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Village Drive KinderCare

Ms. Cecilia Anders, Center Director

1711 Village Dr. College Station TX 77840
(979) 693-9900 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
South Knoll, College Hills, Pebble Creek, Creek View, Rock Prairie, Southwood Valley, Forest Ridge

Welcome

Welcome to the Village Drive KinderCare in College Station, home of Texas A&M University and the Fightin’ Texas Aggies! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, and so we place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print, and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families: their village. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ms. Cecilia Anders, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Teachers & Staff

The loving and devoted professionals at Village Drive KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. Our program is nationally accredited, which means we have ensured that our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education level and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child's progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios, and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.

  • Ms. Cecilia Anders

    Ms. Cecilia Anders, Center Director

    Ms. Cecilia was born and raised in Texas and is a proud Fightin’ Texas Aggie! She started working at her center in 1981 as a Preschool Teacher. A couple years into her career, Ms. Cecilia opened the Infant Classroom when her first daughter was born, and then also spent time as a Toddler and Prekindergarten Teacher. A few years later, she became the Center Director and it has been her pride and joy to lead this team for over thirty years. Ms. Cecilia is the mother of four, and she and her husband enjoy going to the Texas coast and spending time with their family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cecilia has worked for KinderCare since 1981 and has worked with all age groups.
    Year Started:
    6/9/1981
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Raquel Hernandez

    Ms. Raquel Hernandez, Assistant Director

    Ms. Raquel began her career with KinderCare as a Teacher. After many years of joy in the classroom, Ms. Raquel expanded her career into the Assistant Director role. She loves making a positive difference in each child’s life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Raquel has previously worked as a Prekindergarten Teacher for Head Start in Hidalgo County and Preschool Teacher for Head Start in San Antonio, Texas.
    Year Started:
    1/25/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies / College of Education with a minor in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Infant Classroom / Health & Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Debbie's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Debbie helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world. Ms. Debbie looks forward to working with children and their families for a meaningful year of learning and discovery.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Gloria's goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. She fills each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to Ms. Gloria, so families in her classroom receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences. She looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

    Year Started:
    11/16/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Mercedes

    Ms. Mercedes, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mercedes' goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. Children in her classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Mercedes supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.

    Year Started:
    3/4/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. April's goal is to promote vocabulary development and conversational skills through fun, hands-on experiences. She uses activities such as daily group discussions, fingerplays, songs, and read-alouds to help children in her classroom develop the fundamental language skills they continue to build on throughout their lifetime. For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children--and so Ms. April uses this opportunity to teach children how to share, follow instructions, and set the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. April has previously worked at the Angieland Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science in Education; Child Development Associate Credential; Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies (In Progress)
  • Ms. Parul

    Ms. Parul, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Parul's goal is to create opportunities for children to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for kindergarten. She encourages the use of the senses to explore different materials; creates opportunities for children to ask and answer open-ended questions; helps children experiment with spatial relationships; and helps children develop an understanding of sequencing concepts, such as first, next, and last. Ms. Parul also uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills and uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen their coordination and gross-motor skills. She offers children healthful food choices for snacks and meals, while also helping children learn that what we eat is important, and that our bodies need the right amount of exercise and nutrition to stay healthy.

    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Master's Degree in English Literature
  • Ms. Eileen

    Ms. Eileen, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Eileen's goal is to create a relaxing and fun after-school environment that children will eagerly look forward to attending. She provides regular homework support, daily fitness activities, hands-on learning experiences, and community outreach projects to stimulate children's development in all areas. Ms. Eileen uses club activities, the Classroom Council, group games, and events to help children develop leadership, planning, organizing, and team-building skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Eileen has previously worked for Children's World, Children's Lighthouse, and Merry Hill Academy.
    Year Started:
    4/9/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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 various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC

    NAC

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our top priority at Village Drive KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We have three children and have had at least one child enrolled at Village Drive KinderCare for over 11 years. Every day on arrival my children and I have been greeted warmly as we enter the building. A huge positive that we have seen at the Village Drive center is that there has not been a lot of staff turnover over the years we have had children at that particular center. Each age group's classroom has its own curriculum and an outstanding lead teacher and/or caregiver. As a working mother, I have always felt very comfortable leaving my children here. It is a huge relief to be able to drop my child off each morning and know that he or she will be well cared for and safe during the day while I am at work. From daily sheets filled out for infants and smaller children to daily verbal communication with teachers of older children, the teachers have always kept me well-informed about my children’s days. Maybe the biggest testament for the center is that my children have all enjoyed going here and spending time with the other children and their teachers.

I cannot say enough about the education curriculum. My three children have learned so much at this center, including: sight words, shapes, colors, Spanish words, geometric shapes (prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cubes, etc.), numbers 1-100, animal facts, letters, and the list goes on and on. My older two children were well-prepared and above average when they entered kindergarten and I am sure my youngest will be as well. 

Highlights for my kids throughout the years: Basket of apples and/or healthy snack before going home; Just-for-fun dress-up photo shoot pictures from the infant rooms (received “scrapbook” of pictures and art from Infant Teachers, which was priceless: thank you, Ms. Debbie!); Winter Gala; holiday parties; dress-up days; interaction with pets (rabbit and guinea pig); Thanksgiving lunch for kids and families; summer activities; museum day, yoga day (or “Yoda day” as my son called it when he was three); clowns; Santa visits; birthday celebrations; March of Dimes mini walk on the playground...the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the many extras my children have experienced at Village Drive KinderCare.

11 years ago, my husband and I chose Village Drive KinderCare because at the time it was a child care option we could afford. As years went by, we could have chosen a different child care facility but we stayed because KinderCare proved to be the best in all aspects for our children. A significant part of our staying with this particular center was the Director, Ms. Cecilia. She goes above and beyond what is required to keep this center running smoothly and to make sure every child is treated with respect and love.  She has hired an extremely competent, well above average staff that all are committed to creating the best environment possible for the children they care for. Over the years my children have been nurtured, educated, entertained, kept safe, praised, well-fed, and loved by the staff here. When asked about child care options in our area, I always recommend the Kindercare on Village Drive.

 

 

 

- Mother

I first contacted the Village Drive KinderCare in the Fall of 2007.  We were new to the area, and Ms. Cecilia and her team at KinderCare were highly recommended by a colleague of my husband. We were immediately impressed when we visited the center. Ms. Cecilia's energy and love of children is noticeable the minute you meet her. My daughter adjusted quickly and stayed in Ms. Cecilia's care until kindergarten. In her time there, she learned how to read and basic computer skills at KinderCare. 
  
Fast forward to early 2012, and I found myself contacting Ms. Cecilia again. I had an eight-month old at the time and the ONLY place I wanted her to go was KinderCare. While I waited to see if an opening would become available, I toured other daycares in the area. None of them compared to KinderCare, so I kept in touch with Ms. Cecilia until a spot opening up for my daughter. She started in the Infant Classroom and was loved and cared for by Ms. Debbie. What an amazing caregiver! She loved her like she was her own.  My daughter is now almost four years old and every step of the way, she has been loved and cared for. She has also been taught many skills (potty training, cleaning up after herself, eating with utensils) and continues to learn new skills that I know will prepare her for kindergarten (colors, numbers, days of the week, seasons).
  
I wholeheartedly recommend Village Drive KinderCare to new moms and colleagues looking for daycare. I know they will get quality attention from Ms. Cecilia and her team!

- Mother

Village Drive KinderCare is a great school! My son has been at this KinderCare since he was one year old and has grown up with them. I feel comfortable leaving my son here because I know that he is safe, cared for, and is actively learning.  Ms. Cecilia is a great Director and makes me feel assured everything is under control, but I also feel comfortable talking to her if I have any questions or concerns. The center is always clean and welcoming. The teachers and staff are always attentive and respectful. I feel safe entrusting my child to their care and would recommend this daycare to all parents!

- Mother

I think this is a great center and is somewhere I'm very comfortable leaving my child, which is not something I easily do. I think Ms. Cecilia and her staff do a great job with the children. I love that there are several teachers still at Village Drive KinderCare who were there when my first child attended. I think this is a wonderful center!

- Mother

We just had our first child, and after touring many daycare centers, the Village Drive KinderCare made me, my husband, and my child the most comfortable. Ms. Debbie has ensured a smooth transition not only for my daughter, but for me and my husband as well. One rough week of transition made me question working, but multiple staff members made me know I was leaving her in good care, so I decided to keep working. A specific thanks to Ms. Debbie, who took my requests for my daughter and went above and beyond! The Infant Classroom is always clean, organized, and welcoming. The staff does a good job of keeping an eye out for all the children there. I have always witnessed an extremely thoughtful, caring, and safe environment for my daughter throughout the day.

- Mother

I love Village Drive KinderCare! I annot say enough good things. I recommend all of my coworkers to attend this center! My third child is now attending and I could not imagine going somewhere else. My children have so much fun and interaction daily that I could not ask for more. I am thankful to the staff for everything!

- Mother

I have had wonderful experience at this center with both of my children. The Center Director, Ms. Cecilia, is top notch and very attentive to all the children and parents. My children's teachers have always been very informative and kind. I am beyond pleased with this great center.

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