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Idlewild KinderCare

Yacara Mungo-Craig, Center Director

6603 Idlewild Rd. Charlotte NC 28212
(704) 535-1915 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 block off E Independence

Neighborhood:
Ashley Place Apartments, Arcadian Village Apartments, Hunting Ridge Apartments

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Idlewild Road Elementary(CMS Bus picks up and drop off at the center) Piney Grove Elementary(Pick up only) Albemarle Road Elementary Rama Road Elementary Greenway Park Elementary

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare at Idlewild in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are pleased and honored that you have chosen our center as a potential place of education and care for your family. The teachers and staff here at KinderCare are very dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and educational experiences to the children we serve. We are committed to building lasting partnerships with our families, and our community. A majority of our staff team  has been here for numerous years and continues to enhance their knowledge, and education in the field of early childhood education. We provide a safe, secure and enriching environment, starting from our front doors to our spacious playground. Our great curriculum and programming is prevalent throughout our center and implemented throughout every age group. We personally invite you to come and tour our facility, meet our passionate staff, and embrace the love, and care that we provide year-round.



 

Yacara Mungo-Craig, 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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff takes great pride in being able to make a difference in a child's life. We have all developed our special ways of showing love, dedication and improving the quality of education for children in our community. A majority of the staff have been with KinderCare and the community for numerous years; and we can all agree that our extended family grows every time a new family joins our center. Our staff is very eager to meet all the new families that come to our center; and we look forward to making a positive and lasting impression on the child and their family.

  • Yacara Mungo-Craig

    Yacara Mungo-Craig, Center Director

    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
    - Frederick Douglass

    Yacara is a native of the Charlotte area, and very familiar with KinderCare's name and reputation in the community. She enjoys reading, painting, softball and coaching various little league sports. Yacara has her Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science Degrees in Early Childhood Education and currently working on her Ph.D. in Education. She has a passion for the Early Childhood Education field. With her love for children and education, and her cheerful and goal-oriented personality, she is sure to continue building on the vision and mission that KinderCare has. Yacara is very happy to be a part of the KinderCare family and is eager to build some very lasting relationships in her surrounding community.

    Previous Experience:
    Yacara has previous experience in the Early Childhood Education field as a Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, Director, and Childcare Health Consultant.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Personal Penguin-Sandra Boyton Please Baby Please- Spike Lee, Tanya Lewis Lee
    Year Started:
    2/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Richelle Pugh, Assistant Director

    Impacting lives, transforming communities. -Delta

    Ms. Richelle is originally from Bridgeport, CT. She moved to North Carolina in 1997. She completed her undergrad studies at UNC Charlotte and moved to West Virginia for 2 years and served in Americorps for two years. Ms. Richelle has one fur baby named Rhys; 10 nieces and nephews. Ms. Richelle loves to travel, sing and binge watch Netflix and Hulu.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Julius The Baby of the World, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Are You My Mother?, Love You Forever, Boxcar Children, Babysitters Club
    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4.5
    Education:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Tangela, Floater

    My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry, to get my work done and try to love somebody and have to courage to accept the love in return. -Maya Angelou

    Ms. Tangela is from New Jersey, she recently moved to Charlotte, NC. Ms Tangela has known from childhood that she wanted to teach. In third grade Ms. Tangela's dad was her teacher and was a good role model for her.  She started teaching at 21 year old and would not choose any other profession.

    Previous Experience:
    Family Worker and Pre-K Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Deanee, School Age

    Never sell yourself short by settling for less, always strive to do better and achieve your goals in life.

    Ms. Deanee has been in childcare for over 20 years, each year she finds herself loving every moment of it. Ms. Deanee is also a licensed hairstylist.  She has four children, her favorite color is purple.  Ms. Deanee is a very settled person who loves to encourage and share wisdom with others.

    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Munah

    Munah, School Age

    Ms. Munah has a passion for teaching and making an impact in children's lives. She enjoys working with our school age children, assisting them with homework, and preparing them to be successful in school. Her relationship with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) strengthens her impact with meeting the student's needs in our before and afterschool program.
    Ms. Munah has experience teaching in CMS classrooms, and coordinating a mentoring and tutoring program for school age students.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Munah has previous experience working with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and community outreach school age programs.
    Year Started:
    4/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    B.S Social Science; M.Ed Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    I do what I do not because I have to, but because I want to.

    Ms Amber has been working for KinderCare since 2007. She works with our Toddlers. She loves that age group because they are like little sponges absorbing everything she can teach them. She is CPR and First Aid certified along with her training in SIDS. In her spare time Ms. Amber loves spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Psychology
  • Ms. Andrea, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Live for today because tomorrow is not promised.

    Ms. Andrea is originally from Detroit, MI. She has 5 children ages 2 to 14 years old. Ms. Andrea enjoys working with children, going to the movies, bowling, familytime, playing card games and board games.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered at various children programs
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
    Year Started:
    8/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sylvia

    Ms. Sylvia,

    A child learned is a goal earned.

    Ms Sylvia is our under 3s Program Specialist and Discovery Preschool support teacher. She has her North Carolina Childcare credentials, Administration Credentials and she is CPR certified. Ms. Sylvia finds new ways each day to keep the children interested in learning. She is the mother of three children and has six grandchildren. They are her inspiration to be a major influence to young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sylvia has previous experience in classroom instruction. Her favorite age group is the three year old Preschoolers. She enjoys seeing the children light up, when they are introduced to new things.
    Year Started:
    10/25/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Early Childhood Administrators Credentials 1 & 2, ECE Credentials 1 & 2, ECE Certificate-Specialization in Administration
  • Ms. Gwen

    Ms. Gwen, Prekindergarten Classroom

    What better job can you have than to teach a child and build our future.

    Ms. Gwen joined KinderCare sixteen years ago. She has worked in all of the classes with all age groups, but found her heart belonged to the four-year-old children. She is such an awesome educator and the children think she is the best! She also is our Third-in-Charge at this center, where she has proven to be a great asset. Ms. Gwen knows every parent and child at this center and makes it her priority to communicate all information to them on a daily basis. She has her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childcare Education along with First Aid and CPR certified. Ms. Gwen just loves life and makes the best of it every day.

    Year Started:
    4/16/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Health and Safety Coordinator/ School Age

    I can stay young and have fun because I teach children and they keep me that way.

    Ms. Christine has 22 years of childcare experience and has been with KinderCare for eleven years. She is our Health and Safety Coordinator, and she works hard to help maintain and an inclusive, healthy, safe and enriching environment.  Ms. Christine is the mother of six daughters and grandmother to eight. She is a proud great-grandmother to two children. Her whole life has been about teaching, loving and watching children grow.

    Year Started:
    12/20/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Preschool Classroom

    Live, laugh, love and just enjoy life!

    Ms. Carrie has worked in the early childhood education field for year. She has experienced working with our school age program, and assisting in other classrooms. She is currently our 3 year old Preschool teacher. She enjoys being able to make a difference in the children’s lives and seeing how enthused they are with learning and exploring new things. She is very passionate about meeting the students on their levels and helping to become successful students.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carrie has held Internships at Easter Seals.
    Year Started:
    5/24/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Child and Family Development
  • Ms. Ronnie

    Ms. Ronnie, Cook

    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.

    Ms. Ronnie has been with KinderCare for 21 years. She is the one person all of the children in the center know and love. Although she started out with the Discovery Preschool, Infant and Toddler classrooms, she found that being a cook would allow her to spend time with all ages. So after eleven years of teaching, that is what she does. She cooks great meals full of hugs, love and laughter. All of the children smile from ear-to-ear when Ms. Ronnie walks through the door because they know she is going to feed them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Teaching Credentials
  • Ms. Ophelia

    Ms. Ophelia, Infant Teacher

    Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Ms. Ophelia, is one of our most dedicated Floating teachers. She usually works with our younger age groups, (Infant, Toddler and Discovery Preschool). She is very versatile with her teaching skills, which makes her such a good asset to our center. Ms. Ophelia has over eleven years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field and she has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family, friends, and church family, and she enjoys cooking.

    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

Our center is located in the eastern part of Charlotte, NC. The longevity of our center in the community have helped educate and raise generations of children. We are very proud of the relationships that we have built and we look forward to being able to continually serve the community.

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

We provide a clean, safe and secure environment every day. KinderCare provides CPR and First Aid for all employees. All staff members working with infants and toddlers have a certification in SIDS training. Our front entrance has a keypad entry and an exit button on the inside to open the door when exiting the building. All playgrounds are enclosed with eight foot fencing. With our Health and Safety Coordinator, and our North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant we strive to stay on top of all environmental and health regulations.

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.

 
Simply put Kindercare's staff has been an extended family for us. Annabelle's teacher Mrs. Gwen is a known name in our household. We love the experiences Annabelle is learning and we could not be happier that she is a KinderCare student.
- Abigail and James
- Parents

I have been a parent at KinderCare since 2001. Both of my sons really like their teachers at the Idlewild center. They are really excited to go to school. The teachers are wonderful and caring and it shows. My children are safe and learning and that is very important to me. My husband and I really appreciate all they do.

- Mother
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