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Matlock KinderCare

Jamila Hamilton, Center Director

5225 Matlock Rd. Arlington TX 76018
(817) 784-1824 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bebensee, Glenn Harmon, Ann Williams

Welcome

Are you looking for a center where every teacher focuses on your child's needs and consistently makes you feel at home, while also giving you the assurance of a great educational start? Welcome to the Matlock KinderCare, where the best of both worlds comes together!
 
What's important to you is important to us, and every member of our team wants to make you and your child feel comfortable, supported, and excited about coming to school. Our classrooms, activities, and lessons have been designed to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond, and our smaller, intimate environment supports and nurtures your child along the journey. 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. The team at Matlock KinderCare strives to grow the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. We strongly believe that what we teach our children today will impact their tomorrow and the rest of their lives.

Jamila Hamilton, Center Director

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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

As a parent, you want to be assured that your children are spending their day with high-quality, nurturing teachers. Here at the Matlock KinderCare, you are certain to find very passionate individuals that truly care about the needs and development of the children in our program.

  • Jamila Hamilton

    Jamila Hamilton, Center Director

    Jamila has always had an interest in developing young minds. She cultivated this by pursuing and obtaining her bachelor of science degree in child learning and development at the University of Texas at Dallas 2011. A college internship afforded Jamila the opportunity to work in the child care industry. In January of 2013, Jamila was promoted to Assistant Director and in 2016 to Center Director. She lives by the quote, "If you do what you love, and love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life." She is very happy that KinderCare has allowed her to do just that.

    Year Started:
    4/13/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Keyla Anderson

    Keyla Anderson, Assistant Director

     Ms. Keyla graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor of arts in early childhood education. She recently moved from San Diego, California to Texas. She is very excited about this new adventure and is very happy to be here. She is thrilled to get to know every parent and child at Matlock KinderCare, and strives to always keep the gates of communication open. Ms. Keyla hopes to work together with families to help children be all that they can be, and is available to help in anyway possible!
      

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Keyla has six years of experience working with children. She began her career in early childhood education as a substitute teacher's aide, which gave her the opportunity and privilege of interacting with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    3/15/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Ms. Shantiina

    Ms. Shantiina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Shantiina was born and raised in New Mexico. She has been with her husband since 2011, and they have three beautiful children who all participate in sports! That Ms. Shantiina a soccer, football, basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, track, softball, and soon-to-be volleyball mom! One day, she hopes to go back to school and pursue a degree in early childhood education. Ms. Shantiina loves children and one day hopes to teach the first or second grade. 

    Year Started:
    4/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Jasmyne Turman

    Ms. Jasmyne Turman, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jasmyne truly enjoys working in our infant room. She always has a smile on her face no matter what. The love she shows for our infants is truly unconditional, and she enjoys watching our smallest students learn, grow each day. 

    Year Started:
    9/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Broderika Banks

    Ms. Broderika Banks, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Broderika has worked in childcare for the past ten years, and recently celebrated three years with the company. She enjoys working with children because she loves watching their reactions as they learn new things and their unique personalities. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Broderika worked with children with special needs before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    12/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Care and Development of Young Children
  • Ms. Natisha

    Ms. Natisha, Preschool Classroom

    I teach because I desire to make a difference.

    Ms. Natisha is originally from Denver, Colorado. She has three children whom she loves with all her heart. Ms. Natisha has been with KinderCare for a year and one month, but has worked with children for 28 years and truly loves what she does. She feels all children should be around teachers who care and love what they do. Learning is fun! Ms. Natisha wants parents to know that if they need any thing or have any concerns, she is there.

    Year Started:
    7/15/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

​At KinderCare Matlock, we pride ourselves on providing our families and children with the most nurturing and stimulating learning environment possible. We are a smaller center and while our focus on education is unwavering, we also strive to create a comfortable and open environment, where children can learn and grow and are encouraged to use their imaginations daily. Stop in for a tour or call us about a discovery day so you can experience our center firsthand!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

Our Center will be closed to observe the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center has a secure, coded entrance; the code is only given to staff members and to each family upon enrollment. All three playgrounds are fenced in and secured, with each classroom having immediate access to them. We require that only authorized individuals with valid identification pick up a child. All staff are certified in CPR & First Aid and we practice monthly fire and natural disaster drills.

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.

My son has been here since he was 15 months old and now he is in preschool! I have seen so much growth in him. He used to be shy and timid, but with the help of his teachers he is more vocal and outgoing! All the teachers have shown him nothing but love. I am confident he is getting everything he needs. I am thankful especially for the assistance in potty training. I appreciate all the love and care my son gets at KinderCare! Thank you for the communication about my child’s needs!

- Mother

I love bringing my son here because of the great atmosphere and the teachers. My son is getting everything he needs and his teachers follow the schedule he is on at home to make things easier for me. The teachers are very caring and personable. They take their time to talk to me and make sure I am informed of my child’s needs. I am very satisfied with the care he gets and the great communication here!

- Mother

My son enjoys coming here every day! He has made so many new friends and loves telling me about all the activities he does at KinderCare. His teachers are great with him and have helped him with his reading and writing tremendously. I always recommend this center to my friends and coworkers who are looking for a new place for their children.  

- Mother
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