Nkela Collins, Center Director
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We are very excited to welcome you to the Monroe Road KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. We cannot 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We have a team of highly educated and dedicated teachers. Several of our teachers have been with KinderCare for over 20 years and in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. 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 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.
I love seeing how each child can benefit from learning through play. I feel that with my knowledge and years of experience, I can help social, emotional, cognitive and language development for all children in my care.
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.
Ms. Beth works in our Infant Room in the afternoons and helps out in other classrooms when needed. She enjoys working with all of the children at the center.
Children need love and understanding. I love making a difference to my families. Giving back to people makes my life complete.
Ms. Aida has lived in New York, Puerto Rico, Florida and North Carolina. She has her CDA and her Credentials I & II. She is certified in CPR and First Aid, and has over 33 years of experience in childcare. She is also our Health and Safety Coordinator. Ms. Aida makes sure our building is safe and healthy at all times.
“I want to help care for and make a difference in children’s lives.”
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 over 9 years of experience in childcare.
I enjoy working with children as they bring a smile to my face every day,.
Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kenya worked as a Prekindergarten Assistant with Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system and as a Substitute Teacher with Bright Horizons in New York.
I enjoy teaching and learning from people. I want to ensure that children have a positive start in life! Being around children brings a smile to my face.
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's 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.
I love KinderCare and I truly enjoy being a part of the childrens development and providing a safe and nurturing environment for them.
Ms. Latoya has worked in Early Childhood since 1996. She enjoys singing, reading and cooking. Her favorite activity is reading and singing to the children.
"I enjoy teaching and working with children everyday"
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 is currently working on her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
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!
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.
We have a keypad in our entry area. Our playground is safe and secure with a fenced in playground. All of our teachers have CPR and First Aid training.
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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