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Balcones KinderCare

Ms. Ashley Chavez, Center Director

937 Balcones Dr. College Station TX 77840
(979) 696-9062 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Rock Prairie, Southwood Valley, Forest Ridge, Creek View, Pebble Creek, Greens Prairie, Spring Creek

Welcome

Welcome! We are excited you are interested in the Balcones KinderCare Learning Center. This web page will offer you a glimpse of our center, but to find out what it is all about, we invite you to stop in for a tour!

Ms. Ashley Chavez, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We love our staff! Combined, our 16 wonderful staff members have over 75 years of experience at KinderCare! We consider professional development to be extremely important--the majority of our staff have college degrees or child development associate credentials. We are proud that the rest of our staff is continuing their education and working towards a degree or child development associate credentials.

  • Ms. Ashley Chavez

    Ms. Ashley Chavez, Center Director

    Ms. Ashley grew up in Cypress, Texas and has moved to College Station to be closer to family. She has been so lucky to have been able to spend a few years living in Germany and traveling Europe. She says it was a wonderful experience to be able to see another part of the world and to experience the European culture. Ms. Ashley has always loved working with children. She has a very loving and outgoing son who attends KinderCare and really enjoys his days there.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has previously worked as a Teacher at Marketplace Creative Schools in North Carolina, as a Teacher at the Child Development Center in Germany on an Army Base, and as a Teacher Assistant at Patrick Henry Elementary in Germany.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Cheri

    Ms. Cheri, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Cheri started working with KinderCare as an Infant Teacher. She really enjoyed helping babies reach their milestones at each developmental stage. She looks forward to the different challenges that occur in her new position she faces to take care of many different health- and safety-related situations. Ms. Cheri has one son and two grandchildren. She loves teaching them about life!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheri has previous experience in restaurant management.
    Year Started:
    8/25/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Zehra

    Ms. Zehra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Zehra's goal is to encourage children to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. She helps infants learn to engage with others by talking with them; communicating through non-verbal gestures; telling stories and singing songs to model conversational skills; and using picture books to build associations between sounds, objects, and words. Ms. Zehra also helps infants improve mobility and coordination by supporting babies as they roll from side to side and learn to crawl, stand, and walk; and by supporting the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards. She also ensures that she meets all children's individual needs for rest and nutrition.

    Year Started:
    6/2/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Angela's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Angela provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. Angela appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angela has previously worked as a caregiver at a local nursing home.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cindy has been teaching for the past ten years. She has grown as a teacher and loves the new ideas the children come up with each and every day! Ms. Cindy’s favorite part of the day is story time. She enjoys reading out loud to the children. Her classroom always has a variety of activities for the children. Ms. Cindy teaches through play. She also enjoys guiding her children to do various activities, such as writing, exercising, reading, and art. Being a positive role model in a child’s life means a lot to her. She also has two sons of her own. Ms. Cindy's 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. Cindy 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.
      

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cindy has had experience teaching at Big Top Learning Center in Bryan, Texas and Big Bear Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Paraprofessional Certificate; Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Dorothy

    Ms. Dorothy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Dorothy enjoys working with this age group because it gives her a chance to help them grow and develop in all areas while getting them ready for kindergarten. She learns from them as she teaches them. Ms. Dorothy sets the highest standards for herself so she will be able to provide the best learning opportunities for them. Ms. Dorothy's goal is to provide a literacy-rich classroom with plenty of opportunities for children to explore books and writing. As a leader in early childhood education, KinderCare knows that one of the best predictors of a successful reader is the amount of time a child spends reading--so Ms. Dorothy uses daily journal activities to practice writing skills; helps foster early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teaches basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and encourages the development of phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. Children in her class build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills to set them up for success in elementary school.
      

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dorothy first had experience teaching while she was in high school working as a volunteer for Head Start.
    Year Started:
    10/15/1981
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    36
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education; Associate's Degree in Child Development; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Carrie has been with KinderCare since 2001. She has worked with children aged three to four years old for the majority of the time. She believes that a whole child is a happy child. She makes sure that during every activity the children are involved in, whether it is group time or center time, it helps each child grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Circle time is one of Ms. Carrie's favorite times of the day because she gets the experience and the joy from each child! The excitement on each of their faces as they are introduced to a new subject is priceless. Each and every moment is a teachable moment! Ms. Carrie's goal is to create opportunities for children to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for kindergarten. She encourages children to use their senses to explore different materials; creates opportunities for children to ask and answer open-ended questions; helps children experiment with spatial relationships; and assists children in developing an understanding of sequencing concepts, such as first, next, and last. Ms. Carrie also uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills; uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills; and uses hula hoops and balance beams to help children develop better balance. Ms. Carrie 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. 
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carrie has had experience teaching four-year-old children at Kiddie Castle in College Station, Texas and as an Assistant Director at Tiny Tim’s Day Care in Navasota.
    Year Started:
    8/17/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education

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. 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

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

Health and Safety

Our top priority at the Balcones 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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We could not be happier with our choice to place our daughter at Balcones KinderCare! From day one, her teachers have made us feel very comfortable with leaving her with them. They constantly send updates on how she is doing each day as well as sending pictures of her in her daily activities. Even when she gets fussy or is having a hard time, her teachers always discuss with us possible issues or causes for the problem, and how we might be able to remedy the situation. They are always more than willing to help and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate the constantly open lines of communication.

- Parent

My daughter loves Balcones KinderCare! Ms. Zehra and Ms. Cheri obviously love and care for my child, and I feel very confident each morning knowing she is loved and cared for.

- Mother

Over the past six years, our experience with Balcones KinderCare has been wonderful. The building is secure from outsiders and is always kept very clean. The Director, Ms. Brooklyn, always acknowledges us by name, and is very approachable and trustworthy. The teachers are amazing. They keep the kids' minds stimulated with their learning modules, they do fun creative projects, and they always have a safe and positive classroom environment. The staff is great at communicating things to us through letters, parent/teacher conferences, or phone calls. The thing that comforts me the most is when I drop off my kids, I know that they are cared for in a loving, encouraging, and structured environment. 

- Mother

All four of my children have always enjoyed attending Balcones KinderCare. It is a fun, bright, and clean place to play and learn. We love all of the teachers and the Director. My kids want to stay longer at the end of the day!

- Mother

The entire KinderCare staff at the Balcones location are always loving, caring, and sweet with my kids. I couldn't ask for a better place!

- Mother

My children enjoy going to Balcones KinderCare, and I am confident they will be safe and happy while I am at work. The teachers and the Director truly care about the children. They have created a great balance of education and fun activities. This is a great learning center!

- Mother
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