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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, Easly, Eno Valley, Drop Off in front: George Watts, Club Blvd

Enroll Now for Fall!

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.

Teachers & Staff

  • Diaa El Aridi

    Diaa El Aridi, Center Director

    I love my job because it gives me 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. My passion is to uplift, inspire, and encourage parents, as well as my team to create endless learning experiences for children here at my center.

    Previous Experience:
    Translator in the United States Army
    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Education, Bachelor of Science in Pychology
  • Jennifer Hodge

    Jennifer Hodge, Assistant Director

    Motivating others is my passion.

    Year Started:
    7/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Master of Science in Family & Consumer Science
  • Ms. LaToya

    Ms. LaToya, Infant B Classroom

    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.

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

    Ms. Samara, Infant B Classroom

    Childcare providers do the most important job in the world. We influence children's entire lives and I love it!

    Ms. Samara enjoys working with the Infant age group because they are so much fun! They are teaching her as she teaches them!

    Previous Experience:
    Learning Tree of Durham
    Year Started:
    3/26/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love making every moment a teachable one.

    Ms. Brittney enjoys coming to work each day and seeing the children's faces light up while running to give her leg hugs. Ms. Brittney feels it is definitely an honor to be a positive role model for each and every child and to see how she impacts their lives on a daily basis. From the smiles, the hugs, and even the tears, every day in the classroom is a memorable one.

    Previous Experience:
    Prince George's County Public School System- Middle School Special Education
    Year Started:
    3/28/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology
  • Ms. Kier

    Ms. Kier, Two's Classroom

    Ms. Kier considers loves the children that are in her classroom. She loves to come in every day to see their bright faces!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    9/1/1997
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Candice

    Ms. Candice, Prekindergarten Classroom

    If you love what you do, it's not work and I love what I do.

    Ms. Candice tries to find the teachable moments in everything we do, and love witnessing the "Aha" moments when a child finally grasps the concept of something they've learned.

    Year Started:
    10/14/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Janai

    Ms. Janai, School Age Classroom

    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
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Education Credential, Pursuing College Degree
  • Ms. Kisha

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

    Ms. Kisha loves the teachable moments that she experiences daily with every age group that she works with and the different learning experience that she receives with the children in the Learning Adventures program! The 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
  • Ms. Aliah

    Ms. Aliah, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Aliah has been with KinderCare for 10 months and it's been an amazing journey. She is currently in  a Senior at North Carolina Central University, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development. Ms. Aliah loves being a Floating Teacher because she gets the chance to interact with children of all ages. Watching children grow and develop, makes her want to grow and develop to be an awesome educator.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Floating Teacher

    Being in the Early Childhood Education field brings Ms. Barbara so much satisfaction. 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:
    18 Years
    Education:
    North Carolina Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Kendyl

    Ms. Kendyl, Floating 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

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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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