Mr. Kevin Mortensen, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare Coconut Creek. We are glad to have you visiting our website. Please check our calendar for upcoming community activities and events.
Mr. Kevin Mortensen, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our staff at KinderCare Coconut Creek is very excited to have you as part of our family. Some of our teachers, like Ms. Dora and Ms. Aileen, have been part of our team for over fifteen years. Ms. Monica, Ms. Maria, Ms. America, and Ms. Cynthia, been working at this location for over five years. Our staff holds Bachelor's and Associate's degrees in Early Childhood Education. We are proud to belong to this team and we want our families to receive the best care possible.
Whether our teachers are working with children or interacting with families, communication is a huge part of their mission. They are passionate about what they do, and they’re excited to share that enthusiasm with you and your child.
Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced educators. Children change everyday; with this in mind our teaches attend Professional Development Days to stay current on the latest research, trends, and thinking when it comes to what’s best for children at all stages of development.
We honor your role as a parent, and we learn from you, the first and most important teacher in your child’s life.
I feel that children are the future and to have the opportunity to work with children at such an early age is really outstanding. Education is clearly a key to success in the future and we are providing that building block and that is truly a privilege.
Kevin Mortensen began working with KinderCare Learning Center in 2002. He is currently certified by the state of Florida with a Director Credential and holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. He belongs to the National Association of Child Care Professionals and through his leadership the Center has achieved re-accreditation through NAC. Kevin's family was heavily involved in education. His father is a retired junior-high school assistant principal and his mother held assistant teaching positions through his younger years. He truly feels that education is valuable and works hard everyday to assure that learning is taking place and the environment for learning is at it's best. Kevin is the proud father of two daughters who both attend KinderCare. He is married to Dr. Terri Mortensen, who works for the Faulk Center for Counseling in Boca Raton, Florida and teaches psychology and counseling for Nova Southeastern University.
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Ashley has always had a love for children! She started babysitting at the age of 12 and has always known she wanted to work in the early childhood field. Ashley graduated from FAU with her Bachelor's degree in a new program at the time, Bachelor's of Early Care and Education. Ashley was born and raised in Florida, and has one son with her husband Josh!
Ms. Aline has worked with all ages within the center but is the Infant Teacher. She is extremely fond of the infants and loves to work with the babies that are ages 6 weeks to 12 months. She is extremly patient, caring, kind and loving with the children and the families.
What I love most about teaching is being able to help shape young minds through teaching and providing educational experiences. I'm inspired everyday just knowing I make a difference.
Ms. Johanna works with the Infant classroom. She takes the loving, kind and tender approach to her infants and the families that are in her care. Ms. Johanna is extremely warm with the infants and views safety and security as an important part of the care that she gives. She keeps an extra watchful eye on the infants.
I love being able to provide new experiences for the children to help them develop and grow. I am inspired working with infants because I enjoy watching them grow and reach milestones. They are constantly growing and learning at this age.
Ms. Lidia works with the infant classroom and helps to close out the room. She is a dedicated worker and makes sure that the room is clean and well kept. Ms. Lidia dismisses the children with a kind word to the parents and is amazing at putting parents concerns to rest as she does an amazing job in the infant room.
I enjoy working at Kindercare because it allows me to be a part of child's life and help them learn and develop
Mrs. Aileen is from Peru and has one son. She enjoys going to the beach and relaxing with her family.
I am inspired to come to work everyday because I love to see the children's adorable faces. They are so sweet and innocent. I feel very proud when the children learn something new.
Ms. Monica, enjoyes working with children who range in age from 1-2. She really enjoys curriculum and smiles all the time at the delight of the new things that children in her room learn. She is a great teammate and Ms. Monica is highly engaged in the children's learning and development.
I enjoy teaching the children in my class and watching them use what they have learned everyday
Mrs. America is from Dominican Republic and has two children. She enjoys going to the beach and shopping.
I love teaching because I love being able to make a difference. I am passionate about working with young children and treat them all as if they are my own.
Ms. Dora is from Venezuela and moved to South Florida in 1986. She is married and has two daughters. She also has one grandson. Ms. Dora enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.
I love being a teacher because it's my passion. It's a privilege being able to shape in a positive way the future by giving children the tools to make the right decisions and to be successful in life.
Ms. Cynthia's comes from an Italian and Greek background. Besides English, she speaks Spanish, French, Italian, and a little Greek. She has been married for 27 years, and has three boys who are her pride and joy; the first and second one already graduated from FIU, the third one is still in high school. She has been in the Education Field for more than 24 years.; she really enjoys teaching and is totally committed to this field. Her favorite hobbies are reading, painting and exploring the library.
I enjoy working at Kindercare because I love to watch the children grow and reach new milestones in their lives.
Mrs. Maria is from Peru and has three children. She enjoys relaxing at the beach and traveling to Peru.
I love teaching because I can shape young minds. Knowing that I get to see the children's bright faces everytakes inspires me to come to work.
Ms. Natasha is a very valuable member of the VPK team. She works to see that children are learning and growing and treats every child with respect. Learning is a key piece to the children developing and growing and Ms. Natasha is all about learning in her classroom. She is kind, and patient. Ms. Natasha is excellent in completing conferences that further inform parents about the lessons.
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.
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.
Our center will be closed on the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
In order to enter our center, families are provided with a code for the keypad located at front entrance. We are located in a free standing building in a large lot away from heavy traffic and surrendered by mature oak trees, which provide lots of shade for children while playing outdoors. Our playgrounds are well maintained with age appropriate toys and equipment. Our playgrounds are enclosed by fences with privacy bushes on most sides. The parking lot is very spacious and well lit to accommodate families who will we dropping off or picking up children in the dark. All of our staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR.
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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