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

Welcome

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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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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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

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.

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?

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:
    9/15/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor Of Arts Degree in ECE
  • Alisha

    Alisha, Assistant Director

    I love to see the enthusiasm of children learning.

    Year Started:
    8/10/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Karen Elofson

    Ms. Karen Elofson, Floater/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Year Started:
    10/8/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Toddler Classroom

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

    Mrs. Pam takes pride in caring for children and ensuring that families are happy.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    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:
    1/1/1982
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Certification In Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Toddler Classroom

    Everyday is a good day.

    Ms. Sherry loves being apart of the children's first experiences. She loves the having the opportunity to help shape their little minds and watching them grow over the years. She's not just their teacher, she's family.

    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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:
    7/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art Degree
  • Dee Dee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

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

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Obtaining Child Development Associate Credential
  • Journey

    Journey, Preschool Classroom

    Journey loves teaching Preschoolers because everyday is a new adventure and there is never a dull moment! The children inspire her to use her passion for art and creatively educate. She loves children and enjoys aiding in their educational growth.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Faith

    Ms. Faith, Prekindergarten Classroom

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

    Mrs. Faith 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:
    4/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Obtaining Child Development Associate Credential
  • Kandus

    Kandus, School Age Classroom

    Kandus loves that she is making a difference in children's lives. She loves to encourage and inspire them to follow their dreams. Teaching has always been a passion of hers and she enjoys coming to work daily.

    Year Started:
    1/9/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Child Development
  • Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    I love caring for young children. I'm a mother and I have a passion for children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The very hungry caterpillar

    Year Started:
    2/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Obtaining CDA Credential
  • Angelica

    Angelica, Infant Classroom

    Angelica loves nurturing her babies and she says "her" because when a parent leaves their child in her care, she will treat them like my own; ensuring families that their babies are in great hands.

    Year Started:
    4/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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
Christmas

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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