Cora Pollard, Center Director
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Welcome to Bluegrass Valley KinderCare located in Alpharetta on Bluegrass Valley Parkway and McFarland! Our child care center serves children ages 6 weeks through 12 years (School Age). Our safe, stimulating classrooms are created to ensure learning and discovery! 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.
Cora Pollard, 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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at the KinderCare at Bluegrass Valley Parkway are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average of 15 years of Early Childhood Education experience. The majority of our teachers are currently working on or already have either a Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company trainings and ongoing state facilitated trainings. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
Ms. Cora has over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry. She has created a warm and welcoming environment at the center where children can learn and thrive. Ms. Cora is passionate about KinderCare's curriculum that is developed by experts in the industry. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and volunteering.
My favorite thing about teaching is knowing that I've made a difference in the lives of our future.
Ms. Shonda has always created a safe and loving environment for the children where they can learn and grow. She is the mother of 2 boys (ages 10 and 13). She is also an assistant cheerleading coach where her boys play football. She loves spending time with her family, shopping, dancing and going to parks.
The children love being in my classroom because I'm firm, but also fun.
Mr. Akeem says he loves teaching because he enjoys the daily interaction with children. In his spare time, he likes skating, bowling, swimming and spending time with his dog.
A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss
Ms. Beth says her favorite thing about teaching is being able to make a difference in a child's life. In her spare time, she loves playing sports, camping and spending time with her husband and 9-year-old twins.
You're off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way.--Dr. Seuss
Ms. Rachelle says her favorite thing about teaching is watching her children grow and knowing that she is a great influence on them. The children love being in her classroom because she is very funny, patient, and caring. In her spare time, she loves singing, arts and crafts, painting, traveling, and spending time with family.
My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children learn and grow, and guiding them along the way!
Ms. Zenona says that children love being in her classroom because she is creative and understanding. In her spare time, she loves to sing, cook, shop, and spend time with her children.
Stars can't shine without darkness
Ms. Naya loves seeing the smiles on the faces of her young students. Born in Stanford, Connecticut, Ms. Naya moved to Georgia when she was a baby. She graduated from Chattahoochee High school and received her Child Development Associate's credential from Rollins University. In her spare time, she loves being a mother to her very active 3-year-old boy and sweet 7-month-old baby girl!
Ms. Kristina's goal is to prepare every child to be successful in the Kindergarten setting. Ms. Kristina, a native of Georgia, has been teaching Georgia Prekindergarten at our beautiful Bluegrass center since 2005. Throughout the years she has had the pleasure of watching Alpharetta students become active and eager learners. Ms. Kristina is a Graduate of Georgia Southern receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Science Education She is the proud mother of a child attending our Kindercare center and a resident of Cumming.
A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss
Ms. Myra loves seeing the children grow and learn! She says she loves being in the classroom because the children make her laugh everyday! Originally from Seattle, Ms. Myra loves being in the outdoors, watching movies and art.
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.
The health and safety of your child is our top priority. We have an on-site Health & Safety Coordinator who implements and ensures the highest standards in our classrooms and center. Our building offers a safe location away from traffic, as well as a keypad entrance and fenced-in playground. In addition to maintaining daily health and safety standards, we perform monthly fire drills, tornado drills and frequent security checks.
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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