Tebra Minor, Center Director
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Welcome to your North Arlington KinderCare on Candler Drive! We are very excited to meet you and your family. Our staff strongly believes that learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. The curriculum is researched-based to foster individual growth by providing plenty of opportunities for exploration and child-initiated choice. Additionally, each child has unique talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences by providing children with customized attention and activities that enable them to learn and grow at their own paces and in their own ways. We support your role as your child’s first teacher and communicate with you on a regular basis about your child’s experiences while in our care. You can count on us to provide a loving, safe and stimulating environment for your most precious family members. Come take a tour to see us in action
Tebra Minor, 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.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
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 teachers and staff members at the North Arlington KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The team continually strives for excellence through continuing education classes and workshops in the early childhood education field. With over 90 years of combined experience in the field, our teachers joyfully start each day ready to touch the lives of the children and families in our care.
The best part about this job is knowing that I can affect the lives of children and families in so many ways. I believe that providing early quality and engaging learning experiences can make children excited about their education for the rest of their lives.
Tebra has been Center Director since 2009. She has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology and English as well as twenty years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She has worked with children of all ages in diverse populations. Tebra brings a passion for caring for children and their families in various circumstances. She firmly believes that by working together, families and educators help create the best possible outcomes for our most precious resource.
The best part of my job is watching children grow and develop! Each day is something new.
Ms. Kiaya has been with our center since May 2011. She has been an integral part of the Infant room, keeping the babies safe, happy and engaged. She has a special knack for making babies laugh and is always interested in how they learn.
I love watching babies grow and learn. Watching their faces light up when they discover something new is amazing!
Ms. Kristen has been at our center since 2012. She brings a calm, caring presence to the class. Ms. Kristen uses her experience to make sure that the children in her care are safe, happy and loved.
I love coming to work everyday and spending time with babies.
Ms. Marisela has worked in our infant program since 2009. She brings consistent, loving care to the infants and their families. She speaks with the children in both English and Spanish as they grow. Ms. Marisela is always excited when she hears the children say simple words in both languages.
I love hearing the children happily greet me every day. It's great to see how excited they are to be at school!
Ms. Ashley has been with our center since 2010. She patiently helps our young toddlers become more independent and excited about learning. Ms. Ashley has worked hard and been awarded her Child Development Associate's Credential. The skills that she has learned help her keep her group busy and safe.
I love coming in and seeing the loving smiles on the children's faces everyday. Every morning is a new beginning and chance to learn new things.
Ms. Linda has been with our center for over ten years and is currently the Discovery Preschool lead teacher and the Center Health and Safety Coordinator. She is always paying attention to the skills and abilities of the children in her care. She looks for ways to challenge them and help them learn. Ms. Linda's experience in all aspects of the program make her an asset to her class and the entire program.
I enjoy watching the children as they reach different developmental milestones. I love watching them mature into independent young people.
Ms. Veronica has been with our center since 2012. She provides a loving environment that children thrive in. She enjoys reading to them in both Spanish and English. Ms. Veronica always shares in their excitement at learning new things.
I enjoy the excitement each child brings when they come to class ready to explore.
Ms. Angie has been with our center since 2012. Her classroom is always full of energy and excitement about learning. Ms. Angie helps her children develop self-confidence and control. She uses her years of experience to help the children in her class develop into excited, happy learners.
I love watching children grow and learn new things.
Ms. Stephanie has been with our center since 2010 and has worked with all ages from Infants through School Age. She is especially good at bringing excitement and creativity to the classroom. She is always looking for ways to encourage children to do things differently.
I am proud to know that I help prepare children for school.
Ms. Christine has been with our center since 2007 and has consistently worked with Prekindergarten children preparing them for school. She was awarded her Child Development Associate's Credential in 2011 and continues to use the skills she learned to engage and excite children about learning.
Each child is like a sponge, soaking up new and exciting information. I enjoy seeing them learn something new each day.
Ms. Misty has been with our center since 2013. She brings experience in working with various age groups and is always happy to help children develop. She takes pride in creating a safe, healthy environment for everyone.
I am always happy to see the children learn and grow. I look forward to seeing their happy faces everyday.
Ms. Cedar has been with our center since 2012. She is always looking for ways to make her classroom a fun and exciting place to be. She encourages children to be responsible and caring as they grow into young adults.
Every child is special and should be treated as such.
Ms. Jona has been with our center since 2010. During this time she has worked with all age groups and helped mentor teachers as our Center Program Specialist. She supports children, teachers and families in the classroom through observations and coaching. Her education and experiences are assets to the program.
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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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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