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Park Road KinderCare

Kimberly Doster, Center Director

3322 Park Rd. Charlotte NC 28209
(704) 525-0852 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
3 blocks from Park Rd Shopping Center

Woodlawn and Park Road. Park Road Shopping Center is down the street about 2 blocks.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sedgefield, Meyers Park Traditional, Park Road, Wadle Elementary, Smithfield, Pine Wood, Collingswood, St. Anns

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Welcome, families! KinderCare programs are designed to prepare your child for success in school and life. We are committed to providing the highest quality education for our families, in a safe, nurturing environment where care and learning focuses on the whole child. Our programs are leading the way in early childhood development, with a focus on these six areas:
Language and Literacy
Social and Emotional Development
Creative Expression
Physical Development and Wellness
Executive Function
Cognitive Development

Kimberly Doster, Center Director

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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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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 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


      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

The Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Awards identify and celebrate the “best of the best” in early childhood education. Each year, a select number of the best of the best teachers are awarded with this prestigious award. This year, Ms. Myra was selected as one of the best! She was awarded for the amazing things she does as a Preschool teacher each day. Congratulations Ms. Myra!

The teachers here at the KinderCare on Park Road are passionate about educating and loving the children. Almost half of the center staff has been here for 10 years and longer. The majority of the teachers have their North Carolina Credentials I and II and are continuing there education throughout the year. We also continue our education by attending company professional development trainings to seek additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers’ success is their passion for teaching and their love for the children.
  • Kimberly Doster

    Kimberly Doster, Center Director

    Children love to learn. And they love to be loved. At KinderCare, we take pride in loving and teaching our children. The families in our center are our family.

    Kim was still in high school when she started working here in October of 1980. She is the Director here at the center. Kim has her North Carolina Credentials I and II and is attending Central Piedmont Community College working toward her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also certified in First Aid and CPR.

    Year Started:
    36 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 years
    North Carolina Credentials, working toward her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Siobhan Auer

    Siobhan Auer, Assistant Director

    Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.

    Ms. Siobhan has been with KinderCare since May of 2012. She moved to Charlotte in order to enhance her career. She has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education as well as First Aid and CPR. Ms. Siobhan really enjoys spending one on one time with each child and making her classroom a loving, educational environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Siobhan worked at Apple Tree Academy for two years. Prior to that she was a nanny for two years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    The look on a child's face when they discover or accomplish something new is priceless.

    Ms. Ashely is First Aid and CPR certified. She loves working with our babies and thinks the bond you make in the first year is the most precious. Ms. Ashley has also worked in other rooms and loves to see the children who were in her class. She strives to do what is best for her babies and knows that in order to teach you have to learn from your surroundings and the people you are around.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley worked at York Tech prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Quatina

    Ms. Quatina, Infant Classroom

    The smile on a child's face when they accomplish something new warms my heart: that's how I know I am in the right profession.

    Ms. Tina has been in childcare for ten years. She has her North Carolina Credentials I and II, and loves to take any training classes she can to further her education. Her current role is an Infant teacher. She finds it very rewarding to see the children reach monumental milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tina was the toddler teacher at Greenhouse Preschool for six years.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    North Carolina Child Care Credentials
  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, Toddler Classroom

    I am passionate about seeing each child develop in their own unique way. That's my joy!

    Ms. Wanda's been working at KinderCare for 21 wonderful years. She started at KinderCare on Monroe Road then transferred to Eastway until December 2005. She then made her way here, to the KinderCare on Park Road, in January 2006. Ms. Wanda loves working with her toddlers and she wishes she had their energy!

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Wybeatrice

    Ms. Wybeatrice, Toddler Classroom

    Coming to work each day to love and teach these toddlers is such  a joy! It feels so good to have them run to you with hugs. Their little smiles light up my world.

    Ms. Bea is a wonderful toddler teacher! She puts her whole heart and soul in to the Toddler class; she is dedicated to learning each individual personality of children in her class. Ms. Bea has her North Carolina Child Care Credentials I and II and is certified in First Aid and CPR.

    Year Started:
    36 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because of the fantastic families that give me the opportunity to care for their children everyday. I enjoy watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Victoria has her North Carolina Credentials I and II from Central Piedmont Community College and is working on getting her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood. She also is certified in First Aid and CPR. She loves watching the children interact with each other while learning.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • Ms. Tynese

    Ms. Tynese, Two's Classroom

    Ms. Tynese works in the two-year-old classroom. She is passionate about helping the children learn and grow and treats every moment as a learning opportunity.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Myra

    Ms. Myra, Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I love planting the seed and watching my children bloom!

    Congratulations Ms. Myra on being one of this year’s Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winners! You’re truly one of the best of the best!

    Myra began working with KinderCare on January 24, 1984. She worked in the Infant Classroom for 18 years and is now the lead teacher in the Three/Four Combination classroom. She has received a KinderCare Certificate of Excellence, her CDA, an Early Childhood Associate certificate, and her Early Childhood Credential. Additionally, she recently achieved education awards, like The Teddy Award
    of Teachers Educating and Developing Dynamic Youth Sponsored by Child Care Resources
    Better Together Award Sponsored by McDonalds. As you can see, Ms. Myra has passion for teaching and providing her children with a fun and learning environment.
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    North Carolina Credentials, currently working toward her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Teri

    Ms. Teri, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I always tell people, “I came here for a summer job. That was 30 years ago.” What a life changing experience working here has been.

    Ms. Teri has been with KinderCare since May 1982. She works in the Four-Five class. Ms. Teri has her North Carolina Credentials I and II from Central Piedmont Community College and is certified in First Aid and CPR.

    Year Started:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    North Carolina Credentials
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, School Age and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    Everyday I looked forward to working with the children. I love being a part of providing the children with the building blocks necessary to have a bright and successful future.

    Ms. Emily was hired on September 29, 2008. She relocated from Michigan. Ms. Emily works with the Four/Fives in the morning and the School Ager's in the afternoon. She graduated from Michigan State University with an Engineering Degree. Ms. Emily has her North Carolina Child Care Credentials I and II and is also certified in First Aid and CPR.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  • Ms. Shanna

    Ms. Shanna, Tutorials

    Ms. Shanna is the tutorials teacher and loves spending that one-on-one time with the children! She is very passionate about working with each child and helping them prepare for school. Shanna obtained her Early Childhood Education degree from Surry Community College. She is first aid and CPR certified. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Cook

    I love the see the children each day and they love to see me come in with their yummy snacks and lunch.

    Ms. Jodi has been with KinderCare since November 2002. She has her North Carolina Credentials I and II. Ms. Jodi is the cook at the center and also she drives the bus to take the children to and from school each day. She is also certified in First Aid and CPR.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another childcare center for two years prior coming to KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Nortth Carolina Credentials
  • Ms. Meredith

    Ms. Meredith, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Meredith started with KinderCare in March 2014. She will graduate from CPCC this spring with a degree in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Meredith will be working in all the classrooms. She is First Aid and CPR certified.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Development

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 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.

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

Our Health and Safety coordinator is Jodi Tinker. Jodi is the one who does our Playground Safety, she makes sure the playgrounds are hazard free. She also does the fire and disaster drills each month. Jodi is also qualified to give medication to the children.

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.

I switched to KinderCare a year ago and was nervous the transition would be tough on my child. But the staff made him feel special from day one. I love the focus on learning, writing and reading--they prepare every child for kindergarten from day one. And I really love Kim. She knows every family and is very passionate about her job. We could not be happier!

- Mother

I have been part of the KinderCare family for ten years. I have four children, from ages eleven to one, who enjoy going to school every day! I am most appreciative in the caring teachers and the consistency at this center. Many of the teachers have been there over ten years and a few 20 and 30. This center has helped my children with their social and emotional skills, building their independence and self esteem, and preparing them for school. I can honestly say, I couldn't have picked a better center. You guys are AWESOME!

- Mother

I am so thankful we moved our son to KinderCare.The experience in the past few months has been wonderful. From the Halloween Festival to the Cantana on Tuesday—I am constantly blown away by how you engage us in your community. Additionally, our one-on-one with Ms. Ambre was amazing. To see our son's Journal and review how he's working on letters was a big surprise. I love the heavy educational component that KinderCare offers. And you have been great throughout the experience, answering questions and checking in with me as our son transitions. I truly appreciate your warm and consistent approach. Is there someone I can forward this email to in the KinderCare organization so they know how great a job you and your team are doing.
Thank you, Kim. You and your team have made such an impact on my son and our life.

- Parent

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