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South Willis KinderCare

Ms. Shirley Heyer, Center Director

2309 South Willis St. Abilene TX 79605
(325) 698-1878 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Austin, Jackson, Ward, and Bowie

Welcome

Welcome to South Willis KinderCare. Thank you for taking time to learn more about our wonderful center and all we have to offer in early childhood education. We are excited to introduce you and your family to our own family of teachers. Our school is designed for your child to learn through play. We hope you will enjoy many years with us as we watch your child grow and learn--together. So come in today to see firsthand how the KinderCare experience will give your child every advantage!

Ms. Shirley Heyer, Center Director

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Teachers & Staff

The staff of the South Willis KinderCare Learning Center in Abilene is committed to delivering a high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning environment and is passionate about nurturing each child's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Ms. Shirley and the teachers are continually learning new ways to promote confidence and competence while preparing the children for school.

  • Ms. Shirley Heyer

    Ms. Shirley Heyer, Center Director

    Ms. Shirley has enjoyed working as the Center Director at the South Willis KinderCare since March of 1992. She enjoys having the opportunity to support all of the wonderful children, parents, and teachers here at the center to provide the best educational experience possible. Seeing children learn is her greatest reward in life. She is committed to providing the very best child care for each family!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

    Year Started:
    3/29/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    Texas Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Tyra Lloyd

    Ms. Tyra Lloyd, Assistant Director

    Ms. Tyra started with KinderCare in August of 1992 at the Wenonah KinderCare in New Jersey. She then transferred to the South Willis KinderCare in June of 1993. She has been a teacher, bus driver, cook, and Assistant Director.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    8/10/1992
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Lupe

    Ms. Lupe, Infant Classroom

    I love coming to work each day to see the children eager to learn something new and exciting.

    Ms. Lupe's goal is to encourage your child to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. She helps infants learn to engage with others. Ms. Lupe talks with your child, communicates verbally and through non-verbal gestures, tells stories and sings songs to model conversational skills, and uses picture books to build association between sounds, objects, and words.  She also helps your infant improve mobility and coordination, supporting your baby as he or she rolls from side to side and learns to crawl, stand, and walk. Ms. Lupe supports the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards, and meets your child's individual needs for rest and nutrition.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    3/27/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Allie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Allie's goal is to provide age-appropriate activities and materials that develop confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. She uses storytelling and word games to help your child practice imitating and responding, asking questions, and following simple directions; provides practice naming familiar items; and supports rich vocabulary development. Ms. Allie looks forward to supporting your toddler's growth socially and emotionally.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Allie has previously worked as an after-school care nanny, Lead Teacher, and front desk sub at Grace Point West Daycare and Preschool Ministry.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jessie's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. In her classroom, children build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen conversation skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Jessie supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She also supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes, encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials, and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Lupe

    Ms. Lupe, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lupe's goal is to promote vocabulary development and conversational skills through fun, hands-on experiences. In Ms. Lupe's classroom, children will participate in activities such as daily group discussions, fingerplays, songs, and read-alouds, all of which help children develop the fundamental language skills they will continue to build on throughout their lifetime. For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It's an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

    Year Started:
    3/19/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38
  • Ms. Ryanne

    Ms. Ryanne, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I like being able to come to work each day where I can be a kid at heart!

    Ms. Ryanne's goal is to provide a literacy-rich classroom with plenty of opportunities for children to explore books and writing. She uses daily journal activities to practice writing skills, helps your child's early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages, teaches basic sight words in fun and engaging ways, and encourages phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. In Ms. Ryanne's classroom, children will build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills for success in elementary school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    Year Started:
    10/10/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, School Age Classroom

    "The new adventures that are encountered every day with children are what inspires me to come to work each day.

    Ms. Jennifer's goal is to develop a classroom environment where every student feels respected, accepted, and cherished. She makes sure children have a lot of fun, but also make time for homework during the school year. She provides opportunities to practice active listening, negotiation, compromise, and leadership through the Classroom Council; supports teamwork on long-term projects; and encourages language and communication skills through literacy, drama, and music clubs.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/3/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science; Texas Educator Certificate

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in early childhood education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety


 Our center has a keypad entry system for the front door; door codes are only given to enrolled families and staff. A child will only be released to someone listed on the child's pick-up authorization form, and identification is checked before a child is allowed to leave the center. Our playgrounds are completely fenced in and are specifically designed with safety in mind for each age group. We conduct monthly fire drills and quarterly disaster drills. Our staff members all have CPR and First Aid training, and receive a minimum of 20 child development-related training hours each year.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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I would just like to say my son Landon and I have been happy with KinderCare since he started here in February, 2016. He had attended Pioneer Drive Baptist Daycare from the time he was 1.5 years until February, 2016. Over the last several months, many issues evolved which inevitably led to my search for a daycare that would offer excellent care for my son. When I met Shirley, I loved her instantly! On Landon’s first days, she made it so easy for him and showed she genuinely cared. Every day since that day, she has shown the exact same interest when dropping off and picking up. I am extremely pleased with all the staff. It feels more like a family than a business. I would love to see the staff at KinderCare 2309 South Wills St. Abilene, Texas 79605 receive recognition for their hard work, day in and day out. We love our KinderCare!

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