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O'Neal KinderCare

Genita Drummer, Center Director

1188 O'Neal Lane Baton Rouge LA 70816
(225) 272-4210 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
1 mile of I-12 Between Old Hammond Hwy. and I-12

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Shenadoah, Wedge Wood, Runnels and Riveroaks Elementary School

Our center is temporarily closed. Our neighboring KinderCare centers are currently enrolling in all programs. Please visit Floynell KinderCare or Picardy KinderCare for details.

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Thank you for your interest in KinderCare Learning Center. We take pride in providing an environment that allows children to learn while exploring their environment. At KinderCare, we provide opportunities for families to engage in learning experiences with their child or children by encouraging parents to volunteer and/or participate in center activities. We look forward to creating and sharing experiences with each of you.

Genita Drummer, 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.

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.


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 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

The staff at O'Neal Lane KinderCare has over 30 years of teaching experience. Our staff's education ranges from BA degrees in Early Childhood to their Child Development Associate. Our teachers love children and take pride in educating young minds. We work together to create a warm and welcoming learning environment for families and children.

  • Genita Drummer

    Genita Drummer, Center Director

    I love inspiring young minds. Teaching young children is a reward within itself.

    Mrs. Genita enjoys working with children. She is a mother of two sons and she treats each of the kids here at KinderCare as if they are her own. She often refers to them as "her kids." Ms. Genita earned her degree at Delgado Community College in Early Childhood Education in 2006 and has earned her BA in Early Childhood. It was Genita's childhood dream to work with children. She was a PreKindergarten teacher in the Norcross, Georgia area until she relocated to Baton Rouge. Genita continued teaching here at KinderCare in Baton Rouge, La. In 2008 Genita was promoted to an Assistant Director, and continued in that position until becoming the Center Director in 2015.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director, Teacher, Direct Care Staff, Assisting individuals with mental disabilities.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor Of Arts Degree in ECE
  • Alisha

    Alisha, Assistant Director

    I love to see the enthusiasm of children learning

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Master's Degree in Child Development
  • Adrianne

    Adrianne, Discovery Preschool

    Teaching is a beautiful thing

    Children want to learn and I love to teach and inspire them. I look forward to working with my children everyday becuase their curiosity inspires me.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Sociology
  • Chantel

    Chantel, Infant A & B

    I love working with babies, they are so sweet and precious.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Care Certificate
  • Ms. Karen Elofson

    Ms. Karen Elofson, Floater/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Cook

    Assuring families that they have found the right center and giving great customer service gives me great joy.

    Mrs. Pam takes pride in preparing tasteful and healthy foods for all of the children.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Certification in Director Management
  • Ms. Margaret

    Ms. Margaret, Infant Classroom

    It is a wonderful thing to get come to a job that you love everyday.

    Ms. Margaret enjoys bonding with the children and feels extremely rewarded to experience watching the babies develop. As the babies grow Ms. Margaret loves when the children recognize her and return the love that she gives them everyday.

    Year Started:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Certification In Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Infant B

    Everyday is a "GOOD DAY

    I love being apart of their first experience. I love the having the opportunity to help shape thier little minds and watching them grow over the years. I'm not just their teacher, I'm family.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Discovery Preschool

    I love to see the enthusiasm of children learning.

    I love to see the excitement on a child's face when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Jessica

    Jessica, Toddlers

    Teaching is an Art and I was blessed with that skill.

    I love knowing that I make a diference in a child's life. I love to see my students face light up with excitement when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Obtaining CDA Credentials
  • Journey

    Journey, Preschool

    I love teaching preschoolers because everyday is a new adventure and there is never a dull moment! The children inspire me to use my passion for art and creatively educate. I love children and I enjoy aiding in their educational growth.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Prekindergarten

    My goal is to always make learning fun and innovative for the children.

    Mrs. Jessica is a wonderful Prekindergarten teacher. She makes sure that her students have all the necessary elements to go forth in their academic journey.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Latesha

    Latesha, Schoolage

    I love that I am making a diference in children's lives. I love to encurage and inspire them to follow their dreams. Teaching has always been a passion of mines and I enjoy coming to work daily.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (PDD)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (PDD)
Thanksgiving Day and Day after

Health and Safety

Creating a safe environment for the children is important to us. To ensure the safety of our students we have a code to enter the building. We have a fenced in playground that creates a safe playful environment for the children. The teachers are all certified in First Aid and CPR to provide quality care.

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.

My husband and I spent our early childhood years in the care of our mothers, so we were a little nervous about putting our infant daughter in daycare due to not really experiencing it ourselves. A major reason why we chose this daycare was due to Ms. Margaret having over 30 years experience with KinderCare. The fact that she had taken care of so many babies really made me feel better about putting my daughter in daycare. Ms. Margaret and Ms. Mallorie are very good at what they do and are very sweet and attentive to all the babies.

Every morning when I walk in, I get a big smile and "Good Morning!" from every teacher that I see. Everyone at this facility works together to take care of all the children. I am really glad that I put my daughter into KinderCare!

- Mother

My daughter is in the PreK program and I love it!! Her teacher is so friendly and awesome.  The staff is so welcoming and greets you with a big smile every morning.  Center and classrooms are so beautifully decorated.  So happy my daughter is spending her PreK year here.  I know  she will be prepared for Kindergarten in the fall.  

- Mother

I love O'Neal KinderCare; all the teacher are amazing. They treat my kids as their own, especially Ms. Genita, Ms. Alisha, Ms. Jessica and Ms. Journey who are excellent teachers.

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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