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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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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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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
  • Mr. Chauncey

    Mr. Chauncey, Assistant Director

    "So you don't say?

    Chanuncy was born in Anderson, South Carolina. He has been married for nine years and has two children. He is a die hard Carolina Panthers and South Carolina Gamecocks Fan. He loves to play his saxophone and write poetry. Although he loves sports and family time he gets his most joy when reading a spiritual book. He has been a youth minister for over three years and has a great time helping them learning to love themselves. 

    Previous Experience:
    Afterschool counselor, Prekindergarten Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator and Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alice in Wonderland
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Charity

    Ms. Charity, Health and Safety

    "Strength lies in differences, not in similarities" -Stephen Covey

    Charity was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a mother to three handsome boys. Charity loves football and she is New Orleans Saints Fan. Charity loves working with children and had know since the age of nine years old that she wanted to be an educator. On May 2015 Charity married her husband Curtis and gained a daughter. 

    Previous Experience:
    Lead teacher and Assistant Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    8/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood and Persuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Learning Adventures

    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 four 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 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Associate Degree in Interior Design
  • Ms. Christeena

    Ms. Christeena, Infant Classroom

    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. Gigi

    Ms. Gigi, Toddler Classroom

    Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful, sometimes it's beautiful, but most of the time it is both.

    Ms.Gigi was born in Mexico and raised in Atlanta. She graduated from Chattahoochee High School. She loves to go to soccer games on the weekend with her fiancée. Ms. Gigi enjoys being around children, they bring her happiness.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years at Primrose Schools
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    7/20/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5 years
    Education:
    CDS in progress
  • Ms. Sommer

    Ms. Sommer, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "Life's not about how many breaths you take, but the moment that take your breaths away.

    Sommer is from a small town in Logan County, West Virginia. She graduated High School in 2011 and attended West Virginia State University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in 2016. While in college, Sommer worked at a daycare near her school. She has several years experience in Early Childhood Education and loves working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    3 Years in Early Childhood
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Janice

    Ms. Janice, Preschool Classroom

    Love and kindness are like a boomerang. It will always come back to you.

    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 two children and seven grandchildren which includes two sets of twins!

    Previous Experience:
    Public School and Headstart
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Day the Crayons Quit"
    Year Started:
    9/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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:
    Bachelor of Science in Family Science
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Yeh Shall Know the Truth, And the Truth Shall Set You Free.

    Tiffany loves to come to work each day and see the children smile and know that she made and impact on their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    11/10/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14.5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • 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 seven 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:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Criminology
  • Ms. Nymol

    Ms. Nymol, Cook

    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 jewelry and spending time with her two sons looking for their next big adventure!

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

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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.

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

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
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