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Rocky Mountain KinderCare

Ms. Jennifer Ross, 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

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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.

Ms. Jennifer Ross, Center Director

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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.

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 Associates Credential or Bachelors 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.

  • Ms. Jennifer Ross

    Ms. Jennifer Ross, Center Director

    Every child is a one caring adult away from being a success story.

    Mrs. Jennifer is originally from Montana and has lived in Colorado for about 20 years. She has five children between the ages of 18 and 8. She enjoys sewing, spending time with her children and husband, and scrapbooking. She has been in Early Childhood Education for about 20 years and has continued to learn and grow throughout those years! She loves being with children and strives to make a difference in their lives. She is excited to continue her education and development within this field.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer previous experience comes from being a director for various centers for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Bri Greenough

    Bri Greenough, Assistant Director

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Ms. Bri has worked for KinderCare for over a year, with 7 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.  She has such a passion for children and strives to learn and grow with each day!  She has a daughter who also attends Rocky Mountain KinderCare.  She really enjoys going camping and taking her daughter on fun adventures!  She has lived in Colorado her whole life and moved to Loveland Fort Collins area a few years ago!    

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bri previously worked at other childcare centers in infant, toddler, and two year old classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    3/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Directors License
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    In learning you will teach. In teaching you will learn.

    Mrs. Sarah has a four year old daughter and has been married for almost three years.  Her and her family moved to Colorado from Illinois three years ago.  She has worked in childcare for almost 6 years.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the mountains with her family.  She loves her job because everyday is a new and exciting adventure.  She enjoys watching her class grow and learn new things.  She loves being apart of their lives and helping them develop into successful students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah previously worked as a preschool teacher at a different center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Infant Nursery Supervisor

    A child without education is like a bird without wings.

    Ms. 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 strong relationship with all parents and guardians.  Ms. Briana is so passionate about the field that she is continuing to further her education. She will have her associates in 2016. She is a mother to a one year old daughter who she enjoys spending time with. Ms. Briana is a family person. She has found her career here at KinderCare although some would say that it is what makes her happy instead of a job.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Briana previously worked at another childcare center as a toddler teacher. She also has experience as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Qualified, Infant Supervisor Qualified, working on Associates Degree
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Toddler Classroom

    Each child is gifted they just unwrap their packages at different times.

    Ms. Amy has over twenty years of experience in education.  She taught middle school history for 15 years.  She owned and operated a family child care in Moss Beach, California.  This is the first time she has worked with toddlers and she loves every moment with them.  She was born in Virginia and because her dad was in the Coast Guard they moved all over the United States.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy previously worked in an elementary school in Texas.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Peach and Blue
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Bachelor of Science in K-8 education with a minor in History.
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Toddler Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

    Ms. Becky has two daughters, Ansleigh is one year old and McKynleigh is four years old.  She is new to childcare but is really excited to learn and grow within the company.  In her spare time she enjoys being with her children.  They love to go camping, to parks, swimming, and they also enjoy cooking together.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky prevously worked in retail at a couple different children's stores.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Pout-Pout Fish
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Keasha

    Ms. Keasha, Discovery Preschool (lead)

    I am changing the world one day at a time because I teach!

    Ms. Keasha has two wonderful children, Keegan is five and Haylie is four.   She is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Front Range Community college.  She has been in Early Childhood Education for almost eight years.  She enjoys hanging out with her children and her three dogs.  She enjoys going hiking and to the movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Keasha worked at a center for seven years with toddlers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You THIS Much
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credentials
  • Ms. Kamaria

    Ms. Kamaria, Preschool Classroom

    I am not a teacher but an awakener

    Ms. Kamaria moved to Colorado from Atlanta with her son.  She enjoys going to the pool, singing, dancing and spending time with her son.  They also enjoy playing basketball together.  She really enjoys working with children and is excited to continue growing in the field.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kamaria previously was a nanny before working at KinderCare
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Preschool Classroom

    Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

    Ms. Lauren graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors degree in human development and family studies.  She worked for Head Start for three years and fell in love with teaching.  She has worked at KinderCare for about three years.  She looks forward to coming to work everyday to provide, love, consistency, and a fun learning environment for the children.  She has three children who are all in middle school and four dogs.  She enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Lauren worked for the Poudre School District in the Early Childhood Program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    Teaching is a work of heart.

    Ms. Rachel has been working with children for over 8 years.  She is very passionate about the field.  She went to Colorado State University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Human development and family studies.  She has worked as a nanny, an intern, and volunteered at many preschools.  She hopes to one day obtain her masters in Early Childhood Education.  She loves working at KinderCare and feels honored to be making a difference in children's lives everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel previously was an intern at an elementary school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Sarah P.

    Ms. Sarah P., Toddler Classroom

    They succeed because they think they can.

    Mrs. Sarah attended Minnesota State University Moorehead earning a degree in English and Theater Arts.  Growing up in Minnesota made her appreciate lakes, boating and layers of clothing.  Teaching became an interest to her in the 6th grade when her class became "Buddies" with the kindergarten class.  Her first teaching moment was when she taught her "buddy" how to tie her shoes.  Her favorite parts of teaching are all the hugs and smiles.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Outside Over There
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in English Education and a minor in Theater Arts.
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Substitute Teacher

    A teacher affects eternity; he never knows where his influence ends.

    Ms. Bev has worked for Rocky Mountain KinderCare for more then 20 years!  She keeps busy with her dogs and grandchildren!  She enjoys spending time with her family and being a grandma to her twin granddaughters.  She was with the two year old class for 20 years before retiring and is now a substitute teacher with us!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Support Staff

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Ms. Jessica really enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.  She is really enjoying learning all about children while working towards her degree.  She was born in Virginia Beach and lived in Las Vegas for a little while before moving to Colorado.  Her dad served in the Navy which caused her to move a lot while growing up.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica previously was an intern at another center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Ugly Duckling
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Ms. Jessica is working towards her Associates in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Support Staff

    I am not teaching you anything, I just help you explore yourself.

    Ms. Vanessa is a Fort Collins native and loves it here.  She enjoys watching the Denver Broncos with her family.  In her free time she enjoys learning about photography and spending time with her children.  She loves being apart of the KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanessa previously was the lead teacher at another child care center here in Fort Collins.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    6/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Ms. Vanessa is working on a graphic design degree right now along being Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Delmy

    Ms. Delmy, Center Chef

    In teaching others we teach ourselves.

    Mrs. Delmy is from El Salvador and lives here with her parents and three children.  They enjoy going swimming, to the park and the zoo.  Ms. Delmy really enjoys cooking for all the children and her family.  We think she is the best chef around!  She loves going to Black Hawk too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Delmy worked in a restaurant before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Giraffes Can't Dance
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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. 

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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For the past three and half years, we have entrusted our boys, ages 1 and 4, to Rocky Mountain KinderCare and we are immensely impressed.  We have experienced every room from infants to prek and both of our boys LOVE the center.  They both look forward to school everyday and give out hugs to all staff when we leave for the day.  Great opportunity for socialization, learning, and fun!  Thank you Rocky Mountain KinderCare for loving my family as their own!

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