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W.T. Harris KinderCare

Cindy Wingate, Center Director

6601 East W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte NC 28215
(704) 536-0830 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
between Robinson Church Rd & Hickory Grove Rd

Neighborhood:
Harris Blvd between Robinson Church Rd. and Hickory Grove Rd. - 8 miles east of 85 - 4 miles west of Indepence Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
J. H Gunn, Hickory Grove, J. W. Grier, Reedy Creek, Myers Park Traditional, Can accommodate others, call to verify.

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Welcome

Welcome to East W.T. Harris KinderCare in Charlotte North Carolina. We have an awesome staff at this KinderCare and we would love for your family to come and visit ours. We believe that early childhood education is very important and that the best way for a child to learn is to make it fun. We make it so much fun every day, that the children do not even realize they are learning math, science, reading, writing, social and emotional skills. There is no better place to leave your child than KinderCare.

Cindy Wingate, 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.

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.

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.

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. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      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

This center has long-term staff. Most all of us have been here at least ten years. We have over one hundred years of combined childcare experience. The teachers and management are very involved with our families. We love having parties and events where our parents can participate and meet each other.

  • Cindy Wingate

    Cindy Wingate, Center Director

    This is the only job I know of that you are guaranteed a smile, a laugh or a hug everyday.

    Cindy Wingate started working at the KinderCare in Gastonia, NC as a two year old teacher. She worked in every classroom for five years before becoming the assistant director. In her sixth year she became director and has been doing that for almost 21 years. She has been the Director at four KinderCare Centers in the Charlotte area. Cindy originally wanted to work at KinderCare until her children went to school, and then go to school to become a nurse. Although her children are now adults, she realized that she loved working with children so much that this was going to be her career. Cindy loves her staff, families and the children at this center. She wants the children to have a wonderful learning experience, but nothing makes her happier than to go into a classroom to make the children laugh.

    Year Started:
    6/9/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certification
  • Ms. Lolita

    Ms. Lolita, Infant Classroom

    I love implementing my own experiences into the class room and touching the lives of so many people.

    Ms. Lolita is the infant room teacher. She became a KinderCare parent in 2001 and loved us so much she became a teacher. Lolita is that teacher who consoles, hugs and makes comfortable the parents who trust her to take good care of their most prized possessions. Separation is very hard for parents and infants but she makes it so much easier for both.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childcare Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Toddler Classroom

    Toddlers have a genuine eagerness to learn and enjoy it.

    Ms. Becky has been a toddler teacher with KinderCare for Twenty years. She enjoys watching her toddlers learn and grow. To be a teacher in the same age group for that many years is quite an accomplishment. She had to start opening in the mornings because her children and parents knew drop off time with Ms Becky would be very smooth and the children would be happy to see her. She has her North Carolina Childcare Credentials plus several classes and many training hours in this field. She is CPR and First Aid certified along with SIDS. Becky has been married for thirty six years. She has two sons and two grandsons.

    Year Started:
    3/21/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    North Carolina Childcare Credentials
  • Ms. Lakenya

    Ms. Lakenya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    We have to educate and take care of our future because one day our future will take care of us.

    Ms. Lakenya has been with KinderCare for five years working as a two year old teacher. Two year olds can be a tough group to work with but Ms. Lakenya makes it look easy. She is a very loving and patient teacher with very powerful teaching skills. It is so hard to move these children up to the three year old room because they do not want to leave her.

    Year Started:
    12/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Pearl

    Ms. Pearl, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see the children's developmental growth.

    Ms. Pearl works in our preschool class. She is so dedicated to the education of children that she works with "More at Four" during the day and Kindercare in the afternoon. Ms. Pearl spends eleven hours a day teaching children. She walks in the room in the afternoon and the children all just about knock her down trying to give her hugs. Ms. Pearl loves working with her children.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shamika

    Ms. Shamika, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children because at any given minute something magical can and will happen.

    Ms. Shamika has been with KinderCare for fourteen years. She is in our three year old room and she does a fantastic job with them. Ms. Shamika loves her three year olds and loves teaching them. She is working towards a degree in Human Services and wants to obtain a certificate in Developmental Disabilities. She has two children of her own who are also enrolled in KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2/8/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    North Carolina Teaching Credentials
  • Ms. Shnel

    Ms. Shnel, Prekindergarten

    Give each child a sense of knowing they can do anything if they try hard.

    Ms. Shnel has worked at KinderCare for thirteen years and she is the Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys teaching and watching the children grow and learn. She loves to watch the children grasp the concept of what she is teaching them. Just to see the smiles on their faces lets her know she is doing a great job. You can walk by Ms. Shnel's class room at any given time and hear her and the children laughing.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Denitra

    Ms. Denitra, School Age Classroom

    There is no better place for me to be than to be with children.

    Ms. Denitra works with our older school age children. She has been an assistant director and a director but her heart just wasn't in it. Her heart was in the class room with her children. She enjoys helping them with their homework, special projects and going on field trips. Ms. Denitra has got her students involved in the community Track and Field competition where they walked away with many awards.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Helen

    Ms. Helen, School Age Classroom

    Helping children to manifest their destiny inspires me to teach, and I know I am a positive influence in someone's life everyday.

    Ms. Helen has been employed with KinderCare for eight years. She is a graduate of Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Early Childcare Education. Ms. Helen really enjoys working with her class. She loves hands on projects and exploring new adventures through the different learning centers. She refuses to let her children give up and encourages them to always try their best. She tells them "if it is your best, you will have success". Ms. Helen's children are more worried about what she thinks than their parents when they get their report card. She is one of the best and any child will thrive with her.

    Previous Experience:
    School Teacher
    Year Started:
    6/18/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tamala

    Ms. Tamala, Center Cook

    The cook is the most beloved person in the center because she is the one who feeds the children.

    Ms. Tamala was a teacher before she became the cook. She has been with KinderCare for 9 years. Cooking for the children is her passion. She gets to go into every class room during the day and get hugs from all of the children who love her. She enjoys making healthy nutritious meals and watching the children eat them. They jump up and down when she brings the meals and snacks.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    North Carolina Childcare Credentials

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
  • 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

At KinderCare the health and safety of your children is one of our top priorities. All outside doors are locked and monitored by ADT and the front door has a keypad entrance so only parents and staff can get inside. We have fire drills and tornado drills so the children know what to do. We also have evacuation plans in place to transport children to in case of an emergency. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Anyone who works with Infant to two year-old's has been trained in SIDS.

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.

Kindercare on E. WT Harris Blvd. is Heaven sent. They provide exemplary care and a warm nurturing environment for the children they serve. I have been utilizing Kindercare for several years and I have never been disappointed. When I drop my child off I take comfort in knowing he is being well taken care of. The teachers and management are very loving and pleasant to work with. They are all knowledgeable and exude expertise in the field of early childhood education. I have sent my children there for ten years and will continue to do so. Kudos to Kindercare for providing excellent service.

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