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Parkwood Hill KinderCare

Passionate Cochran, Center Director

7900 Parkwood Hill Blvd. Fort Worth TX 76137
(817) 581-1410 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Hwy 377 between Basswood and N. Tarrant Pkwy.

Neighborhood:
Parkwood Hill Intermediate School neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Parkwood Hill Intermediate, Park Glen, Friendship, Lone Star, Blue Bonnet, Whitley Road, Foster Village, Freedom

Welcome

Welcome to the Parkwood Hill KinderCare! As a team, we welcome your family and strive to provide a safe, nurturing, educational environment for your child. Together, our team of teachers has over 50 years of experience in early childhood education. Your child will participate in whole-group, small-group, and one-on-one learning activities. The children enjoy hands-on activities throughout the day in many different areas, such as cooking and art. Our team also places a focus on learning new language and social skills. We know that KinderCare is the place for you and your family--come see us soon!
 
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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.

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.

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. 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

Our family of staff has over 50 years of combined experience in early childhood education. We are here to welcome your family and provide the best early learning experience possible for your child!

  • Passionate Cochran

    Passionate Cochran, Center Director

    Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slowly slipping away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. - Winnie The Pooh

    Ms. Heather has been married since September 2000.  She has 4 boys and many pets including dogs, cats, a ferret and a turtle.  She was born in Arizona and moved to Texas in 1983.  She loves spending time with her family, doing yoga and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Heather has many years experience working in Early Childhood Education. She has served as a mentor director for others, helped develop training for staff members, and achieved National Accreditation at three previous schools. She is committed to providing the best early learning experience for families and children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration
  • Jessica Rios

    Jessica Rios, Assistant Director

    Ms. Jessica began working in the early childhood field at the age of 15. She has worked with all ages of children, from 6 weeks to 12 years, and enjoys being an important part of every family's day. Ms. Jessica is currently in school to obtain her Child Development Associate Credential and has achieved her Director's Credential. Ms. Jessica is a mother of five children and enjoys reading, cooking, having fun adventures with her kids, and loves spending time with her family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica was on the management team at a licensed early childhood center for five years prior to working at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    National Administrator's Credential
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Infant Classroom

    You are never too old to learn something new!

    Ms. Danielle was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and moved to Fort Worth in 2002. Ms. Danielle received a bachelor of arts in early childhood education in 1997 and is currently working toward her bachelor of science from Stephen F. Austin University in child development and family living. She has been married for 26 years and has a son.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    3/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    37
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. JoAnn

    Ms. JoAnn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. JoAnn has worked at KinderCare for 14 years with infants. Ms. Joann welcomes the babies in her classroom warmly and enjoys getting to know their families. She wants to be a partner with families to ensure the children in her care are learning and growing the best they can.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Joann taught in early childhood education for over 32 years.
    Year Started:
    3/13/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
  • Ms. Danelys

    Ms. Danelys, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Danelys was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Texas in 2013. She enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
    Year Started:
    4/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Megan is currently in school to obtain her teaching degree. She enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities and arts/crafts. Ms. Megan feels that she can make a difference in the world by being a positive influence in the lives of the children that she teaches. She will work hard to promote healthy development in young children and to share her knowledge of child development with others.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan taught at two other licensed early childhood centers besides KinderCare and has experience working with children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kaylee

    Ms. Kaylee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kaylee was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She started to dance when she was three years old and continued her dance experience through high school as part of the drill team for four years. Ms. Kaylee has three boys that are her pride and joy--she loves being a mom! Ms. Kaylee enjoys finding new ways to implement her activities to fit the needs of each unique child. She really enjoys helping the children explore language and social skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kaylee has worked in early childhood education since she was 18 years old. She has taught every age group and served on the management team at another early childhood center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Kaitlyn

    Ms. Kaitlyn, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kaitlyn loves being crafty, making DIY projects, and baking. Her favorite hobby is waking up early on cold mornings to jump in the deer stand or head out to the dock on warm summer nights. She is getting married in March 2015 and has an amazing three-year-old little boy named Jaxson who loves to "hunt," fish, ride horses, and play golf. For Ms. Kaitlyn, teaching is not a profession, it's a calling. She enjoys tailoring her lesson plans to the development of the children in her class.

    Year Started:
    4/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Lula

    Ms. Lula, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lula has many years of experience in the early childhood education field. She has worked as both a teacher and a manager, but greatly enjoys working with children so she decided to focus on teaching. She comes up with many fun games and songs for the children to learn. Ms. Lula is passionate about her classroom and tries to make sure that every family feels comfortable here. She wants to ensure that every child is prepared for a bright future.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Mr. Forrest

    Mr. Forrest, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Forrest was born in Weatherford, Texas. He loves art, music, and spending time with his family and friends. He is very excited and proud to be gaining experience every day with his KinderCare family. Mr. Forrest enjoys learning with his class every day and getting to know his students: He thinks it's really interesting and exciting to learn about every child's interest and personalities.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

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 center is located in the Parkwood Hill neighborhood of Fort Worth.  We are right around the corner from Parkwood Hill Intermediate School and are right next door to the park.  We service many area schools for Keller ISD and Birdville ISD.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our facility has a keypad entry system, fenced playgrounds, and each staff member has updated First Aid and CPR certifications. We also conduct routine monthly fire drills and quarterly disaster drills.

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.

I am a single mom of three children who have been attending KinderCare at Parkwood Hill for three years. This KinderCare is beyond compare to others in the area. The teachers are very special--Ms. Heather and Ms. Jessica care so much about my children and my family. They help me with all my needs, even regarding the kids' school information and needs. At Parkwood Hill KinderCare, they will make sure your kids want to be there. It is hard to say all that I love about this center because there is so much to share. As a single mother from another country,  it is so nice to know that there are teachers and management at this center that will help me get the absolute best care for my kids. They have been my support system in this country and city.

- Mother

I have been at Parkwood Hill KinderCare for four months and I have four children attending, ranging from infant to school age. This early childhood center is not just a place to leave my babies--we are all family! I am very pleased with the care my children receive in all their classes. Thank you to all the staff!

- Mother
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