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Northgate KinderCare

Ms. Debra Alford, Center Director

1004 Middle Creek Pkwy Colorado Springs CO 80921
(719) 481-2121 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Voyager and Middle Creek Parkway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Discovery Canyon Campus, The Classical Academy (all locations), DaVinci Academy, Antelope Trails, Bear Creek and Lewis Palmer Elementary

We currently hold a national accreditation with NECPA. Each day is filled with fun learning activities - along with outside time. We would love for you to become part of our family.

We also dedicate time every year for professional development- two days per calendar year. Your Center Director will inform you in advance when your center will be closed for these training days- the next scheduled training is Monday, October 10th.
 

 

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Welcome

As one of the leaders in our field, we strive to meet every child's personal and educational needs. We work closely with each family to ensure we are there to help however we can. We are excited to meet you and your child.

Ms. Debra Alford, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 are committed to caring for and educating your child to ensure he/she is ready to move and advance after completing milestones. We work with families to make sure needs are met and that every child is ready for Kindergarten.
We also dedicate time every year for professional development- two days per calendar year. Your Center Director will inform you in advance when your center will be closed for these training days- the next scheduled training is Monday, October 10th.

  • Ms. Debra Alford

    Ms. Debra Alford, Center Director

    My goal is to provide the best learning and social experience for children in our center.

    Ms. Debbie graduated from Peyton High School in 1998 and continued on to Otero Junior College where she majored in Early Childhood Education and played basketball. She is married and has a daughter and step son. Ms. Debbie has been with KinderCare since 2011 and joined the NorthGate Center in 2012.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie has been a director for 13 years at other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Associate in Applied Science / Director Qualified
  • Meghan

    Meghan, Assistant Director

    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

    Ms. Meghan started working with children when she was still very young.  It became something she is very passionate about.  She loves taking these young minds and having the privilege to help mold them is an incredible gift.  It is a joy watching them lean new things and grow.  Ms. Meghan also says it is a joy working with families and showing them amazing things their kids can do!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Meghan previously worked at several different daycare facilities ranging from infant supervisor to assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peter Pan
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Director Certificate
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Three's Preschool

    What goes around, comes around

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathy's previous experience has been as a K-5 tutor, preschool, and lead teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Kermit the Frog
    Year Started:
    6/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Elementary Education
  • Ms. Bianca

    Ms. Bianca, Toddler B

    A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Bianca loves working the children.  Being a witness of their growth and development is amazing.  She hopes to continue working with children as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bianca previously was a pre-k teacher at a religious institute.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates and Associates degree in Science
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Two's Discovery Preschool

    I love creating an environment where children can learn, grow, and develop

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Samantha's previous experience was in home day care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    7/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Associates
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Toddlers

    I love watching children learn and knowing I had a part in their growth.

    Ms. Peggy joined our Northgate KinderCare family from the Monument KinderCare. We are so lucky to have her patience and knowledge in our toddler classroom. Ms. Peggy has her degree in Education and uses it to it's fullest potential when she teaches our early learners.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Peggy previously was an elementary teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    7/20/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education
  • Ms. Cher

    Ms. Cher, Discovery Preschool

    I love knowing that everyday I have the opportunity to help a child develop in a nurturing way.

    Ms. Cher started working here in 2008.  She has had the opportunity to work in almost all of the classrooms but currently she is the Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool - the two's class.  Ms. Cher's focus in her classroom is preparing the children to be developmentally ready when they move into the three's room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cher has experience as a web developer and a teacher's assistant.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You Will Go
    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Graphic Arts, Masters in Young Adult Education, Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Noah Ashley

    Ms. Noah Ashley, Discovery Preschool

    Love seeing new children and when they get excited about a new experience.

    Ms. Noah is very new with our Northgate KinderCare family, but she is already finding great ways to educate our younger preschoolers. She moved to Colorado recently and we are lucky to have her with us!  Ms. Noah also has a young son of her own!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Noah has previously worked for other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    3/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates credential
  • Ms. Karen

    Ms. Karen, PreKindergarten

    To see a child's eyes light up when they have experienced or accomplished something new is a gift we have been given

    Ms. Karen and her family have recently moved to the Colorado Springs area from Midland, Texas.  Her three children and one grandchild are the loves of her life.  Ms. Karen loves spending time with her family from watching movies, traveling, to having family meals together. Ms. Karen looks forward to making Colorado Springs her new home. She has been teaching for the last 12 years and is excited to start a new chapter at KinderCare caring for all her new little friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karen previously worked as a lead teacher at a child development center in Midland, TX for 11 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea
    Year Started:
    7/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certificate
  • Mr. Danny

    Mr. Danny, School Age

    The kids always say the most hilarious things.

    Mr. Danny has had several years experience in Early Childhood Education.  He has worked in the field for a number of years and does great with our school age students. Mr. Danny is currently in college for Forestry.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Danny previously worked for other child care facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Neverending Story
    Year Started:
    6/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates credential
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Support Teacher

    I love interacting with the children in all the classrooms.

    Ms. Tanya has spent many years in the elementary education field.  She came over to Early Childhood Education and has loved it.  Ms.Tanya spends a lot of her time with our school age children, but is able to interact with almost all of our KinderCare children every day. She also drives one of our buses to assist with school transportation. Ms. Tanya brings along a loving husband, son, and daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tanya has previously worked several years for the District Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Elementary Education Degree
  • Ms. Sarah J.

    Ms. Sarah J., Cook and Support Staff

    I love cooking and serving the children!

    Ms. Sarah first starting working with children at the age of 15. She was employed through her church as a daycare teacher. As a young teen she dreamed of one day having her own center. Ms. Sarah worked in other child care centers and was a nanny. She got married at the age of 19 and started her own family. Ms. Sarah has been married for 13 years. Together they have three highly active boys; Jaleb is ten, Elijah is eight and Isaiah is three. Ms. Sarah loves working with children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has worked with children since she was 15 years old. She has been a nanny and worked at other child care centers. Ms. Sarah also drove a bus for D-20.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Angelica, Floater

    I don't need easy, I just need possible

    Ms. Angelica is currently working on her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is a military brat.  Her dad was in the Air Force until she was 17, but for him it was 22 yrs.  Ms. Angelica has only ever lived here in Colorado and North Dakota.  She loves being able to work with kids. No kids of her own as yet but she does have a nephew named Hayden who will be two on his next birthday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angelica experience comes from working with her mom in her home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Catapiller
    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 yr
    Education:
    Some college including Early Childhood Education 101, 102, & 103
  • Ms. Erin, Two's Classroom

    Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

    Ms. Erin has joined Northgate KinderCare to gain more experience in the early childhood field.  She has a 7 year old brother and absolutely loves working with children!  Aside from working with the children she loves any outdoor activity, plants, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin was a nanny for the past seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Attending college at this time
  • Ms. Nicole, Infant Classroom

    Perfect practice makes perfect"   Mrs. Cooper

    Ms. Nicole is 24 years old and recently moved to Colorado.  She is originally from Warsaw, Indiana and grew up in Morristown, Tn.  Ms. Nicole married her husband in 2013 at a Tennessee Music Festival Bannaroo.  Her hobbies are skiing, hiking, rock limbing, being lazy, and binge watching Netflix on rainy days.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has experience with babysitting, volunteering at Manley Baptist Church day care, and being a nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother? by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Taking classes for Child Development Associates credentials, RDA license in 2012
  • Ms. Anita, School Age

    Ms. Anita has been working with children since 1986.  She was a single mom of two children under the age of 3 and needed income.  She wanted to stay home with her children so she became a licensed home daycare provider and has been working with children ever since!  Ms. Anita enjoys being with children and watching them grow and having fun in a learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anita previously worked for locally owned centers and also large company centers, children ages 6months to 12years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    10/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credentials, Director credits
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infants

    Ms. Sara is a mom of two wonderful boys and has been married for 7 years.  She has been working with children for 12 years and loves what she does.  Ms. Sara loves watching them grow and develop and learn new and exciting things.  She is currently getting her degree in Early Childhood Education and loves learning new things as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara previously was a babysitter and nanny for 10 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    5/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    working on Early Childhood Education degree
  • Ms. Ori, Toddlers

    You are all together beautiful, my darling, there are no flaws in you. - song of songs 4:7

    Ms. Ori is a college student who loves animals and kids.  She has lived here in Colorado Springs for two years and someday she hopes to live in California.  One of Ms. Ori's favorite things to do is hike with her little chihuahua, Lux.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ori has experience as a babysitter and nanny.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    4/6/2016
    Education:
    Attending college

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

The Northgate KinderCare Learning Center is located just off Voyager Parkway in between Northgate Blvd and Interquest Parkway. We are very conveniently situated for many housing communities in the area to include Flying Horse and Gleneagle. We transport to several district 20 and district 38 schools.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The children's health and safety is number one on our list. We have a keypad entry, a fenced-in playground, all the teachers have CPR and First Aid certification and pass background checks. We have a health and safety teacher that spends some of her day making sure that the center and playground are safe.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

We have been so happy with our experience with Northgate KinderCare's School Age Program! Everyone is very helpful, accommodating to our needs, and definitely put the children first. Our son always has a great time being there, so we feel lucky to have found them.

- Father

My grandson has been at this KinderCare for over 5 years. I am very active in his life and know he is getting great care. Since turning 5, he has been able to enjoy field trips and outings that make breaks and summer really fun. 

- Grandfather

We love KinderCare at Northgate. Our granddaughter has a blast here. She has learned so much and has meet some great people. The teachers help her in so many ways. We tell everyone about how great this center is.

- Grandmother

My wife and I are so happy with the care our child gets from the KinderCare. She has learned so much in the past year. The teachers go the extra mile with our little girl to make sure she is happy. We are so thankful that we found such a great place for her to learn and grow :)

- Father

Everyone at this center is awesome! My children have learned so much and will be way ahead of the game once they start Kindergarten. All the staff members truly care about my children and it is comforting to know they are being cared for in such an excellent manner. The teachers perform at such a great level and my kids are happy, which is so crucial to the learning experience.

- Mother
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