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Alpharetta KinderCare

Leah Downs, Center Director

3580 Old Alabama Rd. Alpharetta GA 30022
(770) 343-8532 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between Jones Bridge and Haynes Bridge Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dolvin, Northwood, Barnwell, and Holy Redeemer

Welcome

Welcome to Alpharetta KinderCare located on Old Alabama Rd. between Haynes Bridge Rd. and Jones Bridge Rd., near GA-400!  We are excited you are here!  Our child care center serves ages 6 weeks to 12 years (school age).  All of our teachers are highly experienced educational professionals who are committed to making a difference in children's lives. Our challenging curriculum addresses all developmental domains including cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth. All students also enjoy daily Spanish. We strive to create an environment where children are excited to come to school and where parents feel confident and secure in the educational choice they have made for their children.
 

Leah Downs, 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.

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

At Alpharetta KinderCare, learning is a natural, joyful experience. Our teachers know children thrive when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. Each member of our staff meets or exceeds the qualification requirements set by state law. Our teachers are truly passionate about what they do. No other early childhood education provider can match our curriculum, level of customer service, experience, and commitment.

  • Leah Downs

    Leah Downs, Center Director


    You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose. --Dr. Seuss

     

    Ms. Leah has 17 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry.  She grew up in Minnesota and has one older brother.  In her spare time, she loves being with her God daughter, friends and family, walking her dog, shopping, and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/3/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    B.S. in Human Development & Family, Minor in Child Development & Family Studies
  • Stephanie Ortiz

    Stephanie Ortiz, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. --Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Stephanie loves that she is able to be playful all day and interact with the children!  She loves spending time with her daughter, watching movies, and listening to music.
    Previous Experience:
    In home child care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Miss Spider's Tea Party"
    Year Started:
    7/8/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Christeena

    Ms. Christeena, Infant Teacher

    Children love being in my classroom because everyday is a blast!

    Ms. Christeena loves teaching and playing with the babies!  In her spare time, she enjoys going to Disneyland, attending concerts, and spending time with family.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Super Fudge"
    Year Started:
    9/12/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in History
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Infant Teacher

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching children reach milestones

    Ms. Tasha says that children love being in her classroom because she is fun and she shows them tons of love!  Ms. Tasha has a younger brother and sister.  In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her best friend, writing poetry, singing, reading and cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Cat in the Hat"
    Year Started:
    8/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's in International Business
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Teachter/Health and Safety Coordinator

    My children love being in my classroom because I'm always making them laugh and I make learning fun!

    Ms. Ashley's favorite thing about teaching is helping the children learn and to communicate better.  In her spare time, she loves being with her son and fiance.  They go running, bowling, and climbing stone mountain.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutoring and Teaching
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    B.S. in Family Science
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Children love my classroom because they feel excited, loved, and secure.

    Ms. Janice says her favorite thing about teaching is when she sees the children catch on to something new that they are learning!  In her spare time, she enjoys collecting glasses and spending time with her family.  She has 2 children and 7 grandchildren which includes 2 sets of twins!

    Previous Experience:
    Public School and Headstart
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Day the Crayons Quit"
    Year Started:
    9/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Michelle, Preschool Teacher

    Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever. -- Walt Disney

    Ms. Michelle loves to come up with new and exciting ways to teach topics to the children!  In her spare time, she loves being with her family and boyfriend.  Every Sunday is family dinner night!  Her hobbies include going to the Braves games, photography, crafts, and hiking.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught children with Autism
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The BFG"
    Year Started:
    9/8/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Working towards Masters in Early Childhood Education, B.A. in Psychology
  • Ms. Sharon, Preschool

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children learn through fun!

    Ms. Sharon has been in the early childhood industry for over 14 years.  She says children love being in her classroom because she makes learning fun and she shows lots of love!  In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, 4 children, and one grandchild.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Pre-K teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    4/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Lacee

    Ms. Lacee, Floater

    I love learning about the children's different personalities.

    Ms. Lacee believes children can learn and have fun at the same time!  She has been in the Early Childhood Industry for 7 years.  In her spare time, she loves being with her daughter, swimming, shopping, and watching movies.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    9/18/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    B.S. in Psychology/Criminology
  • Ms. Shanate

    Ms. Shanate, Pre-K

    I love seeing the growth in little ones.

    Ms. Shanate says that children love being in her classroom because she is very positive and makes learning fun!  In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and boyfriend, watching movies, being in a book club, and football.

    Previous Experience:
    Children with autism and after school tutoring
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    8/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Learning Adventures Teacher

    Be the change you want to see in the world.  --Ghandi

    Ms. Rachel enjoys watching the children grow and understanding new concepts!  She enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.  They love to read and cuddle together!  Her hobbies include crafts, sewing, cooking, and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Leading and teaching children's church program, Cubscouts
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Berenstain Bears"
    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing B.S. in Elementary Education, A.A. Interior Design
  • Ms. Loren, School Age Teacher

    Children love being in my classroom because we are always laughing together.

    Ms. Loren says her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children learn new things.  She loves spending time with her daughter, going to festivals, hiking, swimming, and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    4/30/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Nymol,

    I love teaching because I get to be like a kid myself sometimes!

    Ms. Nymol says the children love her classroom because she is full of surprises!  Her family is from Cambodia.  In her spare time, she enjoys making jewerly and spending time with her 2 sons looking for their next big adventure!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Rainbow Fish"
    Year Started:
    9/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Associate's in Criminal Justice

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Special Features

  • Highly educated and experienced staff.
  • Health & Safety Coordinator on-site.
  • Learning Adventures includes: Cooking, Math, Music and Phonics.
  • On-site kitchen. All meals are freshly prepared and cooked inside the center.
  • Daily Spanish is used in the classrooms.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

The health, safety, and well-being of our children are a top priority at KinderCare. Our center includes an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who helps implement safety and health guidelines ensuring that our children, teachers, and classrooms maintain high quality standards. We also offer a secure keypad center entry, fenced playgrounds, and a variety of adult-supervised safety procedures. All staff have current CPR & First Aid certifications and are trained in health and safety protocol.
 

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My 4 year old daughter has been taking Learning Adventures for two and half years and every single class makes her feel special and excited!  (I especially love the conversations we have when I pick her up after Phonics/Reading.  I learn new ways of explaining the long vowel sounds with "Bossy E's" and "Vowel Teams" that I'd either completely forgotten or never knew before at all!)  My daughter's spelling comprehension is growing and she's soaking up the information like a sponge with great excitement and pride.  There' s no greater feeling as a parent to witness your child's knowledge blooming.  She asks how to spell words that she hasn't gone over yet and, when we ask her to sound it out herself, she makes thoughtful guesses when it's unclear and correct assertions when it's obvious.  

- Mother

Our family has had a wonderful experience at KinderCare.  The staff is terrific and really genuinely love our two children (Alexa age 21 months and Cairon age 3).  Alexa gets a lot of hugs and cuddles from her teachers and Miss Ashley had wonderful things to report at our latest parent teacher conference.  Cairon is able to participate in the Learning Adventure program on top of his other daily activities.  He loves the time he spends with Miss Rachel for Spanish and Music!  She is terrific and makes it so much fun for him.  In addition to the great daily attention our kiddos receive, the team at KinderCare under Miss Leah's direction, are all working hard to encourage more family connection.  They put on a fabulous Fall Festival.  I can't wait to see what the Winter Gala brings.  We are very pleased with our overall experience at KinderCare,

- Mother
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