Crystal Barrett, Center Director
Ages: 18 months to 6 years
Close to Contra Costa Center and a short walk from the Pleasant Hill BART station. Next to the new John Muir Urgent Care.
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Before- and after-school care is not available at this location.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
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.
Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!
Toddler Sign Language
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 has been at Walnut Creek KinderCare for over a year. I work two blocks away and I pop in unannounced all the time. I have never seen anything negative - they are always happy to see me. My son LOVES the teachers and is really having a positive learning experience. He was so shy before attending this school and now he has just opened up so much. But honestly, I give them five stars because I love the teachers. They really care about each child (and each family) so much that they really feel like extended family. There is a good core group of kids, with some turnover, but the core kids all know each other and play pretty interchangeably (meaning not clique-y). The first day my son was there, he was so worried and not sure how to wash his hands and one little girl came up and showed him how everything worked. It was really very touching.”
Mother - KinderCare Parent
We always feel very supported by the wonderful teachers at the Walnut Creek KinderCare. We know our child is in loving, caring hands, and he learns and grows everyday he goes to school. As parents, we couldn't ask for anything more.”
Corinne and Graham S. - KinderCare Parent
I would like to send a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at Walnut Creek KinderCare. You are all amazing and very much appreciated. You are all fabulous and so easy to talk with. We love the regular updates and always appreciate any advice you suggest. Over the past year we have seen tremendous growth and development within our son, from increasing his vocabulary, writing, learning to use his words and sharing/playing with others... in fact the list is endless. At four years old he's like a little sponge and amazes us with talk of the fantastic things he's learnt during the day. We love the happy and friendly vibe you always provide, and of course it helps that everything is clean and orderly. As we are new to the United States (recently relocated from New Zealand), it has been reassuring to know that Joel is safe and getting the most out of each KinderCare day. Thanks for helping our son be the best that he can be!”
The Jansen Family - KinderCare Parent
Three years ago we made the decision to enroll our then eighteen month old daughter at Walnut Creek KinderCare. After touring the facility and choosing KinderCare, we nervously dropped our daughter off on her first day with the hope and anticipation that she would be cared for, paid attention to, and most importantly, safe. Three years later, and now with our son also attending, our family has received so much more. Not only does Walnut Creek KinderCare continue to provide a safe environment for our two children, but the staff consciously builds a physical and emotional environment that is filled with love, attention, and a desire to help grow our children into individuals who have a deep-seeded joy for learning and play. As parents, daily, we see and feel the direct impact that KinderCare has on our family. We see the impact through the school-learned songs our children share at the dinner table, through watching them happily practice their letters and numbers, and through hearing their stories of playing with friends on the playground. We feel the impact through the warm hugs our children get as they greet and depart the Center each day, through the open communication we have with their teachers and directors, and through the attentiveness to the planned curriculum that is carefully executed throughout the year. As our daughter nears the start of kindergarten (and eventually our son) we are confident that she will be walking in to her first day of school possessing the skills to confidently help her continued learning, and growth, that all began and was nurtured at Walnut Creek KinderCare.”
Janet - 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.