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Everhart KinderCare

Chrystal Wilkey, Center Director

6826 Everhart Rd. Corpus Christi TX 78413
(361) 991-3300 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Near Everhart & Saratoga Rd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dawson, Luther Jones, Club Estates, Faye Webb & School of Science/Technology.

We would love to have your child join our Nationally Accredited center. Stop by our center for a tour and ask about our free week offer for back to school!
We are now enrolling in all age groups.
 

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Welcome

We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Here at Everhart KinderCare we believe in a TEAM environment. Our staff work together to ensure the safety and well being of your child on a daily basis. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We are very excited to meet with you and your family.

Chrystal Wilkey, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at the Everhart KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average of 3-15 years at our center. Several of our teachers have their Associate's Degree in Child Development. The Everhart KinderCare strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional trainings.

  • Chrystal Wilkey

    Chrystal Wilkey, Center Director

    To teach is to touch lives forever.

    Chrystal attended KinderCare as a young child from the ages of four to about nine years old. She came to KinderCare in 1994 when she graduated high school and was hired as a substitute. She came back to KinderCare in 1997 and was hired as a Toddler teacher until 2001, when she was promoted to Assistant Director. After graduating from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in 2004, Chrystal was promoted to Center Director. In 2007, she decided to continue her education and went on to receive a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Ellis University. In 2008 Chrystal was named Center Director of the year for her region. She is very passionate about partnering with families and believes that every child deserves the best. She looks forward to working with children and helping them learn and grow each and everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Chrystal spent three years working with after school age children before coming to KinderCare. Chrystal also was a substitute for Corpus Christi Independent School District for three years.
    Year Started:
    11/24/1997
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Director's Certificate, Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education, Master's Degree in Business Administration
  • JoAnne Royal

    JoAnne Royal, Assistant Director

    JoAnne came to KinderCare in 2005, after having worked in childcare for many years. She started out her childhood career as a Kindergarten teacher. JoAnne was later promoted to Assistant Director and then later to Director where she worked for over fifteen years. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood as well as a Director's Credential. She joined KinderCare in 2005 as the Assistant Director and has been a valuable team player ever since.

    Previous Experience:
    JoAnne has previously been a Kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director and Director.
    Year Started:
    5/31/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Director's Credential, Associate's of Applied Science in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Infant A Classroom

    I'm passionate about the care and nurturing of each individual child and parents depend on me to give their child the best care.

    Ms. Diana has turned the infant classroom into such a nurturing room and works together with the other teachers to give the infants the best care. The infants enjoy reading and songs daily. It is wonderful to see their faces light up when they know it is time for stories and singing songs.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Diana worked in the management field for eleven years.
    Year Started:
    9/18/2002
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Infant B Classroom

    I love meeting the needs of all children making them happy, safe and secure while in my care.

    Ms. Teresa has been with KinderCare since 2003. She has worked in the early childhood field for over 38 years. In this room children begin to explore the world around them. Ms. Teresa loves to sit and read and sing songs several times a day.

    Year Started:
    12/17/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lynda

    Ms. Lynda, Infant B Classroom

    I believe that no mind it too young to be taught.

    Ms. Lynda's childcare experience started with the birth of her child. The passion she has for her daughter led her to volunteering with the children’s ministry at her local church where she teaches children age two to 16. After a career in finance, Ms. Lynda took a year off to reflect on what made her most happiest, and she realized that seeing young smiling faces and the growth of the youth made her happiest.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Lynda worked in corporate world of accounting and finance until the crash of the market in 2008. She continued in finance and investments until 2010.
    Year Started:
    1/16/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Nina joined KinderCare in August of 2013 as a Toddler teacher, coming to KinderCare after having over 25 years as a teacher at another Preschool. Ms. Nina is excited to be working with our Toddlers.   

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nina brings more than 25 years experience as a teacher to the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    8/22/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    The reason I love my job is because I love to see them grow and develop at their own pace. The thing that I am most passionate about is knowing that the children and the parents are happy with the love and commitment I give their child.

    Ms. Melissa joined our team in early 2012 and works in the Discovery Preschool room. She works with each child in helping them develop in their social interactions, as well as help transition the separation from their parents. She actively engages with each child, through circle time, reading and singing songs to them. She loves to interact with the children while they are playing in centers as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Melissa was a preschool teacher at Second Baptist Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    1/3/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    If I can make a difference for any child, then I have done my job.

    Ms. Laurie has an extremely warm heart that automatically draws children to her. She has worked with children of all ages for over ten years. Ms. Laurie strives to make her room fun and intellectual for the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie worked as an infant teacher for four years and a toddler teacher for one year.
    Year Started:
    2/13/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are the future leaders of tomorrow!

    Ms. Abby joined KinderCare in January of 2012. She has been working hard with all the children, helping them learn and grow each and everyday. She enjoys getting down on the floor with the children both indoors and outdoors. Her classroom is always ready to greet the children each and everyday. Ms. Abby has worked in childcare for over two years and has loved every minute of it.

    Year Started:
    1/16/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Preschool Classroom

    Children are like sponges, they are always ready to soak up knowledge.

    Ms. Julie has been working with children since 1995, with almost seven years at KinderCare. She has attended Del Mar College, Ellis University and numerous trainings on Early Childhood Education, to help her prepare for educating preschool children. Ms. Julie tries to transform the classroom into a unique learning experience for each new topic of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Julie worked for four years for the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Latchkey and three years as a preschool teacher at St. John's Children's Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    10/23/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Preschool Classroom and Center Trainer

    Ms. Rita came to work for KinderCare in 1997. After starting her own family in 2001, she took a small break to stay home with her children. Ms. Rita came back to KinderCare in 2004 and worked as a two year old teacher before leaving to care for her growing family in 2007. Ms. Rita came back again in 2010 and has taken many training classes through Ellis University and has attained her Child Development Associate.

    Year Started:
    8/11/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Prekindergarten Classroom

     I am very passionate about enriching a child's life and being able to make a difference.  Children soak up everything like a sponge and it is truly amazing to see.

    Ms. Tara joined KinderCare in October of 2013. Tara has previously attended various workshops throughout her thirteen years in childcare. She has worked with all ages of children and has served as an Assistant Director in Victoria, before moving to Corpus Christi. Tara enjoys interacting each day with the Prekindergarten class. Each day is a new adventure! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tara has been an Assistant Director at a child care center as well as working in Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms.
    Year Started:
    10/17/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Pre K

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has worked in several school settings through out the years. Ms. Amanda is excited to get to know your child and help prepare them for Kindergarten.
    Year Started:
    5/22/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    A.A. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Cognitive Studies
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Health & Safety Coordinator, Food Nutritionist

    Ms. Amanda joined the KinderCare team in June 2008. She previously worked in a childcare setting as a Toddler teacher before coming to KinderCare. Ms. Amanda also was a water safety instructor for the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department for seven years. She began as a Toddler teacher and now works in all classes as well as the kitchen. Ms. Amanda is also our Health and Safety Coordinator and helps maintain a safe and healthy environment for the children in our care. She enjoys coming to work every day to see the smiles on the faces of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has previous experience working as a Toddler teacher for three years.
    Year Started:
    6/13/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Degree in Pediatric Oncology
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie joined KinderCare in 2014.  Ms. Stephanie looks forward to coming to work with the school age children everyday.  She enjoys being creative and coming up with fun and unique activities for the children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Currently working on Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Yana

    Ms. Yana, Learning Adventures Program

    Ms. Yana joined KinderCare in September of 2013 as our Learning Adventure Instructor. She enjoys seeing the children's faces light up when they learn something new or achieve something for the first time. Ms. Yana has a degree in Administration and has worked as an Assistant Director as well as with the school district for over the last 15 years.    

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yana spent fourteen years with Victoria Independent School District, five years working with Special Needs Children, and one year as Assistant Director of a Preschool prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    9/17/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Administration
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Substitute

    Ms. Sheila joined KinderCare in 2014.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education while attending Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.  She has always enjoyed working with young children and is a very creative person.  She is looks forward to coming each and every day and getting to know all the children in the center.

    Year Started:
    8/20/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently pursuing degree in Elementary Education

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About Our Center

Our Nationally Accredited KinderCare center has been a part of the Corpus Christi community, keeping children safe and happy for over 30 years! Our experience in the early childhood field provides you with the peace of mind that every parent deserves. Every teacher at our center implements curriculum that is specifically designed for the age-group in their classroom. This curriculum helps children to gain confidence and mastery of the concepts and ideas that are most important to their educational development. We are dedicated to maintaining
extraordinary teaching standards and quality experiences for the children in our care.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We currently have a keypad entry system at the door to ensure safety in the building. We also have a fenced in playground to ensure your child's safety while at play. All of our teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid and are trained annually on SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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.

I chose to enroll my son and daughter at KinderCare Center because a family member told me about it. They only had good things to say about the center’s staff and teachers. We had just moved to Texas and I wanted an environment that would be a second home for my children while my husband and I worked. I also wanted my children to be comfortable in that environment since they were adjusting to a move. Ms. Chrystal and Ms. JoAnne made themselves available to answer our questions and concerns. The early development teachers have been very welcoming and my children have fit right in from day one. It has been a relief for my husband and I to know when we leave our children at KinderCare they are with caring individuals. It gives me peace of mind to know that not only are my children learning but they are also nurtured at this center.  My children have learned so much. The early childhood curriculum is wonderful and I see the results every day with my children. They are always eager to go to “school”. This is in great part to the wonderful teacher and staff. I would recommend this center to any parent.
 

- Parents

My son started going to Kindercare at 6 months old, and he absolutely loves it there. The teachers are experienced and it is obvious that they love their job working with the children. They have lesson plans everyday, and the activities they do with the kids are great and age-appropriate. My son is excited every day when I drop him off, and I am confident that I am leaving him in excellent hands.

- Parent
As working parents, the task of searching for the perfect daycare is almost impossible. We were fortunate when we found KinderCare upon moving to Corpus Christi. The center is beautiful, clean, bright and efficient. The center director is organized, professional and respectful.
 
My oldest started at the daycare in the 2 year old class and have progressed beautifully through each class. He's a shy and introverted child and all the teachers at the center were so understanding of his personality and knew exactly how to engage him. All the teachers treat him with respect and are non judgmental when he just wants to be alone.
 
My youngest started at the center in the baby class and have all the teachers wrapped around his little finger. He is the complete opposite of his brother and is rambunctious and energetic and mischievous. Once again, the teachers knew exactly how to curb and redirect his attention and energy.
 
The teachers genuinely love all the children. The tutoring program at this center is amazing. Ms Yana is able to engage with both my boys and have helped prepare my oldest for kindergarten. The boys love the music and cooking class as well as phonics and math. Thank you KinderCare for making me feel so comfortable leaving my children in your care.
- Parent

The KinderCare on Everhart has a great facility and an amazing staff; staff that we have been blessed to call family for two years. My son started at 8 weeks old and is now in the toddler program. I am amazed at how much he has learned while being there and at how helpful the staff is. I wouldn't take him anywhere else. Thanks for everything KinderCare family. We love you.

- Parent

~~When my son's Nanny was unable to care for him anymore, we enrolled him at Kindercare on Everhart.  It was one of our best decisions, every one of his teachers have been like family to us.  They taught him so much and I know that is why he is such a great reader today.  When I decided to go back to work after having our 2nd son, the staff made it so easy for me to feel good about it.  I knew he was in good hands.  I would highly recommend this facility to any new parents!

 

- Parent

We have been a part of the KinderCare on Everhart family for nine years. We love it here! My oldest started here when she was just eight months old and is now participating the school-age care in Summer and on school breaks. Even when she has the option of staying home, she wants to go to KinderCare. That tells you that they are doing something right!

My youngest has been there since she was three months old and is now four. She is a very enthusiastic child and even when she pushes the limits, she is treated with respect and very appropriately encouraged to move on to some other center or activity.

Both of my girls took part in the Phonics Programs and I cannot tell how much it has helped them both. The oldest was far beyond ready for kindergarten because of this program; I truly believe it is the reason that she does so well in school and I know it is going to greatly benefit my youngest as well.
The KinderCare on Everhart is an awe-inspiring facility with staff who truly treat you as family and commit themselves to loving and nurturing your children. I cannot imagine leaving my kids in the care of any other place in town.

- Parent

Upon having our first child and going back to work I toured many childcare facilities, but none of them compared to KinderCare on Everhart. The teachers and staff are always friendly and caring toward the children and the parents. Every day when we walk in we are greeted with a hello and a smiling face. As we walk through the facility each teacher knows my daughter's name and say good morning to her. I especially like the door codes to keep people who are not supposed to be there out. It makes me feel it is safe having my child there. I would not choose anywhere else to care for my child while I am at work. I truly appreciate everything everyone at KinderCare does to help make each day extra special for my daughter.

- Parent

The KinderCare Center located on Everhart Road in Corpus Christi has been an integral part of our children's lives since they were each a few weeks old. My oldest child now attends the School Age program at KinderCare. When we first toured the facility, I liked that the classrooms appeared bright and cheerful; an environment I wanted my child to spend their day in. As my children have moved through the center, I have been impressed with the curriculum KinderCare has in place for all of the age groups. My expectations as to what my children should be learning at various ages have always been surpassed. I still remember how surprised I was the first time my oldest child pointed out a few letters to me and told me their correct names. My oldest child was well prepared when he began Kindergarten. My youngest child only has one more year in the Prekindergarten program before she starts Kindergarten and she is well on her way to being ready to take the next step. It has now been around seven years since we first decided to place our trust in KinderCare for the care of our first child; not once have we regretted that decision or considered looking for another alternative for childcare.

- Parents

KinderCare has been an amazing daycare for our twin sons! They have been attending since they were 18-months-old, and are now going on four years old. Ms. Chrystal, Ms. Joanne, and the entire KinderCare staff always go above and beyond our expectations. It is obvious that the teachers truly care about our boys, as well as all the children in the class. Our boys love their teachers, and so do we. The staff has always kept us up to date with their progress and helped our sons reach educational and developmental milestones in and outside of the classroom. We enjoy reading the daily reports and art projects. We cannot imagine our boys going to any other daycare in town!!

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