Kesha Sanford, Center Director
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Welcome to the Bell Road KinderCare in Antioch, Tennessee! We are very excited you have taken the time to look at our center. We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child and we know you and your family will have a fun and educational experience.
Kesha Sanford, 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.
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 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.
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 staff at Bell Road KinderCare are loving and nurturing teachers. We believe that the success of our schools depends largely on our teachers. The first requirement for all staff members is that they must love what they do. We seek unique individuals who are team players and dedicated to creating and maintaining a positive learning environment that is coupled with laughter and smiling faces. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of 10 years in the early childhood education field.
No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true educator should be to unlock that treasure." - Anonymous Author
Kesha has been working in Early Childhood Education for twelve years and has been a part of the KinderCare team since October of 2005. She began here as a two-year-old teacher, but has also taught Preschool, Prekindergarten enrichment and School Age. Kesha worked at KinderCare while attending college and in 2008 received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Tennessee State University. Her educational journey did not stop there, she also earned her Master's of Arts in Education degree (focusing on Teacher Leadership) from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Her favorite thing about working with children is the ability to make life easier for families, both children and parents. She loves getting to know children and their many personalities and learning the life lessons that children teach adults on a regular basis.
I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. - Maya Angelou.
Carolyn has been in child care for many years and loves seeing her children grow to each stage in their little lives. While in her class room Carolyn likes to interact with the babies watching them imitate everything. They make the biggest smile when she also imitates them. She loves teaching them new things as well as watching them develop their milestones and giving them the care they need.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela.
Kirtrell has been with Kindercare for 8 years and loves assisting in all age groups. Kirtrell is very creative and has a true passion for working around children. She loves the fact that she is making a BIG difference in educating the children at a young age. "I love being apart of this team because I can interact with children in a positive and supportive manner. I'm passionate about with I do because I get to see the babies grow and learn development. Knowing that I am there for the kids and preparing them for their future is what inspires me each day teaching."
Being rich of heart makes you wealthy beyond compare." - Rodney Williams, author "To be around the babies is a wonderful joy. I love showing them how to clap or just seeing them do funny things. Watching the babies grow is so amazing and being there for them when needed is a great feeling. I LOVE IT!
Ms. Noreta has been with KinderCare for eleven years and loves being in the Infant classroom. She is very creative and loves to be active with Infants. Ms. Noreta has a true passion about the care of her Infants.
Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. - Jim Henson
Destine has been a member of our team since March 2013. She has worked in child care since her senior year in high school. She is currently attending college working on her Master's degree in Education. She is very involved in the education of her little toddlers and loves to read, dance and sing to them.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. - author Robert Frost
Stephanie has been a member of our Kindercare team since 2014. She has been working in the childcare field for a total of 2 years and loves every moment. Stephanie is working to complete her Child Development Associate(CDA). She is very unique and creative in the classroom. Stephanie loves to play pretend and enjoyed doing activites with her toddlers. The children love her silly out going personality.
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another hand into the light. -author Norman Rice
Maria has been with our team since 2006. She loves being apart of a successful team and encourages her children to be successful as well. She loves teaching because every child learns differently and every child is unique. Her classroom of active two year olds inspire her each 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.
All teachers in the center are CPR and First Aid certified along with training in health and safety monthly. The center has a secure entry with keypad accessibility and a protected fencing in playground area.
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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