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Kelly Boulevard KinderCare

Charlotte Lewis, Center Director

2210 Kelly Blvd. Carrollton TX 75006
(972) 418-7916 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McKamy, Blanton, Thompson, Sheffield Primary and Intermediate, McWhorter, Good, and Jerry Junkins

Welcome


 Welcome to the Kelly Boulevard KinderCare. We are very excited to meet meet you and your family! We pride ourselves on being a part of the extended families that we serve, and we offer several family activities throughout the year to bring your family closer to ours. Every day we work on getting your child one step closer to being ready to enter the public school system by concentrating on the development of the whole child, including teaching them not only cognitive skills but social, emotional, and physical skills as well. We look forward to meeting you and making you a part of our center's family!

Charlotte Lewis, Center Director

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  • Texas Rising Star

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The family of teachers at Kelly Boulevard KinderCare are dedicated to and passionate about educating young children. We know the first five years of a child's life is crucial in forming the person he or she will become. We are fortunate that over half of our staff have more than five years experience in teaching and mentoring young children. At the end of the day, the children's happiness and success is due to our teachers who have dedicated their lives to helping them reach their next developmental milestones.

  • Charlotte Lewis, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
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  • Raven Whitfield

    Raven Whitfield, Assistant Director

    "Even a smile can turn someone's day around.

    Ms. Raven has had an interest in psychology since her sophomore year in high school as she has always had a obsession with how people think. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and in December of 2014 she and her family moved to Texas. She has a four-year-old son, and enjoys anything that allows her to demonstrate her creativity. Ms. Raven also has competed in culinary competitions and has a love for food, in addition to her love and dedication to serving children and their families.
      

    Previous Experience:
    While she has not worked directly with children, Ms. Raven did work indirectly with children as a social worker for Nebraska Child Protective Services. Ms. Raven has also worked for a non-profit organization at an at-risk after-school program, an early childhood development center for two years, and a hospital.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/14/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Erica came to the Kelly Boulevard KinderCare after she graduated from Texas Woman's University. She wanted to work with children because she loves to be a part of their physical and emotional growth. Ms. Erica finds that knowing she will make a difference in their lives makes her job very fulfilling.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Jeannine

    Ms. Jeannine, Infant Classroom

    I love the idea of working with children and being able to say that I played a part in a child's development.

    Ms. Jeannine graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. She has always had a love for children and has spent many years tutoring and babysitting. It wasn't until two years ago that she decided she wanted to turn her enjoyable volunteer work into her profession. While Ms. Jeannine doesn't yet have children, she has four nieces, a wonderful husband (who, prior to marriage, she was with for eight years), and their dog Ralph. Ms. Jeannine enjoys being around babies and calls it her "happy place."

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeannine has had experience working with the infants at her church's nursery.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Infant Classroom

    "I love having a good impact on children's lives.

    Ms. Emily comes from a small town in East Texas. She has two daughters, Mallory and Eloise, and a dog named Scout. Ms. Emily loves to take her daughters to the park whenever the weather permits.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Emily has worked at the Boys and Girls Club as program worker.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cinderella

    Year Started:
    1/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/17/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Cook/Bus Driver

    Ms. Colleen has been working in child care for ten years. When she started, she was instantly hooked and still is: Ms. Colleen loves what she does. Being a mother herself, she knows how important it is to teach children during their early years and takes pride in preparing her lesson plans and carrying out her duties as a teacher. Ms. Colleen says that the Infant Classroom can be challenging, but she knows she can handle it because she loves singing, dancing, and acting silly with her class every day. Ms. Colleen says that even though she is the teacher and caretaker, the infants she cares for actually teach her things as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colleen has also worked at La Petite and Head Start.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger

    Year Started:
    8/16/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Shashi

    Ms. Shashi, Toddler Classroom

    Children are the stars in the sky and they brighten the earth every day.

    Ms. Shashi has dedicated 12 years to KinderCare, and they have been the best years. Ms. Shashi attended and completed college in India. She immediately knew that child care is where she wanted to be, and has loved working at KinderCare because she enjoys being in her class and loves seeing her children learn. Ms. Shashi says that her heart melts when she sees them try something new and how excited they get. Her motivation to come to work every day is knowing that she is making a difference in someone's life. Parents find it is very easy to speak with Ms. Shashi about her class, their child, and any concerns they might have. There is no limit to the dedication Ms. Shashi has for her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shashi has past experience as a teacher and a tutor.
    Year Started:
    2/3/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tine

    Ms. Tine, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tine has been with the KinderCare family since February 2009. She started teaching in the Pre-K Classroom and then transitioned into the Preschool Classroom in fall of 2013. She loves hearing all the children's stories, and never knows what they will tell her each day. Ms. Tine's is inspired to work with children each day because she loves that every day she comes to work, the children are always excited to see her.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polacco

    Year Started:
    2/6/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

At the Kelly Boulevard KinderCare, you will experience quality care and feel the genuine love that we have for all our students. Our curriculum is engaging and fun, which is evident throughout the classrooms because our students demonstrate their excitement to learn on a daily basis. Our staff has many years of experience. Please come in and meet us--we would love for you to become a part of our family! We feel strongly about our community, and so our center is currently a member of the Carrollton Chambers of Commerce. Our staff is very excited to have proudly served the Carrollton-Farmers Branch area for more than 30 years!

Awards and Recognition

  • MetroCrest Chamber of Commerece Member

    MetroCrest Chamber of Commerece Member

  • Texas Rising Star

    Texas Rising Star

Special Features

  • Participates in Soccer Shots

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

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

The health and safety of children is our first priority. We have a secure keypad entry system at our center. Daily and monthly playground safety checks are performed by our on-site Health and Safety Coordinator.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My daughter has been attending Kelly Boulevard KinderCare since she was six weeks old. I absolutely love the facility and the staff--they are all welcoming and very nurturing. This center feels just like a family environment.

- Mother

My daughter had been going to another KinderCare but we had to transfer due to moving. The transfer was hard for her, but Ms. Tine was great with her. She was patient, caring, and understanding, and she let my daughter know every day that I would return, and soon my daughter was happy to go to school! She loves Ms. Tine and Ms. Shaquirah very much and talks about them all the time.

- Mother

My child has been attending the Kelly Boulevard KinderCare since she was six weeks of age. She is now 15 months old and loves it! She loves her teachers Ms. Nora and Ms. Raven, and she is never ready to go when I pick her up. This makes me feel good as a mom, because I know my child is safe and loved!
 
Thanks, ladies!

- Mother

I love KindeCare! My children are very loved and it shows. My youngest daughter runs to see her teachers in the morning and it is a very good feeling to know that your child is happy. I love the curriculum and the structure of the classrooms. I recommend KinderCare to all of my fellow employees, friends, and family.

- Father
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Local Resources

  • Child Abuse Hotline - Report any suspected child abuse. 800-252-5400
  • Denton County Childcare Assistance - Assists families with their childcare payments. Applying for Child Care assistance and you reside in Denton/Collin County. Contact number: 800-234-9306
  • WIC - Assists with nutritional needs for women and children. Contact number: 800-WIC-FOR-U
  • Dallas County ChidCare Group - Assists families with their childcare payments. Contact number 214-630-5949 Applying for Child Care assistance and you reside in Dallas County.
  • Early Childhood Intervention - Provide Services for children with delays or disabilities for children 3 and under. Contact number 800-628-5115

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