The Kids Konnect Story

Our mission

Kids Konnect Infant Center and Preschool exists to provide a safe, fun, and developmentally appropriate environment for toddler and preschool age children. We provide tools and stimuli to keep children engaged in learning socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. 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.

Best of the best award 

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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.
Yami Garcia
School Director, San Leandro

Yami graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Consumer and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies and previously worked at the Kids Konnect Preschool in San Mateo!

Jonquil Walls
School Director, Oakland
Working towards a BA degree in Child Development, Jonquil loves to provide children with learning experiences that promote their cognitive, physical, social/emotional and language development.
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.
Makinya Ward
Founder & CEO

As the founder and CEO of Kids Konnect Preschool, Makinya Ward brings together her 20 years of industry experience and expertise, to create a loving and supportive environment for the children in her charge. In addition to her strong background in early childhood development, she brings corporate level expertise in business development, project management, traditional and digital marketing, as well as P&L management.

Through perseverance and determination, she has built Kids Konnect Preschool (voted best preschool on the peninsula in 2010 and 2018 by Bay Area Parent magazine) growing from a single location with 20 families, to three locations with more than 150+ families across the Bay Area. In addition to her business acumen, Ms. Ward has a BA in Business Administration from University of California at Hayward, has received her Child Development Permit credential from the California Department of Education and is a contributor to the newly created Raising Alameda Council - advocating for meaningful investment in the child care system and to improve the lives of everyone.

Ms. Ward currently resides in the East Bay, is married to her loving husband Gene and is the harried mother of two teenagers, two dogs and a dragon lizard. She enjoys the great outdoors, frequently hiking in and around the hills of the Bay Area.


 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.