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Clearwater Children's Learning

Terrie McDonald, Center Director

3245 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater FL 33762
(727) 573-5976 Contact this center

Ages: 8 Weeks to 6 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
between the LaQuinta Inn & the Marriott Courtyard

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Currently does not bus children but can take School age children on non school days and during the summer up to 12 years old.

NOW ENROLLING for the 2015-2016 VPK School Year.  We currently have openings in our Discovery Preschool, Early Foundations Preschool, and VPK for the 2015-2016 school year.  We can help you apply for a voucher in the center!  Come in for a tour and ask me how.

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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Welcome to Clearwater Children’s Learning Center!  We strive not only to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for your child to learn in, but will also provide support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We believe that your child will learn best in an environment that encourages respect, creativity and joy through self-discovery and engaging your child's critical thinking skills. The teachers at Clearwater Children’s Learning Center believe it takes a village to raise a child and our families consider us to be an extension of their families (their village).  We take pride in our relationships with our children and families. We have an open door policy and we encourage our families to come in and visit anytime during the day.

Terrie McDonald, 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.

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.

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.


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.

Art Adventures

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Clearwater Children’s Learning Center are passionate about educating and nurturing children. A majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Associates Degree, or Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education. The Clearwater Children’s Learning Center 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 teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning

  • Terrie McDonald

    Terrie McDonald, Center Director

    As a parent of three children, I understand the importance of knowing that your child is not only safe, but that they receive a quality early education.  I strongly believe that between birth and age five, a child's brain is quickly forming powerful connections.  This is the time to help develop social interactions, thinking skills, and other skill sets to prepare for the transition to elementary school.

    Terrie has been with KinderCare since 1999 and has over 20 years of experience in the early childhood education industry.  Terrie has obtained her Child Development Associate Credential, Director Credential and has 45 clock hours of Pinellas County Training.  She is also CPR and first aid certified.  Terrie loves building strong lasting relationships with the children and families in the center. During her free time, Terrie enjoys spending time with her family, drawing, reading, and going to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Terrie has worked in the Early Childcare field for the past 25 years. She started as a toddler teacher and has since taught all age groups in an Early Learning setting. She became an Assistant Director in 2006 and Center Director on July 2014.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Terrie's favorite children's book is "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Florida Child Care and Education Progam Director Credential
  • Joy

    Joy, Assistant Director

    Ms. Joy attended the Universidad Carlos Albizu in Puerto Rico. She has experience in special education, child development and speech therapy. She enjoys doing lots of activities with the children and feels it is a pleasure to be part of a child's life.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Ms. Keli Axe

    Ms. Keli Axe, Center Director

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Kierstin

    Ms. Kierstin, Infant Classroom

    Every child is a story not yet told.

    Kierstin has been working at Clearwater Children’s Learning Center for a year. She has been working and also educating herself in the education field since high school. She loves working with her co-teacher and creating a amazing environment for their babies. She loves putting pictures up to display how the babies are enjoying projects and how much fun they have. Kierstin loves her job and making a difference in every child’s life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kierstin previously worked at another early childhood education center in the area for over five years. Additionally, she has worked in centers across the country and out of the country as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Adelica

    Ms. Adelica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Vera

    Ms. Vera, PreKindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Wanda

    Ms. Wanda, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Candace

    Ms. Candace, Infant Classroom

    It was fascinating to study childhood development; but I love visually observing the growth and development of the children, especially the infants!

    Candace is new to the area and is one of our newest teachers working in the infant classrooms. She specialized in child development throughout her studies while receiving her Bachelors from Florida State University. Candace is determined to help the babies reach their milestones at their appropriate ages. She is also continuously encouraging new motor skills. We are proud to have her join our team! 

    Previous Experience:
    Childcare volunteer and Research Assistant at FSU
    Favorite Children's Book:
    1. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie 2. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than a year
    Florida State University - Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development
  • Mr. Justin, PreKindergarten Classroom

    “Walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” Veman Howard  

    Justin began his career with Knowledge Universe in 2011. He transferred to Clearwater Children’s Learning Center from Connecticut in March of this year. His goal is to always provide a safe, nurturing environment where all children can learn and grow. He believes good communication is the key to creating strong parent relationships; strong parent relationships create a strong home and school environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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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
  • Lunch
  • 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 Clearwater Children’s Learning Center, 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 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 the Clearwater Children’s Learning Center, we conduct monthly fire drills, ensure that all staff's First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date and maintain 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.

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My son started at the center when he was two. At first I wasn't sure if he was ready for preschool because he was born premature and special needs. At the time we weren't sure what he needed to be successful but his teachers worked with us and were willing to learn about his special needs. In the beginning we weren't sure so he was going to adjust but the teachers helped him so much. The communication was the most important part in knowing how he was developing and what he needed more help with. Over time he was able to make friends and learned to socialize and play.  He has learned so much in the three years he was there and it's all because the teachers were able to adjust to meet his needs. The teachers really do care about the children. I love hearing what he's learned and how his day was.

- Mother

There are few things more stressful for a new parent than selecting childcare for their young child. This is because you are, in many ways, selecting a co-parent; someone who will love, nurture, and teach your child in accordance with your morals and beliefs. This task is more challenging for parents of non-school age children, because much of the child’s early development depends on who cares for the child while the parent is at work and there seem to be an unlimited number of childcare options out there, and none will ever feel good enough, because none are you, the parent. Yet, this is exactly what we found at Clearwater Children’s Learning Center (CCLC). My husband and I faced just this situation when our one and only daughter, Amelia, was 15 months old. She had been home with me her entire life and as much as I enjoyed staying at home, it was time to return to the workforce. After a very negative experience at another daycare during my first week at work, we were able to bring Amelia to CCLC, and on very short notice. Due to the experience we had with the first daycare, I was still hesitant about leaving my daughter when we arrived at CCLC that Monday, but the Director, Ms. Christina, and the teachers in the toddler room made both myself and Amelia feel comfortable. They even provided me with big hugs and reassurance as I left. By the end of that first week, Amelia would not cry when I left in the morning and to my surprise, would even get excited to go into her classroom! Over the weeks and months that Amelia (now, Mimi, as her teachers and friends call her) has been attending CCLC she has flourished in more ways than I can count. While as a parent I want to take some credit, honestly, I know that the leaps and bounds my daughter has made are largely due to the teachers at CCLC. When my daughter started to talk, we would hear about the art, stories, and songs that she learned, but more than anything, we heard about her teachers- Ms. Theresa, Ms. Nicolle, and Ms. Erin. By the time we would get to CCLC in the morning, Amelia would sprint to hug Ms. Theresa every morning and even told my husband and I that Ms. Theresa was coming on vacation with us (needless to say, Amelia was disappointed when she learned it was just Mom, Dad and baby going the plane). If my daughter’s development, independence and happiness wasn’t enough proof that the teachers at CCLC were doing right by her, every time that I pick Amelia up, the teachers are all actively engaged with the children. Never once have I seen anyone, teachers or staff, at CCLC sit on the sidelines. More recently, Amelia turned two and transferred into another class. I lost sleep worrying about the transition because of how close she was with the teachers in her toddler class, yet the teachers at CCLC made it seamless and Amelia transitioned like a pro. She loves her new class and teachers just as much as she loved her toddler class! I can hardly wait to hear about all her new adventures with her new friends and see all of the amazing things she will learn. I can’t in good conscience call CCLC a daycare, because it isn’t. It is so much more. At two years old, Amelia surprises me every day with new things that she has learned- she can count to 10 pretty well, recognizes letters, eats a variety of healthy food, and knows a number of different songs, which she happily teaches to my husband and I. The education and experiences that Amelia has at CCLC are what makes it more than a daycare. It is a school, but not just that, it is a great school with incredible teachers. Finally, the greatest testament to the quality care and education that my daughter receives at CCLC is in my daughter’s personality and confidence. When she was home with me, she was consistently happy and sweet natured. My greatest concern when I had to return to work was that she would lose some of that sweetness which made her uniquely Amelia. Honestly, that first daycare we took her too did nothing to dispel this fear, but I can happily say that after attending CCLC for almost one year, Amelia is still that sweet, loving and happy little girl that she was before I went back to work. Her teachers at CCLC made sure of that. The teachers at CCLC nurture the children’s personalities and encourage them to be who they are, which is priceless. There is not enough time or enough words for me to express my gratitude for everything that the teachers at CCLC have done for Amelia and my family. And while Amelia is never far from my thoughts, being able to focus on my job during the day, because I know that my child has the BEST care makes me thankful beyond measure.

- Parent

I highly recommend the Knowledge Learning Center for its safety, amazing caregivers, hours of operation and all around care. My daughter has been thriving during her almost one year at the center. The caregivers are second to none and really connect with the children which enriches their learning experience. We often visit the center and find that, no matter what time of day, the center is clean, secure and consistent. We have sincerely appreciated the community of families and care givers and have made some lifelong friends for sure.

- Parent

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