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Dunedin KinderCare

Christy Rieben, Center Director

1990 Main St. Dunedin FL 34698
(727) 733-7308 Contact this center

Ages: 2 Months to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
West of Belcher Rd behind Countryside Glass

Neighborhood:
Behind Countryside Glass

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dunedin Garrison Jones

We are now enrolling for the 2015-2016 VPK school year!  Come on down to reserve your spot!

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Dunedin KinderCare. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for your child. We take pride in our relationships with students, parents and those around us. We take great joy in the fact that we are shaping your child's future and that you, as parents, trust us with such an honor. We have an open door policy and always want to hear from our parents.

Christy Rieben, 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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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.

Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

Thank you for your interest in KinderCare. We have a great staff with a wide variety of experience and tenure. We have some great new teachers as well as some teachers that have been with us for over 20 years. All of our teachers are CPR/First Aid certified. They all have both local and FBI background checks. At KinderCare Dunedin, our staff truly is a family!

  • Christy Rieben

    Christy Rieben, Center Director

    Christy has been working for KinderCare for six years. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree from Troy University. She is married with daughter, who is the love of her life. Christy loves working with our wonderful families and staff. We have the best jobs in the world because we get to work with children every day. Please let her know if you ever have any questions or comments!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Megan Guididas

    Megan Guididas, Assistant Director

    I love watching the children learn, grow, and become lifelong learners.

    Megan is married with a daughter, who currently attends KinderCare. She is someone who loves to work with children and has such a joy for teaching.  She has such a great knowledge of ECE and is someone who is adored around the school for her nurturing and loving ways!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brenetta

    Ms. Brenetta, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Netta comes to us with a ton of experience.  She had her own in home child care for nine years prior to moving to Inidana.  She then moved to Indiana to be with her father who passed .  In 2012 she was ready to move back to Florida to be with her family.  She transferred to our KinderCare from the KinderCare in Indiana.  We are so happy to have gotten her!  She has every training imaginable and is a natural with children.  She is the total package!

  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cheryl is one of our Infant teachers. She has a CDA and has been working in child care for over 20 years and has been with KinderCare for 15 years. She is kind and loving with her infants and has a definite expertise of the age group. Cheryl has a 7 year old granddaughter at home that she spends all her free time with.

    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Fran Duffy

    Ms. Fran Duffy, Infant Classroom

    I have always cherished children. It is a great feeling to see the children grow.

    Ms. Fran has been with KinderCare for over 25 years and teaches in the infant classroom. She has worked in the early childhood education field for 33 years and has obtained her Child Development Associates Certification.

    Year Started:
    2/21/1990
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Certification
  • Ms. Lori Gibbons

    Ms. Lori Gibbons, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the babies develop in to happy and healthy people. I love knowing that I am a part of that.

    Ms. Lori has worked at several KinderCare centers but has been with the Dunedin center for almost nine years. She has been in the early childhood education field for almost 17 years and worked as a day care provider and a nanny prior to joining KinderCare in 2003. She has obtained her Child Development Associates Certification. Ms. Lori brings her sense of humor to the center as well as a loving and caring nature. She loves to instill these qualities in the children in her classroom. Ms. Lori also focuses on ensuring that the children are receiving proper nutrition while in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in 2003, Ms. Lori worked as a family day care provider and a nanny.
    Year Started:
    7/21/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Certification
  • Ms. Cyndie

    Ms. Cyndie, Toddler Classroom

    It is amazing to watch the one year old's.  As they grow, learn and develop every day is such a joy.  My favorite is when they discover new words and really start talking.

    Ms. Cyndie has been with KinderCare since 2013.  She has been working with kids for years and has such a love for teaching.  She grew up on a farm in West Branch, Michigan.  She especially loves teaching the kids about farm animals and loves playing with them outside with them.  Ms. Cyndie has a son and a grandson.  Ms. Cyndie is always on the move and has a lot of energy.  She is perfect for our toddlers and we are so glad to have her as part of our team!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Toddler Classroom

    Working with toddlers is so fun.  Every day is like a new day of discovery!

    Ms. Whitney started with KinderCare in 2014.  She moved here from Michigan and has such a fun energy about her.  She loves the little ones in her class like her own.  When the children go from our infant classroom to our toddler classroom, it is a very different feel.  Ms. Whitney goes above and beyond to make sure all the parents feel as confident and reassured with their children being in her classroom as they do in the infant classroom. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Bria

    Ms. Bria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being with my 2 year olds brings a smile to my face.  They are so eager to learn and so full of love.

    Ms. Bria has been with KinderCare since 2015.  She has worked with kids for years and has always had a love for working with children.  She loves building relationships with families and children.  The curriculum in her classroom is amazing and the children really proceed into Preschool with a great knowledge and know how.  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My goal is to create an environment where every child feels loved.  I make sure that each child in my classroom has a chance to learn and grow every day.

    Ms. Veronica has been with KinderCare since 2014.  Prior to that she has been working in Early Childhood Education with kids ranging from 1 to School Age.  Ms. Veronica is married and has a grown son and daughter.  She is a very proud mom.  Ms. Veronica has a very calm and soothing way about her.  The kids in her class adore her and her smile always lights up the room!  

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Cassie is a true Floridian who was born and raised in the sunshine state! She joined KinderCare in 2012 and has worked at the Wesley Chapel KinderCare for her first year. She has always known that she wanted to work with children. She has volunteered at her church for years working with kids. She currently attends school to further her educational degrees and could not imagine doing anything other than working with kids. Her favorite part about her job is watching the kids learn. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and animals and doing activities on the water.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Taree

    Ms. Taree, Preschool Classroom

    Taree has been our Preschool teacher for five years. She loves working with children and helping them learn and grow. She is such an engaging teacher and has such a creative way about her that makes the children love to learn. She has three lovely children of her own and spends her free time with them.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom, Learning Adventures Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Lauren is the happiest person and clearly loves her kids. She transferred to us from a KinderCare in NY and we are so happy to have her. She has been with our school for 4 years.  Ms. Lauren is also our Learning Adventure Teacher and our Health and Safety Coordinator. She is extremely family oriented and in her free time she enjoys spending time with those closest to her!

    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Center Cook

    Ms. Diane has been with KinderCare since 2014.  Ms. Diane is married with 2 grown sons. She moved here from New York and has a lot of experience in not only Early Childhood Education but also Nutrition.  Ms. Diane has her Bachelors Degree in Nutrition, which makes her the perfect cook for our school.  She takes health and nutrition very seriously and is always looking for ways to make our school the healthiest place for our kids. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years

July 2015 Events

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  1. Thursday July 02, 2015
    1. Wear red, white, and blue

  2. Friday July 03, 2015
    1. Closed for Independence Day

  3. Saturday July 04, 2015
    1. Happy Birthday USA!

  4. Tuesday July 07, 2015
    1. Disney Day

      Wear your favorite Disney character to school

  5. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. Tropical Day

      Wear your tropical print to school

  6. Tuesday July 14, 2015
    1. Tshirt Day

      Wear your favorite tshirt to school

  7. Friday July 17, 2015
    1. Pajama Day

  8. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. Wacky Wednesday

      Dress Wacky!

  9. Friday July 24, 2015
    1. Sports Day

  10. Tuesday July 28, 2015
    1. Mismatched Shoe Day

  11. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. Wear your favorite color to school

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

  • American Sign Language
  • 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

All of our teachers have CPR/First Aide certification and FBI background checks.

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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The impact the staff at KinderCare has had on my children is tremendous! The progression in their development is evident.

- Father

My daughter is in the infant classroom at the Dunedin KinderCare. The staff is very kind and I know they are taking good care of her. It's not as hard to leave her every day knowing she is getting the love and attention she needs. It's a really great center!

- Father
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