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Duke Street KinderCare

Diaa El Aridi, Center Director

3106 North Duke St. Durham NC 27704
(919) 471-1150 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Carver St & N Duke St

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Holt, Hillendale, Eno Valley, Drop Off in front: George Watts, Club Blvd,Vouger Academy & Sandy Ridge.


 

Welcome

Welcome to Duke Street KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, 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, 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!

Diaa El Aridi, 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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

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

  • Diaa El Aridi

    Diaa El Aridi, Center Director

    .Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.

    Ms. Diaa is the School Director at the Duke Street KinderCare. She is the mother of four beautiful children. She has served the United States Army before eventually became a Knowledge Universe employee in 2001. Ms. Diaa started her journey with KinderCare as an Infant teacher, worked in all classrooms and became an Assistant Director in 2007. She was promoted to the Director position in 2009. She feels she is very fortunate to be part of the Duke St. KinderCare. She loves to walk in the school every morning and see all the beautiful smiles on the children's faces.
    She loves her job because it gives her an opportunity to make an impact on a child's life and to give advice to parents about ways in which their child(ren) can develop and grow. Her passion is to uplift, inspire, and encourage parents, as well as my team to create endless learning experiences for children here at her center.

    Previous Experience:
    Translator in the United States Army
    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Education, Bachelor of Science in Pychology
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant A Classroom

    Live life to the fullest.

    Ms. Lisa is originally from Durham, NC and has lived here all her life. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, swimming and reading. From an early age she has known she wanted to work with children. Ms. Lisa babysat as a teen and after high school. She has worked in child care during the day and got her Associate's degree at night.  Ms. Lisa likes seeing all of the friendly staff and the smiling face that comes from the children and watching the children learn and grow! She has work at KinderCare since 1988.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa has worked with children of all ages from Infant- Pre-k
    Year Started:
    3/20/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1977
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant A

    Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
    -Alexander Pope.

    Ms. Danielle was born and raised in Southern CA and moved to NC in Feb. 2015 to join KinderCare team. She studied Music & Theater at Cal State Fullorton until she decided to change her major to Early Childhood Education.
    As a former military wife, she brings a wide range experience as she has had the opportunity to live in various parts of the country and World. Ms. Danielle's loves to sing, dance and be creative which brings a wonderful unique experience to our Infant room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has worked as a floater teacher, Toddler teacher, Music & Movement instructor, Assistant Director, English Tutor in Korea and Nanny
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since1995
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. LaToya

    Ms. LaToya, Infant B Classroom

    Life is a journey live it to the fullest.

    Ms. LaToya loves her job because she is able to play a part in developing our future (the children). She takes pride in making her classroom a loving and fun learning environment for the Infants as well as safe. Ms. Latoya has been working with the KinderCare family since 2014. She loves to work with 1 year olds! She loves teaching them and watching them grow in all areas of development. She believes that every child is a gift from God and they need to be treated with the love and understanding they deserve. Ms. Latoya creates projects that will show the children's creative abilities and talents.

    Year Started:
    4/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Infant B

    A person's a person no matter how small.
    -Dr. Seuss.

    Ms. Sheryl entered the childcare field in 1992. She enjoys educating the young child and being a support person to offer new experience to the children in her care.
    She earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood in 2000.
    Ms. Sheryl has worked as a substitute teacher. She returned to child care in 2003. She worked for great Beginnings for 10 years and joined KinderCare 2 years ago. Ms. Sheryl has her SIDS, CPR & First Aid certification. She also holds her Administration Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheryl has worked in childcare for more than 10 years.
    Year Started:
    12/12/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shakitia

    Ms. Shakitia, Toddler

    Children are what they live

    Ms. Shakitia was born in New Bern, NC . She has been teaching at KinderCare since 2013. She enjoys reading stories to the toddlers, her favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear .
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Alisha

    Ms. Alisha, Toddler Classroom

    Educationn and learning are the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.

    Ms. Alisha has been with the company since 2012. She enjoys working with children of all ages. Ms. Alisha is great at creating activities for her kids and working as a team player.

    Year Started:
    2/22/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Education:
    Associates in Arts in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool

    The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson don't give up in the middle.

    Ms. Danielle is originally from Baltimore, MD. She has lived in Durham, NC for 10 years now. She has worked in the field of childcare for 9 years now. Her favorite age group are the infants and two's. She has her Credentials I & II and will be working towards her childcare degree in January.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle worked at a different center prior to joining KInderCare.
    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2006
    Education:
    Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Kier

    Ms. Kier, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It takes a village to raise a child.

    Ms. Kier has been with the company for almost 6 years now. She is currently studying at Haywood Community College to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education. When Ms. Kier enters the classroom every morning, the children yell her name and run to her. All her children love her!
    Ms. Kier not only care for the two year olds, she loves them. She keeps her classroom loving and inviting for the children and parents. She always ensure the children are safe and loved.
    She loves to come in every day to see their bright faces!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Credentials I & II.
  • Ms. Samara, Multi Age Classroom

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.
     

    Samara has been working at KinderCare since March 2014. Ms. Samara has her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials I & II and is in school obtaining her Associates in Childcare.
    She has worked with the Infants here at KinderCare and has worked her way up to multi-age. Although she loves the babies, Ms. Samara has grown to love her multi- age class. She loves to implement new and fun activities for her class to learn. She loves to engage and interact with her children and she learns something new about them everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Learning Tree of Durham
    Year Started:
    3/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2008
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Aliah

    Ms. Aliah, Multi AgeTeacher

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Ms. Aliah has been with KinderCare since 2013 and it's been an amazing journey. She attended North Carolina Central University where she received her Bachelor's in PsychologyShe now attends Walden University online obtaining her masters in child and adolescent psychology. Ms. Aliah loves her milti-age classroom. She likes to do fun creative activities in her classroom and she likes to let her children engage and interact collectively to learn with each other.  Watching children grow and develop, makes her want to grow and develop to be an awesome educator.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2013
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Preschool Classroom

    A person's a person, no matter how small.
    - Dr' Seuss

    Children must be taught to think, not what to think.

    Ms. Tammy is mother of four and has lived in Durham, NC since 1979. She joined team in 1997 and has currently been with the team since then.  Ms Tammy is the Preschool teacher as well as the Health & Safety Coordinator and third member of management. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards obtaining her Bachelor's degree. Her favorite thing to do in her class is Community time where the kids are able to share their thought and opinion on subject at hand.
    Ms. Tammy loves seeing her kids smiling faces when she comes in. When her kids move on to public school, they always come back to visit!
    Ms. Tammy is an asset to the Duke KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teacher
    Year Started:
    9/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1979
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Preschool

    I believe children are the future.

    Ms. Sabrina attended North Carolina Central University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Literature. The unique activity that Sabrina incorporates along with the weekly letter is to have her friends write their names in effort to better prepare them for Pre-Kindergarten. She also assists them with recognizing their names on paper.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sabrina worked at the New Life Christian Center.
    Year Started:
    3/25/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2014
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Pre- Kindergarten

    It takes a village

    Ms. Carolyn recently joined the KinderCare family. She attended Durham Technical Community College in Durham, NC where she received an Associates of Arts certification for Early Childhood Management and Administration. Carolyn enjoys teaching the leaders of tomorrow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carolyn has worked as activity coordinator and in customer service.
    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2003
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Casey, Pre- Kindergarten

    Live the life you love, and love the life you live.

    Ms. Casey is a graduate from North Carolina Central University where she majored in Family and Consumer Science with a Concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. Ms. Casey has been with KinderCare since 2015. In her Pre-K class, the unique thing that her class does is make a song out of anything. Her children love to sing and dance.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Casey has experience working at Durham rescue mission daycare. She has also worked at varies elementary schools
    Year Started:
    7/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2012
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Child Development & Family Relations
  • Ms. Kisha

    Ms. Kisha, Learning Adventures Classroom and Before and After School

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

    Ms. Kisha has been working at KinderCare since February 2010. She has been in the early childhood field for 11 years. She enjoys working with School- Age children. Ms. Kisha has a special way to create special bonds with the children in her classroom that last forever.
    Ms. Kisha loves the teachable moments that she experiences daily with the children in her classroom that overall joyful experience she feels when she walks into the building everyday inspires her to come to work.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    NC Early Childhood Credentials I & II, BSAC certified.
  • Ms. Janai

    Ms. Janai, School - Age

    The only person you should try and be better than is the person were yesterday.

    Ms. Janai has been working with children since she was in high school. She started working in the school system as an intern working with 1st graders. After graduation she attended Vance Gramille Community College in pursuit of her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked at New Beginnings Preschool as well as other Child development centers for 2 years. She loves teaching the kids and having fun while doing it. Ms. Janai is looking forward to opening her own daycare in the future.
    Ms. Janai loves to see the smiles on the children's faces when she walks into the classroom. She enjoys teaching and watching the children learn something new every day and the looks of joy when they have finally understood something. Ms. Janai likes to challenge herself to do new things with the children in her classroom. She also likes to encourage her children because they are the future.

    Year Started:
    8/27/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2006
    Education:
    NC Early Childhood Education Credential I & II, BSAC certified
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Floater Teacher

    Practice kindness with honesty and learn the secret of success

    Mrs. Barbara has cared for children since 1997. She has worked and cared for children with disabilities up through the years of her career. Ms. Barbara has been at KinderCare since 2014. Ms. Barbara works with all the classrooms and helps the teachers in whatever needed.
    Being in the Early Childhood Education field brings Ms. Barbara so much satisfaction by knowing that she is serving her community by helping and provide a safe and loving place for children.

    Year Started:
    3/11/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1997
    Education:
    North Carolina Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Floater

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

    Ms. Kayla graduated from High school in 2011 from GRanville Central High School. She started working at KinderCare on July 28th, 2014. Ms. Kayla has her NC Credentials.
    She's excited to be a part of KinderCare and to be working with all the children in the center.
     

    Year Started:
    7/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    Education:
    NC Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Kendyl

    Ms. Kendyl, Floater Teacher

    Ms. Kendyl is currently a Junior at North Carolina Central University studying Early Childhood Middle School Education. She enjoys teaching because the children always bring a smile to her face no matter how she is feeling. She also loves seeing their faces light up when they are learning and finally understand.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Middle School Education
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Cook

    A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.

    Ms. Ana is originally from El Salvador. She came to the USA 15 years ago where she started working at Le Chateaux in NY. She moved to North Carolina with her husband 8 years ago.
    In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, shopping and going to church. She also enjoys cooking some of her favorite recipes from her home. She loves to be around children and likes when the children eat the meals she prepares. Ms. Ana believes her love for cooking is reflected in the flavor of her food!
    She has been enjoying her time at KinderCare and feels she is a very special and important part of the school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ana worked for 8 years at a food company in New York.
    Year Started:
    11/10/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Education:
    High School Diploma

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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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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