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Balcones KinderCare

Ms. Brooklyn Thomas, 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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Special Instructions:
On Balcones Drive right off Rio Grande

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rock Prairie, Southwood Valley, Forest Ridge, Creek View, Pebble Creek, Greens Prairie, Spring Creek

In the right setting, with the right teacher, amazing things are possible for your child. We believe unlocking your child’s love of learning, at an early age, can open doors for him or her for the rest of their life. Here at our Nationally Accredited KinderCare Learning Center we have OPEN ENROLLMENT for all of our programs! Are you still looking for somewhere your child can gain social, scholastic, and independence skills? If so, you are in luck! Call us today to set-up a tour!

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Welcome

Welcome! We are excited you are interested in KinderCare Learning Center Balcones Drive. This webpage 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. Brooklyn Thomas, Center Director

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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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We love our staff! Combined, our staff has over 75 years of experience at KinderCare! Our staff of approximately 16 wonderful teachers. There are three teachers with Master's Degrees, five teachers with Bachelor's Degrees, and six teachers with Child Development Associate's Degrees. We are proud that the rest of our staff is continuing their education and working towards their Bachelor's Degree or Child Development Associate's credential.

  • Ms. Brooklyn Thomas

    Ms. Brooklyn Thomas, Center Director

    A person's a person, no matter how small. — Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Brooklyn loves that her job allows her the opportunity to help so many children explore, discover and learn about the world around them. The passionate teachers she works with inspire her and the children every day. She looks forward every night to hearing what her two children at the center learned about that day. They are always eager to share! Ms. Brooklyn’s goal is to provide your child with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, providing you with the security of knowing your child is in a safe and nurturing environment. Our curriculum helps build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Reading, writing, and math are important and children learn by experiencing the world around them. Ms. Brooklyn provides regular teacher-family communication so that you stay informed and involved. 

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at Lakewood Private School in Houston, Texas.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayon Quit
    Year Started:
    8/23/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ashley Chavez

    Ashley Chavez, Assistant Director

    ~~Ms. Ashley has been working at KinderCare since 2013. She 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. She 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:
    Teacher at Marketplace Creative Schools in North Carolina, Teacher at Child Development Center in Germany on an Army Base, Teacher Assistant at Patrick Henry Elementary in Germany
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dorothy

    Dorothy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Dorothy has been employed with KinderCare since 1981. She 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. She sets the highest standards for herself so she will be able to provide the best learning opportunities for them and to teach them effectively. My 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. I use daily journal activities to practice writing skills; help your child's early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teach basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and develop phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. We will build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills 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. While working at KinderCare, she has received her Associate's Degree in Child Development and Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    10/15/1981
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Cheri

    Cheri, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Cheri started working 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 and the procedures that follow to take care of the many different situations. She has recently received her Child Development Associate's credential. She 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:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's 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! My goal is to create opportunities for your child to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for Kindergarten. I encourage the use of the senses to explore different materials; create opportunities to ask and answer open-ended questions; experiment with spatial relationships; and promote an understanding of sequencing such as first, next, and last. I also use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities; improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams; and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals.
     

    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 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Zehra

    Ms. Zehra, Infant

    My goal is to encourage your child to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. I will help your infant learn to engage with others. I will talk with your child; communicate verbally and through non-verbal gestures; tell stories and sing songs to model conversational skills; and use picture books to build association between sounds, objects and words. I will also help your infant improve mobility and coordination. I will support your baby as he or she rolls from side-to-side and learns to crawl, stand, and walk; support the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards; and meet your child's individual needs for rest and nutrition.

     

    Year Started:
    6/2/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • 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. Reading is fundamental, and it builds children’s vocabulary. Her classroom always has a variety of activities for the children. Ms. Cindy teaches through play. Ms. Cindy 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. The children have their very own personality and Ms. Cindy works with them a loves to see the children happy! She loves to come to work everyday with a smile on her face. She also has two sons of her own. My goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. We build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers and strengthen conversation skills with group sharing and reading experiences. We support cooperative play; use whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrate how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. We support pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourage creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulate 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Paraprofessional Certificate, Early Childhood Education credentials
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant

    Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.

    My goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. I provide paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; support imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourage self-expression through movement and music. I provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. I appreciate you trusting us with your infant's care and education, and I’m committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.

    Previous Experience:
    Caregive at a local Nursing Home
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed


 

Health and Safety

Our top priority at 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. All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the exterior of the building. All guests or emergency pick-up people are identified and escorted through the building. Of course, our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. We are trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Throughout the day, your child will be supervised at all times. 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 could not be happier with our choice to place our daughter at 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 doing daily activities. Even when she gets fussy or is having a hard time, her teachers always discuss with us possible issues or causes for this 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 KinderCare! Ms. Zehra and Mrs. 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 6 years our experience with KinderCare has been wonderful.  The building is secure from outsiders and is very clean.    The director, Brooklynn always acknowledges us by name, 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 thru 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 KinderCare. It is fun, bright, and a 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 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. KinderCare is a great learning center!

- Mother
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