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Atlantic Beach KinderCare

Alegra Gardner, Center Director

#2 Atlantic Court Atlantic Beach FL 32233
(904) 249-0888 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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The Atlantic Beach Community!

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mayport Elementary, Neptune Beach Elementary, Alimacani Elementary, Finegan Elementary


At Atlantic Beach KinderCare, we work every day to provide not only a great education but also foster a nurturing, safe, and fun environment for your child. We believe that children learn through play and if they have fun while learning, they are more apt to become life-long learners. The Atlantic Beach KinderCare has been in the Beaches community for over twenty-eight years!  We have programs suited for children from six weeks old to twelve years of age.  Additionally, we are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC). We have many ways to meet your family's needs for early childhood education. We would love for you to join our family!

Alegra Gardner, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.

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.

ABC Music and Me

Teachers & Staff

At KinderCare we understand that teachers are a key component to our children's learning experience. All of our teachers have higher degrees in Early Childhood Education or are currently working on obtaining a degree. Our staff are well trained and have a passion for children that beats all others. Our extensive resources keep the training and education of our staff going all year long, so we are up to date on the best methods to educate your children.

  • Alegra Gardner

    Alegra Gardner, Center Director

    Today I am a learner, tomorrow I will be a leader, believing that I can do all things!

    Alegra joined KinderCare Education in March of 2017. She developed a love for children through her experiences in Early Childhood Education starting in 1995. Alegra has had many opportunities to be a leader, including opening her own childcare center along with helping to open eight centers in the Jacksonville area. Alegra is currently obtaining her associate of art in Early Childhood Education along with Business Administration, she also holds her VPK endorsed Director's Credential. Alegra truly believes that children are our future. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    National child development associate
  • Kesha Brady, Assistant Director

    Children are simply amazing! I love the way they learn, grow and foster!

    Ms. Kesha joined the Atlantic Beach KinderCare Team in 2015.  Ms. Kesha has been in the childcare setting for over eight years and has worked with all ages--specializing in ages six weeks to thrity six months! Ms. Kesha has three children of her own and understands the importance of a family-feel environment. Ms. Kesha is currently working on obtaining her Florida VPK endorsed Director's Credential and plans to obtain it by early 2017.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    National Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rosaleen

    Ms. Rosaleen, Infant Classroom

    Rosaleen come to us from a small town along the Jersey Shore. Her childcare experience dates back all the way to making lunches for her younger brother and sister when she was 10 years old. She has also worked at a Fitness Center Childcare and was a nanny for a 7-year-old. She carries out the needs of each individual child to the uppermost of my abilities with some TLC. Her aim is to reassure parents that their children are guaranteed to have a blast while under her care.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Business
  • Melissa Brown

    Melissa Brown, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Watching the little minds soak up so much information are the highlights of my day!

    Ms. Tina has an extremely gentle presence to help calm the most adventurous learners! Ms. Tina knows that keeping children engaged in numerous activities though out the day enhances all of the great learning experiences for our two-year-old children.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Diamond is simply amazing with her Preschool class and their families! Ms. Diamond's son, Tre attends our center therefore Ms. Diamond completely understands the life of a working mother and how important it is to find quality care and education.  Ms. Diamond is committed to helping in the entire center in each classroom and loves to spark conversations with each and every family!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts in Respiratory Therapy
  • Ms. Sheeka

    Ms. Sheeka, Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Age

    Ms. Sheeka has a natural ability to quickly build relationships with children and families in her classroom and within the entire Center. Ms. Sheeka has three children of her own whom also attend our center. Ms. Sheeka understands that all children can be successful in Prekindergarten and beyond!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    National Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lois

    Ms. Lois, Health & Safety Coordinator and Cook

    I like to the look on their faces when they learn something for the first time. I enjoy teaching them new things and learning from them. I also enjoy helping the parents.

    Ms. Lois has been a part of our Atlantic Beach KinderCare team since September of 2011.  Ms. Lois has a weath of knowledge in the Early Education Field and various teaching experiences.  Ms. Lois holds a  Child Development Associate credential and is currently working towards her Associate degree.  Ms. Lois supports in all of the classrooms along with the kitchen. She is also a part of our management team in her role as the Center Health and Safety Coordinator. Along with the rest of the Center Management team, Mr. Lois ensures that safety is everyone's number one priority!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lois worked in the Head Start program in Georgia.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Shakia

    Ms. Shakia, Toddler

    Amazing little minds create amazing things!

    Ms. Shakia is one of our fabulous Toddler teachers. She has an adorable son in our VPK class.  Ms. Shakia loves making the children laugh with her and sing! Ms. Shakia is amazing at engaging young minds and helping to foster meaningful, rich learning experiences.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Welcome to Atlantic Beach, Florida!

We cannot wait to meet your family, and introduce you to ours!


Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At our center the health and safety of our children is at out utmost importance. We have several policies and procedures in place to make sure that we are 100% in compliance. We have a keypad security code that just allows our employees and families attending access to our children. Our playgrounds are fenced in to make sure that outside play is not only fun but safe! All of our teachers are First Aid & CPR are certified in infants, children, and adults.

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.

It's not easy to take your baby to daycare for the first time, but the Atlantic Beach KinderCare made this process seamless for my family. My son has attended since he was 5 months old and is honestly excited every day to go to school. The staff is so great and caring. I know they are taking care of my baby like he is their own. They have such great programs, even for the infants. The kids are always learning. I can't ask for anything more in a daycare!

- Mother

The Atlantic Beach KinderCare location is best place on the beaches for your children. We picked them after carefully reviewing all other options in the area. They are friendly and playful, yet teach the children valuable lessons and give them plenty experience. Our daughter loves Ms. Scarlet and is happy to go to childcare every day. We are very happy that we found them.

- Parent

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