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Celebration KinderCare

Dawn Dalgleish, Center Director

400 Celebration Blvd. Celebration FL 34747
(407) 566-2445 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
We are located at the intersection of Celebration Ave. and Celebration Blvd. at the entrance to North Village.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We bus children in Kindergarten and up to and from the Celebration K-8 School and the Celebration Montessori School.

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!
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Welcome

We look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you to KinderCare of Celebration! At our school, everything we do is designed to introduce you and your child to our family and the world of early education. Your child's experience here will help set the stage for their path toward lifelong learning. We welcome your questions and the opportunity to present a tour of the school to you and your child.

Thank you for considering KinderCare in Celebration where we welcome children aged 6 weeks and up and start them on a lifelong journey of love of learning.    Enrollment is open on a year round basis for all ages with the exception of the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program, otherwise known as VPK.  This program is funded by the State of Florida and affords a child 540 hours to attend a Pre-Kindergarten Program during the school year or 300 hours during the summer.  In order to be eligible for thist year, your child must be four years old by September 1, 2014 and a parent must be a resident of Florida.  We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 program.  Come in now to reserve your child's spot- space isbecoming very limited!  Call or stop by to discuss how we can help meet your family’s needs.

Dawn Dalgleish, 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.

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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

Here at KinderCare of Celebration, each teacher is dedicated to being their best, doing their best, and sharing their best with children and their families. The education of your child starts with the commitment our teachers make to stay current in the field of Early Education. We attend Professional Development workshops, have weekly and monthly Health and Safety focuses, staff meetings, and participate in on-going Accreditation practices.

  • Dawn Dalgleish

    Dawn Dalgleish, Center Director

    I enjoy watching as each child learns and grows and listening as they share their early learning experiences with their family.

    Dawn started her career with KinderCare in 2007 and came to the Celebration school in January 2008. She holds a Director’s Credential with a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) endorsement and a Child Development Associate's credential. She also is a Florida Notary. Prior to joining KinderCare, Dawn worked in a public school in the northeast for 13 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Dawn worked in a public school in the northeast for 13 years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Advanced Level Florida Director's Credential with Voluntary Prekindergarten Endorsement, Bank Management Degree
  • Julie Bates

    Julie Bates, Assistant Director

    I like watching all the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Julie started with KinderCare in 2002 but she has been in the field for over 11 years now. At KinderCare, Ms.Julie has been a  teacher in the Discovery Preschool and Preschool classrooms, our cook and Health and Safety Coordinator and is now our Assistant Center Director.  She grew up in Massachussetts.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Assiciates Degree
  • Bileida Rivera, Assistant Center Director

     While we try to teach our children all about life they teach us what life is all about

    Bileida recently jointed out KinderCare family bringing on board a range of experience and knowledge.
    She is also now in charge of the Learning Adventure Program and has brought different innovative ideas to the program .
    After 15 years in the field Bileida had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of age groups giving her the knowledge to work with children of all ages.

    Year Started:
    12/2/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, Director Credential and National CDA
  • James Baker

    James Baker, Administrative Assistant

    I love being a positive role model in the life of a child

    Mr. James began his career with KinderCare in 2007. He has served as a teacher in our Voluntary PreKindergarten classrooms and as cook before becoming Administrative Assistant.  When Mr. James is not working he enjoys being with his family and going to the beach.  He also devotes much of his time to volunteering with charitible organizations.  He grew up in Massachussetts.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Hospitality
  • Ms. Michaela

    Ms. Michaela, Discovery Preschool

     I do what I do because I love to see children learn.

    Ms. Michaela joined the KinderCare family in February of 2014 and has been one of our Discovery Preschool teachers ever since.  She has over seven years of experience in the early childhool field.  Ms. Michaela prides herself on making every day a day of wonder and learning in her class.  She loves music and dance and encourages her students to do the same.

    Year Started:
    2/18/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Carol

    Ms. Carol, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that my job is important to the children and families at my school. The children really become a part of the family.

    Ms. Carol has been making memories and and enriching children's lives for over twenty eight years. She started with us back in December of 2006 and is currently our infant teacher where love and creativity abound. Ms. Carol loves spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She loves sports and grew up in Louisiana.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Sonya

    Ms. Sonya, Infants

    Children are like flowers. You plant a seed and watch them grow and blossom.

    Ms. Sonya joined the KinderCare family in 1994 in the Chicago area.  She has taught PreKindergarten, served as an Assistant Director at our Downer's Grove, Illinois school and now is one of our infant teachers.  Sonya is extremely crafty and creative and shares those skills with our babies.  She grew up in Illinois.

    Year Started:
    12/12/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Working toward a Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Marla

    Ms. Marla, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Marla joined us in August of 2014, as a teacher in our Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classroom.  She enjoys the children and loves the challenge of preparing the children for Kindergarten.  In her spare time, she spends time with her husband and son.  She grew up in New York.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
  • Ms. Liza

    Ms. Liza, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Liza came to KinderCare in 2013, working in our PreKindergarten classroom.  She also teaches phonics and math for our Learning Adventures program.  Ms. Liza enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends and grew up in New York.

    Year Started:
    7/30/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working towards a Child Development Associate Degree
  • Mr. Andrew

    Mr. Andrew, Preschool

    I love to teach because it gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of children.

    Mr. Andrew came to Florida and joined us in October of 2014 as a teacher in our Preschool classroom.  He brings his energy, enthusiam and leadership skills with him and is happy to share them with his students. Mr. Andrew enjoys playing sports and grew up in New York.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool

    Watching children make great strides throughout the year is my greatest joy.

    Ms. Nicole joined our family in November of 2014 and has been working with children for over three years.  Ms. Nicole loves art and painting and prides herself on being a team player who never wants to stop learning and growing.  She grew up in Florida

    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Toddler Classroom

    I want to help shape the minds and behaviors of your children so that some day they will achieve their dreams and goals.

    Ms. Amanda joined our KinderCare family in 2013 and is a teacher in our Toddler room.  She has devoted her life to children and has been teaching for 16 years.  Ms. Amanda's two young children are part of our KinderCare family as well.  She grew up near Toronto, Canada.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the accomplishments of the children in my classroom and helping them develop their skills.

    Ms. Judy has been in our Toddler classroom since 2004.  She has touched so many lives and is so happy when her children from years past come to visit her.  When she is not in her classroom, Ms. Judy enjoys spending time with her family and her dog. She grew up in Michigan and is an avid Tigers fan.

    Year Started:
    8/8/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the look on a child's face when they fully understand a new concept. Teaching is full of challenges and each day is a new adventure just waiting to happen.

    Ms. Mary has been with KinderCare for eighteen years. Ms. Mary started as a floting teacher helping in all classrooms and even spent some time as a cook in our kitchen.  Now she is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers where she continues bring her years of experience to her classroom.  Ms. Mary grew up in Minnesota.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree, Director's Credential
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and I love when they greet me every morning.

    Ms. Maggie has been encouraging children to do their best for over sixteen years.  Maggie came to the KinderCare family in February of 2007.  She started in our PreKindergarten classroom and now prepares our children for VPK in our three year old classroom.  Ms. Maggie's creativity shows in her classroom and she is always willing and ready to share.

    Year Started:
    2/5/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Cook and Staff Support

    I enjoy watching a child's eyes light up when they learn to do something new.

    Ms. Adriana has over 18 years of experience working with children and started with us in 2007.  She has been an infant teacher, a Voluntary PreKindergarten teacher and now serves as our school's cook preparing delicious and healthy food every day.  She spends her weekends and yearly vacations with her three children.

    Year Started:
    2/5/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, Prekindergarten

    I love having the opportunity to help a student learn to read, write, and learn math. I love to help a student realize their potential and build confidence in themselves.

    Ms. Karen has been bringing her positive and energetic attitude to our KinderCare family since 2007.  Ms Karen is currently working in our Voluntary PreKindergarten classroom and has been one of our two year old teachers in the past.  On weekends, Ms. Karen loves camping and being in the outdoors with her family. She grew up in Puerto Rico.

    Year Started:
    9/2/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Prekindergarten and Toddler Classrooms

    I love working with children and seeing their accomplishments. I enjoy being able to help them grow and learn.

    Ms. Barbara came to us in 2012, bringing over ten years of experience with her. Ms. Barbara currently is our floating teacher, working in all our classrooms.  She loves the role because it gives her the opportunity to interact with all our children and families in every classroom.  Ms. Barbara is from the St. Louis area.

    Year Started:
    1/16/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Gabby

    Ms. Gabby, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the rewards of helping a child learn something new every day.

    Ms. Gabby joined in in 2011 and currently is in one of our Voluntary PreKindergarten classrooms and our school's party planner.   She loves planning special events for our children and families, especially our VPK graduation ball.    Ms. Gabby is from Florida.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Johanna

    Ms. Johanna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the ability to improve the lives of children by building relationships based on understanding, compassion and love.

    Ms. Johanna came to us in October of 2011 when she started teaching in our Voluntary PreKindergarten classroom.  She is still there and also teaches our school age program.  Ms. Johanna's great imagination and her love of storytelling is a favorite of our children.  They love it when she weaves one of her amazing stories.  Ms. Johanna also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree, Associate's Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Leslie

    Ms. Leslie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of the development of children.

    Ms. Leslie joined us in November of 2006.  Her passion is making sure that every one of her Voluntary PreKindergarten students is well prepared for Kindergarten and beyond.  Ms. Leslie also serves as our school's Health and Safety Coordinator.  She loves to travel with her husband and son.

    Year Started:
    11/6/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Education, Voluntary Prekindergarten Teacher Certification
  • Ms. Silvia

    Ms. Silvia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the progress of children every day and seeing their happy faces as they accomplish their goals.

    Ms. Silvia has spent the last ten years working with children and has been with us since 2012.  She is in our Voluntary PreKindergarten classroom where she prepares our children for Kindergarten.  Ms. Silvia is an avid artist, painting, drawing and working with clay. She enjoys her time with her nearly grown children and her husband.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Associate's Degree in Interior Design and Arts
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I love the children's expressions when they learn. Teaching children is fun and I love having an excuse to act silly.

    Ms. Ana has been teaching children for over twenty years and came to our family in 2005.  She is one of our Voluntary PreKindergarten teachers, and has taught VPK from the program's inception.  In her spare time, Ms. Ana enjoys cycling and running.  She grew up in New York and has two daughters.

    Year Started:
    8/2/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, minor in Special Education, Voluntary Prekindergarten Teacher Certification

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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Award of Accreditation

    Award of Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At KinderCare Learning Center of Celebration, we have a security code key pad at the front entrance doors. This code is only known to enrolled families and is changed randomly in order to keep the security level at its highest. Each family has a personal family code that is only known to them. This is used to ensure that every child's presence in the school is documented. Each teacher also knows who is authorized to pick up the children. If they are not familiar with an individual they will immediately contact management to verify identification. We take the safety of all children entrusted to our care very seriously. With this in mind, team members are First Aid, CPR, and Fire Safety certified. Our school also has a Health and Safety Coordinator who monitors daily practices, completes monthly safety audits, monthly fire and disaster drills, and ensures medication is properly administrated.

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.

Dear Dawn,

We wanted to take a moment to let you know how much we appreciate you and the KinderCare staff. When it came time to send our children to daycare we had several options, however, after you gave us a tour we knew instantly our children needed to be at KinderCare. The teachers are all so kind and compassionate with the kids and the curriculum is very well thought out.
Since our children have started at KinderCare we have noticed several wonderful changes in them. We started our KinderCare adventure with a somewhat shy, reserved little girl and almost three years later we have a totally confident, outgoing, ambitious little girl that loves to learn. In just one year our little guy has learned to better express himself with words and how to participate in a structured learning environment. We attribute much of these positive changes to the wonderful teachers at KinderCare and the partnership they form with the parents regarding their children's education and needs.
As parents, we love knowing that we are sending our children to a safe, structured, fun and happy environment. We think it's amazing how all of the teachers seem to know every child's name in the school, even if they've never had them in their class. We appreciate knowing that we are always welcome to talk to you or the teachers about any concerns or issues with our children's education or overall experience at KinderCare.
We would highly recommend KinderCare to any parent looking for a caring, safe, fun, educational, compassionate daycare facility. We truly feel we made the best decision for a daycare when we chose you. Thank you for all that you and your staff do for our family.

Sincerely,
Melissa H

- Mother

Small Fry has attended this branch of KinderCare since she was a small tot. Although this "school" may be a little more pricey than other daycares, it is well worth the money. Each classroom, even the baby rooms, is run like a school with a curriculum that includes all aspects of education. The children are, however, given freedom to explore and learn at their own pace. From babies to school age, all the curriculum are well thought out and fun. KinderCare serves children from newborns to age 12. A bonus for first graders and up, is that they have a bus that will take your child to the local schools and pick them up after. This for me has been a lifesaver on several occasions when I've had an early morning appointment or meeting. In the summer time and holiday breaks KinderCare has a differently themed camp program each week. Some I remember from this past summer are: Robotics, Animals, Wilderness, Egyptology... Each week saw Small Fry learning something new and being excited and engaged. The teachers are all wonderful and KinderCare has an open door policy, which I have used over the years. I have witnessed nothing but the best of care for my child, and would never consider going elsewhere. Dietary restrictions? No problem! Although the menu they serve on a daily basis is nutritious and appeals to kids, they will make sure that your child is well fed within your guidelines. Another great feature is the ability to pay on-line and track your FSA spending. Makes it so easy, instead of having to write a check every week! If you have a little one that needs quality childcare in the Celebration area, Small Fry would highly recommend KinderCare!

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