Ms. Ana Guimaraes, Center Director
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The teachers and staff at Providence Road KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing the children. We are pleased that you have chosen to look at our center for your child’s care and educational needs. The teachers and staff at Providence Road KinderCare are committed to providing high-quality care to the children we serve. Some of our teachers have been at this center for over 30 years and most of them have their Child Development Associate credential, Bachelor or Associate's Degree. The Providence Road KinderCare team does their utmost for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At Providence Road KinderCare, we take the safety and security of our children seriously. We have a secured key pad entry in the lobby of the center. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance. Providence Road KinderCare team believes that, “Teaching creates all other professions.”
Ms. Ana Guimaraes, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Our staff at Providence Road KinderCare strives for excellence in providing quality care for the children and their families that we serve. We are committed to the growth and development of each child in our care and advocate creating lasting partnerships with every family to ensure their child's success academically and developmentally. Our teachers continue with their educational goals to grow and develop professionally. They are what make Providence Road KinderCare the best choice for our families.
The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it." - Peter Pan
Ms Ana is a native of the beautiful Azores Islands, Portugal; she moved to the US in December 1999 and began working for KinderCare in March, 2001. Ms Ana has a 19 year old son, named Andre, that is currently attending UNCC.
Ms Ana has experience as a Teacher in the Infants and School age programs, as well as an Assistant Director for KinderCare. She enjoys having the opportunity to support all the wonderful children, parents and teachers to provide the best educational experience.
Ms Ana loves spending time in the classrooms with the children whether gardening or dressing up as Clifford the Red Dog or Cat-in-the-Hat or participating in "Share Day." Ms Ana looks forward to continuing to watch the children learn and grow while contributing to their future.
Ms Joy joined the KinderCare family 17 years ago after running her own in-home Child Care for five years. Ms Joy has experience as a teacher, trainer, Program Specialist, Assistant Director and Center Director all while
Ms Joy was born in Florida and she is married with two beautiful adult children.
Ms Joy's goal is to enrich the lives of the children through rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance and support, and allowing children to learn, grow and discover the world around them.
Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture. - Loris Malaguzzi
Ms. Bailey grew up in Orlando, FL before attending The University of Alabama where she graduated with honors. She is 'mommy' to a toddler son and in her free time enjoys hiking, seeing live music, and Bama football! She earned her bachelor of science degree in human environmental sciences with a major in human development and early childhood education. She has experience in infant and mixed-age classrooms and has worked with a child development non-profit agency. Her favorite part about teaching preschoolers is facilitating learning experiences that allow children to creatively express themselves and make new discoveries.
Ms. Sonia has been working with children for the past four years and with KinderCare for the past two years. Ms. Sonia relocated from Wisconsin but she was raised in Puerto Rico. Ms. Sonia is currently working towards her early childhood degree; she is bilingual, she speaks fluent Spanish and Italian. She enjoys every aspect of working with children; watching them learn and grow, their imagination and smile is very rewarding. Ms. Sonia believes that some of the most important skills to have when working with children is patience, flexibility, and love. Ms. Sonia's other interest include: volunteering for children, traveling, dancing, going to the beach, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and really getting to know Charlotte.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."" - Maria Montessori
Ms Ta'Keyah has been working with children for the past 11 years. Ms Ta'Keyah knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with children. Currently, Ms Ta'Keyah is attending Central Piedmont Community College and working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms Ta'Keyah's goal is to obtain her Master's Degree in Child Development.
Ms. Ghada is originally from Lebanon and she moved to the United States 18 years ago. Ms. Ghada was a high school teacher for 18 years in Lebanon. She is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Ghada has been an Infant's teacher at KinderCare for nine years now. She has been married for 25 years and has three children. She thinks it is a pleasure to see the children growing up, learning, and sharing with each other.
Ms. Jane has been working at Kinder Care for 37 years now. She currently has the North Carolina Credentials I & II and she is CPR & First Aid certified. Ms. Jane has three children - two boys and one girl - and also has two stepsons. They have given her six beautiful grandchildren. Ms. Jane enjoys working with and teaching the infants as they grow and learn to be the best that they can be. In her spare time, she enjoys going to car shows, and going shopping, as well as spending time with her wonderful family.
Ms. Jen has been with KinderCare for more then 20 years. She has worked with all age groups. Guiding and caring for children is not just a job it’s her passion. Ms. Jen currently is working as an Infants Teacher. Ms. Jen has been married for 24 years and has two amazing daughters. She is active in the Mathews/ Mint Hill community, volunteering for many years as a Girl Scout leader and cookie mom. She considers the children and their families as her own extended family. She believes it takes a partnership between home and KinderCare for children to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Ms. Mary has been working in childcare for more then 15 years. She is currently an Infants Teacher. Ms. Mary has the North Carolina Credentials I and II and a variety of Early Childhood Education classes from Stanley Community College. She is CPR & First Aid certified. Ms. Mary enjoys working with Infants and looks forward to coming to work everyday. The light in a child’s eyes warms her heart through and through.
Ms. Sherry feels blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work at KinderCare as an Infants Teacher. While working with infants Ms. Sherry realized how special the early years are and the impact on children's growth. Ms. Sherry is from Iran and she has been in the US for the past 31 years. Ms. Sherry has worked with children for over 20 years, and she has two sons that currently attend college. Ms. Sherry is currently attending CPCC and working on her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Ms Nasrain is a native of Persia and relocated to the United States in 1985 and she is a mother of one daughter who attends Appalachian State University.
In her spare time Ms Nasrain enjoys Tai Chi, Yoga, and Reading. Working with children is one of Ms Nasrain's greatest blessings in life. They are pure and innocent and bring a lot of joy to her life.
Ms. Olena is originally from Ukraine, where she was a World History Teacher; she is now an Infants teacher. Ms. Olena has the North Carolina Credentials I and II. She enjoys Music, Art, Literature, attending concerts and spending time with her family. Ms. Olena has been working in child care for more then five years. She loves working with young children and helping them grow and learn to be successful adults.
Ms Katrina was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she joined KinderCare in 2015. Ms Katrina has experience as an Assistant Teacher in the toddlers and young two's class. Ms Katrina enjoys interacting with children as well as building lasting relationships with the families. Ms Katrina is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Regina is a native of Charlotte married with three children. Ms Regina previously worked for KinderCare from 2002 - 2005 and then she went to work for a non-profit organization for ten years as the Youth and Childcare Coordinator. Ms. Regina has 15 years of experience working with children and an Associate Degree in Business Management. She is an avid runner with a passion for teaching.
Ms. Erica transferred from Kindercare in Kansas, when her and her husband moved to Charlotte, in January 2015. Ms. Erica has been with Kindercare since September 2009 and working with children for the past 15 years. Ms. Erica has been in Early Childhood Education for nine years and she has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Erica loves working with children and seeing the world through their eyes.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others. - Ghandi
Ms. Marcenia has been in Early Childhhod Education for over 17 years and she is currently enrolled at Queens University of Charlotte working on her Bachelor's Degree. Ms. Marcenia enjoys volunteering in her community of East Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Ms. Marcenia is a mother of three beautiful children and her passions is working with children.
Ms. Claudia began working with children in 2001 when she discovered her passion for teaching. Ms. Claudia has three Degrees: Associate of Science Degree in Child Development, Associate of Science Degree in Social Behavioral Science and an Associate of Art Degree in Transfer Studies. Ms. Claudia was born in Mexico but she was raised in California since she was two years old. Ms Claudia moved to NC in 2011 to pioneer a church alongside wither her husband of 17 years. Ms. Claudia has three children, one boy and two girls. Ms. Claudia enjoys the time she spends fostering children's growth and development as well as meeting and getting to know the parents and families.
Ms. Crystal's journey working with children began when she graduated from college in 2005. Ms. Crystal graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History and she became a substitute teacher for CMS working with children between K-12. In 2010 Ms. Crystal began focus her career in Early Childhood Education and in 2014 she became one of the Preschool Teachers. Ms. Crystal loves working with the preschool children because at this age they are so energetic, inquisitive, and have a tremendous imagination.There is never a dull moment in the Preschool classroom which is really cool!!
Ms. Melissa has been working with children for over ten years and have loved almost every minute of it. Ms Melissa graduated in 2012 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and obtained her Arkansas state teaching license. Ms. Melissa believes that all children are born with an instinctive curiosity and a burning desire to learn. It is up to us teachers to promote that curiosity and not smolder the flame of learning.
Ms. Bridget has been working with children for more than ten years. She has her North Carolina Credentials I&II. She is the mother of five children and 12 grandchildren. She loves the smiles she gets each day and the impact she will have in the lives of the children who pass through her toddler classroom.
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. —Forest Witcraft
Ms. Kimsu moved to Charlotte from Pennsylvania three years ago. She has two grown sons. She is currently a toddler teacher. She has an Associate Degree in Applied Science and plans on continuing her education. She has been a paraprofessional for 15 years in special education teaching children with developmental disabilities. She looks forward to each day where she can make a difference in the lives of children.
Ms. Sherry has been with KinderCare for more then five years. She is currently a toddler teacher. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She enjoys working with young toddlers. Toddlers are like little sponges that absorb skills on a daily basis. She strives to plan activities which support their curiosity and development in all developmental domains.
Everyday I learn something new with the children. I love their energy and their willingness to learn.
Ms. Hattie recently celebrated 40 years with Kindercare Learning Centers. She is a native of Charlotte, NC and a mother of two beautiful adult children with four Grandchildren.
It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted. – Conway
Ms. Tonya has been working for KinderCare for 20 years now. She started as a substitute teacher, then she went to the Preschool Classroom for four years, and then to the Prekindergarten Classroom for five years. She was also an Assistant Director for four years and now has different rolls: she is the cook, the center’s trainer and the third person in charge. She has the North Carolina Credentials I & II, and her Child Development Associate Credential, and Administration I.
My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. –Seneca
Ms. Elda joined the KinderCare family 19 years ago in Lake Worth, Florida; first as a parent and then as a teacher. She has a 21-year-old daughter named Gabby. She is currently the Prekindergarten Teacher. In Florida she took classes at Seton Hall University and West Palm Beach College, now living in Charlotte where she transferred seven years ago. She has her North Carolina Credentials I&II and a variety of early childhood and behavioral courses.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Education and development are important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at KinderCare child day care centers. From first aid training for emergency situations to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we have more than 40 years of experience ensuring that every child is happy and healthy. Our 1,700 KinderCare child care centers nationwide and vans and buses used for transportation all are designed with the safety and security of children in mind. Although scraped knees are a part of growing up, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day.
Our high-quality playground equipment is safe, sturdy and tested monthly by our facilities technicians to ensure it is secure and in good working order. We have safe fall zones with soft landing areas if your child takes a tumble. All outside play areas are wrapped in secure fencing.
We assess every child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s day with us; we increase assessment during flu season. We notify parents when a child does not feel well to help prevent an illness from spreading.
We clean our centers each day with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. Our floors are cleaned by certified cleaning vendors. Cleaning supplies are locked safely out of reach of children. While other child care providers clean toys each evening, KinderCare sanitizes toys throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs. We encourage children to wash their hands throughout the day by singing songs and teaching lessons about health and hygiene. Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas.
We have strict policies for administering medication to your child to ensure they are protected. Based on new research about healthy practices for infants and toddlers, we require a doctor’s note for any medication, prescription or over the counter, given to a child under two years to ensure safety. Medications are stored securely out of the reach of children.
Our centers are secured so that only authorized staff and families may enter. Safe, secure perimeters ensure that children can enjoy outdoor play safely. We use safety gates, window guards (except fire escapes) and cap electrical outlets. Our centers include smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Radiators and heaters are covered to prevent your child from touching something hot.
We have dedicated friendly caregivers who are trained in child development, early-childhood education or a related field. We conduct criminal background checks to ensure trustworthy staff and passionate teachers provide the best care and education for your child. Our staff and teachers are trained in First Aid and CPR.
We are serious about training for earthquakes, fires and lock down situations.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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