Dana Grams, Center Director
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Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Dana Grams, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here at KinderCare we take pride in providing you with the highest quality in care and teachers. Our staff is committed to improving the lives of children and the families we serve. We believe in reflecting this commitment through our words and actions. Service is our heart and soul.
To help the young soul, to add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame; to redeem defeat by new thought and firm action, this, though not easy, is the work of divine men (and women). --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mrs. Dana Grams started with KinderCare in Iowa in 2000. She has experience as a teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventures Instructor and Assistant Director. Currently, she moved to Louisiana to be closer to family and continue a position within KinderCare Education that she believes in. She is passionate in supporting the children, families, and teachers in obtaining the best quality care and educational experience possible for our future leaders and community members. Dana has been working in the early childhood field for over 20 years and enjoys taking part in the development of each child and family that she comes in contact with.
Ms. Yvonne is an Infant teacher and has her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Her motto is "babies are my business." Ms. Yvonne has been employed at the Picardy location for over 19 years. She enjoys taking care of each infant and watching them develop and grow. She believes that they have their own individuality and the parents trust their precious babies with her.
It makes me feel good knowing I am needed when I come in to work; I know I make a difference.
Ms. Janice started with the company in September 2000 and is one of our Infant teachers. She enjoys bonding and taking care of her babies.
Ms. Betty is our Infant teacher and has been employed with KinderCare for 35 years. She has worked as an Assistant Director, Center Director and teacher. She has worked at several KinderCare locations. Ms. Betty has always loved being with younger children and loves that she has the opportunity to help shape their future. She has also worked as a trainer to train other teachers on room arrangements and education instructions. To work with young children is a rewarding feeling for her.
The love of children is very special. Watching them grow and learn new things everyday is very rewarding.
Ms. Marciala loves working in the Infant room. She enjoys singing, dancing, reading and teaching the kids in Spanish as well as in English. She feels that introducing them to another language at such an early age will be very beneficial to them as they grow. Ms. Marciala has been employed with KinderCare for almost 18 years.
Ms. Valerie is our Program Specialist, ensuring the delivery of our curriculum and responsible for training and coaching staff in this role. She is also one of our Preschool A teachers and our Learning Adventures teacher.
I look forward to seeing the children's smiling faces each day.
Ms. Price has been with the company since 1979. She has had the opportunity to grow and develop, as she has held several other positions. Ms. Price most enjoys being a part of the children's development. She takes pride in making learning fun and memorable.
Giving the children love and teaching them new skills is rewarding.
Ms. Shearron is one of our support teachers. She is currently working to support our Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms. She expresses that the most rewarding feeling is when the children begin to connect with her and smile as she comes into the classroom.
I love working with toddlers. The smile on their faces brings me such joy.
Ms. Cynthia is one of our Toddler teachers and loves working with kids. She enjoys teaching them and seeing them learn. Her motivation is when the kids jump and sing with her during small group time. The smiles on their faces makes Ms. Cynthia very happy.
I love seeing the children's smiling faces. When I'm working these are my kids.
Ms. Nyshekita or Ms. Kita as we call her loves being a part of the children's development. Her favorite part of the day is being able to interact with the children during their art projects and small group times. She says watching the children explore their surroundings and expressing what they feel brings a smile to her face.
I love seeing the children smiling faces and helping them learn new skills.
Ms. Antoinette is one of our Discovery Preschool or two year old teachers. She has a passion to work with kids and enjoys this age group a lot. She loves to complete creative expression projects with them because she says it allows them to be free and and express how they feel through art while learning at the same time. It melts her heart to hear the kids chant "good morning or bye" when she enters or leave the room.
Education is fundamental.
Ms. Aimee is a Preschool or three-year-old teacher. She enjoys working with this age group. The idea that she is preparing the kids for Prekindergarten motivates her to come to work everyday. Ms. Aimee loves to hear her children's input during circle time, and thinks kids are a blessing and being able to reach out to them everyday is rewarding.
I enjoy walking into my classroom being greeted with hugs from my students.
Ms. Cherise is our Prekindergarten teacher. She loves working with children. Her main focus is to make sure that the children in her class are school ready when they leave the Prekindergarten program. Ms. Cherise says it brings a warm feeling to her heart when the children come back and tell her what they have learned in class that day.
I love to see the children learning and sharing with their classmates.
Ms. Kerry is a Support Teacher. She has been with KinderCare for six years. Her passion is coming to work and seeing the children learn, share and sing and play with their friends. Ms. Kerry feels so rewarded when the kids give her a hug. She makes sure to tell them to have a good day and that she love them.
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.
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.
We are closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
We will also be closed for Professional Development Day twice a year on President's Day in February and Columbus Day in October.
Here at Picardy KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. We offer many different safety features that will put your mind at ease while at work. Before entering our building we have a keypad entry system, where only our families enrolled have the entry code to enter the building. We also enforce daily sign-in and strict parent/guardian identification. Outside the building, we have four different fenced playgrounds with an adult length latch to open the gate. Our center is a peanut free school. All staff is CPR and First Aid certified. For further details, please feel free to get in touch with our director.
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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