The Kids Konnect Story

Our mission

Kids Konnect Infant Center and Preschool prepares our youngest learners for their school career through a play-based curriculum with a STEAM focus.
We provide tools and stimuli to keep children engaged in learning socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively in a safe, fun, and developmentally appropriate environment from infants to pre-kindergarten age children.
STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) are at the core of our curriculum. We partner with parents to prepare young children for school success and to be life-long learners.
After all, we must be doing something right as we've been voted the best preschool in the Bay Area by the readers of Bay Area Parent. 

We took our first steps in Pacifica...

... and have grown into four thriving preschools across San Francisco's Bay Area


Our second preschool has great views of the Bay Area, a huge playground, and some of the funniest teachers you'll find.

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Bright colors, slides, and engaging lessons define our first preschool.

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Redwood City

Our latest infant center and preschool prides itself in a great location, lots of space  for activities for our STEAM play-based curriculum.

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San Leandro

San Leandro joined the family at the end of 2019. Its generous amount of space lends itself well to our many play-based learning activities for infants right through to pre-kindergarten.

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San Mateo

San Mateo has enough outdoor space for endless adventures. There's an art room, a reading corner, and even dinosaurs.

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Our Management Team

Fieon Yu
Business Manager
 Fieon's favorite activities are hands-on and truly engage the children to immerse them in their learning. She also values being a dependable figure in their lives.
Vanessa Nieves Labrada
School Director, San Mateo
Vanessa's goal is to create an environment where children learn and grow to reach their fullest potential. She believes that each moment is an incredible opportunity for a child's learning and early childhood education is the base and foundation for these children in their school pathway.
Bri Shabriese
School Director, San Leandro

Bri gained over 10 years experience in childhood eduction after attended college on the Peninsula and East Bay, earning an AS degree in Early Child Development and a BA degree in Criminal Justice of Administration. Bri finds it very rewarding to be able to contribute to every child's early stages of development and see them flourish through their social/emotional, cognitive, language and physical development skills.

Joy Alvarado-Heitmann
School Director, Oakland

Joy's educational philosophy is “everyone has their own light to shine.” She encourages students to find their individual passions and talents by introducing them to new things and motivating them in their own interests.  

Ingrid Ho
School Director, Pacifica
Ingrid aims to manage a program that allows children to be open minded, think for themselves, and have the ability to express themselves whilst nurturing their social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development.
Tara Christian
School Director, Redwood City
Alongside a Master's in Early Childhood Eduction Tara adores working with children because "they are honest, innocent, and hilarious". In Tara's free time she enjoys being in nature and reading. 


 The Full Team

The success of Kids Konnect isn't solely down to the people in our leadership team. We simply couldn't operate without our amazing teachers! View our teacher profiles by navigating to 'Our Preschools'.

About Kids Konnect

Anyone who speaks to a parent or teacher at Kids Konnect instantly knows that all the staff at our preschools are commited to the profession and early-years development. If you don't believe us, check our our Yelp or Google+ reviews!

It's not only our children we take pride in looking after. Makinya Ward, the founder of Kids Konnect knows the importance of looking after every single member of staff as she's worked for over 18 years in early childhood development as a preschool aide, head teacher, and site supervisor. We want our teachers to come to work and feel happy in doing what they love so at Kids Konnect we stretch the budget so teachers can continue their education, have health care, vacation and sick time. Makinya also sends them love notes every so often as a small token of gratitude for what they bring to our Bay Area families every day.

We strongly believe that Kids Konnect is the best play-based educational preschool in the the Bay Area. It's a place where staff, parents and children feel supported and staff and parents unite to give children the best start to their school career, character foundation and social emotional development. STEM based learning prepares your child for the wider world and that's why science, technology, engineering and math underlie our specially designed curriculum. Come and see for yourself at a Stay n'Play or a tour

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From humble beginnings to leading preschool education in the Bay Area, schedule a tour and experience Kids Konnect in San Mateo, Oakland or Pacifica. You'll get a chance to speak to our highly qualified staff and see how Kids Konnect can set your child up for success.