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Monroe Road KinderCare

Nkela Collins, Center Director

9500 Monroe Rd. Charlotte NC 28270
(704) 847-2542 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
W of Sardis Rd

Sardis Rd. North, close to the Matthews Town Line.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenway Park Elementary, Crown Point Elementary

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We are very excited to welcome you to the Monroe Road KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. We can not wait to meet you and your family. Here at KinderCare Learning Center, we value learning and put great emphasis on developing the whole child. Our curriculum allows your child to develop to his or her greatest potential through social, emotional, cognitive, and physical progress. We ensure that your child will be provided with a safe, secure, and enriching environment. With our professional and dedicated staff and educational learning environment, your child will have all the tools he or she needs to be successful.

Nkela Collins, 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.

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.

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  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. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. 2016 Winter Gala


      Please join us for our annual Winter Gala! Our children will be singing holiday and songs and performing choreography that they can't wait to share with you. We can't wait to see you there! 

Teachers & Staff

At Monroe Road KinderCare we pride ourselves on building meaningful relationships with our children and their families, and our highly qualified and experienced staff is committed to giving quality care to each child each day based on their individual needs. This combination of education, experience, and longevity with the company helps to make our families feel like they are part of our KinderCare family.

  • Nkela Collins

    Nkela Collins, Center Director

    Nkela has worked in the Early Childhood field for the past 15 years. She has taught in various Preschool and Prekindergarten programs over the years. She joined the KinderCare team in 2008 as the Learning Adventures Instructor.  She later became an Assistant Director and then promoted to Center Director. She enjoys building relationships with the families and working with children and watching them grow and learn everyday.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Associate's in Early Childhood Education
  • Paige Breece

    Paige Breece, Assistant Director

    Paige has worked in childcare for more than a decade and loves every moment of it. In the past, Paige has taught various age groups, as well as working as a Program Coordinator and Enrollment Specialist for three years. She enjoys chatting with families and building strong, long lasting relationships with children and their parents.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    NC ECE & Admin Credentials
  • Ms. Stephanie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie has been with us since March 17, 1997. She has completed her credentials I and II and is certified in First Aid and CPR. She continues to pursue her educational growth while taking college courses. Ms. Stephanie is a mother of two and works in our Infant classroom.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    North Carolina Lead Teacher Credentials
  • Ms. Asia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Asia works in our infant classroom and does a fantastic job every day while nuturing and caring for our littlest students. She is passionate about what she does and has a kind heart for children.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Janeika, Toddler Classroom

    Miss Janeika is our Toddler teacher and has been with us since March 5, 2003. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Janeika is certified in First Aid and CPR and has more than a decade of experience in childcare.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associates in Child Development, working toward Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Rochelle, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Rochelle worked with after school students prior to joining the KinderCare team. She loves working with her toddlers and doesn't mind getting goofy and dancing around in the classroom to make the children laugh. The children naturally gravitate to Ms. Rochelle's upbeat, energetic personality.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Richelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Richelle joined our team in January of 2016. She is currently enrolled in a Masters program at UNCC. As a teacher, Ms. Richelle makes the curriculum come to life in her Discovery Preschool classroom each month. She works to create theme-based enhancements that the children enjoy immersing themselves in.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Karyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Karyn works in our Discovery Preschool program. She has a Bachelor's degree and many years of experience working with children of all ages!

    Year Started:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Yolonda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Yolonda enjoys making an impact on the children she works with everyday. Seeing the smiles on their faces is what motivates her to continue to work in this field. She has fun with her Preschool students and they enjoy participating in activities and learning new skills under her direction. She has recently completed her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree
  • Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has lived in North Carolina for over 30 years, and has been with us since May 29, 1990. Ms. Michelle has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is Lead Teacher certified. She also holds her Early Childhood Administrative Credential Level II. She has over 25 years of experience in childcare. Ms. Michelle is certified in First Aid and CPR. She is also the mother of three lovely children and grandmother to two.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, North Carolina Lead Teacher Credential, Administrator Level II
  • Ms. Monet, Floater

    Ms. Monet has the joy of getting to know each of our students as she floats from classroom to classroom. She is the mother of a toddler and has an incredibly nurturing heart toward children. Whether it's cuddling our infants, playing with our toddlers and twos, or working on ABC's and 123's with our Preschool and Prekindergarten students, Ms. Monet has a fantastic time and the children adore her.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Latoya, Floater

    Ms. Latoya has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1996. She enjoys singing, reading and cooking. As a floater, Ms. Latoya's favorite activity is reading and singing to the children, as well as making up games and rhymes on the fly to ease into transitions.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    NC Credentials
  • Ms. Beth, Floater

    Ms. Beth has been with us since 2014 and has worked in education for over 20 years! She is our afternoon floater and enjoys working in all of our classrooms, getting to know each of our children individually.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    NC Credentials/Bachelor's in History
  • Ms. Elka, Culinary Specialist

    Ms. Elka is our Culinary Specialist! She has been with us since October 17, 2006. Ms. Elka holds her Bachelor’s of Science as a Pharmacist’s Assistant. Ms. Elka has completed continuing education courses through NAPSACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care). She makes the best meals!

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor of Science in Pharmacist Assistance from Medical College of Plovdiv

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. Thursday December 08, 2016
    1. Cards for the Community

      We will be creating Holiday greeting cards for members of our community; from the homeless and the elderly, as well as ill children, to bring a little Holiday cheer. Feel free to create greeting cards at home with your child and bring them in on this day as well. All cards should be handmade and signed only with your child's first name. We will be delivering the cards throughout the coming days. 

  3. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. 2016 Winter Gala


      Please join us for our annual Winter Gala! Our children will be singing holiday and songs and performing choreography that they can't wait to share with you. We can't wait to see you there! 

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

  5. Friday December 30, 2016
    1. New Years Party


      Happy New Year! We will be celebrating the end of 2016 and looking forward to 2017 together on December 30. As we look back and reflect on on 2016, we will also be looking forward to all of the exciting things 2017 has in store for us. 

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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, following health and safety guidelines is a top priority. For your child's safety and security, we have a keypad in our entry area. Our playground is safe and secure with a fenced in playground, inspected daily, and maintained regularly by our maintenance staff and landscapers. All of our teachers have CPR and First Aid certification.

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.

Our daughter Piper loves going to KinderCare! They made her feel very comfortable everyday even though she can be shy. Their teachers put a lot of thought into her transition from the 1yr room to the 2yr room, which helped so much! Her teacher devoted so much attention to potty training that within two weeks our 2yr old was fully potty trained! The staff at KinderCare gives 100% of their energy and effort toward keeping kids safe, happy and healthy. They truly care about the well being of each child there. KinderCare is not a daycare, they are family!
- Mother

First I just want to start out saying that "I CAN'T IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT KINDERCARE"! My son started KinderCare back in August of 2013. It was his first time in a large facility. He had been in an in-home center but it was time for him to move on. When he started KinderCare he was just starting Kindergarten so I was a big ball of nerves. The first day of school I got a call from Ms. Kim, the Center Director, and she said "Hey Girl," and my heart dropped. The next words that came from her mouth was, "We have Kimmel and he is fine." I could have cut a couple of cartwheels around my center but I didn't want my District Manager to walk in on me as I too am a Center Director at KinderCare, I was worried about leaving my son at a childcare center, but after day one all of my concerns of leaving him went out the window. He absolutely LOVES "KinderCarer" Monroe Road (as he calls it and so do I). Ms. Kim, Nkela and Team, thank you all for loving on the kid as his father and I love on him.

- Mother

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