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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 families’ and school’s efforts in helping children become lifelong learners who possess the cognitive social emotional skills, ethics, and creativity to reach their full potential as contributing, productive, responsible citizens.

Department Directory

Nidia Sanchez-Rico  Childcare Coordinator

 (510) 818-4159    nsanchez@newarkunified.org

Rebecca Felix Administrative Secretary

(510) 818-4138       rfelix@newarkunified.org

Kathi Cyphers Account Tech  (510) 818-4223     kcyphers@newarkunified.org

Child Care Locations

Centers Address Office Phone Child Care Phone Lead Contact Hours of Operation
District Office 5715 Musick Ave  (510) 818-4159  

Nidia Sanchez-Rico

Child Care Coordinator


7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bunker School 6071 Smith St. (510) 818-3100 (510) 818-3141

Kim Caton, Lead II


7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kennedy School 35430 Blackburn (510) 818-3400 (510) 818-3441

Luz Chamberlain, Lead II



7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln School 36111 Bettencourt St. (510) 818-3500 (510) 818-3541

Katherine Knight, Lead II


7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Milani School 37490 Birch St (510) 818-3600 (510) 818-3641

Soledad Narvaez, Lead II


ll:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Musick School 5735 Musick Ave. (510) 818-4000 (510) 818-4041

Isidra McCracken, Lead II


7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Snow School 6580 Mirabeau Dr. (510) 818-3900 (510) 818-3941

Margarita Moreno, Lead II


7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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."    




1)  To maintain a safe, peaceful environment.

     a.    Encourage the children to take care of each other.

     b.   Encourage the children to show a sense of understanding of the feelings/experiences of others through verbal and physical expression.

     c.    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.

2)   Enforce rules in order to create a positive and respectful environment.

      a.    Establish a routine that fulfills the children’s needs and encourages healthy habits.

      b.   Actively work in groups where children are expected to take care of each other.

      c.    Maintain communication and participation with parents in order to continue the effort towards a health






My name is Katherine Knight. Working with children is my dream job. For over 35 years I have worked with children. I thought preschool for 14 years. I 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, home work 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 “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 for each other, take of our school.” We are working hard to establish students with tools to “Talk problem 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 in Chabot College in Hayward, CA. I have been working with kids for 16 years in the bay area. I have worked in YMCA, Head Start program and as well as in the state preschool Hayward Unified School District. In August 2014, I started working in 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 loved. 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. Last year (2015) I was hired here at Musick Childcare. I loved 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 in which with positive guidance techniques, and a balanced curriculum, 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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About Nidia Sanchez-Rico

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.


Nidia Sanchez Rico

Child Care Coordinator

About Rebecca Felix

Hello! I'm Rebecca and I have been an employee for the Newark Unified School District since the beginning of the 2001 School Year. I worked in the Human Resources department for 10 of those years servicing the entire school district and its employees. I have been working as the Administrative Secretary for the Child Care Department since September of 2011. I have raised two daughters who attended all Newark schools and graduated from Newark Memorial and are now enrolled in college and pursing their dreams. I truly enjoy working with my colleagues, all the children and strive to give our Newark families the best service and help I can provide to enroll their students in our on-site child care programs.


Rebecca Felix

Administrative Secretary

District Office Child Care