to see the children grow both academically and socially. It is wonderful to see my son happy about learning and interacting with his friends.<br /> <br /> I would highly recommend Buena Ventura KinderCare!”
Amy M. - 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.