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Denver KinderCare

Coreen Ortiz-Berens, Center Director

2200 South Holly St. Denver CO 80222
(303) 757-8561 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Evans & Holly, a couple blocks South

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Holly Hills, Holly Ridge, McMeen, Denver Green, Bradley, University Park

We encourage you to take a closer look at our school to see all of the possibilities that we can offer your children. Our school is full of caring, nurturing teachers that take the extra time to meet individual children's needs and help them grow and develop along their personal path. We value early education and believe that it is the foundation to life long learning. Come take a tour at our school and see where learning begins.


Welcome to our school. We are confident that when you come in to meet our dedicated staff, you will know that this is the school for your family. With our large classrooms and playgrounds your child will have the best experience to explore the world they live in. With our open door policy we love to have you stop by any time of day to share in all the fun learning experiences that happen throughout the entire day. You are always welcome here and our staff is always here for your family’s needs.

Coreen Ortiz-Berens, Center Director

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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


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

Meet your child’s future teacher. We have long term, fun, loving people dedicated to your child’s early education. Our family cannot wait for you to join us.

  • Coreen Ortiz-Berens

    Coreen Ortiz-Berens, Center Director

    As a parent of four children, Coreen understands the importance of having positive role models present in any child’s life. As the Center Director, she is committed not only to the safety and security of each student but to insure every teacher is qualified, passionate, and dedicated to your child’s whole development. Coreen has been at this location for over five years and is devoted to her team and their development. She loves watching the children grow and learn and is excited to sees there beautiful faces everyday.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Kim Grant

    Kim Grant, Assistant Director

    Kim joined the KinderCare family in 1991 and has 21 years experience in the Early Childhood Education Field. She loves being at the Denver location as it feels like an extended family for her.  Kim is committed to providing top care and is completely devoted to everyone who comes into our building. 

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Director's Qualification
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Assistant Director

    Laura has been at the Denver location for over five years and really loves the team environment.  A few things that Ms. Laura enjoys most about her job is seeing the children learn and watching them grow up before her eyes. She is always looking for a new ways to mentor the staff helping children in their development.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Gaby

    Ms. Gaby, Infant Classroom

    Live, Love, and Laugh!

    Ms. Gaby loves being able to care and see the children grow and learn as they develop their skills to learn from our curriculum that we teach here at KinderCare. She moved here from California and can not think of any other place she would like to work.  This place brings her happiness and she would live here if she could.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Some College
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey likes to focus on individual strengths of the children at our school.  Here is able to help them in skill practice techniques helping them meet those important milestones in every baby's life.  Kelsey has worked here for over five years and is committed to our service values.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Toddler Classroom

    It can't rain all the time.

    Ms. Renee loves getting to interact with the kids and watching them learn and grow! She enjoys working at our school because of the great hours for a working mom.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Some College
  • Ms. Nichole, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

    Ms. Nichole loves getting to know each student and helping them grow as their mentor and friend. She loves the support she receives as a teacher in developing herself which cascades to her students

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Some College
  • Ms. Ciara

    Ms. Ciara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ciara is one of our Discovery Preschool Classroom teachers. She is a big kid at heart, so she gets down on the children's level to identify better with them. She loves the classroom curriculum the school has to offer as it incorporates a lot of fun, engaging lessons.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Neisha

    Ms. Neisha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Neisha is one of our preschool classroom teachers. Some of the great things you will see in Ms. Neisha's class are the child-made projects, engaging stories, and her understanding the needs of the children.For instance, she will dance like a penguin or do the cupid shuffle dance. The students in her classroom love it!  Ms Neisha loves the dedication of the team and the commitment to quality.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christal

    Ms. Christal, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Christal likes to create a fun and loving atmosphere for the children.  Christal loves working for our school as we allow her great flexibility and benefits.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Lead Teacher Certified
  • Mr. Jeremy

    Mr. Jeremy, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Jeremy likes to create a partnership with the children in helping them make decisions and encouraging them to have input. He also believes that allowing everyone to collaborate makes for better learning. He wants each child to be a contributor to their and the classroom's success.  Mr Jeremy literally grew up here.  He started as a student and could not image being anywhere else.  He creates meaningful relationships that last many years.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Sam

    Mr. Sam, Learning Adventure Specialist and Health and Safety Coordinator

    Mr. Sam focuses on one-on-one interactions with children. A favorite activity is using basic American Sign Language to help them communicate. Sam also likes to collaborate with fellow teachers to encourage, inspire, and love working together to help education children.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Support Staff

    Ms. Jen likes sharing what she knows and learning from the children the things that she doesn’t know yet!  She loves working here for the great teamwork with the staff.  Everyone is a team player in all aspects of the job.

    Year Started:
    3 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

The Denver KinderCare knows that children's healthy and safety are just as important as their early education. We pride ourselves on our weekly health and safety checks from our health and safety coordinator. Not only are we looking at things in the building for safety issues, but we also practice emergency drills monthly. The safety of the children is always the first and foremost concern for all the staff. All doors are locked in the building along with our keypad for parents' entry. We require picture identification for all other people who parents have permitted in picking up their child and will escort them through the process of our signing in-and-out procedures, and into the classrooms. We want to ensure that the families have a healthy, happy, and safe experience with us.

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.

My nephew is in the junior Kindergarten classroom and is doing a great job! Since first attending KinderCare, he has been taught all of his letters and can now write his own name. The teachers are always friendly and are open to any concerns or suggestions that I have. The junior Kindergarten has the perfect combination of structure and free play. My nephew is given the right tools to be ready for Kindergarten, while also being able to expand his creative mind. I am grateful to have found the Denver KinderCare! I am even planning to have him to continue onto the School Age program when he graduates from junior Kindergarten.

- Aunt

Every day I am amazed and grateful on how KinderCare can greet all the children and families each day when there are so many. I am proud and honored to say that I have chosen the right center for my three-year-old. KinderCare has brought happiness into my life because my daughter has learned so much.
My daughter is so comfortable here it really makes dropping her off easy. I would recommend KinderCare to other parents who are looking for great quality of childcare! The staff is awesome; they show above-and-beyond care. KinderCare has what it takes to keep a loyal client, a happy parent, a satisfied person, and a thankful mom! My daughter will be grateful in her adult years to know that her mom picked such a great team to be a part of her life. I’ve always said, “A happy child is a happy parent.

- Mother

My three-year old attends the KinderCare on South Holly St. in Denver, Colorado. I could not be more delighted by that staff and the program and climate they maintain under the leadership of Coreen Ortiz-Berens and Kim Grant. I was skeptical when I first enrolled my daughter there, as we had moved from a smaller town and her previous daycare/preschool experiences had been privately run organizations. KinderCare seemed “corporate” to me, but it was so conveniently close to my new house, and affordable, that I gave it a try. My daughter and I are so happy! The only thing “corporate” about it is the stability and research behind the outstanding curriculum. The center has amazing individuals who each make my child feel cherished, capable, compassionate, and courageous. She loves going to school. She loves telling me about what she learns. She transfers what she learns in her classroom to our life experiences and interactions. The staff models everything I want my daughter to become. I am acutely aware that the best curricula and programming, while essential, is not the same thing as the best individual men and women who bring their love for children in to the building every day. I am grateful for those kind people who touch my child’s life and open the world for her. With appreciation and best regards, Julie!

- Mother

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