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South Congress KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
"Between William Cannon Rd. and Stassney Rd." across from Pleasant Hill Elementary School

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Williams Elementary, Odom Elementary, Pleasant Hill.


Our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center is now accepting enrollments for Summer Camp and the fall semester.  We are proud to serve families from the University of Texas, Austin ISD, the business sector in downtown Austin, and commuters from Buda and Kyle.  Please contact us today to reserve your space!
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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 with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, cognitive and physical development. Here at South Congress KinderCare you become family, we believe that it takes a community to raise a child, and our parent's 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. -Delia Deanda, Center Director

Delia Deanda, Center Director

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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.

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 teachers and 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 fifteen years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, 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 teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning children.

  • Delia Deanda

    Delia Deanda, Center Director

    Delia started her career in the early childhood development field in 1988 as a Prekindergarten Teacher. Over six years, Delia was privileged to teach infants through school age classrooms giving her well-rounded experience for developmental ages and stages. She started my KinderCare management career in 1997 in San Antonio. In 2012, our center achieved National Accreditation through NAC and became a Four Star Vendor through the Texas Rising Star program with Work Force. 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 annual ongoing training hours, she has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and continues to stay abreast of development in 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.

    Year Started:
    8/5/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Heidi Paiz

    Heidi Paiz, Assistant Director

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

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

    Ms. Blanca, Infant

    ~~My goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. I provide paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; support imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourage self-expression through movement and music.  I provide a safe and nurturing space where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. I am married and have two children, a four-year-old boy, and one-year-old little girl. I’ve worked at KinderCare for twelve years and have my Child Development Associates Degree.  I appreciate your trusting us with your infant's care and education, and I’m committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child. 

     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Toddler

    ~~My goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities.  I fill each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning.  Communication is important to me, so you’ll receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent / teacher conferences.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

    Year Started:
    1/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Eliza

    Ms. Eliza, Discovery Preschool

    ~~My goal is to increase your child’s language skills and help your child experience a sense of community in our classroom.  I will coach your child to develop new physical abilities and express individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing, and outdoor fun.  I will provide opportunities to practice sorting, matching and categorizing; and use blocks and math cards to teach counting, number identification, and patterning. There will be opportunities for age-appropriate problem resolution and of course, making new friends. We strengthen large-motor skills with riding equipment, balls, and movement activities; improve fine-motor and eye-hand coordination through pouring, stringing, and cutting activities; develop coordination using beanbags, hula hoops, and balance beams; and help children learn to serve themselves at meal times.

    Year Started:
    1/8/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Preschool and Program Specialist

    ~~My goal is to provide a positive environment where language and literacy development will flourish.  I believe when children feel secure in their environment, they are more likely to engage in frequent, age-appropriate conversations that build vocabulary and social skills.  I work with children individually, in small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day.   I will display your child's original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children during our afternoon group time. You will also find your child’s work in his / her portfolio and take-home folder.  I use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities, offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals, and encourage learning about the ways our bodies respond to the exercise and nutrition we take in.  I have a Child Development Associate's Credential, and I am pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development.   I am the proud mother of an amazing little girl, and I’ve worked at KinderCare since 2007.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, pursuing Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development
  • Mr. Nathan

    Mr. Nathan, Pre Kindergarten

    ~~My 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. I use daily journal activities to practice writing skills; help your child's early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teach basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and develop phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. We will build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills for success in Elementary School.

    Year Started:
    1/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, School Age

    ~~I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and thoroughly enjoying teaching Private Kindergarten at KinderCare during the early part of the day and spending time with elementary students after school and during summer and term breaks.  In my Kindergarten Program, I provide opportunities to carry out scientific investigations, estimate, and measure; use maps, charts, and graphs to teach about geography; and provide kindergarten age-appropriate experiences with technology, earth science, life science, physical science, and language arts.  I will help your kindergartener participate in collaborative conversation on a variety of topics; support asking and answering thought-provoking questions, reading aloud, and developing writing skills; and encourage expressing thoughts, feelings, and ideas through individual and group discussion.

    In the After-School Program, I use a Classroom Council to select activities and themes that the whole group will enjoy. I create a comfortable environment designed to boost your child's confidence, self-esteem, character, and social skills.  I provide experiences that develop your child's ability to problem-solve, observe, predict, and explore cause-and-effect relationships; provide opportunities to explore math relationships such as classification; and provide support and time to complete homework and school projects. 

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

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. National Watermelon Day!

  2. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Wiggle your Toes Day!

  3. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Preparing for the road ahead Community Event!

      ~~Preparing for the road ahead

      Ready for school? Join our Open House on August 11th as we discuss ways to help your child prepare for an amazing year of milestones and discoveries.
      •Get tips on important topics like sleep routines, potty training, sharing, and making friends
      •Meet other parents
      •Get to know your teachers
      •Join in our fun family activities

      We’re excited to learn and grow together!

  4. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Left Hander's Day!

  5. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. National Dog Day!

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our top priority at 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. All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. All guests or emergency pick-up people are identified and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. 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.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

~~We are truly blessed when I say we have found a group of amazing teachers for our son, Hank.  I was in a situation of stress by having to change daycare centers overnight and instantly found myself in relief and over filled with joy when I picked Hank up after his first day at KinderCare. 

He was so happy; I mean Hank 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 in what he can do or attempting to do. 

Hank would point at the KinderCare staff, started this the week of beginning 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 9 month “moma’s boy” this was a huge deal for me.  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 for Hank. 

Thank you ladies for all that yall do and doing it daily! 
The Benitez Family. 

- Mom & Dad

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We were certain that we wanted to raise our daughter in Austin, TX 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 Kinder Care; 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.


 


-parents Jessica & Joe, daughter Sofia

- Mother and Father

My children currently attend, and my oldest has been at this center since she was 18 months old and everyday 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 that 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 everyday.

- Mother
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