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Bedford Harwood KinderCare

Kristi Gray, Center Director

2616 Harwood Rd. Bedford TX 76021
(817) 571-4213 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Spring Garden, Meadow Creek, Shady Brook, Lakewood, Bell Manor, Bedford Heights

Welcome

“What will my child learn at KinderCare?” This is the question most often asked by parents 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. That's why at the Bedford Harwood KinderCare, we use play as the foundation for academic learning. We provide a curriculum that allows our teachers to organize and structure their environment to meet the needs of the individual children in their classroom. Our community provides both structured and unstructured open-ended activities to meet each child’s individual needs.
Open-ended activities foster creativity and risk-taking, and give children the opportunity to test their ideas.  

Children develop at very different rates, but they all follow predictable patterns in stages and sequence of development. We recognize that development cannot be taught or hurried, but can be guided and encouraged.
Here at Bedford Harwood KinderCare, we believe the most important thing we can give a child is a love for learning and so we encourage children 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.

Overall, the staff at Bedford Harwood KinderCare work diligently to 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

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Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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

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.

Math

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.

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

Our staff has a wealth of knowledge with over 250 years of child care and teaching experience combined. We are dedicated and passionate about what we do each day.

  • Kristi Gray

    Kristi Gray, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristi spent several years teaching before moving into a management position. She has been a Director since 2001.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Director's Certificate
  • Bernie Tyler

    Bernie Tyler, Assistant Director

    I love having the opportunity to play an important part in the lives of the children who are in our center, and being able to watch each child learn and grow every day.

    Ms. Bernie has 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.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1986
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

    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 hang out with her husband and friends in 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, Texas
    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Dora Hale

    Ms. Dora Hale, Infant Classroom

    "I have a great time interacting with the kids...I love when they learn new things.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Ambreen

    Ms. Ambreen, Infant Classroom

    "I love developing and maintaining a positive learning environment.

    Ms. Ambreen loves seeing the beautiful smiles of the babies. She enjoys reading and singing songs with them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Social Science
  • Ms. Ann

    Ms. Ann, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow and develop.

    Ms. Ann has been happily employed at KinderCare since 2006. She enjoys watching her previous students learn and grow as they transition from class to class.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I enjoy teaching two-year-olds. I love their energy and honesty.

    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.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Keren

    Ms. Keren, Learning Adventures

    "I like to see children grow with love and knowledge.

    Ms. Keren is a college student at DBU. She enjoys teaching and volunteering at her church.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Milan Pinedo

    Milan Pinedo, Support Staff

    Ms. Milan is currently enrolled in her last year at Messenger College where she is majoring in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Student Ministry and a minor in counseling. In 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. 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Some College
  • Stephanie, Support Staff

    I love building relationships with families.

    Ms. Stephanie enjoys getting to know all the families. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Year Started:
    1/2/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog, Urdu, Sinhalese, Tamil

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

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 annually in First Aid and CPR.

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.

When my daughter was one year old, she was diagnosed with Glycogen Storage Disease, which causes her to be hypoglycemic. She required frequent blood sugar checks and a protein mixture when her blood sugar was low. At the time of her diagnosis, we could not find a facility willing to provide her with the special care she required. The KinderCare on Harwood was so willing to help. After obtaining the proper District Manager approvals, they took on my daughter. All the teachers were willing to learn her special care processes as well as help her grow as a child. She has been with this location for the past four years. It saddens me that she now has to leave to start kindergarten, but she is ready and prepared thanks to the staff at Harwood. I would highly recommend the teachers and directors to anyone looking to enroll their child. Each and every person working there truly make a loving and safe learning environment for each and every child. We will miss you, but will be back during the summer!

- Mother

I want to thank you and your team for everything you do! My boys have been enrolled since my oldest was 7 months old and my youngest was 8 weeks old. It is very comforting to drop my kids off in the morning and then pick them up after school, and know that they are well taken care of and that they are learning. The kids have built great friendships with the teachers and some of the students. It will be a hard day when the time comes and kids are too old to come here!

- Mother

It is only my son's first day at KinderCare, but I must say, so far I have been impressed. From the moment I walked into the daycare I sensed a loving, peaceful environment. The teachers really seem like they love the children. My son jumped right into one of the teacher's arms, which was a clear sign that the daycare was a perfect fit. We have had problems in the past with other daycare centers, so I am glad that we finally found a place with quality care. As a mother, or a parent in general, it is hard to just drop off your child and go off to work; but I believe if your mind is at ease with the place you drop your son/daughter off, it makes it so much easier. I really appreciate the experience I have had so far, and I look forward to my child growing up at KinderCare.

- Mother
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