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Forest Lane KinderCare

Ma'Shawn Jones, Center Director

9131 Forest Lane Dallas TX 75243
(972) 234-3174 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On Forest Lane across from Kroger

Neighborhood:
Freeway 635 - 35, cross st Greenville Ave and Forest Land. Right next to Sonic

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Moss Haven, Skyview,Thurgood Marshal, Forest Lane, Aiken, Stultz, Forest Lane Academy, Hamilton Park, and Audelia Creek,

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Welcome

At KinderCare Forest Lane, we understand that where you choose to start your child's education is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.  Our safe, secure, and stimulating environment is the perfect place for children to discover their individual gifts and talents.
KinderCare at Forest Lane is a unique learning center with diverse cultures, experienced teachers, and engaging learning experiences. We are conveniently located at the corner of Forest Lane and Greenville Ave. in the heart of north Dallas. We are proud of our family-friendly atmosphere and our commitment to providing a quality education to all of our children.

Ma'Shawn Jones, 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.

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.

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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

Our dedicated teachers have a genuine passion to nurture and educate each child. We have over 100 years combined experience, and the entire staff gets excited about passing on the gift of knowledge.

  • Ma'Shawn Jones

    Ma'Shawn Jones, Center Director

    "Each day brings us new opportunities to positively impact the lives of our children and our families."

    Ma'Shawn is married with with three daughters who have all attended KinderCare centers. She has worked with young children for the majority of her life. Ma'Shawn participated in the Child Care Program at Skyline High School and went on to pursue her degree in education. She has worked in every class in preschool and taught special education classes in Grand Prairie Independent School District. She served as her church's children's pastor before coming to KinderCare Education as a Champions site director. Ma'Shawn transferred to KinderCare in 2008 as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She served as a Program Specialist before becoming an Assistant Director. Ma'Shawn accepted a position as the Director of our center in 2012 and has enjoyed every new adventure the center brings.

    Previous Experience:
    Ma'Shawn has previous experience working as a special education teacher and a children's ministry pastor.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts and Sciences Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Shironda Ballard

    Shironda Ballard, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shironda has served in many areas of our center. She began as a Preschool Teacher and has kept our school safe as Health and Safety Coordinator. She now proudly serves as our Assistant Director and helps parents, children, and staff have a great experience each day.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham- I love Dr. Seuss books but this is my favorite!
    Year Started:
    7/9/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Shawnt'e Young

    Shawnt'e Young, School Age Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham- I love to read it then cook it for the kids!
    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education -6th Grade
  • Carleen McIntire

    Carleen McIntire, Cook

    Ms. Carleen has been a special part our school for over 30 years. She serves as our cook but her presence adds a very unique flavor to our KinderCare family.

    Year Started:
    7/1/1981
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
  • Jacquelyn Kirby

    Jacquelyn Kirby, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Raven Lambert, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Cynthia Smiley

    Cynthia Smiley, Infants

    Ms. Cynthia loves our infants and makes sure that they are getting the best care while in our center. She knows that it may be hard for parents as well and works to make them just as comfortable with us as their babies are.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    7/31/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Liz Arellano

    Liz Arellano, Infant Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    5/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Karina

    Ms. Karina, Floater

    This is our next generation, so as parents and teachers we have to teach the children what we want to see in the future. We must teach our children now, so that they will succeed later.

     Ms. Karina's passion is working with children and she gives them all the knowledge and love she has to offer.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Karina worked at in-home and other public child care centers.
    Year Started:
    12/24/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Jessica Belton

    Jessica Belton, Discovery Preschool

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Cora Alvarez, Preschool

    Ms. Cora is very new to our school. She loves working with children because they are the future of our society.

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Paula Islas, Preschool

    Ms. Paula joined our Preschool team this year. She is patiently preparing our children for Prekindergarten and for the future.

    Year Started:
    5/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Sherrie Townsend

    Sherrie Townsend, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Anita Derrick

    Anita Derrick, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    12/24/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Arlene Baker

    Arlene Baker, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/18/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
  • Maria Figueroa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Maria has been with us for a year now. She brings her love of art and dedication to teach every child to life every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat and Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts

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

We are a family friendly learning center dedicated to helping every child prepare for success in school and develop a love of learning.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Forest Lane we take the safety of children seriously. We have a  keypad entry system for access into our school and secure playground area.  National background checks are required on all staff members before hiring and everyone is certified in CPR and First Aid.  Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Shironda, makes sure that we have evacuation plans in place and that emergency safety drills are conducted routinely.

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.

I am very pleased with the staff and head director Ms. Mashaun they are all so kind! I also am very amazed with how much my child comes home and explains to me what he did at daycare each day. I am also very comfortable with his preschool teacher Ms. Elisia, she is very kind and sweet and makes me feel safe leaving my child with her! I hope it stays that way. My child has been to plenty of daycares but this one he really does love. I am very happy that my child is happy with his daycare. And he actually is learning instead of being in front of a TV or just playing with toys all day !! Thank You KINDERCARE ya'll are really GREAT.

- Mother
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