Christy Rieben, Center Director
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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
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 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.
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!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. -Dr. Seuss
Ms. Christy has always known that she wanted to work with children. Inspiring children to have a love of learning and a love of life is something she has always wanted to do. Ms. Christy graduated from the University of Florida with a degree is Sociology and then later from Troy University with a Masters of Education. Ms. Christy has worked with many age groups from infants to college age students. Ms. Christy has been with KinderCare since 2009 and loves the children, staff and parents that she gets to connect with every day!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
Ms. Megan graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in International Studies. She then earned her degree in Elementary Education. Her combination of intelligence and heart make her so successful in her career and as a member of the KinderCare team. Ms. Megan enjoys helping the teachers implement the curriculum throughout our school which helps our school be a top notch educational center. Ms. Megan has been with KinderCare since 2008 and enjoys coming to work every day to see what new adventure is in store!
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes
Ms. Brenetta has worked in Early Childhood Education her whole life. For many years she ran her own in home daycare. She has worked with infants through School Age children but is now working with our infants. She takes such wonderful care of little ones and always adds a calm and peaceful spirit to her classroom.
The first 5 years has so much to do with how the next 80 turn out. Bill Gates
Ms. Cheryl has her CDA and has been working in Early Childhood Education her whole professional life. She has worked with every age group and now works in our infant classroom. She has such an incredible way with children and has such amazing relationships with our families. Ms. Cheryl is known for being the heart of our school. She is an incredible teacher.
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie
Ms. Fran has her degree is Early Childhood Education. She started in the ECE field over 30 years ago and has been with KinderCare for over 25 years. Ms. Fran has adults who attended Dunedin KinderCare who still come back to visit her. Ms. Fran is one of the reasons Dunedin KinderCare is so great. She has helped care for and educate so many young children. She has worked with many different age groups while she has been here and is currently working with our infants. She is natural nurturer and shows so much love and care for our babies. We are so glad to have her on our team!
Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas. – Paula Poundstone
Prior to KinderCare Ms. Lori worked in a group home taking care of disabled adults. She then transitioned to working with children and has been working in our infant classroom ever since. She is such a natural with babies and is a born nurturer and taked amazing care of our littiest students. It isn't unusual to see her laughing and playing with the babies. She loves to be silly and loves to make the babies laugh.
Children are like wet cemet. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. -Dr. Haim Ginott
Ms. Angelica floats between our infant and toddler classrooms. She is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is known for being happy, fun and she loves to play with the kids.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. Graham Greene
Ms. Karen has worked for over 10 years in Early Childhood Education. She did take some time off to explore other avenues but has come back to it time and time again because of the sheer enjoyment she gets out of working with children. She has worked with a variety of age groups and now works with our infants and toddlers.
We are excited to have Ms. Carmen join our Dunedin KinderCare Family! For the last year and a half Ms. Carmen has worked at a KinderCare in Clearwater. Prior to working there, she worked for 12 years at a KinderCare in Orlando. She primarily has worked with kids ages 3 and up. She lives nearby with her husband and she loves to shop, go to the beach and swim.
Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom
Ms. Cyndie has a unique background growing up and working on a farm. She takes this knowledge every day and teaches it to her students. She started in Early Childhood Education a few years ago and it has been such a natural fit for her. She is such a joy to be around and take so much pride in her classroom.
Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child. Joan Almon
Ms. Whitney has been working with infants and toddlers since she started in childcare. She has a wonderful way with the little guys and loves to help them learn and discover. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree and has such a love for learning herself.
If your life inspires just one child, your live has been a success. -Mark Desvaux
Ms. Veronica has been educating children her whole professional career. She has worked with Preschool through School Age children. She currently is working in our Discovery PreSchool classroom with our 2 year old children. Ms. Veronica is known for her contagious smile and takes so much pride in her classroom. She loves her kids and is always going the extra mile to make her classroom extra fun!
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.
Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. – Maria Montessori
Ms. Bria has been working in Early Childhood Education her whole career. She worked previously with School Age Students and is now working in our VPK/PreK classroom. She has worked with students of all ages. She likes to have fun with the kids and really helps them to enjoy their time at school. She always has a smile is has a very fun energy about her.
Children are not things to be moulded but people to be unfolded. -Jess Lair
Ms. Taree has been a valuable member of the KinderCare Dunedin staff for many years and while working here she received her CDA. She is known for having great relationships with families and takes pride in everything she does in her classroom. She loves to do projects and art in her classroom. Her goal with every one of her students is to make sure they are ready to be part of our VPK class.
Education is a gift that no one can take away. American Proverb
Ms. Lauren received her Early Childhood Education degree and began her career with KinderCare in New York. She transferred to the KinderCare in Dunedin and has worked with children from infants to school age. She is our VPK teacher and her classroom has received high score up to 100% every year when graded by the State of Florida. Ms. Lauren is also our Learning Adventures teacher and has great success with getting our students to read and write before Kindergarten. Ms. Lauren is known for making learning fun and for always being happy!
Investing in Early Childhood Nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high. Anne M. Mulcahy
Ms. Diane has worked in the nutrition field most of her life. She worked at several schools prior to ours. She is very passionate about nutrition and the importance of healthy foods to feed young children. When she is not in the kitchen, she is working in the classroom with the students. She enjoys helping the children and encourages self help skills and is always happy to take care of everyone's needs!
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 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.
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.
All of our teachers have CPR/First Aide certification and FBI background checks.
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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