Becky Albertson, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare. Our amazing teachers bring our classrooms to life, planning every activity and lesson to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping him or her develop early literacy and writing skills. We also have Spanish included in our curriculum.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Becky Albertson, 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.
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.
Teachers and staff at the South Collins KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children, along with being the best they can be. Our team constantly strives for excellence by continuing their own education in biannual Professional Development Day training sessions hosted by KinderCare Education. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.
I am extremely blessed to be able to do what I love every day. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to work with children. I followed my heart and pursued that passion when I was 20 years old and I have never looked back. I have memories that will carry me through a lifetime and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to make many more!
Becky has been a member of the KinderCare team since January of 2012. She began as an assistant director at our North Arlington KinderCare and moved to South Collins in May of 2012 as the center director. She is passionate about her role as center director and welcomes you to visit the center.
"I love what I do because knowing that I make a difference in a child's life brightens up my day and brings joy to my heart.
I love what I do because even though they are not my children, I love them as if they were my own.
I love children's energy and spirit. I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they learn new things.
I love being able to watch the infants and toddlers grow and learn. I love helping them learn new things and watching their little personalities come to life.
I love what I do because it is the only job that will love you back. If you feel sad, the children make you feel happy and loved.
"I enjoy seeing the children's smiling faces each morning.
"I enjoy knowing that I am making as much of an impact on these children's lives as they are making on mine!
I enjoy being able to have fun with the children and watching them smile.
I love that every day is something new and it is such a wonderful experience.
"I enjoy helping and watching children show their creative sides.
I love seeing the children smile. I love watching them, seeing them grow, and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives.
I love watching the many personalities that children have and watching them learn and grow.
Helping children learn and enjoy their time learning motivates me and makes me love what I do.
I love teaching kids new things, because I love seeing their smiles and offering the kids a challenging fun day!
I love my job because I'm blessed with being able to make a positive difference in the children's lives I work with.
I love seeing my students' smiling faces.
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.
KinderCare strives to develop the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. We believe that what we teach our children today will impact their tomorrow--and the rest of their lives.
Our Center is closed on the following days: January 1st, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
If a holiday falls on a Saturday, we will be closed the Friday before the holiday.
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, we will be closed the Monday after the holiday.
At KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entrance, where only authorized family members or staff have a code to enter.
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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