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Farm Pond KinderCare

Tonya Reid, Center Director

5750 Farm Pond Lane Charlotte NC 28212
(704) 568-2419 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
1 blck off Albemarle

Neighborhood:
Albemarle Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Albemarle Road Middle, Albemarle Road Ele, Idlewild Ele, Windsor Park Ele, Winterfield Ele, Hickory Grove Ele and Pre-K , Lebanon Ele,

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Welcome

I would like to thank each and every one of you for choosing KinderCare for your Early Educational needs. My role is to lead and manage all aspects of this center. My focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people, and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality care and education. This building is filled with LOTS of special people including the staff. They’re not just passionate about children. They are passionate about your child, and wants your child to realize his or her potential. The staff that is chosen not only has the experience but the personality and compassion to help each child grow. Please know that as your needs change I will be happy to help you evaluate them so that we can make this an enjoyable experience for you and your child. Again thank you for making KinderCare a part of your family.

Tonya Little-Reid
School Director

Tonya Reid, 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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

My team and I work together to make our center warm and welcoming by building long lasting and great relationships with each one of our families.  We genuinely care about every child in our center and respond to each child's unique needs and interest.

  • Tonya Reid

    Tonya Reid, Center Director

    A child can ask questions that a wise man can't answer

    Tonya began working at KinderCare July 31, 2000 as a lead infant teacher. She worked her way up the ladder showing her willingness to learn different things about KinderCare and its families and was promoted to Assistant Director. Tonya worked as an Assistant Director for more than 10 years. Tonya became the Center Director at KinderCare in March of 2010 which she absolutely takes pride in what she does for her families, staff and community her center is located in.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked as a Site Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One fish two fish red fish blue fish
    Year Started:
    7/31/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19+ years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Administrative Credentials I & II
  • Markeya Mahon

    Markeya Mahon, Assistant Director

    Children will make us want to start life over.

     Markeya comes to Kinder Care with over 15 years of experience in the Early Childhood Field. She Attended CPCC and obtained her certification in Early Childhood Education. Markeya’s passion for educating children and challenging them to strive for excellence is what led her to her career choice of working with children and their families. She serves our community as a volunteer, working with multiple youth groups.

    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Toddler

    We teach children so it will not be necessary to teach adults.

    Ms. Carmen has been in the childcare field 20+ years.  She loves to help mold each and every child in the center as well as in the community.

    Previous Experience:
    Owner of a child care center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the sidewalk ends
    Year Started:
    12/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Credentials I&II
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are our future

    Ms. Judy came to KinderCare as a three-year-old Preschool teacher. She loves to get on the kids level including riding bikes, jump roping and playing hide-and-go-seek. Judy states that she knows that children really do learn through play and that’s what she loves about her job.

    Year Started:
    3/28/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials I and II
  • Ms. Khadidatou

    Ms. Khadidatou, Infant/Toddler Classroom

    To teach is to touch a life forever

    Ms. Khadidiatou began working at KinderCare April 2, 2012 as the second lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom. Ms. Khadidiatou states her main focus is to help the parents to mold each child as they are learning each and eveyday through play, dance, songs, listening and sharing.  Ms. Khadidiatou also serves as the centers Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Ondia

    Ms. Ondia, Pre-K Classroom

    A child can ask a question that a wise man can not answer

    Ms. Ondia came to KinderCare in 2003 as a floating teacher. She later went back to school to become a lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom. Ondia has worked in all classrooms and really has a passion for teaching and setting a good example for her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked in Charlotte Mecklenburg School system as a teacher's assistant for the Prekindergarten program.
    Year Started:
    6/27/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Regina

    Ms. Regina, Preschool Classroom

    Children seldom misquote. In fact the usually repeat word for word

    Ms. Regina has been with KinderCare since January 31, 2011. She began as a School Age teacher and is now a Preschool teacher. Regina enjoys her morning group times, which she calls "care and share" because the children become so engaged in the communication that is going on and can not wait for their turn to share.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at Charlotte Mecklenburg School system as a teacher's assistant.
    Year Started:
    1/31/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credential I & II
  • Ms. Myra

    Ms. Myra, School Age Classroom

    We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today

    Ms. Myra has worked in childcare for over 25 years. She began with KinderCare Learning Center in 1990 where she was the two-year-old teacher. Since then Myra has worked in different capacities, including teaching all age groups from infants to school age, center trainer and safety coordinator.

    Year Started:
    11/19/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Cook

    Children make our lives important - Erma Bombeck

    Ms. Cheryl began her journey as the cook at KinderCare. She has a passion for cooking and getting the children to try different things. She always tell them that they are what they eat and they will respond to her and say, "Healthy!"

    Year Started:
    10/8/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

NEW YEARS DAY
PRESIDENTS DAY
MEMORIAL DAY
FOURTH OF JULY
LABOR DAY
COLUMBUS DAY
THANKSGIVING DAY
DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
CHRISTMAS

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child’s safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Farm Pond KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Ms. Khadidiatou's role includes conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s CPR certificates are up to date and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

As a busy mom of now 4 I wanted a place that would nurture, socialize, educate, and create a safe environment for my children. After dropping my children off at KinderCare Learning Center in the morning I would go to work with that peace of mind each and every day! My oldest child who is 6 year old has been attending KinderCare since she was 6 weeks old when she entered kindergarten she was the top reader in her class and was one of the strongest with counting, addition, and subtraction thanks to the foundation she had and my family continues to have at KinderCare Learning Center Farm Pond location. My second child as well as my third child is currently in preschool classroom with Ms. Regina and I am confident they are getting that same foundation! Thank you for all of your caring and support you have provided my family for the last 6 years.
 
L. James
Proud KinderCare Mom

- Mom

“My child struggled with his transition from being at home to going to childcare. Leaving his baby sister each morning while he went to his new school was extremely stressful and anxiety provoking for him as well as for my husband and I. Mrs. Tonya and her staff was extremely supportive of him as well as my husband and I as we all tried to make this transition easier for him. In addition, she was always willing to email me so I knew how he was doing. We truly appreciate all the love and support that has been shown by Mrs. Tonya and her staff at this center.  I can remember when I toured the facility and I was mentioning to Mrs. Tonya my concerns with his transition she made me feel so at ease and I knew I had chosen the right place for my son.  When I walk into the building no matter what time of day it is I see them providing individualized attention and focus on their students which shows me that this is not just a act they put on for me for enrollment they do it day in and day out.  Although I see 4 stars on the wall this is definitely a 5 star center to my husband, son and I. It really is a great feeling when you see your child run to their teacher with open arms and a big smile excited to be there. I would not trade this second family for the world!
L. Nwaorgu
 

- Mother

I would like to share the details of my experience at KinderCare Farm Pond location. I enrolled my three-year-old son at this center. My experience with the director Tonya Little-Reid has been exceptional. Ms. Little-Reid has been extremely kind and helpful throughout my entire enrollment process and to date. I have been reluctant to send my son to daycare due to the stigma behind daycare centers, but Ms. Little-Reid has banished this altogether. She is always warm and welcoming, despite the time of day or situation. One morning in particular, I was running behind for work and my son was not having a good morning. Mrs. Tonya calmed him down with her kind words, and I was able to leave. For a Director to be consistently kind and helpful is almost never heard of, and I felt it was only necessary that I commended her on her performance. In general all of the teachers are professional and courteous at all times and have made this transition for my son and I an enjoyable one. Warmest Regards, Jeneya B

- Mother
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