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Emerald Wood KinderCare

Ms. Amanda Pecina, Center Director

610 Emerald Wood Dr. Austin TX 78745
(512) 443-9515 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Odom, Galindo, St. Elmo, 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!


Welcome to our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center in south Austin. Our center draws families from the Buda and Kyle area as well as commuters who work in downtown Austin. 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, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Emerald Wood KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families. In addition to a safe, secure, and stimulating environment for your child to grow up in, you will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Amanda Pecina, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have a qualified and dedicated team excited to welcome you to our KinderCare family!

  • Ms. Amanda Pecina

    Ms. Amanda Pecina, Center Director

    Ms. Amanda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She has over ten years experience in child care. Ms. Amanda is proud to be a part of a Nationally Accredited KinderCare, and hopes you will come visit our center and leave feeling like a part of our family.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Education
  • Ms. Natalee Tadesse

    Ms. Natalee Tadesse, Assistant Director

    As the Assistant Director, Ms. Natalee strives to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn and grow. She works to maintain the quality of our center by complying with any governmental regulations regarding the care of the children and Teachers. Ms. Natalee communicates directly with parents and is more than willing to become readily available to listen if parents have any concerns. During class time, she may supervise and evaluate our Teachers to mentor and provide specific trainings to enhance individual teaching skills. Ms. Natalee encourages our Teachers to build meaningful and emotional connections with our families to ensure we develop the needs of all aspects of the child, including socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Ms. Natalee plans our family events and community socials to create greater experiences for parents and their children. Our events also serve as a special opportunity for family members and friends of our own families to check out the classrooms and meet the Teachers. Ms. Natalee is confident that our center will help shape how children learn, develop, and grow each day.

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

    Ms. JoAnn, Program Specialist / Learning Adventures Coordinator

    Ms. JoAnn has over 14 years experience in early childhood education. She has been with KinderCare since 2013. As our Program Specialist, she helps each class with implementation of the curriculum and encourages creative administration of enrichments to brighten the individual learning environments. Ms. Joann believes that early childhood education is a great way to encourage and motivate children cognitively, socially, and emotionally. She has a passion to educate and be an important, positive role model for the children at such an early age.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. JoAnn was a medical assistant and has over seven years experience as a case manager. Here at KinderCare, Ms. Joann has taken on the role of being our Learning Adventures Coordinator and our Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Demetra

    Ms. Demetra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Demetra's goal is to encourage children to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. She helps infants learn to engage with others by talking with them; communicating through non-verbal gestures; telling stories and singing songs to model conversational skills; and using picture books to build associations between sounds, objects, and words. Ms. Demetra also helps infants improve mobility and coordination by supporting babies as they roll from side to side and learn to crawl, stand, and walk; and by supporting the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards. She also ensures that she meets all children's individual needs for rest and nutrition. 

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Yolanda's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Yolanda helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world. Entrusting someone else with your infant can be a challenge, but rest assured, you are placing your infant in the arms of a mother and grandmother with many years of care and dedication to the education and love of children.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Chris

    Mr. Chris, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Chris' goal is to provide children with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, and provide their parents with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment. His curriculum helps build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Reading, writing, and math are important and children learn by experiencing the world around them, so Mr. Chris provides ample opportunities for children to do it all! He also provides regular teacher-family communication, including ways to connect children's learning at home so that parents can stay informed and involved in their child's education. He maintains an ongoing assessment and portfolio on each child and meets with each family throughout the year during conference time to set learning goals and celebrate successes.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Chris worked at Care for Kids for five years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Laporshia

    Ms. Laporshia, Chef

    Before becoming chef, Ms. Laporshia worked as a Toddler Teacher and saw how much the children would pick at their food during lunch time and she said that if she were in charge of the food, these kids would love it! So She became our Food Specialist and the kids have loved the food ever since! Our company had a nationwide creative chef competition and Ms. Laporshia was one of the five people who won the contest. When she is in the classroom in the morning, the children are always happy that Ms. Laporshia is there to greet them. It makes the parents happy to see their children taken so well to being at the center so early in the morning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laporshia has previously worked as a Toddler Teacher, Medical Officer, Customer Service Representative.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    University Credits in Early Childhood Education & Psychology

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

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

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 Emerald Wood 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.

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

I really enjoy using Emerald Wood KinderCare as our daycare provider! When I brought my first son to KinderCare at only three months old, I was immediately comforted by the loving and caring environment. I genuinely felt like the Teachers and staff cared about him and his development. My son enjoys being at school and enjoys all the activities offered! He has thrived in the extra Learning Adventures music class that he is enrolled in. My child is now four years old, and I still feel the very same way, which is why I have now bring my infant son as well. It is nice that they both get to be together in such great place!

- Mother

I will start by saying we looked throughout our area for a daycare for our newborn and found Emerald Wood KinderCare to be the best choice in weighing affordability, safety standards, and a loving environment. Our baby started care at six weeks old and as first-time parents, we were stressed and scared leaving her with strangers. The ladies in the Infant Classroom understood how difficult it was and put us at ease. For the past six months, she has developed so quickly and every new thing she would do, I was always told with excitement. Every day I would pick her up, she was happy and well taken care of. All the Teachers knew her name and would tell me how much they enjoyed feeding or holding her that day if they got to help out in the Infant Classroom.

- Mother and Father

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