Child Care Centers and Staff

Birch Grove Intermediate, Kennedy, Lincoln, Musick and Snow Child Care Center Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. and 2:32 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Birch Grove Primary Child Care Center Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. and 2:47 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.


Child Care Center Child Care Phone Lead Contact
Birch Grove Intermediate

37490 Birch Street

(510) 818-3641 Chaya Upadhya, Lead II


Birch Grove Primary

6071 Smith Street

(510) 818-3141 Margarita Moreno, Lead II


Kennedy Elementary

35430 Blackburn Dr.

(510) 818-3441 Gloria Romero, Lead II
Lincoln Elementary

36111 Bettencourt St.

(510) 818-3541 Luz Chamberlain, Lead II


Musick Elementary

5735 Musick Ave.

(510) 818-4041 Isidra McCracken, Lead II


Snow Elementary*

6580 Mirabeau Dr.

(510) 818-3941 Paviter Chahal, Lead II




As the new Lead II, in BGI child care program, it is my pleasure to introduce myself.  I am excited to work with your children in their development. Being a parent myself, and being a passionate early childhood educator, I hope to meet your expectations and needs of your children.

Before joining this program, I was working as a teacher in Little Flowers Montessori for few years.  Prior to that, I was working with the school aged children as a substitute teacher in the New Haven School District for about 4 years.  

As for the formal education, I have a master’s degree in English, and all the Early Childhood Development credentials needed for the job.

If you need to talk to me regarding any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me either in person or through email: [email protected].   You can always contact me at (510)-818-3641, between 7:00am to 9:00am and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm.


Lead II: Chaya Upadhya
(510) 818-3641

Additional Staff:

Lead I: Vacant

Maureen Nand

Joann Lemas

Margarita Moreno.jpg Birch Grove Primary 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. Birch Grove Primary is the place to be!
Lead II: Margarita Moreno
[email protected]
(510) 818-3641
Additional Staff:

Lead I:  Vacant

Tina Piatte

Picture coming soon!
At Kennedy Child Care we have a 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.
Lead II: Gloria Romero
[email protected]
(510) 818-3541
Additional Staff:

Lead I: Elizabeth Anton


 Luz Chamberlain.jpg
​I am Luz M. Chamberlain the new site supervisor (Lead II) at Kennedy Child Care. I have been working for the Newark Unified School District since 2001. I’m excited to begin this school year 2015 – 2016 at Kennedy Child Care. I believe Mrs. Jeet Agroia and I will make a great team and achieve our goals.
I got my Bachelor Degree in Science of Education in Bogota, Colombia where I grew up. I taught Elementary and High School classes there. I have a lot of experience working with students of different ages. Here in USA I have worked with students as teacher assistants at Elementary and High schools. I got my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Studies and I hold a California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit.
Our plan this year is to work as a team to maintain a safe and a peaceful environment for all our students. We as teachers will encourage the students to show a sense of understanding through verbal and physical expression. We enforce rules through routine and different activities such as: arts, craft, and free play to persuade a positive a relax environment. The students also have time to do homework where the teachers are available to explain and help them on difficult homework problems.
We as teachers are looking to maintain positive communication and participation with parents to help our students succeed. Please be free to contact us with any concerns or questions. Our phone number is (510)818-3441.
Luz Chamberlain
[email protected]
(510) 818-3441
Additional Staff:

Gloria Ruybal


Cindy McCracken.jpg 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.
Lead II: Cindy McCracken
[email protected]
(510) 818-4041
Additional Staff:




We are excited to introduce Paviter to our families at Snow. She comes to us with much experience working with young children and we look forward to having her as a part of our Child Care program.
Lead II: Paviter Chahal

[email protected]

(510) 818-3941

Additional Staff:

Yrma Silva