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Emerald Wood KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
Located at the corner of S 1st & Emerald Wood Dr. 1 mile S of Ben White

Emerald Forest

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Odom Elementary, Galindo Elementary, Saint Elmo Elementary. Pleasant Hill Elementary

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 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 with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at 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.

Amanda Pecina, Center Director

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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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We have a qualified and dedicated team of staff that are excited to welcome you to our KinderCare family.

  • Amanda Pecina

    Amanda Pecina, Center Director

    Amanda graduated from the University of Texas, at Austin with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Education. She has over ten years experience in childcare. Amanda is proud to be a part of a Nationally Accredited KinderCare and hopes you will come and visit our center and leave feeling like a part of our family.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Education
  • Natalee Tadesse

    Natalee Tadesse, Assistant Director

    ~~ "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within all of us." –Wilma Rudolph

    ~~As the Assistant Director I strive to provide a safe and stimulating environment for your child to learn and grow. I work to maintain the quality of our center by complying with any governmental regulations regarding the care of the children and teachers. I communicate directly with parents and I would be more than willing to become readily available to listen if you have any concerns. During class time, I may supervise and evaluate our teachers so that I am able to mentor and provide specific trainings to enhance individual teaching skills. I encourage our teachers to build meaningful and emotional connections with our families to ensure we develop the needs of all aspects of the child; socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. I plan our family events and community socials to create greater experiences for you and your child. Our events could also serve as a special opportunity for your family and friends to check out your child's classroom and meet your child's teacher. I have been actively envoled in the Early Childhood Education field for a little over six years and I am confident that our center will help shape how your child learns, develops, and grows each day.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. JoAnn

    Ms. JoAnn, Program Specialist & Learning Adventures Coordinator

    ~~JoAnn has over 14 years experience in early childhood education. She has been with KinderCare since 2013. JoAnn was a medical assistant and has over seven years experience as a case manager. Here at KinderCare, Joann has taken on the role of being our Learning Adventures Coordinator, and our Program Specialist. As our Program Specialist she helps each class with implementation of the curriculum and encourages creativity of enrichments to brighten their individual learning environments.  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, postitive role model for the children at such an early age.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Demetra

    Ms. Demetra, Infant

    ~~My goal is to encourage your child to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity.  I have over ten years of experience working with children, and I hold a CDA, Child Development Associate Degree.  I will help your infant learn to engage with others. I will talk with your child; communicate verbally and through non-verbal gestures; tell stories and sing songs to model conversational skills; and use picture books to build association between sounds, objects and words.  I will also help your infant improve mobility and coordination.  I will support your baby as he or she rolls from side-to-side and learns to crawl, stand, and walk; support the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards; and meet your child's individual needs for rest and nutrition.  I find great joy in watching infants achieve individual milestones, and I can’t wait to become a part of your family’s story.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Yolanda

    Ms. Yolanda, Infant

    ~~My goal is to lay the foundation for your infant to develop trusting relationships.  I’ve been in the child development field for over twelve years, and I’ve learned how critical this is to a child’s success.  I will respond to your baby with sensitivity and attention; use words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and use family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with your child's home.  I will prepare your infant to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause-and-effect, trial-and-error, and object permanence through play; provide a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes; and encourage the use of all five senses to discover the world.  I have a Child Development Associate Degree (CDA), which is a National Credentialing Program specifically designed for Teachers in Early Childhood Education.  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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Mr. Chris

    Mr. Chris, Pre Kindergarten

    ~~My goal is to provide your child with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, and provide you with the security of knowing your child is in a safe and nurturing environment.  My 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.  I provide regular teacher-family communication, including ways to connect your child’s learning at home, so that you stay informed and involved.  I maintain an ongoing assessment and portfolio on your child and we’ll meet throughout the year during conference time to set learning goals and celebrate successes.  I have over six years of experience as an Educator and am actively involved in the Austin area Early Childhood Education community.

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

    Ms. Laporshia, KinderCare Chef

    ~~Laporshia began here at KinderCare August 2014 in our Toddler B classroom. She voiced that she saw how much the children loved to pick around at their food during lunch times and she said that if she were in charge of the food this kids would love it! So She became our Food Specialist and the kids have loved the food ever since! Our company had a creative chef competition and Laporshia was one of the 5 people who won the contest. When she is in the classroom in the morning the children are always happy that Laporshia is there to greet them. It makes the parents happy to see their children take so well to being at the center so early in the morning.

    Previous Experience:
    Medical Officer Customer Service Rep.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    University Credits in Early Childhood Education & Psycholgy

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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, 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.

I really enjoy using KinderCare as our daycare provider! When I brought my first son to KinderCare at only three months, 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 Kindercare to be  the best choice in weighing affordability, with safety standards and a loving environment.
 Our baby started care at 6 weeks old and as first time parents we were stressed and scared leaving her with strangers. The ladies in the infant room understood how difficult it was and put us at ease.
 For the past 6 months she has developed so quickly and every new thing she would do, I was always told with excitement. Everyday 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 room.

- Mother and Father

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