Dana Biggers, Center Director
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We would like to welcome you to the Trellis Lane KinderCare. We are each committed to providing all of our families with the best experience in early childhood education. We have been serving families at this location since 1995. We are NAEYC accredited and pride ourselves in following the criteria guidelines set forth by both NAEYC and KinderCare Learning Centers. We believe in fostering the "whole child" by providing enrichment and activities that ensure each child excels socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our family oriented center provides a warm, nurturing atmosphere for the children. Our staff has many, many years of experience working for KinderCare Learning Centers and more specifically in the field of early childhood education. We feel confident that our many years of experience, as well as our deep commitment and dedication to the children, will provide your family with ease and assurance in your decision making process when choosing a Learning Center. We look forward to serving your family in the future.
Dana Biggers, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
The Abingdon KinderCare teachers are passionate about teaching and nuturing children. They are dedicated to providing a classroom that is warm and inviting for young children. Our teachers strive to help the children develop a strong love of learning by providing engaging activities that nuture their self esteem, their well being, and their individual needs and interestes each day. We hope your family will want to be a part of our KinderCare family and we look forward to meeting you soon!&nbsp;
I love interacting with children, families, and staff; making a difference in their lives each day. I love to make people smile and laugh. If I can do that for just one person a day then it was a good day!
Dana Caracciolo Biggers is the Center Director here at Trellis Lane KinderCare. She started with KinderCare in the fall of 2000.She has experience as a teacher, tutorial specialist, and assistant director. She enjoys watching the children grow, learn, and develop in new ways. She believes that there is so much joy in seeing a child reach a new goal and there is a sense of accomplishment in knowing you helped them do it. Dana grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master's Degree in English and a Minor in History. She has enjoyed working with children in a variety of settings in the last 12 years, and is proud to be a Center Director for one of the best early educational programs in the county. She looks forward to helping children develop a love of learning.
I enjoy seeing the world from the eyes of a young child and helping them develop a love for learning.
Ti'Ondra Jones is the Assistant Director here at Trellis Lane KinderCare. She has always been passionate about teaching children, and particularly enjoys working with the children in small groups and getting to know each and every child in her center. She also enjoys assisting the teachers with curriculum, positive guidance, and creating customized activities that help children to learn and grow at their own pace. You will often find Ti'Ondra in a classroom talking to the children or the teachers about their day. She also loves teaching our Learning Adventures Enrichment Programs that are offered at our center. She believes that the programs that we offer here at KinderCare support future academic success and helps to create a love for learning. Ti'Ondra looks forward to continuing to make learning fun so children enjoy coming to KinderCare each and every day.
The children inspire me in all I do each day!
Ms. Shari is the lead teacher in our Infant A classroom and is also our Infant &amp; Toddler Program Specialist. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years and her passion and dedication to her babies truly shows in everything she does each day. She forms strong and lasting bonds with the families in her care and she provides a warm environment that truly promotes learning and development for her Infants.
I love using my creativity to help the children learn and explore each day!
Ms. Lisa is the lead teacher in our Toddler A classroom. She has been with KinderCare since 2009 and recently completed her Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a sweet, loving, dedicated teacher and is always finding new ways to pique the interest of her Toddlers. Ms. Lisa deeply cares about the development, learning, health and well-being of all the children in her care and it shows in her warm interactions with both her students and their families!
What I love most about teaching is knowing that I am making a difference in the life of a child every day.
Ms. Megan has been with KinderCare since 2007 and is the lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool program. She is always creating imaginative and interactive environments for the children in her class; environments which truly bring the curriculum theme to life during each unit. Ms. Megan is a kind, gentle, loving and hysterical teacher. Her children are so excited to see her and learn with her each day. Ms. Megan is also the Head Chef in our new International Cooking Adventures Program! Every week she helps our little chefs learn new concepts in the kitchen such as measuring, mixing, making and tasting recipes.
I love watching the children grow and the relationships that are built every day with the children, parents and my fellow teachers!
Ms. Karen as been with the KinderCare company for almost 20 years. She is currently our lead Prekindergarten teacher as well as the Health &amp; Safety Coordinator for the center. She is a loving teacher and provides the children in her class with high quality programming and curriculum each day. Furthermore, Ms. Karen keeps our building up-to-date on current Health and Safety regulations and trainings. She is a valuable member of both our management team and teaching staff.
I love the children. Every day is different and filled with excitement. The children are so eager to learn and they make me laugh every day!
Ms. Kathleen has been with the KinderCare company for over 25 years. She is a passionate, dedicated and loving educator. She truly enjoys helping the children in her care develop a strong love for learning! Ms. Kathleen is currently the lead teacher in our Kindergarten Prep program and she is also a valuable member of the center management team. She is funny, quirky, creative and provides her students with engaging and exciting curriculum each and every day!
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We have a coded front door (each family has individual family security code), enclosed play areas, and all exterior doors locked.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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