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Owen Drive KinderCare

Brandy Williamson, Center Director

228 Owen Dr. Fayetteville NC 28304
(910) 484-5164 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
W H Owen, Glendale Acres, Cumberland Road, Ashley, Mary McArthur, Montclair


We are now enrolling for all age groups!!

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare on Owen Drive! Our experienced teachers and staff look forward to providing your child an engaging and enriched learning experience. It is one of our goals to work in partnership with families to ensure that all children's specific needs are being met within our programs. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment which will help your child connect spoken words and print.  We’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
 We look forward to having you visit us and join us in laying down the foundation for your child's education.   It is also a goal of ours that every family feels at home, in which every child feels loved, nurtured, and taken care of. We would love to invite you to spend some time with us by touring our center. We can't wait to welcome you into our KinderCare family!  

Brandy Williamson, 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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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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

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 teachers here at the KinderCare on Owen Drive are passionate about educating and loving the children. Almost half of the center staff has been here for five years and longer. All of the teachers have their North Carolina Credentials I and II and are continuing there education throughout the year. We also continue our education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers’ success is their passion for teaching and their love for the children.

  • Brandy Williamson

    Brandy Williamson, Center Director

    Children are our most valuable resource. - Herbert Hoover, 31st President

    Ms. Brandy Williamson started working for KinderCare in August of 1995. She  worked with all age groups before taking a year off after having her daughter in 2000. In October of 2001 she returned to KinderCare as an Assistant Director. Ms. Brandy was assigned to KinderCare on Owen Drive in May of 2009 as Center Director and has truly enjoyed her experiences during her time at KInderCare. Ms.Brandy treats every family like they are an extension of her own family, she may only have one child at home but at work she has 100+ that she loves unconditionally.

    Previous Experience:
    Brandy has worked for six years at our center. She has been with KinderCare since 1995.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Krysta M.

    Ms. Krysta M., Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership, Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infant Classroom

    Ms Maria is from Germany and has been in the United States since 1979.  She has her North Carolina Childcare Credentials and has over 25 years working in the Early Childhood field.  She has one son and one daughter, and two beautiful granddaughters.  She loves to watch as the children grow from infants into toddlers.   

    Year Started:
    4/1/1989
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    NC Childcare Credentials
  • Ms. Yadira

    Ms. Yadira, Toddler Classroom

    Ms Yadira is from Puerto Rico and has been in the United States since 1995. She has her North Carolina Childcare Credentials and has worked in the field of Early Childhood for over 10 years. She loves working with children and seeing their happy faces each morning. She is a mother to one teenage son.  

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Diann

    Ms. Diann, Discovery Preschool

    Ms Diann has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years. She has her North Carolina Childcare Credentials.  She has two daughters and many animal babies. She is very creative and brings many new and different art projects into her classroom. She loves knowing that she is making a difference in children's lives. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Diann has worked in other center based programs
    Year Started:
    5/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    NC Childcare Credentials
  • Ms. Ellen

    Ms. Ellen, Discovery Preschool

    Ms Ellen has been in the field of Early Childhood for over 13 years. She enjoys wworking with young children and watching them grow. She is currently working toward finishing her degree in Early Childhood. She recently married and has two stepdaughters.   

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Ellen has worked in other child care centers
    Year Started:
    3/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Kat

    Ms. Kat, Preschool Classroom

    The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - E. E. Cummings

    Ms. Kat is from beautiful and sunny southern California.  She developed an interest in Early Childhood while taking a college course.  From there, her love of the field blossomed.  She has been a preschool teacher, super nanny, and a ski resort hostess.  Ms. Kat has an amazing husband and a beautiful daughter.  She came to Fayetteville due to her husband's military career.  They have quite a zoo at home including three dogs, a ferret and a cat.  In her free time, Ms Kat loves to read, explore the surrounding outdoors with her family, and go offroading and snowboarding.  She also enjoys anything historical. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kat has been a nanny, a hostess for a ski resort, and an activities coordinator for timeshare.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    NC Lead Teacher equivilent
  • Ms. Agnes

    Ms. Agnes, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that I have made a difference in the lives of young children by teaching them and knowing they are learning.

    Ms. Agnes has worked for KinderCare for nine years. She uses her creativity and knowledge to enhance her classroom to best fit the students. Ms. Agnes ensures all children that graduate from her Prekindergarten class have the skills they need to thrive in Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Agnes worked for several years at the YMCA with four year old children.
    Year Started:
    4/14/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Cook

    Ms. Crystal's loving personality shows true in the way she runs her class daily. She enjoys assisting children to learn and master new skills, as well as having a very open and respectful relationship with all families that encounter with her on a daily basis.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Crystal worked at a smaller center.
    Year Started:
    9/13/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Childcare Credentials Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential, Childcare Administration Certificate, Pursuing a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michaela Akins

    Ms. Michaela Akins, Floater

    Year Started:
    1/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science
  • Ms. Pia

    Ms. Pia, Toddler Classroom

    Pia has over 15 years of experience as a youth counselor and teacher. She obtained her bachelor of art from UNC Charlotte in 2005 and a master's of divinity in 2012. As a former youth pastor and youth director, Pia loves children of all ages. She is now the senior pastor of Rose Hill AME Zion Church where she continues to work with kids and kids at heart.

    Year Started:
    9/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Psychology, Master's of Divinity
  • Ms. Bianca T.

    Ms. Bianca T., Infant Classroom

    Ms. Bianca loves working with children because children are the future. She likes to see children grow and learn in their own unique way.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at Fernandez Child Care Center in Fort Bragg
    Year Started:
    12/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+
    Education:
    Bachelor of Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Christian

    Ms. Christian, Toddler Classroom

    Children will become who you are so be who you want them to be.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher's Assistant in Cumberland County Schools
    Year Started:
    8/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Professional Studies with a minor in education
  • Ms. Andrea R.

    Ms. Andrea R., Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Exceptional Children with specific learning disabilities
  • Ms. Felicia Campbell

    Ms. Felicia Campbell, School Age Classroom

    I love working with children, talking with them, and listening to them. I love to encourage them to do their best and to never give up.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Mrs. Samantha G.

    Mrs. Samantha G., Preschool Classroom

    I've always been passionate about teaching. Each day I'm learning something new and seeing each child grow is so rewarding.

    Mrs. Sam is starting her first adventure working at KinderCare. She studied art education at University of Wisconsin-Stout and is very passionate about art and incorporating it into the classroom. She plans to finish her degree in Fayetteville and is excited to see herself grow as a teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA program staff, volunteer teacher, community ed. art teacher
    Year Started:
    1/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

  • German
  • 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

At KinderCare the health and safety of your children is one of our top priorities. All outside doors are locked  and the front door has a keypad entrance so only parents and staff can get inside. We have fire drills and tornado drills so the children know what to do. We also have evacuation plans in place to transport children to in case of an emergency. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Anyone who works with Infant to two year-old's has been trained in SIDS.

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

My two youngest girls have been in the Owen Drive KinderCare. My five year old just recently left KinderCare so that she could be home schooled. My two year old still attends KinderCare. Brandy runs a very professional school. The teachers there are very professional and they care for each child as if they were their own. The extra classes that they offer are well worth it. The phonics course that is offered is absolutely wonderful. My two year old is able to recognize the letters of the alphabet and tell what each letter sounds like. When my five year old was in KinderCare, she attended the phonics course as well. This course helped prepare my daughter for Kindergarten to the point that she is already finished with the Kindergarten curriculum and is now starting the first grade curriculum after only five months of home schooling. I highly recommend KinderCare as they are the best daycare that I have had the privilege of using. It will be a shame when I move to Texas as there are no KinderCares where I am moving. Thank you Ms. Brandy, Ms. Tammy and all the teachers at Owen Drive KinderCare for taking such great care of my two little girls.

- Parent

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all how much we appreciate everything you do for our family. We first came to KinderCare when our oldest daughter, Brenna, was 1. We now have three daughters enrolled in KinderCare and could not think of a better place for our children to spend their days. I love that the program curriculum promotes education even at the infant level. I also love that when we walk in to drop our girls off or pick them up, everyone (teachers, aides and supervisors) know my family on a personal level even if my child is not under their direct care. Brenna is currently in the Prekindergarten classroom. I love reading the stories that the class makes together and that she has a journal that she writes in regularly. But what I love the most about Ms. Agnes' class is that Brenna comes home every day telling us what new and exciting things she has learned that day from dinosaurs to tools/machines. I have no doubt that Ms. Agnes will prepare Brenna for Kindergarten next year. Mackenna is currently in the Discovery Preschool classroom. Mackenna has grown and matured and learned so much over the past year with Ms. Diann and Ms. Ellen. Mackenna can be a very dramatic and strong-willed little girl. It is reassuring to see how patient they are with her while at the same time teaching her respect and manners. I know that as she transitions to Ms. Ryan's preschool class, these ideals will continue to be developed. Ashlyn is currently in the transition between the Infant and Toddler classrooms. While in the Infant room, Ashlyn grew attached to Ms. Maria and Ms. Yadi. Luckily, we never had a problem with separation anxiety because she was always so excited to see them! In addition to being a nurturing setting, I loved seeing Ashlyn's personal schedule and all of the different projects from finger painting to growing grass. Although it will be sad to leave the Infant room, I am excited for Ashlyn to transition to the Toddler room. Brenna and Mackenna truly enjoyed their time in the Toddler room with Ms. Crystal. I know that Ashlyn will learn a lot and have a great time with Ms. Crystal and Ms. J. I love that when we walk into each of our girls' classrooms we see samples of their artwork and pictures of each of them along with their classmates smiling and having fun. I love that their teachers take the time to tell me and my husband how the girls' days were and what they did that day. With my husband's ever changing schedule, we are very lucky to have a childcare center that is willing to be flexible and work with our schedule. Since we cannot be with the girls during the day, I could not ask for a better place for them to be. With sincere thanks,

- Mother

My son Joshua has been attending KinderCare for the past 7 months. As we are new to the state of North Carolina, this is his first daycare experience. He has done very well largely due to the wonderful staff at KinderCare. Ms. Tammy was instrumental in helping me with the application process, and Ms. Brandi met us at the door on our first day. All of my fears were immediately put to rest by the caring and attentive staff and he has adapted so well. Everyone greets us every single day with a smile and all the staff knows my son by name. This personal touch means so much to me and I don't think we could have selected a better day care center for our first experience. Whenever I have a concern, Ms. Brandi has taken ownership of it and corrected it immediately to my utmost satisfaction. She has an open door policy which I have used on many an occasion. She has never made me feel rushed or that my concerns were not taken seriously. As for my son's teachers Ms. Diann and Ms. Ellen, they are absolutely the best! My son loves them and speaks of them even when he is not at school. He has even called their names in his sleep! Both my husband and I have spent several hours volunteering in their classroom and I know for sure, they really care about their kids. This is no act. I applaud their uncanny ability to redirect and nurture their kids at the same time. The hugs and smiles they give have helped to sooth my son many mornings. Most importantly, we have an open line of communication and they have always acted on my concerns as well. As far as teachers go, we hit the jackpot! I never worry about how my son is treated while he is under their care. KinderCare is a great day care center, and I would certainly recommend their services to others. Thank you for opportunity to make this known.

- Mother

Building relationships is a process that doesn’t always come easy and/or natural for some people. For some individuals, building a relationship or even maintaining a relationship requires a lot of effort. For the staff at KinderCare (Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC) having a relationship is a natural process for these ladies. The affection, warmth, genuineness, and laughter these ladies give to the children as well as the parents is beyond the call of duty.

I am the proud, first time mother to a beautiful boy (13 months old) name Karson. When my husband and I first started out looking for daycares, I knew in my heart and mind what a daycare would have to provide for me to be okay to return to work. By the grace of God, my son didn’t start daycare until he was five months old. He was kept by my mother. When I was carrying my son, one of my girlfriends told me about KinderCare. I visited the learning center with her and was very please by the activities (finger-painting at five months old, planting flowers, etc.) and smiles that the staff gave to the children and parents. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel my husband and I could afford the learning center, so I went with another daycare that was owned and operated by the hospital where I was going to be working. I had always heard positive words about the facility. However, this wasn’t my experience. I often felt the “seasoned” ladies in my son’s class would attempt to challenge me (especially because I was a first time mom). This was not going to continue. I quickly removed him and prayed to God that he would work something out for my family. I contacted Ms. Brandy to see if KinderCare still had slots for my son. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for his care, but I KNEW it was going to happen. Ms. Brandy put me into contact with one of her contacts from NACCRRA who confirmed that my family was eligible to receive financial assistance due to my husband working for the federal government. My girlfriend originally told me about the same program. However, when I called an individual told me we were not eligible for the program because he wasn’t an active duty soldier. Ms. Brandy’s contact confirmed otherwise.

What we had gone through at the other facility, building trust again was a huge issue for me. They never hurt my child; however, I felt they didn’t nurture our son. So when we started at KinderCare, I frequently called (literally every hour) and visited (literally twice a day), I never once felt as though I was getting on anyone’s nerves. I asked the same questions several times, and was always reassured with a call, email or just letting me hear my baby babble in the back ground. This is what I needed to ensure he was getting what he needed. This was love and affection I insisted our son have in the course of eight hours of not being with his parents. The ladies never talked down to me, worked with me on milestones (eating, bottle feeding, sleeping, etc.) with no judgment or pressure. All of which is needed when you already feel overwhelmed and lacked trust in anyone who is not the caregiver.

Ms. Maria (infant room), Ms. Ryan, Ms. Yadi, Ms. Crystal, Ms. Brandy, and Ms. Tammy are all the women who have contributed to my son’s growth and happiness. I feel in my heart these women love our son, who is the center of our world. It is with great ease and pleasure that I share that our son attends KinderCare on Owen Drive. I am grateful for these women and certainly hope they are rewarded on more than one occasion to let them know that the Green Family appreciates that EXTRA TLC they give me and our son.

May God Bless!!!
 

- Parents
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