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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.

2015-16 Updates

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! 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 re-open for students at 2:30 Monday-Thursday, 1:05 Friday 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.

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

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

Meet our Administrative Team

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Nidia Sanchez-Rico
Child Care Coordinator

(510) 818-4159


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
(510) 818-4223


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. 


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Child Care Locations

Child Care Center Hours:

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

Child Care Center

Direct Phone

Bunker Elementary

6071 Smith St.

(510) 818-3141

Kennedy Elementary

35430 Blackburn Dr.

(510) 818-3441

Lincoln Elementary

36111 Bettencourt St.

(510) 818-3541

Milani Elementary

37490 Birch St.

(510) 818-3641

Musick Elementary

5735 Musick Ave.

(510) 818-4041

Snow Elementary

6580 Mirabeau Dr. 

(510) 818-3941

Visit our Child Care Centers page to learn more about each site and the staff that will welcome you at each center!