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KinderCare at Meadowbrook

Rene Caddell, Center Director

1700 Corporate Dr. Birmingham AL 35242
(205) 995-8598 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 119 behind US Post Office in Meadowbrook Corporate Park

Neighborhood:
HWY 280; Close to Meadowbrook Post Office

The Inverness KinderCare is located just off of Hwy 119 and is accessible to Hwy 459, Hwy 280, and Valley Dale Road.

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Welcome

Welcome to our Meadowbrook KinderCare.  We are pleased to know that you have taken an interest in our center and look forward to meeting you.  With over 160 years combined experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, our teachers implement a creative and interactive curriculum that will keep the curiosity of your children continually engaged. We offer memorable learning experiences and create a welcoming environment we are sure you and your family will enjoy.  We look forward to you becoming a part of our KinderCare family.

Rene Caddell, Center Director

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

Welcome to our Meadowbrook KinderCare.  Our early childhood educators are passionate about your child's happiness, growth, safety, and providing a nurturing environment that cultivates your child's self-esteem and education.   We are a center made up of loving and caring staff wanting the best for each individual that they come in contact with.  Consider their longevity and you will see that this is more than a job for them.  It is an opportunity for them to share their passion while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

  • Rene Caddell

    Rene Caddell, Center Director

    I enjoy watching the children learn and develop new skills as they grow here at KinderCare. I love the small hugs and kisses that children give me each day.

    Rene has been with KinderCare since 1995 and has loved every minute of it.  She joined the company as a preschool and school-age teacher but quickly moved into the assistant director role.  In 1998 she was promoted to center director where she has made a difference in so many lives.  Her goal is always to maintain a wonderful environment full of learning and laughter for all children.  Rene continually strives to engage all families, and is always here to assist you.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team, Rene worked for 5 years at another childcare facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon!"
    Year Started:
    8/25/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 24 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Margaret Dunn

    Margaret Dunn, Assistant Director

    I love knowing that I have made a difference in the lives of so many children and families.

    Margaret joined the KinderCare family on February 1, 1988. Originally transferring from the Atlanta area, she has held the positions of Prekindergarten teacher, Center Trainer, and Assistant Director. She currently holds her Child Development Associate's credential and is looking forward to furthering her education. While teaching her Prekindergarten class, Margaret educates her students through hands on experiments, group discussions, and fostering relationships with her families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Love You Always"
    Year Started:
    2/1/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 28 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Elaine Little

    Elaine Little, Program Specialist

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me!

    Elaine joined the KinderCare family on September 25, 1995.  She has held many roles during her time with the company.  She is currently our Program Specialist.  What makes Elaine's day fulfilling is to have the privilege to meet new faces and have an impact on so many families lives.  Elaine is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate Credential where she is focused on learning what she can to drive excellence and quality at our school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Three Little Pigs
    Year Started:
    9/25/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Staci

    Ms. Staci, Infant Classroom

    I had no idea that history was being made, I was just tired of giving up!

    Staci relocated to the area from Butler, Alabama and joined the KinderCare team in February 2016.  She is a wife, mother, author, writer, blogger, artist, and advocate.  Staci received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama in 2012.  Staci has jumped right in our infant room and has been caring and spoiling all our little ones just like they were her own!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Watermelon Seed
    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Toddler/Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The true love and devotion I receive daily from these children makes me realize that I am making a difference.

    Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Sandy graduated from Parker High School in 1982. She decided to further her education by attending Rasmussen College where she received her Child Development Associate's credential in the Infant and toddler program.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    1/19/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Cook

    Children are amazing when learning something new!

    Ms. Kim recently returned to the KinderCare family after leaving to care for a family member.  She previously worked for the company for 6 1/2 years as the Cook and when returning to work she knew this was the only place she wanted to be.  Kim enjoys serving the children a hot and healthy meal.  She takes joy in seeing the children's faces when they get to eat their lunch and snacks.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    5/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Serve Safe Certificate

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.

Special Features

  • We accept Child Care Central certificates
  • We accept Child Care Resources of Alabama

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Although boo-boo's are a part of growing up, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day.  At KinderCare, your child's health and safety is one of our top priorities.  Some of our features include:  daily sign in/out of children, strict parent/guardian identification, single keypad entry access, daily cleanliness and maintenance schedule, and all our outside fences have locked gates as well.  The staff are CPR and first aid certified and have criminal background checks performed before beginning employment.  Our center has a health and safety coordinator on site.  Her role includes conducting fire and disaster drills, conducting weekly/monthly safety inspections, and making sure all staff are trained properly on all health and safety issues.  We promise that everyday we will care for, nurture, and educate your children in a safe and loving environment.

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.

Both of my children attended the Inverness KinderCare since they were in the infant room. During their 12 years there, they learned so much. It was very hard to say good bye to the wonderful and truly caring staff. I am proud to say that both of my children are in enrolled in advance classes and are honor roll students. Because of the foundation, that Mrs. April and her staff, provided to my children I know my children have a promising future ahead of them.

- Father
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