Amanda Stratford, Center Director
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Welcome to Liddell KinderCare located on West Liddell Rd. in Duluth! We are so excited you are here! Our NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited child care center is designed to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With a challenging curriculum and safe environment as our priorities, your children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, stimulating displays, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Amanda Stratford, 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.
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.
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.
How exciting is it to have your children in the care of people who have longevity with the KinderCare family? Our staff knows what learning is all about because we take pride in staff tenure and consistency. The majority of our teachers either have or are currrently pursuing their Child Development Accreditation, Bachelor's Degree, or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Our KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company trainings coupled with yearly ongoing state facilitated trainings. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.
A persons, a person no matter how small! -Dr. Seuss
Amanda is truly passionate about her job. As a mother she understands the challenges parents face when having to make choices about their children. Amanda provides a safe and nurturing environment for all of the children in her care. She strives to make each family feel confident they made the right choice.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley
Patricia was brought aboard at KinderCare at the lead Preschool teacher. She brought an amazing wealth of knowledge to the program and she quickly became someone everyone looked up to. Patricia has recently been promoted to Assistant Director and proves to be a huge asset to the team.
Kiara is passionate about making sure that the children have the best learning experience possible. Her job as Program Specialist helps to support the staff with curriculum and to make sure that the children are getting what is needed for growth and development. As a mother, Kiara knows how important it is to create a positive learning environment and that learning should be fun for all.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Mirandra is just a Mississippi girl who loves the color pink and camping and fishing.
Mia came to work at KinderCare after she enrolled her son with us. She is passionate and loving when it comes to her children and she has been a great asset to the team at KinderCare.
Ericka is a motivated team player that is willing to do whatever is needed for the children in our center. She is always happy and bubbley and that transfers over the children and families she come in contact with. Ericka loves the toddlers and makes the classroom a loving education enviroment.
Education is the most poweful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nermina, aka Ms. Mina, has been at KinderCare for over 15 years. Mina loves teaching the two year olds and that in itself is a rare find. She is the mother of two and loves traveling and spending time with her family. Mina has an amazing classroom and truly loves teaching.
Delmi is the mother of four children and the grandmother of eight. She enjoys teaching at KinderCare and she has the largest record of children not in her class having to visit each night to say goodbye. Delmi is loved by all at KinderCare and is a giant kid at heart. In her spare time Delmi enjoys spending time cooking large meals for her entire family.
Success is no accident it is hard work, preserveracne, learning, studying, sacrafice and most of all, love if what you do. -Pele
Ms. Zulay is a returning staff member to our center. She moved to Connecticut a few years ago to work in the medical field and has recently moved back to Georgia and back to us. She is married to Kevin who is a chef and they enjoy spending time cooking together. In her spare time Zulay loves to do nail art, diaper cakes and face painting. Zulay loves the children in her class unconditionally and she respects them to make her classroom fun.
Darling is new to the KinderCare Family. She has come on board with a spark to make a difference in the life of the children she teaches. She is the mother of three girls and she is really excited to be a part of our team.
Be who you are!
Irener has been with KinderCare for 12 years. She is our Pre K mentor teacher and currently supports the Pre K teachers as needed with curriculum and educational needs. Irener is the mother of 2 and is expecting a son in September. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family and loves to travel.
Doing what you like is freedom, Liking what you do is happiness.
Fakhera has been with KinderCare for 9 year. She is a mother and a wife and truly enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time. Fakhera loves to read and sing.
Live. Laugh. Love.
Hannah loves teaching PreK. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching students grow academically and socially throughout the year. In her spare time she loves spending time with her friends, going to the movies and swimming. The children love Hannah because she makes learning fun.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Shewli is a mother and a wife and loves hanging out with her family. Shewli loves teaching and loves watching the excitement when the children learn something new. She creates a loving environment for all the children in her care and loves them all unconditionally. In her spare time she loves to read and cook.
Make life fun by making fun of life.
Tony is a teacher, brother, son, friend, podcast host, alligator wrestler and all around good ole Virgina boy. He loves the children and teaches them to love themselves.
Cathy transfered to our center from a sister center as our Nutritional Specialist. She is creative in the kitchen making lunch special each day for the children. Cathy loves her job and takes great care in her role at KinderCare.
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.
Our center is specifically designed to foster growth and encourage learning. Every classroom encourages each individual child to explore, share, and grow. And, our highly experienced staff is committed to creating a supportive environment for parents and families, so that your children can reach their maximum potential and enjoy a lifelong love of learning!
Professional Development Day -One in the Spring and one in the Fall.
New Years Day
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
The health, safety, and well-being of our children are a top priority! Our location is secured with a main entrance keypad entry system, which is only accessible to enrolled families, and our fenced playgrounds and perimeter doors are securely locked. We also have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who ensures the cleanliness and safety of our center. Our Coordinator conducts monthly fire, tornado and disaster drills while ensuring all staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety.
Andrea ArmstrongI LOVE my Kindercare because they sincerely care for my daughter and me like family. They supported me and my family during a very difficult time. I couldn't imagine anyone else caring for my princess.1:57 PM
I LOVE my Kindercare because they sincerely care for my daughter and me like family. They supported me and my family during a very difficult time. I couldn't imagine anyone else caring for my princess.
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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