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Child Care

It is the mission of the Newark Unified School District Child Care Program to provide a safe, nurturing environment that supports the efforts of families and schools to help children become lifelong learners who possess the cognitive social emotional skills, ethics, and creativity to reach their full potential as contributing, productive, responsible citizens.

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Thank you for your understanding. We will remove this notice when the problem is resolved.

Posted 8/24/15 at 9:52am.

2015-16 Updates

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! We are looking forward to opening our doors to students and families on the first day of school: Thursday, August 27.

Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions, feel free to contact us for more information:

  • Child Care Availability: We offer childcare services at Bunker, Kennedy, Lincoln, Milani, Musick and Snow. All sites open at 7am for before-school care and close at 6pm.
  • Wait List: Bunker Elementary Child Care is currently full. We are still accepting applications and will enroll students as spots become available. We do not anticipate having openings by the beginning of the school year for Bunker. All other sites have openings.
  • Half-day Kindergarten: All elementary sites will have half-day Kindergarten from August 27 through September 18. This means that Kindergarten students will be released from school at 12:10 Monday-Friday. For Kindergarten students enrolled in after-school Child Care, we will offer free childcare services from 12:10 until 2:32 Monday-Thursday and from 12:10 until 1:05 on Friday, and then continue with the pre-paid contract hours. On September 21, all schools will transition to full-day Kindergarten, with a 2:32 release Monday-Thursday and 1:05 release on Fridays.

Please see our updated handbook for information about our policies, procedures, and forms.

We’ll see you on Thursday, August 27!

Administrative Office

Visit our Administrative Office from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information about our services. We can be found in Room 24 on the Musick Elementary campus at 5735 Musick Avenue in Newark. Or, contact us by phone or email:

Nidia Sanchez-Rico Childcare Coordinator (510) 818-4159


Laura Forrest Administrative Secretary (510) 818-4138


Kathi Cyphers Account Technician (510) 818-4223 email
Our mailing address is: Child Care
Newark Unified School District
5715 Musick Ave.
Newark, CA 94560

Child Care Locations

Child Care Center Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Child Care Center

Child Care Phone

Lead Contact

Bunker Elementary

6071 Smith St.

(510) 818-3141

Kim Caton, Lead II


Kennedy Elementary

35430 Blackburn Dr.

(510) 818-3441

Luz Chamberlain, Lead II


Lincoln Elementary

36111 Bettencourt St.

(510) 818-3541

Katherine Knight, Lead II


Milani Elementary

37490 Birch St.

(510) 818-3641

Soledad Narvaez, Lead II


Musick Elementary

5735 Musick Ave.

(510) 818-4041

Isidra McCracken, Lead II


Snow Elementary

6580 Mirabeau Dr. 

(510) 818-3941

Margarita Moreno, Lead II


NUSD Child Care Staff


Hello, my name is Kim Caton. I have been a child care provider for 23 years. I am a native of Newark. I am currently attending college in pursuit of a degree in Education. I have an established reputation as a childcare professional in the Newark community. I have been active in the sport of soccer as a player and a coach. Most recently, I have coached for KidzLoveSoccer, a local youth program. I am thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the Newark School District Childcare Staff at Bunker. I strive to be a positive influence on children by providing a safe, comfortable environment for them to grow and flourish. My teaching philosophy fosters development for the whole child: social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive. The passion for teaching young children comes from being a kid at heart myself. A favorite place to be is "The Happiest Place on Earth."    

  • To maintain a safe, peaceful environment:
    • Encourage the children to take care of each other.
    • Encourage the children to show a sense of understanding of the feelings/experiences of others through verbal and physical expression.
    • Consider the needs and interests of others in group activities and seek ways in which to balance their own interests and needs with those of others.
  • Enforce rules in order to create a positive and respectful environment:
    • Establish a routine that fulfills the children’s needs and encourages healthy habits.
    • Actively work in groups where children are expected to take care of each other.
    • Maintain communication and participation with parents.

My name is Katherine Knight. Working with children is my dream job. For over 35 years I have worked with children. I taught preschool for 14 years. In 1994 I was hired to work at Schilling in the classrooms, while my twin sons went to school there. In 1999 I started in the After School Child Care. I enjoy helping and watching children learn new things as they explore the world. I look for games, homework helpers, toys, and books that teach math and science, arts and crafts; learning to be a team player, respecting others, getting along, and talking it over. 

This falls into the District’s goal of “Creating a caring community,” which is focused on problem-solving, flexibility, and clear boundaries. This is based on three principles: “Take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of our school.” We are working hard to establish students with tools to, “Talk problems out which each other,” rather than hitting, pushing, name calling, or other behavior that is undesirable. It is the responsibility of everyone (staff, students, families, and the community) to create a safe and effective learning community.


My name is Soledad Narvaez. I was born and raised in Mexico where I was a preschool teacher for 4 years before coming to the United States. After moving to California, I took childhood development and general education courses at Chabot College in Hayward. I have been working with kids for 16 years in the Bay Area. I have worked for YMCA, Head Start program, and a state preschool for Hayward Unified School District. In August 2014, I started working for the Newark Unified School District in the child care program. I enjoy working with kids.


Hi! My name is Isidra McCracken. I was born in the Philippines. I have a child (girl) which we dearly love. I have been a childcare provider for over 9 years. In 2006 to 2011 I worked here as a substitute while studying child development, then I had an opportunity to work full time in Preschool at Little Flower Montessori for 3 years. My plan for next year was to pursue my degree in child development. In 2015 I was hired here at Musick Childcare. I love to work with children because I know that I can make a difference in their lives. My goal is to give a child a sense of self worth by helping them develop at their own pace while learning skills. I believe that children are unique as individual and I aspire to provide a loving caring environment where children are nurtured mentally, physically, and emotionally.  


Snow C.C. is dedicated to the educational growth, expression, and well being of the whole child. We offer healthy snacks, and a nurturing, secure, and stimulating environment with positive guidance techniques and a balanced curriculum, in which children are able to reach their full potential in all areas of development. Including that of social-emotional, cognitive, language, ethical, physical, and creativity. Snow C.C. is the place to be! 

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Meet our Team!

Nidia Sanchez-Rico
Child Care Coordinator

I was born in Colombia/South America. I have a husband and two children. As soon as I finished raising my children, I returned to school. I received my Bachelors in Human Development and a Masters in Teacher Education from California State University Eastbay. During ten years, I decided that the best strategy to be involved with my community was working hard in order to get the precise experience and go to school to acquire the knowledge in the field of education in order to implement new strategies and techniques in my career. Now, at Newark Unified School District as a Child Care Coordinator, I want to offer the children, the families, and the staff my guidance, support, energy, and happiness to increase children’s cognitive and socio-emotional skills, parents’ trust and confidence and staff‘s commitment to work on behalf of the children’s well-being. I want each site: Bunker, Kennedy, Lincoln, Milani, Musick, and Snow to become a second home for our children to relax and have fun in a safe environment while parents are working hard to offer their children a better future.

Kathi Cyphers
Account Technician
Hi, I’m Kathaleen (Kathi) Cyphers. I have been married for more than 30 years. We have 2 Children, (1 adopted) a girl and a boy. I worked in the accounting field for 11 years.  I volunteered in accounting positions for another 10 years while taking time off to raise our kids. While raising my kids I attended Ohlone College and earned degrees in Accounting and Business Administration as well as taking classes in Child Psychology and Child Development with the hopes of one day going into the field of Child Psychology.  I have worked with kids in many areas: I taught preschool and many Co-ops from Writing to Science, Vacation Bible School and Sunday school. I worked with both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; I was the team Mom for many sports teams that my Kids were on. One of my children went through the Public School system and the other I Homeschooled. They both have graduated High School. One has gone on to get her Master’s Degree the other is getting ready to start college. I feel that it is very important to encourage our kids to expand their hearts and minds and thoroughly enjoy the world around them.