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Rocky Mountain KinderCare

Ashley Jackson, Center Director

1100 Rocky Mountain Way Fort Collins CO 80526
(970) 223-5437 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
in front of Rocky Mountain High School

Neighborhood:
Shields and Rocky Mountain Way

Welcome our new Director Ashley Jackson. She has 4 years of experience with KinderCare. 

Welcome

Welcome to Rocky Mountain KinderCare in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are excited to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with emphasis on assisting your child to grow, learn and develop new skills. We are committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for children, families and the dedicated professionals who serve them. At Rocky Mountain KinderCare not only will your child have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, they'll have the support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Ashley Jackson, Center Director

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Accreditation

  • Qualistar Rated

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.

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.

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.

Music

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday July 28, 2015
    1. Spirit Week: Superhero

  2. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Wacky Water Wednesday

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Rocky Mountain KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing young children. Our teachers have an average of four years at our center and an average of seventeen years in the education field. The majority of our teachers have either their Child Development Associate's Credential or Bachelor's Degree in Education. Rocky Mountain KinderCare strives for excellence through continuing education from our biannual company professional development trainings and by seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to every teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ashley Jackson

    Ashley Jackson, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Ashley is a dedicated manager who creates a positive learning environment for all children and staff. Early Childhood Education is her passion. She is very excited to grow the school and become accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has a very energetic and fun personality. Outside of work she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, playing softball, volleyball and kickball, and enjoying her new house in Loveland with her two dogs and husband. 

    Previous Experience:
    Membership Director at the Boys & Girls Club
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Amber Rodgers

    Amber Rodgers, Assistant Director

    If you can't explain it simple, you don't understant it weel enough.

    Amber enjoys buiding relationship with families. She is excited to start her own family.  She is born and raised in Fort Collins, CO. She has a big family and she really enjoys spending time with them. She loves going to country concerts.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously an Assistant Director with another childcare company.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Directors License
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Infant Classroom

    When you know better, you do better.

    Stacy has spent the last eight years raising her children while her husband served our country. After settling down in Colorado she decided to devote herself to education. Stacy has worked with all age groups but truly admires infants. Stacy always has a smile on her face. She is not afraid to let her ecstatic emotions show. Stacy creates a positive working environment for all colleagues. She is devoted to know something unique about everyone. When she is devoting herself to education she is with her family on the boat, at the pool, on her motorcycle or exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Para for the Iowa School District
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Infant Nursery Supervisor

    A child without education is like a bird without wings.

    Briana strives to learn and create a learning environment for all children. She has been inspired since 2010. She cares for young children as if they were her own. She enjoys singing, dancing and doing art projects with the children. She invests into all families by building a stong relationship with all parents and guardians.  Briana is so passionate about the field that she is continuing to furthur her education. She will have her associates in 2016. She is a mother to a one year old duahgter who she enjoys spending time with. Briana is a family person. She has found her career her at KinderCare although some would say that it is what makes her happy instead of a job.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked for a competitor as a toddler teacher. She also has experience as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Qualified, Infant Supervisor Qualified, working on Associates Degree
  • Ms. Alicia

    Ms. Alicia, Toddler Classroom

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Alicia is a very hardworking and dedicated teacher. Through her previous experience in management she leads fellow teachers and children to be creative. She knows National Accredidation for Education of Young Children and is assisting us with our Accredidation. She treats every situation like a new one and gains all the experience and knowledge that she can. She enjoys being around people. Currently she is exploring Colorado since she is new to the area. 

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Teacher in Texas for 4 years, babysitting experience, volunteered in nursery at church
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Child Development
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Toddler Classroom

    Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.

    Erin is a patient teacher. She loves helping the toddlers problem solve. She provides a positive welcoming environment so all toddlers feel safe. She truly loves her job. She has started to train and lead fellow teachers. She is a great role model. She finds delight in reading and spending time her with husband, daughter, and cats. KinderCare is a better place because of Erin.

    Previous Experience:
    Multiple different KinderCares and another center in Denver
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Younger Discover Preschool Classroom

    If you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough.

    Stephanie recently moved to Colorado to create a life with her boyfriend. She thinks out of the box to create magnificent enrichments for every classroom. She enjoys exploring learning with the children and feels that they are all learning together. Stephanie is committed to educating. Recently she has decided to go back to school to become a director. When she is not at work she finds herself golfing, exercising, and exploring Fort Collins.

    Previous Experience:
    A childcare center in Nebraska
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Psycology
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool Classroom

    Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.

    Amber fell in love with KinderCare when she was very unhappy at a previous job. After she decided to take a risk and switch careers she never looked back. She is the most patient, warm, and loving teacher I know. She provides a safe, consistent, learning environment for all of her students. When she is not teaching she loves to spend time with her two children. She is a native to Colorado and loves all that it has to offer. She also love being an artist and exploring her creative side.

    Previous Experience:
    Dental Assistant
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Floating Teacher

    Hakuna-Mata: It means no worries.

    At KinderCare Hannah is a leader. She has worked at 2 centers; Denver and Fort Collins. She a full-time student at CSU where she is learning to be a Social Worker. She plans to move back to Denver with her 2 frogs. She is a happy go with the flow environmentalist. She is a master at building positive relationships with children and families. 

    Previous Experience:
    Denver School District
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Floating Teacher

    Knowledge will bring the oppurtunity to make a difference.

    Lauren is a passionate person. She loves coming to work to educate the children. Exploring creativiy with all ages is something that Lauren takes pride all classrooms. Lauren will take on all any task with a positive attitude. Lauren is very active. She often finds herself running. She has 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl, who she adores.  

    Previous Experience:
    Para for the Poudre School District in the Early Childhood Program
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Liana

    Ms. Liana, Teacher Aide

    Work shouldn't be a chore, but a place you enjoy being.

    Liana enjoys building relationships with families and children. She is very willing to take on challenging behaviors, multiple age, groups, and miscellaneous tasks to make our center run smoothly. She always has a smile on her face. When she is not studying or working she finds herself cooking, hiking, surfing, paddle boarding, running, watching cooking channels, and doing arts and crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA of Honolulu, La Familia Center
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working towards Health and Exercise Science Degree
  • Ms. Quiana, Teacher Aide

    The secret in education lies in respecting the student.

    Quiana grew up in Colorado with her younger brother. As long as she can remember she wanted to be a teacher. She is currently pursuing this career at UNC. She stays busy by working often. Even though she works a lot she enjoys playing volleyball and going to the movies with her friends. She is looking forward to continuing her career and one day having a classroom of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Base Camp
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working towards Teaching Degree
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Teacher Assistant

    The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

    Sarah truly enjoys being with children. She finds great joy assisting them through their challenges. When she is not assiting with challenging behavior she loves having fun. She is very spontaneous and likes to have these kind of activities while working with children. Her tool box is full of ideas to keep the children happy and engaged. She is in school for Health and Exercise Science. She loves living in Colorado where she can ski, hike, and explore with her dog.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny and Respite Care
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Bev

    Ms. Bev, Substitute

    Education is our passport to the future.

    Bev became dedicated to education before having her own children. She loves that young age and feels that we are creating our future's foundation. Recently she decided to be a substitute and assists in all classrooms when needed. She is excited to be able to spend her retirement with her husband remodeling their house. She also enjoys motorcycling and crafts. Bev is an amazingly patient women.

    Previous Experience:
    20 Years with our Discovery Preschool Program
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    CDA

July 2015 Events

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  1. Friday July 03, 2015
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Independence Day

  2. Saturday July 11, 2015
    1. Open House Carnival

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  3. Friday July 17, 2015
    1. Parents Night Out

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  4. Monday July 20, 2015
    1. Donuts with Dad

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  5. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. Wacky Water Wednesday

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  6. Friday July 24, 2015
    1. Rockies Wear

      Support the Rockies. Wear purple.

  7. Monday July 27, 2015
    1. Spirit Week: Western Wear

  8. Tuesday July 28, 2015
    1. Spirit Week: Superhero

  9. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Wacky Water Wednesday

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  10. Thursday July 30, 2015
    1. Spirit Week: Throwback

  11. Friday July 31, 2015
    1. Spirit Week: Favorite Sports Team

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe all major holidays including New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July (Or July 3rd in obsevance of Independence Day), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. We will also be closed for Professional Development Training for our staff:

Health and Safety

Our center provides a safe environment by providing a key pad entry to all classrooms. Our Health & Safety Coordinator is Erin Beaman. She monitors the centers liscensing and OSHA standards through daily, weekly, monthly check list to ensure the safest environment for all of our children. 

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