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South Congress KinderCare

Ms. Delia Deanda, Center Director

6434 S. Congress Ave. Austin TX 78745
(512) 443-7765 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Williams, Odom, Pleasant Hill

Welcome

Welcome to South Congress KinderCare in Austin, Texas. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's social, cognitive, and physical development. Here at South Congress KinderCare, you become a part of our family. We believe that it takes a community to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their own families (their community). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Delia Deanda, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Spanish

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?

Piano Lessons

Teachers & Staff

The staff at South Congress KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our Teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and a average of 15 years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our Teachers have an associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood education. The South Congress team strives for excellence through continuing education, from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our success is our passion for teaching.

  • Ms. Delia Deanda

    Ms. Delia Deanda, Center Director

    In 2012, Ms. Delia led her center to achieve National Accreditation through NAC and became a Four Star Vendor through the Texas Rising Star program with Work Force. Ms. Delia participates in numerous local child development organizations and was selected to participate in the TCCA Mentoring Program for Center Directors in Austin. In addition to her ongoing training hours, she has an associate's degree and continues to stay current with the early childhood field. She is a proud Center Director for KinderCare, but even more proud to be a mother of a ten-year-old who grew up in KinderCare. She continues to excel intellectually, socially, and emotionally in elementary school because of the foundations she was given in preschool at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Delia started in early childhood development in 1988 as a PreK Teacher. Over six years, she gained well-rounded experience teaching infants through school age. She started her KinderCare management career in 1997 in San Antonio.
    Year Started:
    8/5/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heidi Paiz

    Ms. Heidi Paiz, Assistant Director

    Ms. Heidi began her career at KinderCare in 2006 as a Teacher at the Learning Center in Austin. She has her associate credential and enjoys continuing to learn through seminars, workshops, and early childhood education literature. She is married and the mother of three children, and has lived in Austin for 23 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heidi is a mother of three children and spent 16 years in the customer service field.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Blanca

    Ms. Blanca, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Blanca's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Blanca provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. Blanca appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rebecca's goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. She fills each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to Ms. Rebecca, so families in her classroom receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences. She looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

    Year Started:
    1/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Eliza

    Ms. Eliza, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Eliza's goal is to increase children's language skills and help children experience a sense of community in her classroom. She guides children as they develop new physical abilities and express their own individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing, and outdoor fun. Ms. Eliza provides opportunities for children to practice sorting, matching, and categorizing while also providing blocks and math cards for children to use to learn counting, number identification, and patterning. Ms. Eliza also places a focus on age-appropriate problem resolution and, of course, making new friends! Children in her classroom strengthen large-motor skills with riding equipment, balls, and movement activities; improve fine-motor and eye-hand coordination through pouring, stringing, and (supervised) cutting activities; and develop coordination using beanbags, hula hoops, and balance beams. At meal time, Ms. Eliza encourages children to serve themselves so that they can begin developing self-reliance--but always gives a helping hand when someone needs it!

    Year Started:
    1/8/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Preschool Classroom / Program Specialist

    Ms. Melanie's goal is to provide a positive environment where language and literacy development will flourish. She believes that when children feel secure in their environment, they are more likely to engage in frequent, age-appropriate conversations that inherently build vocabulary and social skills. Ms. Melanie works with children individually, in small groups, and as a whole group at different times during the day. She displays the children's original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by the children during our afternoon group time. She also sends home children’s work in their portfolios and take-home folders. Ms. Melanie uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills; and uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen their coordination and gross-motor skills. Ms. Melanie offers children healthful food choices for snacks and meals, while also helping children learn that what we eat is important, and that our bodies need the right amount of exercise and nutrition to stay healthy. Ms. Melanie is the proud mother of an amazing little girl.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development (In Progress)
    Education:
    10
  • Mr. Nathan

    Mr. Nathan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Nathan's goal is to provide a literacy-rich classroom with plenty of opportunities for children to explore books and writing. As a leader in early childhood education, KinderCare knows that one of the best predictors of a successful reader is the amount of time a child spends reading--so Mr. Nathan uses daily journal activities to practice writing skills; helps foster early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teaches basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and encourages the development of phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. Children in his class build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills to set them up for success in elementary school.

    Year Started:
    1/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Miranda loves spending time with elementary students after school and during summer and term breaks. She uses a Classroom Council so that children can select activities and themes that the whole group will enjoy. Ms. Miranda creates a comfortable environment designed to boost children's confidence, self-esteem, character, and social skills. She provides experiences that develop children's ability to problem solve, observe, predict, and explore cause-and-effect relationships; provides opportunities for children to explore math relationships such as classification; and provides support and time for children to complete homework and school projects.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our top priority at South Congress KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare. 

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.

We are truly blessed to have found a group of amazing teachers for our son. I was in a situation of stress by having to change daycare centers overnight and instantly found myself in relief and overfilled with joy when I picked my son up after his first day at KinderCare. He was so happy--I mean, he loves to smile, but this was more than a normal smile. Each day I get a report card on the learning activities he is introduced to as well as his participation in these activities. His development has vastly improved and every day I find myself shocked by what he can do or what he is attempting to do. He would point at the KinderCare staff, and started this the first week he started at KinderCare, and this became the thing that he was known for. Funny as it was to see, he shortly developed the reaching out action. Now I can’t even get into the front door without him leaping into the teacher’s arms. For those that have a nine-month-old “mama’s boy,” this is a huge deal. A huge relief knowing my son was happy and willing to leave my side! The staff has been nothing but amazing to my son as well as the other kids in his infant group. They have provided not just a place for these kids to be during the day, but an environment of healthy learning, challenging their own abilities to develop, as well as multiple opportunities to participate in group functions. I honestly can say I’m so thankful for these teachers and their skills and constantly providing and fulfilling the needs of my son. Thank you, ladies, for all that y'all do and doing it daily! 

- Mom & Dad

We were certain that we wanted to raise our daughter in Austin, Texas, but we were not certain where we would find the best day-to-day care. After one visit we found that Kinder Care on South Congress was going to be the best fit! Of course we were nervous dropping off our infant for the first time, but she immediately fell in love with the staff and so did we. Now one year later, we have found a second family at KinderCare; we are always welcome in the classroom, whether it's a holiday celebration or just to catch up with a teacher. With our busy schedules, it’s very important that we have a reliable and responsible learning institution for our daughter and we know that Kinder Care is that place. The friendly, caring, and experienced staff continuously helps to develop our daughter into the great little student that she is and we all look forward to her future at Kinder Care.

- Mother and Father

My children currently attend, and my oldest has been at this center since she was 18 months old; every day since then, she looks forward to coming to care after school. We always feel welcomed and at home by the cheerful greetings we receive as soon as we walk in, and throughout the building whenever we pass a Teacher. As a parent, I feel my children are safe in the center as there is a code system to open the door and administration in the office to greet everyone who comes in, which I feel is crucial in any school setting. I felt like we got to know the Teachers before my children were ever in their class. My children learn so much from the education and non-stop talk about the fun they experienced during the day. I give many thanks to the Teachers for their patience and understanding through potty training with my youngest, which has resulted in success and positive self-esteem. I feel that everything they are learning will give them a head start to their future. I am grateful for the entire staff at KinderCare for teaching, loving, and caring for my children every day.

- Mother
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