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Clearwater KinderCare

Ms. Amber Ratcliffe, Center Director

2644 State Road 590 Clearwater FL 33759
(727) 797-9307 Contact this center

Ages: 2 Months to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
on SR 590 E of US 19

Next to Future Flips Gymnastics

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McMullen Booth, Safety Harbor

We currently have openings in our Discovery Preschool and Early Foundations Preschool. We have only 3 spots open in our Toddler classroom and an opening in our Infant classroom coming mid November! Schedule a tour with us today!

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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Thank you for your interest in Clearwater KinderCare Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for your child. We take pride in our relationships with students, parents and those around us. We take pride in the fact that we are shaping your child's future and that you, as parents, trust us with such an honor. We have an open door policy and always welcome our parents in our center.

Ms. Amber Ratcliffe, 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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. Professional Development Day!

  2. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Thanksgiving!

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Clearwater KinderCare Learning Center strives for excellence in education at all levels. We have a wide variety of teachers with Child Development Associate's credential, Associates Degree, or Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. The Clearwater KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Amber Ratcliffe

    Ms. Amber Ratcliffe, Center Director

    Hello! My name is Amber Ratcliffe and I am the Center Director here at the KinderCare in Clearwater , Fl. I have a Bachelors degree is Business/Marketing .I got into early childhood education after the birth of my second son. Being a full time mom I was searching for childcare and soon  realized the importance and impact that early educators have on children and I wanted to be a part of that. Being a part of their everyday  lives allows me to have a workday full of laughs, hugs and giggles. I look forward to meeting you and your family and having the opportunity to share all the wonderful things KinderCare and our center has to offer you.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelors in Business Marketing
  • Ms. LeighAnn Ward

    Ms. LeighAnn Ward, Assistant Director

    I look forward to working with you and your family, and creating a lifelong love of learning.

    Leigh Ann Ward has been with KinderCare since 1997, and has over 18 years of experience in the education field. She grew up with an interest in becoming an educator from a very young age. She earned Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from USF in 2006. Leigh Ann also has a Director's Credential and Child Development Associate's. As a memeber of the KinderCare Family, she has taught ages 2-5, been a Health & Safety Coordinator, Learning Adventures teacher, Program Specialist, and currently Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher to ages 2-11.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Mylia, Multi-Age

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  • Ms. Suela, Multi-Age

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  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Preschool Classroom

    Hello, my name is Ms. Wendy. I joined the KinderCare Family in April, 2015. I currently have a Bachelor's in Communication and Sciences Disorder- Speech Therapy. I love to work with children and see their growth through learning. Working with children is rewarding and also a learning experience in different age groups. I spend a lot of my spare time with my daughters. I love to sing and dance with them. I also like to read books and watch movies.

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  • Ms. Tabree

    Ms. Tabree, Toddler Classroom

    My name is Ms.Tabree. I have been with the KinderCare Family since April 2015. Previously, I was a teachers assistant for the Pinellas County School System, as well as a Recreational Leader for the city of Largo. I love interacting and educating children. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, dancing, and sleeping!

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  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, VPK

    My name is Ms. Kelly. I have been with the KinderCare Family since 1998. I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I got into the Early Education field because I love helping children learn. In my spare time, I like to read, watch TV and movies, and walk my dog Chenea.

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Marcie

    Ms. Marcie, Infant Classroom

    Hello! My name is Ms. Marcie. I joined the KinderCare Family in August, 2013. I currently have a CDA. I got into the field of Early Education because of my daughter, and to make a difference in the lives of children. In my spare time, I like to read, swim, and ride bikes.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Program Specialist

    Hello, my name is Ms. Ashley. I have been with the KinderCare Family since August 2014. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education. I got into the field of Early Education because I believe the beginning stages of development are so crucial in shaping a child's life. I enjoy spending time with my puppy, Kai, going to the movies, and spending time with my family!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Arlene

    Ms. Arlene, Toddler Classroom

    My name is Ms. Arlene. I have been with the KinderCare Family since November, 2014. Previously, I was working as a Medical Assistant. I moved to the Early Education field because I love working with children- especially infants and toddlers. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing video games, and spending quality time with my two daughters.

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  • Ms. Bobbie

    Ms. Bobbie, Infant Classroom

    My name is Ms. Bobbie. I have been with the KinderCare family since September, 2014. I currently have my CDA and Director's Credential. I got into the Early Education field because I love working with kids. I grew up babysitting, and love watching the little ones grow and learn new things. When not working, I love spending time with my children at the beach or pool.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Associates in Child Development
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My name is Ms. Cheryl (aka "Ms. CC") I've been with the KinderCare Family since January 2015, but have been working with children for thirty years. I have earned a CDA and a Director's Credential. I enjoy crafting, music, traveling, and spending time with my family. I got into Early Childhood Education because I love working with children and their families. It is something I truly enjoy and take pride in.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    CDA and Director's Credential
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, Cook and Van Driver

    Ms. Grace has worked for KinderCare on and off for the past 15 years. She makes balanced nutritious meals for our children every day. She knows every child in the center by name and their parents also. In addition to providing delicious meals, Ms. Grace also drives the center bus that transports the school age children back and forth to elementary school.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years

October 2015 Events

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  1. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. Professional Development 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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Here at Clearwater KinderCare Learning Center, we pride ourselves on the safety of our children. We utilize daily sign in/out sheets, strict parent/guardian identification, as well as keypad access to our building to ensure your child's safety. We are proud of our daily cleanliness checks and building maintenance schedules that help to keep our building a healthy and safe environment for your child.

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.

We are truly blessed to have found Ms. Emilie and her staff!!! We are a military family and move around a lot. Our daughter had some potty training issues and Ms. Terrie was a blessing in disguise. She, not only worked with our daughter but also with us in how to help our daughter the best way!<br /> Our daughter also learned Spanish and Ms. Jeanay has been a wonderful teacher! Our daughter's pronunciation is clear and she LOVES learning to speak a new language! She is complimented often on her ability to speak Spanish and how clear her words are. Our experience would not have been the same without Ms. Jeanay.<br /> <br /> The VPK program has truly prepared our daughter for Kindergarten and Ms. Kristin is the main reason. She has the patience of a Saint and encourages her class daily! We are truly grateful for ALL of the teachers at KinderCare.

- Mother

My grandchild attended KinderCare from two to 12 years of age. KinderCare is a great daycare. The director, assistant director and teachers are very caring and loving care givers. My grandson scored one point from the highest score in reading and three points from the highest score in math last year. I think the background learning he received from KinderCare contributed to these high scores.

- Grandparent

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