Kristi Gray, Center Director
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“What will my child learn at KinderCare Learning Center?” This is the question most often asked by parent of young children as we show them around our center. Research has shown that young children learn best through active, hands-on experiences. In other words, children learn by doing. Play provides the foundation for academic learning.
KinderCare Learning Centers provide a curriculum that allows teachers to organize and structure their environment to meet the needs of the individual children in their classroom. Our community provides structured as well as unstructured, open ended activities to meet each child’s individual needs.
Open-ended activities foster creativity, risk taking and the opportunity to test their ideas. Children need to get their hands on stuff and manipulate it themselves. They need to see it, touch it, smell it, taste it, hear it, and feel it
Children develop at very different rates, but they all follow predictable patterns in stages and sequence of development. Development cannot be taught or hurried but can be guided and encouraged.
I believe the most important thing we can give a child is a love for learning. At our school, children are encouraged to become independent, self-confident, enthusiastic and inquisitive learners. They are encouraged to think for themselves, make decisions, develop problem solving skills and communicate their ideas.
The teachers at KinderCare Learning Center – Harwood share my passion and commitment to the education of young children. I am confident that we provide a strong foundation for our children and prepare them in all areas of development in a loving, caring environment where they feel safe and secure.
Kristi Gray, 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.
Our staff has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Together we have over 250 years of childcare and teaching experience. We are dedicated and passionate about what we do each day.
I truly love the feeling of family we create at our center. We become a part of the children's lives, experiencing all the highs and lows and watching as they learn new things and flourish into young people.
Kristi has been with KinderCare since May 2012. She studied Child Development at The University of North Texas. Kristi makes herself available to her families as they navigate the different stages of raising their children.
I love having the opportunity to play an important part in the lives of the children that are in our center, being able to watch each child learn and grow every day.
Ms. Bernie worked in the Early Childhood Field for over 27 years. During this time she has served in many roles including Infant and Discovery Preschool teacher, Assistant Director, as well as Acting Director.
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
Mrs. Amanda, is a newlywed and currently a full time college student. She loves to hangout with her husband and friends on her free time and loves working with the babies at our center. She desires to help develop the best in every child she comes in contact with.
I have great time interacting with the kids...I love when they learn new things.
What you do know echos in eternity
Miss. Milan is currently enrolled in her last year at Messenger College where she is majoring in Chrisitan Ministires with an emphasis in Student Ministry, with a minor in counseling. On her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with her friends and family. She loves working at Kindercare and building relationships with all of the kids and their families.
I love building relationships with the families.
Ms. Stephanie enjoys getting to know all the families. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
I love developing and maintaining a positive learning environment
Ms. Ambreen enjoys the beautiful smiles of her babies. She enjoys reading and singing songs with them.
I love to watch the children grow and develop.
Ms. Ann has been happily employed with Kindercare since 2006. She enjoys watching her previous students learn and grow as they transition from class to class.
I enjoy teaching two year olds. I love their energy and honestly.
Ms. Susan enjoys teaching the two year olds and shows them unconditional love. In her free time Ms. Susan loves spending time with her new grandson.
I like to see them grow with love and knowledge.
Ms. Keren is a college student at DBU. She enjoys teaching and volunteering at her church.
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 observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
We offer a secure building with a coded access door. Our playground gates are locked to prevent strangers access to the playground and to keep curious children safe while at outdoor play. All teachers are trained anually in First Aid and CPR.
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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