Barbara Duffy, Center Director
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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 Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids in this delightful and delicious program whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
Creative Movement Dance Class, Soccer Shots
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I do want to add my thankfulness and appreciation to you and your school. I was nervous coming there when we first started due to past bad experiences, and I have to say [my son] has never loved school so much. He has been welcomed by each and every teacher, and student since day one. Before KinderCare, he never woke up actually excited to go to school, and it's a great feeling knowing he is safe and secure while I am at work. I can never thank you enough for all you have given to my family.
Becky - KinderCare Parent
As a first time mom I had a lot of anxiety and concern in placing my daughter in daycare. I had the wonderful opportunity to stay home with her for the first two years of her life. When she turned two, she was eager to learn everything about the world and was showing signs that she wanted to interact with children her own age. My mother, a school teacher, searched many daycares/pre-schools to help me find just the right place for my daughter and her first grandchild. KinderCare in Burlington [Ray Ave] was the place she recommended to me.
I can remember my first visit to KinderCare back in August. We had to be buzzed into the locked doors of KinderCare. Safety, was definitely one of my biggest concerns. Next, we were greeted by the Director who, with her smile and energy, radiated kindness and confidence. We went to her office and she was so patient and non judgmental of my many questions and concerns. She answered all of them and in a short time, eased my worries. As we took a tour of KinderCare, I could see that it was a very clean, organized, bright colored environment. Everyone we met in the hallways acknowledged us with a smile. As a dance teacher of young children, I know how important a loving, caring teacher can be for a child’s development.
After my first visit, I decided to give KinderCare a try. My daughter was so used to being with me 24/7. So as you can imagine, this was a big transition for her. On our first day, I was told I could stay with her as long as I needed to help her feel comfortable. She was very shy at first and clinging on to me. We sat together for circle time where each child had their name on a paper that they would place on a board to find out who was here today. The teacher would help each child say the days of the week and weather signs. She engaged my daughter with the ‘sun’ symbol and asked if she was ready to participate. At no time did I feel discouraged. Her teacher said, “That’s okay, take your time.” I was so impressed with the patience and control the teachers had over the class and all the structure and activities they had in the classroom.
My daughter is a very active child and the last few months before placing her in KinderCare she was having a very hard time falling asleep for naps or at bedtime. I became a very tired mother. I was reassured by the staff that having my daughter attend their program she would grow and learn. Boy were they right! I can not begin to tell you the difference I have seen in my daughter since she began attending. On her first day there without me, I came to pick her up half day and she was napping with all the other children, something I thought she would not be able to do. At first I had her enrolled two days a week for a half day. I was able to call at any time to check up on her and never felt like I was being an over protective mother or a nuisance to the KinderCare staff.
I can not begin to tell you the difference KinderCare has made not only for my daughter but for us as a family. Before KinderCare, my mother was the only other person I trusted to watch my daughter. Now I honestly feel like KinderCare and all their wonderful staff is a second family. They greet my daughter by her name every morning. She loves her teacher and runs to hug her and has made friends she looks forward to seeing each day. I now am able to return to work knowing I am not abandoning my child, but instead, feeling joy that she is not only being taken care of by loving hands, but learning how to share with others, listen to her teachers, learn her alphabet, how to use the potty etc. I now am able to get my daughter to sleep at night by rubbing her back, something I learned from KinderCare. My daughter will now be enrolled 5 days a week. Something she wanted, she was sad on the days she was not attending. What more proof could a mother want than to have her child want to return time and time again! I could go on and on about how wonderful KinderCare has been for us, but it might turn into a novel instead of a letter. I am beyond pleased and grateful to KinderCare and all it’s staff for their excellent services. I would and will recommend KinderCare of Burlington Ray Ave to any mother looking for a place to bring their child.
Sheila - KinderCare Parent
My children have attended the Burlington KinderCare for the past year and I can't say enough about how great the teachers are. They not only care about the children, but also the parents. Each night when I pick up my kids I am greeted by each teacher with such enthusiasm I can't help but smile at the end of a long day. The teachers always inform me of how the kids did that day but they also stop to ask how I am doing. My son has special dietary needs due to numerous food allergies and KinderCare has gone above and beyond accommodating his needs. Their diligence and caring helped to make a difficult time less stressful. At the Burlington KinderCare I feel like I am part of a family.
Jennifer - KinderCare Parent
My girls have absolutely loved being here. They have both flourished so much. Even my one anti-social butterfly has definetly sprouted some wings!
Kelly - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
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