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Westgate KinderCare

Ms. Kimberly Horne-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, Skyview, and Cottonwood Plains

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Welcome

Welcome to Westgate KinderCare Learning Center where we are a unique bunch of individuals striving to give your children the best!  Each teacher may have a different teaching style but we all meet the same quality standard. Here at the Westgate KinderCare Learning Center we provide a warm and inviting atmosphere giving each child the ability to grow and learn emotionally, educationally, and socially.   Our Learning Center is NAEYC accredited, which means we go above the average expectations and help prepare for school readiness.  We look forward to meeting you and your child/children and answer any questions you may have.

Ms. Kimberly Horne-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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      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!

Teachers & Staff

At our KinderCare you will find highly motivated and experienced professional teachers.  They understand how important their role is in being a positive influence for the children in their classrooms.  Our teachers work with parents to develop the whole child and create a lifetime love for learning.  We celebrate learning milestones with the entire family and our enthusiasm and passion for what we do is contagious.  We would love an opportunity to share what we do every day with you and are confident that you will be more than satisfied with our educational programs.  Please come in and see for yourself!

  • Ms. Kimberly Horne-Morgan

    Ms. Kimberly Horne-Morgan, Center Director

    I strive to provide a safe and fun learning environment for our children and families.

    Ms. Kim has been in the Early Childhood field for 25 years, 19 years of which she has been a director.  She has worked for KinderCare for over 6 years.  Ms. Kim has one daughter that is 25 years old and in the military. In her spare time she enjoys skiing and has a love for animals.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim's previous experience has been in other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mercer Mayer books
    Year Started:
    1/2/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 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.

    Ms. Renee has been with KinderCare for ten years.  She started working in the Infant room and transitioned into management shortly after. Ms. Renee loves growing relationships with both children and families.  She is the proud mother of three children and loves her family time.  Ms. Renee also has a love for scrapbooking, going to the movies and to concerts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate, Pursuing Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Aislinn

    Ms. Aislinn, Infants

    The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice."  Peggy O'Mara

    Ms.Aislinn has a little 4 year old sister and a 13 year old brother.  She has always loved baby sitting and spending time with children.  Ms. Aislinn recently married her high school sweetheart.  She loves traveling and playing sports.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Aislinn previously has worked for other KinderCare facilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Group Lead, Ins.
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Infants

    I learn new things everyday and kids keep me young.

    Ms. Sheila loves the babies!  She has worked in this field for over 20 years.  She has two wonderful children: a son who is 24 and a daughter who is 21.  Ms. Sheila has a terrific boyfriend who she has been with for over five years, They have two naughty but wonderful dogs.  Ms. Sheila loves working with children and hopes to be a great asset to KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheila previous experience has been working with infants for the last four years and has worked with every age. She has also cooked and drove the van.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll love You Forever and all Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 plus years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Supervisor
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infants

    Children need love and stability.

    Ms. Stephanie has worked for KinderCare for almost a year.  She moved to the state of Colorado from Nebraska a little over a year ago.  She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2014.  In her free time she enjoys watching football, playing golf, and spending time with friends and family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stephanie previously worked at a childcare center in Nebraska.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Today I Feel Silly
    Year Started:
    12/15/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psych, Minors in Education and Child, Youth, and Family Studies
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infants

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

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim began her journey in the early childcare profession as a cook. She has cooked for another childcare center for four years, as well as teaching there for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    2/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    FRCC Group leader
  • Ms. LaRee

    Ms. LaRee, Toddler Teacher

    I love to see a child's eye twinkle when they finally 'get it.'

    Ms. LaRee has worked for KinderCare for over a year.  She has two children and lives in the country.  Ms. LaRee loves to lift weights, run, hike, and work in the yard.  She enjoys running in 5k races and ran her first half marathon five years ago.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. LaRee has taught for 23 years in public education, one year as a site coordinator for Basecamp.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Carl's Afternoon In The Park and Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    11/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years plus
    Education:
    BS Degree secondary Physical Education and Business Educaation Minor from Utah State University
  • Ms. Jocelyn

    Ms. Jocelyn, Toddler Teacher

    Working with children is so rewarding.  No greater feeling than when you see that light bulb turn on.

    Ms. Jocelyn went to college for nursing but while nannying throughout her college career realized her passion is working with children.  She is now pursuing a degree in education.  She not only works as a toddler teacher with KinderCare but also continues to nanny.  When she has free time Ms. Jocelyn enjoys being an aunt, watching football, and going to country concerts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jocelyn previously worked as a nanny for six years, two years as a children's nursery teacher, and now at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    11/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree, CNA certification
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Discovery PreSchool A

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

    Ms. Erin has worked with KinderCare for three years and in childcare for eight years.  She has been married for 11 years and has one daughter who is 10.  Ms. Erin lives in Johnstown and loves to read books for fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin previously worked at a childcare center in Thornton, Co for 4 and a half years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    7/9/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood education 101, Early Childhood Education 103, and EQIT
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Discovery PreSchool A

    A child is a seed; your words can be good soil or concrete.

    Ms. Kelsey was born in Montrose, CO but moved away from her family to Fort Collins for school.  She is currently studying Early Childhood Education.  She has worked with children for a year and is excited to continue here at KinderCare.  Ms. Kelsey likes to be outside and spending time with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kelsey previously worked at another childcare center in the preschool classroom for one year.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Working on Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Preschool

    Our task is to help communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths, languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.

    Ms. Beth has been working in childcare for over twenty years.  She has worked with all ages throughout this time.  She enjoys seeing the children grow and all the funny stories you hear.  In Ms. Beth's free time she enjoy spending it with her husband and their cats.  She also enjoys going ATVing in the mountains and doing different crafts

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beth has over 20 years experience in childcare settings.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    8/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Diploma in Childcare
  • Ms. Beulah

    Ms. Beulah, DPS/Preschool

    The mountains are calling out and I must go"     By John Muir

    Ms. Beulah is from a small town in Illinois and moved to Colorado with her fiance to be by the mountains.  She loves hiking and kayaking.  Previously was a nanny for several years before coming to KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beulah previously worked as a nanny for 4 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Working towards Chid Development Associates certificate
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Discovery PreSchool B

    Live everyday, love everyone, laugh hard

    Ms. Jen has always wanted to be a teacher and be able to teach and watch children grow and help them learn new fun things.  She loves being able to come to work and know that she can help them.  Ms. Jen has been doing this since she was in high school and loves it 100%.  She has been with KinderCare for the last 4 years and has been teaching for 8 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jen previously has worked for other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hop on Pop
    Year Started:
    12/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education certificate
  • Ms. Shanell

    Ms. Shanell, PreKindergarten

    If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you.

    Ms. Shanell has worked with KinderCare for a combined total of six years.  She is married and has five children of her own.  She loves riding horses and going to the beach.  Ms. Shanell loves teaching preschool.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shanell has previous experience in other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Parts by Ted Arnold
    Year Started:
    9/30/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Associates
  • Mr. William

    Mr. William, Pre-K

    That light bulb moment, where a child shows just how much potential they have to offer, is what I strive to help them achieve everyday and every moment.

    Mr. Will has worked for KinderCare since this spring and is happy to have found a home at Westgate.  Originally from New Jersey, he has taken a long journey through many states and three dozen countries, but knows without a doubt that he belongs in Colorado.  Recently engaged, he is looking forward to setting down roots in his favorite place in the whole world.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Will's experience has been as Adventure Director and Counselor at YMCA Camp Mason, taught outdoor experiential education to school and family groups at multiple YMCA's. Volunteered at an orphanage in Nepal, tutored and helped build a new school house.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    anything by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Psychology and Outdoor Leadership at Western State College of Colorado, currently studying for Child Development Associates credentials
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Support Teacher

    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. Ms. Jennifer recently took a school field trip with her daughter to the Niobrara River in Nebraska. They canoed for 25 miles.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer previously worked for other childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Vladimira

    Ms. Vladimira, Support Teacher

    The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

    Ms. Vladka was born in Slovakia in 1979, she moved to the USA three years ago. She has two kids: Emma, three and Venoushek, seven.  Ms. Vladka is very passionate about working with children, and enjoys every single day with them.

    Previous Experience:
    She has experience working with babies and toddlers at a church as well as with preschool age kids.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Secrets of Droon
    Year Started:
    2/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Working towards CDA
  • Ms. Tawny

    Ms. Tawny, Support Teacher

    Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.

    Ms. Tawny has always loved caring for and supporting children of all ages.  After a year serving in Americorps as a reading tutor, Ms Tawny realized her passion for early learning.  She is currently taking classes to earn her Group Lead certification and hopes to finish her degrees in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and one day have a classroom of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tawny has worked and volunteered with children for many years. She spent a year teaching reading in an elementary school and worked at another childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    10/22/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Currently taking Child Development Associates prep courses
  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Chef and Support Teacher

    Everyday is always fun.  Where can you work and act as silly as you want!  What fun.

    Ms. Joyce has worked with children of all ages and enjoyed watching each one become great kids!  She has two children of her own and three grandkids.  Ms. Joyce also loves to garden.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joyce has been a teacher for over 15 years and cooked for large kitchens for 8 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    6/19/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    infant supervisor course and a few other ECE courses

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

About Our Center

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

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

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

For the safety of our children and staff our center has a coded entry which is updated every few months. We have a fenced area around our building that remains locked to ensure children's safety. All of our staff members are CPR, First Aid certified, and trained in using universal precautions.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

My children have been coming to KinderCare for almost two years and I have been nothing but happy.  I must say I have never been so happy with the care they are getting.  My daughter is school age and it is very convenient because they bus to the school she goes to.  My boys are 2 and 4 and they love it at KinderCare.

- Mother

My daughter has attended KinderCare from infancy and now is almost 3.  We have been so pleased with her care here.  She is happy with her teachers and management has been great.  The center is clean and the class seems like a lot of fun.  It always makes me happy that she is excited to go to school each day!

- Father

 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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