Meet Maricruz Flores, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2004
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: No, David!
Meet Maricruz Flores! She is the Center Director at Whittier KinderCare in California. Maricruz attended Los Angeles City College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2004. Every day, Maricruz enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not batteries.” Outside of work, Maricruz enjoys being outdoors with her three children.
Whittier 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.
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.
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!
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.
ABC Music and Me
“ To all the Whittier KinderCare staff, We would like to thank all the fantastic teachers at KinderCare. My son Anthony has loved going to “his school” and the teachers made his time there very special. Anthony has learned so much since he started in the Discovery Preschool classroom with Ms. Margo and Ms. Nicole. I have worked in the child care field for more than seventeen years. When choosing a center for my son I looked for nurturing and knowledgeable teachers that would encourage him to explore his environment. Attending KinderCare also prepared him for his transition to Kindergarten. Anthony learned not only his A, B, C’s but he learn to socialize with other children. I am very thankful for Ms. Denise, Ms Maricruz and all of the AWESOME teachers at KinderCare Learning Center. From the bottom of our hearts, Josie & Saul.Show more
“ There are three things that I love about KinderCare. First, I love that my child is somewhere safe. Second, my son, Xavier loves coming to school to see his friends. Lastly, the teachers are wonderful.Show more
“ I appreciate the quality of education that Kindercare provides. I love that my child is somewhere safe. I also love that my son, Ian's learning is advancing.Show more
“ My daughter, Katelynn, has been at KinderCare for a year. I can't be happier with the education she has received. She wakes up every morning excited about going to school. The teachers are wonderful and Ms. Maricruz is amazing. I love that I am greeted by my first name every time I walk into the building. But more importantly, Katelynn is known by all the teachers and staff. Almost every day I am surprised at something new Katelynn has learned; ABC’s, numbers, what signs mean, and much more (she is not even three). We would all love to stay at home and take care of our children, but sometimes it is just not possible. Having my daughter attend a place like KinderCare puts my mind at ease while I am work, knowing she is safe, loved, and protected.Show more
“ My daughter has been attending KinderCare since she was three years old, in mid-pandemic. The staff here is wonderful, they are accessible, educated, loving and very hands on with children. I am very happy to have these amazing group of individuals take care of my child while I am busy at work. I am even more thankful that they offer a drop-off and pick-up service from my daughter's new school. Thank you, Maricruz and Maria, for always answering my phone calls and inquiries, you are amazing.Show more
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Find your partner in parenting.
Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.
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Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.