Ms. Julie Winick, Center Director
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Welcome to Oakridge KinderCare in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are very excited to meet with you and your family.
Here at Oakridge KinderCare, your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Ms. Julie Winick, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.
Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
One hundred years from now, it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. BUT the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
Ms. Julie received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Arizona State University. She began teaching in 1994, and has been working with children ever since! Ms. Julie has been with KinderCare since 2005. She began at KinderCare as a teacher, moved up to be an Assistant Director, and is now enjoying her current role as School Director. Ms. Julie believes in making her school a cheerful and comfortable environment for learning and working. Her passion for children and excitement about learning are what keep her coming to work everyday.
Live, Laugh, Love, and Be Happy!
Ms. Sarah is originally from Colorado Springs, CO. Ms. Sarah moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU and has lived here ever since. She loves spending time with her family and her boyfriend, Jason. Ms. Sarah not only has a passion for children, but also for animals. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and various outdoor activities. Ms. Sarah has a very kind heart full of love and laughter!
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Ms. Aimee is originally from Canyon City, Colorado but moved to Fort Collins to attend school. She obtained her Associate's Degree and shortly after began working at KinderCare. Ms. Aimee just gave birth to her first child and absolutely loves spending time with her daughter and husband. She also loves living in Fort Collins and enjoys exploring the area on her bike and by foot! Ms. Aimee has such a bright and welcoming personality and is always willing to extend a helping hand.
I love working with the younger children and watching them learn and master new skills like walking and talking!
Ms. Eleanor is from Austin, Texas, but moved here with her husband a few years ago. Ms. Eleanor loves animals and has two dogs and a cat of her own! She had her first child in April! She is a very hardworking gal with lots of love for her kiddos!
I love to see all the families come into the center and I am always excited when they stop to visit me.
Ms. Janelle is originally from Ellis, Kansas and moved to Windsor, Colorado in 2012. She clearly has a passion for cooking and does it in her free time as well as for our children. Ms. Janelle has worked as a food service director in many nursing homes and hospitals. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and taking long drives. Ms. Janelle is always willing to lend a helping hand and is a wonderful addition to our team!
I love being able to see the joy children have when they accomplish something new. It's always a great pleasure being able to see that twinkle in their eye as they reach new goals.
Ms. Lacy is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada but now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and two children. All of her experience in early childhood has made her a great asset to our Discovery Preschool classroom. In her spare time, Ms. Lacy enjoys cooking, cosmetology, and crafting!
Ms. Diana was born and raised here in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has a huge heart and shares it each and every day with her two year old friends! Ms. Diana loves spending time with her family and her active dog! Her favorite food is anything Mexican or Chinese, but also an excellent cook herself! Ms. Diana loves working in early childhood education and her dedication to the children and their families is something that makes her truly special.
Children learn what they live.
Ms. Haley has lived all around Colorado since she was seven years old, but currently lives in Loveland, Colorado. She grew up an Air Force child and moved around a lot, but she does remember lessons she learned in preschool during those foundational years. In her spare time, Ms. Haley enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and skiing. She is such an asset to our team and sure loves her two year olds!
Children are life! Learn from them as well as teach them. I love being a child's inspiration.
Ms. Kat has such a bubbly personality and is eager to finally start her education. After starting at our center she has decided to go back to school part time to work on a degree in Early Childhood Education. If Ms. Kat is not spending time with her family, she is out exploring nature. She loves hiking, roller skating, and swimming and spending time with her adorable dogs. We are so happy to have her nurture our two-year old friends!
I love seeing the excitement on the children's faces when I come into the classroom.
Ms. Christina has been working with children since she was 16 years old and now she has a family of her own! She has been married for 7 years and has two children. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and learning new things. Ms. Christina has lots of love, patience, and kindness to share with the children we serve and their families!
It is so exciting to watch children learn and master a new skill and to know that I was a part of it!
Ms. Kristin began working for KinderCare in February 2004. She grew up the second oldest in a family of five children; the next oldest is six years younger. Ms. Kristin was always with younger children growing up which nurtured a love of children. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. A few years later, Ms. Kristin attended the University of Colorado at Denver and received her Elementary Teachers' license. She has worked in almost every classroom at KinderCare - from infants to kindergarten - but has found the most joy as a toddler teacher.
I am so lucky that the parents share their children with me everyday! I love watching them grow!
Mrs. Lisa is originally from Kearney, Nebraska and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and daughter. She has been working for KinderCare for 8 years and has been in all of the classrooms, but has really found her niche in the infant classroom! Ms. Lisa loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, and the color pink!
I love to see the children excited about discovering new things everyday; whether it is reading a book on my lap, finding a ladybug outside, or pointing out a plane flying overhead.
Ms. Valerie started off at KinderCare as a toddler teacher in 2011. She has grown to love enriching the lives of young children and is now the Learning Adventures teacher. Ms. Valerie's favorite color is blue and she loves to dance! She has always had a passion for working with children and is glad to share that everyday!
I love teaching this age because the kids are so excited to learn new things!
Ms. Abby is originally from Washington D.C., but moved to Colorado with her fiance in 2014. She attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where she obtained her degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. She also is planning to attend UNC to get her Master's degree. Ms. Abby has a wonderful tone with the children and her love for teaching shines through to the students in her classroom. In her spare time, Ms. Abby loves hiking and soaking up the Colorado sunshine. She also enjoys spending time with her fiance, friends, and her animals!
We are all a little weird, and life's a little weird!
Ms. Leah is originally from Windsor, CO but moved to Fort Collins last summer to pursue her career in Early Childhood Education. She plans to attend classes to become a lead teacher, but for now she is an awesome asset to our PreK team. In Ms. Leah's spare time she enjoys creating artwork, rollerskating, and camping and hiking in our beautiful state of Colorado.
I love watching children grow! They are like "little people plants" and make your life brighter.
Ms. Bri was born and raised in Colorado and is the middle child of three girls. She adores her nieces and nephews and loves spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Bri is always willing to lend a hand and help children in any way she can! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, hunting, and 4-wheeling. Our preschoolers are happy to have their Ms. Bri!
It makes my day when a child's face lights up as they learn something new.
Ms. Jessica is originally from New Jersey but has lived in Colorado for twelve years. She is the oldest of three children and has two children of her own that are her pride and joy. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, attending car shows, listening to live music, and trying new foods! Ms. Jessica was first a parent at our center and fell in love with what teachers do each day. She is now attending school online to receive her Child Development Associate to future her career in education.
I love this classroom because at age 3, we begin to make friends, sing songs, and we are excited to play new games and make art projects.
Ms. Leah is from Albany, New York and moved to Fort Collins about a year ago. She has worked as an art teacher and substituted in the school district. Ms. Leah loves art and incorporates it throughout her classroom and our center! In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and singing in her band! Ms. Leah sure loves her three year old friends and teaching them new things everyday!
I love teaching the students new things, especially when they have their "Aha!" moments.
Ms. Tina is from Scranton, PA but has lived in Colorado since 1992. She is a single parent of three children, ages 18, 16, and 12. She received her Early Childhood Education degree in 2000 and went on to receive her Bachelors and teaching degree in 2009. She has been at KinderCare for five years and has worked in Early Childhood since 2000. She also has her Director's Certificate. She loves to read, go to movies, and travel as much as she can.
Ms. Hailee is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and moved to Fort Collins to enjoy the Colorado life! She has two wonderful children who also attend KinderCare. Ms. Hailee loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, and loving on her KinderCare "kids". Ms. Hailee is a very hard worker and always up for any challenge. She plans to further her education so she can continue to enrich the lives of young children.
I love to see the children's smiling faces when I work. It's a nice change from working on the oil field.
Mr. Jared was born and raised in Fort Collins Colorado and attended the University of North Dakota for college. He currently works full time on the oil field but helps around our center when he can. Mr. Jared just can't give up his love for teaching and children! In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and hunting.
I love to hear the funny and innocent things that children come up with!
Ms. Katie is originally from Nebraska, but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University. She is in her undergraduate program majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, and hopes to ultimately obtain her Masters degree. In her spare time, Ms. Katie loves hiking, fishing, running, and boating and also spending time with her family. She loves being in the classroom because of children's loving hearts and their abilities to grasp new concepts!
Big hearts work with little hands. I love that every moment is a learning opportunity with children and it is amazing to see them constantly growing.
Ms. Kiley is a junior at University of Northern Colorado majoring in Primary Education. She absolutely loves caring for children so when she is not working at KinderCare or busy at school she cares for her nephew! Ms. Kiley also enjoys hiking, biking, running, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite thing about the classroom is to watch the children discover new things that they can do. Her positive attitude and happy smile are just a few of the things that she adds to our team!
Ms. Macall is originally from Denver, but recently moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University and is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Her long term goal is to continue her education so she can become an Occupational Therapist at Children's Hospital. Ms. Macall loves animals, biking, and other outdoor activities around Colorado. She is always positive and has a smile on her face!
I love to help children reach new milestones and see the excitement on their faces when they try something new.
Ms. Meghan is originally from Northern Virginia, but moved to Fort Collins in October 2014. She is a great help in all classrooms and the children love her! Ms. Meghan has a calm tone and solves problems patiently with the children in our care. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, cooking, and baking!
I love to see children learn and grow everyday. It's so rewarding when you see them "get it".
Ms. Molly started with KinderCare in the fall of 2014. She earned her Bachelors degree in Health and PE from Ithaca college in New York, where she is originally from. She is very passionate about teaching children and making a difference in their lives. Ms. Molly is also very interested in health and fitness and helping all people live happier and healthier lives!
I love watching the children interact and laugh with each other! Watching them run to their parents and share something about their day is very rewarding.
Ms. Nicole was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a junior at Colorado State University. She is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and wants to continue working with children. Ms. Nicole helps out in all of the classrooms, and is extremely welcoming to all of our parents and children. In her spare time she enjoys baking, cooking, and spending time with her family, boyfriend, and dogs!
I love the children's sweet faces and great hugs!
Ms. Ann is a teacher in the toddler room and has been with KinderCare since 2006. Born in California, she has lived in Colorado since 1973. She completed her CDA in 2009, previously working in Early Childhood Education since high school. Ms. Ann is high energy and loves to engage her toddlers in music, reading, dancing, and lots of love!
I love their smiling faces and hearing their laughter when we are together.
Ms. Brittany is originally from Pueblo, Colorado but moved to Fort Collins and graduated from high school. She is currently going to Front Range Community College and has an excellent work ethic. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and is a huge Broncos fan. Ms. Brittany loves being around children and helping them learn new things each day.
Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social. Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season! Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers. Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms. This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social! See you there!
We are located in the heart of Fort Collins, Colorado. Our center has been open for 15 years and we have had the pleasure of caring for and educating numerous children. We take pride in providing a safe and nurturing environment for each individual child. We are also currently in the process of becoming NAEYC accredited.
We are closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
We are closed for in-service training on the following days: Columbus Day and Presidents Day.
Health and Safety is so important to us at the Oakridge KinderCare. We have a code protected entry into the front of our building and all of our classroom doors remain locked from the outside. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Mrs. Eleanor is our Health and Safety Coordinator and she ensures that all health and safety issues are prevented or handled in a timely manner.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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