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Westgate KinderCare

Kimberly Morgan, Center Director

4755 Royal Vista Circle Fort Collins CO 80528
(970) 223-0056 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
East of I-25 off the Windsor exit & Westgate Blvd.

Neighborhood:
We have a Fort Collins address but we are also members of Windsor Chamber of Commerce. We are right off I-25, take Windsor exit.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Timnath Elementary and Bethke Elementary

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Welcome

Welcome to Westgate KinderCare. We are a unique bunch of individuals here! We all strive to give the children the best! Each teacher may have a different teaching style but we all meet the same quality standards. We are inviting and provide the best for each child based on their individual needs. We are NAEYC accredited, which means we go above the average expectations and help prepare for school readiness. We are ready for you to enroll.

Kimberly Morgan, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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.

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

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is motivated and flexible. We all are CPR, First Aid and Universal Precaution Certified. We all have to meet the new state standards to be in a classroom alone with children and those who are not yet certified are working towards that. All staff is trained in our curriculum and meet our strict expectations.

  • Kimberly Morgan

    Kimberly Morgan, Center Director

    Provide a safe learning environment for children and families

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mercer Meyer books
    Year Started:
    1/2/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate
  • Renee Benavides

    Renee Benavides, Assistant Director

    I love being able to watch children learn and grow. I am proud to be a part of their learning process.

    Renee has been with KinderCare for seven years. She is a proud mother of three. She started working in the Infant room and transitioned into management shortly after. Renee loves growing relationships with both children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Renee has previous experience from multiple internships and has worked as a Preschool teacher. She has worked with infants up to schoolage here at KinderCare and at sister centers as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pout Pout Fish
    Year Started:
    7/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate, Pursuing Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Infant Classroom

    Children are sponges for knowledge. I am able to give them the beginning foundation of education and the ability to thrive.

    Ms. Cindy is from Boston, Massachusetts but has lived in Fort Collins for eleven years. She has three children and working towards her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Cindy fosters positive interactions with the children and meets all their needs socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. She treats each child as an individual. Ms. Cindy helps them grow based on their own development.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Cindy worked at T. R. Paul Academy and Little Peoples Landing childcare centers. She also has experience working as a Floating teacher, Infant assistant and lead for One, Two and Three-year-old children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate of Applied Science Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Betty

    Ms. Betty, Infant Classroom

    A person is a person no matter how small.

    Ms. Betty is passionate about a child's education. She loves watching little ones learn. She has raised three sons and stepchildren. She had grandkids and enjoys all the new challenges they become involved in.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Betty worked a the Greeley KinderCare and had her own home care. Before that, she was a nurse for 39 years.
    Year Started:
    12/26/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Registered Nurse- focused in hospice certification and pediactrics
  • Ms. Vladimira

    Ms. Vladimira, Infants

    Ms. Vladka was born in Slovakia in 1979, she moved to the USA three years ago. She has two kids: Emma (3) and Venoushek (7). She has been with KinderCare for a year, she is very passionate about working with children, and enjoys every single day with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Working with babies and toddlers at a church as well as with preschool age kids.
    Year Started:
    2/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Working towards CDA
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the faces of young children when they get excited about doing a project, sitting down to read a good book and singing a fun song for what seems the hundredth time.

    Ms. Jennifer has been working with children for over fourteen years. She has been an aide, van driver, cook, Assistant Director and Director. In her spare time she likes to read, shop and spend time with her eleven-year-old daughter, Kayla. She recently took a school field trip with her daughter to the Niobrar River in Nebraska. They canoed for 25 miles.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Room

    There is satisfaction in helping young children learn. I want to find ways to reach and teach children. I am a difference maker.

    Kim has been married to her wonderful husband, Howard, for 27 years. She has two daughters, Kayla and Sara. In Kim's classroom, she wants all the children to feel included. She feels it's important to have classroom helpers. Kim is passionate about teaching positive social skills.

    Previous Experience:
    I began my journey in the early childcare profession as a cook. I cooked for Kids Harbor for four years. I was a teacher there for 8 years. I cooked for this KinderCare for about six months, left and now I'm back.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Holy Bible
    Year Started:
    2/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    FRCC Group leader
  • Ms. Zita

    Ms. Zita, Discovery Preschool

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

    Zita loves working with kids because she thinks that they have the ability to make you laugh and smile. She thinks it is so fun to see them learn and grow. Zita has worked with children for 6 years. She is CPR, First Aid and Universal Precaution certified. She has two wonderful boys and loves being a mom!

    Previous Experience:
    I started working at Preschools when I was 17. This encouraged me to further my education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Tessla

    Ms. Tessla, Discovery Preschool

    Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the important work." John Trainer

    Tessla was an ECE major for 3 years, and has known she was passionate about teaching since she was a young girl. She always strives to understand, gain the trust and build a positive relationship with every child she has had the pleasure of working with. As a parent of two handsome boys herself, she understands the importance of providing every child with a safe, fun, and compassionate learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Time spent with KinderCare, raising two boys and babysitting
    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    3 years ECE infant and toddlers
  • Ms. Christy

    Ms. Christy, Preschool Room

    While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is about!

    Christy likes a very active classroom. She likes the children to learn by doing hands on activities. She loves to engage and interact with the children in all the activities that they do.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a Physical Education teacher in California for 8 years. Worked at Children's World as a School Age teacher for 2 years.
    Year Started:
    7/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 months
    Education:
    Bachelor in Exercize Science with emphasis in Physical Education, Masters in English language and Associates in Art
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and watching them develop socially and academically. It is so rewarding.

    Ms. Debbie has lived in Fort Collins since 1999. She is married and has 3 sons. They all play hockey. She has always been involved in her sons' schools and this is where she found her passion for working with the preschool age children. She has worked in early childhood for more than 17 years. In her spare time she is floral arranging and watching her boys play hockey.

    Previous Experience:
    Have worked in many preschools including Poudre School District with children3- 5 years old.
    Year Started:
    6/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Colorado Department of Education Highly qualified paraprofessional
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.

    Ms. Caitlin was born and raised in southern California. After community college she moved out to Fort Collins to finish her Bachelor's Degree. After her last semester she interned at the Early Childhood Center on the Colorado State University campus. This is where she found her passion for the young ones. Ms. Caitlin is attending Front Range to finish her Director's Certification.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Caitlin has worked as an intern at another Early Childhood Center and was an assistant teacher there as well.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Studies
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, Pre Kindergarten

    Ms. Rhonda was born in California, she moved to Colorado 10 years ago. It is her philosophy to ask "Why not?" versus "Why?"

    Previous Experience:
    Before moving to Colorado, Ms. Rhonda worked for Kindercare in California. The past three years she has worked for private preschools.
    Year Started:
    3/2/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors in Business Administration; Will be completing Master's in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Kitchen- Support

    I love their smiling faces and hugs- and giving support to the teachers and parents.

    I love acting with the children and I like getting down on the floor playing and singing songs and giving one on one to each child.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been a teacher for over 15 years and have cooked for large kitchen for 8 years, I love to do both.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    infant supervisor course and a few other ECE courses

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About Our Center

Westgate KinderCare is more than a child care center. It is a familly. Our teachers strive to be the best in order to give our children the quality care they so need and deserve. All staff are trained and educated and enthusiastic about working with children and giving them a positive learning experience.

Special Features

  • Close to elementary school
  • Safe neighborhood
  • Convenient location

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Columbus Day
Thanksgiving
The Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas
New Years
Labor Day
Memorial Day
July 4th

Health and Safety

Our center has coded entry. We change the code every few months. We have a fenced area around our building that remains locked to ensure children's safety. All of our staff members have to be CPR, First Aid and Universal Precaution certified.

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.

 We have been using Westgate KinderCare for almost 9 years. We,ve been through all the ups and downs but overall its been a great place for my children to go. It is the most reliable, safe, routine I could ask for my kids. It is great that they offer different programs such as cooking classes and music classes. The teachers are loving towards my kids and it is obvious because my kids love going there.

Thanks for all you do!

- Mother
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