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South Square KinderCare

Ms. Ayron Zoal, Center Director

3703 University Dr. Durham NC 27707
(919) 489-7269 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Hope Valley

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hope Valley Elementary, Forest View Elementary

Welcome

Thank you for choosing University Drive KinderCare! We know that the first five years of life are the most important to build a strong, healthy foundation and we are committed to meet your child’s early childhood educational, social and developmental needs in our nurturing environment! The information you find here will help you to become familiar with all the great things that are happening at our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 919-489-7269 or stop by our school any time. Once again, thank you for choosing KinderCare, we look forward to seeing with you soon.

Ms. Ayron Zoal, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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

The University Drive KinderCare gains strength from helping each other and most of all empowers each other. Our common goal is to make our school the BEST educational environment for children and to support our families and our community.

  • Ms. Ayron Zoal

    Ms. Ayron Zoal, Center Director

    Ms. Ayron has recently relocated with her family to North Carolina from Wisconsin where she was a School Director at KinderCare at Madison. She has her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for almost eight years now. Ms. Ayron is committed to meeting the needs of the children first and foremost, and increasing the quality of education, continuing foster community relationships, and building the best team that KinderCare Education has ever seen. She enjoys meeting new families, building relationships, watching children grow and learn as well as sharing the lessons she has learned so far. She is looking forward to welcoming your child into the South Square KinderCare school.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2007
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Criminal Justice
  • Jessica

    Jessica, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jessica's approach to teaching is showing a tremendous amount of passion. Children respond to the curriculum when the educator is excited about the children's learning process. Ms. Jessica feels is her obligation everyday to change lives, and to ensure her students that they are safe and share a positive attitude throughout  her classroom.
    Ms. Jessica was recently promoted to Assistant Director and is looking forward to meeting all of the families in her new role!

    Previous Experience:
    Customer Service
    Year Started:
    9/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2014
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because I love knowing that each day I teach, I am making a significant impact to the lives of my students.

    Ms. Crystal was born and raised in North Carolina. She has two children, and one beautiful grandchild. Outside of our school, she enjoys traveling, singing, and meeting new people.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Crystal joins us with two years of previous experience at our sister school, KinderCare of Knightdale, as well as seven years in other centers as a lead teacher and Assistant Director. She also owned and operated her own in-home child care center for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight, Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    4/10/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Early Childhood Credentials I and II, Administration Credentials Level I
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    Helping the children adjust to school and seeing their smiling faces inspires me to come to work each day!

    Ms. Linda joins us from KinderCare in Chapel Hill, where she prepared and served healthy and delicious meals for 7 years. She is energetic and always has a smile for all of her students.
     

    Year Started:
    9/17/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    Education:
    North Carolina Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Toddler Classroom

    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

    Ms. Crystal has been with KinderCare since 2011, and has recently transferred from one of our KinderCare in Raleigh.
    Ms. Crystal enjoys working with children because she gets to see how they grow and learn. It makes her happy to know she plays an important part in their learning and development. She loves seeing the smiles on each child's face and receiving so much love! She feels that teaching allows her to teach as much as allows her to learn. Ms. Crystal has her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials I & II and is planning on going back to school to further her education.
    In her spare time, Ms. Crystal enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family. Ms. Crystal has three beautiful children ages 14, 9 and 1 who are her world!
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Crystal likes any of the books from Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    5/9/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Shakara

    Ms. Shakara, Toddler Classroom

    Educating the mind without educating the heart is no educating all. Aristotle.

    Ms. Shakara is from Warsaw, NC. She has her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She is currently in school finishing up her nursing degree. Ms. Shakara has been working in childcare since 2011. She loves working at KinderCare and seeing all the children and how they learn. She has always been the person in the family to volunteer to watch the children!
    Ms. Shakara has experience working with ages K- grade. After school, she wants to pursue nursing but sill work with children. She loves the feeling she made a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with ages K- 8th grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    1/10/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. Currently working on her Nursing degree.
  • Ms. Quanisha

    Ms. Quanisha, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching because there is an excellent joy in the atmosphere of children and I learn something new everyday from my students.

    Ms. Quanisha is from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science concentrating in Child Development from North Carolina Central University. She is currently pursuing her second Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She has been working with children since 2
    2014. She loves working with children and watching them develop and grow. She has many nieces and nephews and she loves to spend as much time with them as she can.
    During her spare time she enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite book is " Love You Forever".

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Quanisha worked at Triangle Academy as an Infant Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    7/14/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2014
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Family and Consumer Science with a Concentration in Child Development. SIDS, First Aid and CPR Certified.
  • Ms. Sierra

    Ms. Sierra, Toddler Classroom

    Today's kids are tomorrow's future.

    Ms. Sierra recently joined the South Square KinderCare and has been working assisting in different classrooms and in the preschool classroom. One of her favorite things about teaching is seeing the kids faces when they learn something new. In the classroom, Ms. Sierra always has a fun way of teaching the children new things.
    Ms. Sierra is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes. She has obtained her CPR and First Aid certification as well as her BSAC.

    Previous Experience:
    Chapel Hill Carrboro city schools after school care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
    Year Started:
    11/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2012
    Education:
    Enrolled in Early Childhood Classes. High School Diploma. CPR & First Aid, BSAC
  • Ms. Juanita

    Ms. Juanita, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy allowing all children to help them grow, learn and reach their goals.

    Ms. Juanita is the Preschool teacher at KinderCare on University Dr. She is a graduate from North Carolina Central University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She truly enjoy working with children and seeing them explore, play, socialize and learn.
    Ms. Juanita has over 25 years of experience. She has worked with Head Start programs as well as private schools teaching children between the ages of 3 to 16.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Juanita has over 10 years of experience with Headstart- Federal Government Programs and six years at a private school educating ages 3 to 16 year olds.
    Year Started:
    10/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1990
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences. Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom

    In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take. Never give up.

    Ms. Erica is from Durham, NC. She attended North Carolina Central University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science with a concentration in Child Development & Family Relations. After she graduated, she moved to Greensboro and worked in Head Start for 6 years. She worked there for 6 years. She then moved back to Durham where she continued working in head start for 1 more year.
    She joined KinderCare in August of 2015 as the Discovery Preschool teacher. She has recently been promoted to the Pre- Kindergarten classroom and is very excited to be working with an older age group!
    Ms. Erica has a great passion for working with children and enjoys using her creativity to enhance children's' learning and development.
    Her greatest pleasure is seeing children grow and hit milestones. She also enjoys spending time with her son and family. On her spare time, Ms. Erica enjoys writing stories and poems, coloring, shopping, traveling, going to church and just enjoying life!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has experience working in different Head Start programs in Greensboro and Durham.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science Concentration in Child Development & Family Relations.
  • Ms. Charlotte

    Ms. Charlotte, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom

    Nothing is impossible the word itself says "I'm possible". Audrey Hepburn.

    Ms. Charlotte has been with KinderCare since 2010. She transfered to South Square KinderCare from Seattle KinderCare where she was a teacher and the Health & Safety Coordinator for the school.
    She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Development. She believes in a constructive and eclectic teaching approach, and effective working relationship between teachers, students and parents. She beliefs they are crucial to providing a stimulating learning environment. Charlotte enjoys and feels she is good at putting activities together that help at the current stage of development. 
     

    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2010
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mr. Stefan

    Mr. Stefan, Preschool and School Age Classroom

    Mr. Stefan is originally from the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, but has called Durham his home since he was only six months old! Currently, when he;s not teaching, Mr. Stefan is working on his second bachelor's in physical education at NCCU. A proud graduate of Queens University of Charlotte in 2012, Mr. Stefan received his bachelor's in sports communication. Along with his studies at Queens, Mr. Stefan ran competitively for the schools cross country and track teams. Fitness, proper nutrition, healthy living, as well as education are passions of Mr. Stefan's. As such, he has aligned himself in several ventures within the education field since graduating Queens. From working as a PE teacher with young children, to being a gymnastics instructor, and then a track coach at NCCU, to now KinderCare, Mr. Stefan has made many stops along his journey. Mr. Stefan is looking forward to his latest stop, where he has the opportunity to meet new friends, and being a part of their growth and development. He can't wait to meet you!

    Previous Experience:
    Summer Camp, working with School Age children.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. De- Idra

    Ms. De- Idra, Cook

    Life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. Nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly places they will hold no matter the force of the wind or strength of the tide. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

    Ms. De-Idra is a native of New Jersey who loves spending time with family and friends. When she is not here serving up delicious meals or giving a warm hug, she is probably with her nieces whom she adores very much! She loves to sing during circle time and creating new songs and dances. She enjoyes making unique and different crafts at home.
    Ms. De-Idra finds joy in cooking. It makes her happy to feed children and to know her nutritious meals are helping them grow!
    Ms. De-Idra loves teaching her children new things. She feels she is learning while teaching the children.
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    12/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1999
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Tiffaney

    Ms. Tiffaney, Center Support

    I love being able to teach and make an impact on a child's life as well as seeing the outcome.

    Ms. Tiffaney is a mother of two who has lived in Durham, NC for twenty years. She began her career here at KinderCare as a center support in February of 2016. She has also been a Public School educator for 8+ years with a specialization of School Age Care (SAC). She currently runs the SAC program at the Forest View Elementary with approximately 80 students enrolled. She obtained her Associates in Arts in Spring 2013 and plan to return to school to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Other certification and qualifications that she currently holds are the Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II, SIDS, First Aid and CPR and CPI. Her favorite childhood book is "Where the Wild Things Are". She enjoys fishing, exercising and traveling on her free time. Children love being in her classroom because she shows each individual child affection in her own way and the children are learning and having fun at the same time without knowing they are learning. Ms. Tiffaney loves teaching because she enjoys being able to teach and make an impact on a child's life as well as seeing the growth of each individual child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffaney worked for 8 years as a Pubic School Educator. She currently runs a SAC program with approximately 80 students
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2015
    Education:
    Associates in Arts. CPI, SIDS, CPR & First Aid certified.

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Day before Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve (closing at 3:00 pm)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Your family's health and safety is our primary concern. Our school offers a secure keypad entry, fenced in playgrounds and staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid and SIDS prevention.
In addition, our Health and Safety Coordinator ensures during monthly playgroung inspections that the equipment and plagrounds  are always in the best and safest conditions for our children before they play outside.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My three-year old daughter and I started at KinderCare the same week the director, Tom Wilson, started. During my interview process with him, he was very candid and passionate about changes that were needed, and changes he felt would greatly serve our community. For whatever reason, I choose to believe him immediately. Whatever the situation was, it was better than where I had been.
With Mr. Tom’s honest approach, I felt he deserved to know what my honest expectations were for my growing and busy two-year old. I had a list of things that I wanted and expected, because at two, I wanted my daughter to find and learn success at her tender age. After doing some research, I felt that KinderCare had amazing age appropriate tools for success, including assistance with potty training, a soft introduction into second languages, and a cooking class!
We have been there for nine months now. My daughter speaks very well. Her vocabulary still shocks me. She is adjusted, well-rounded, and does very well with other children. She has adapted to the classroom setting very easily. Most importantly, she loves it there! She knows all of the teachers by name; she has been given opportunities to experience the four-year old class. As when she transitions, it will not be new for her. She has blossomed, under the care of Mr. Tom and his wonderful staff.
She very proudly will let you know that’s her ‘scooool’. We are still working on getting the H in there. It’s such a wonderful thing, when we are at the doctor’s office, grocery store, or park, and I am stopped and asked how old she is and where does she go to school, because she speaks so well. After I proudly let them know, we are a Kinder Baby, it’s just that much more reassuring that I made the right decision, when the response is, “mom, you should be very proud, because they have done right by you.”

- Mother
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