Chrystal Wilkey, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Matilde joined KinderCare again in early 2015. Ms. Matilde had previously worked for KinderCare from 1999 to 2008. We are very excited to have her back on our team. Matilde is looking forward to working with the Toddlers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Cindy joined our team in 2014 after moving to Corpus Christi from Oklahoma. Ms. Cindy ran an in home day care for over 20 years.
Ms. Sylvia joined KinderCare in 2015 after having worked in childcare centers since 2006. Ms. Sylvia has worked in all age groups and is excited to be working as our Older Infant teacher.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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