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Rocky Mountain KinderCare

Ms. Amanda Thayer, 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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Neighborhood:
Shields and Rocky Mountain Way

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. Amanda Thayer, 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.

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?

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. Amanda Thayer, Center Director

  • Ms. Crystal Idleman

    Ms. Crystal Idleman, Infant Classroom

    I do not view being a teacher as a job but something I love to do!

    When Ms. Crystal was nine years old her brother was born and she was a huge part in helping to raise him. That is when she first knew that she loved working with children. She began working as a babysitter, getting as many jobs as she could get. Since then she has been truly passionate about working with children. Her dream is to continue her education and to grow as a teacher. Ms. Crystal has been married to her husband for a year but has been together for seven years. They are expecting their first child. They love to dance, go hiking, and swimming together. She is a Colorado native and loves calling it home.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Crystal's experience comes from babysitting for many families.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Nelson is Missing

    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education and working towards her Director's Certificate.
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • 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

    Year Started:
    8/1/1989
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Elementary Teaching Certificate
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

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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