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Westcreek KinderCare

Ms. Tonya McKinzie, Center Director

6017 WestCreek Dr. Fort Worth TX 76133
(817) 292-7281 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Westcreek, Wedgewood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harmony, Woodway, Westcreek, Bruce Shulkey, Greenbrier

Welcome

Welcome to Westcreek Kindercare in Fort Worth. We are very excited to meet you and your family! We believe in developing the whole child and place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development along with encouraging creative and language skills.
  
 Here at Westcreek KinderCare, we believe it takes a team of quality professionals to raise a child. Our parents consider us an extension of their family! Your child will have a safe, secure, home-like learning environment with caring teachers to guide them.

Ms. Tonya McKinzie, 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.

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  • Texas School Ready Certified, 4 Star Texas Rising Star

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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.

After School Tutoring

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Westcreek KinderCare Learning Center. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! 

  • Ms. Tonya McKinzie

    Ms. Tonya McKinzie, Center Director

    Love children; treat them well. They are our future.

    Working with KinderCare, Ms. Tonya started off as a teacher in the Infant classroom, and the company is so wonderful that she was promoted to Learning Adventures Teacher, then Assistant Director, and then Director. This has been the most fulfilling position Ms. Tonya has been in--she loves to care for and nurture children.

    Previous Experience:
    Within KinderCare as well as at other places, Tonya has experience as an Infant Lead Teacher, Learning Adventures Teacher, bus driver, child care coordinator, volunteer, and special needs teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    7/15/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Ms. Chelsea Boltz

    Ms. Chelsea Boltz, Program Specialist

    It's okay to be a kid, even when you're not a kid. You only get old when you stop having fun!

    Ms. Chelsea has always had a passion for teaching, and has always been good at it. She has been pushing herself to work hard and go to school so she can achieve her goals and be a part of children's lives. Please allow Ms. Chelsea to show you what she can do for you and your child!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chelsea worked for the Boys and Girls Club previously, and has been in school since 2011. She has obtained an associate degree as an educational paraprofessional, a bachelor's degree in early childhood development, and a master's degree in education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    12/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Rayven, Infant Classroom

    I believe that children are our future: Teach them well and let them lead the way.

    Ms. Rayven's ultimate goal is to be an important person in each child's life who she encounters working here at KinderCare. She also wants to be a driving force to help motivate parents to become more engaged in school life. Ms. Rayven will be pursuing a degree in business management next fall.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rayven was a Lead Teacher at Awesome Kids Daycare and a teacher's assistant at her mother's in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Clara

    Ms. Clara, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Clara's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Clara helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world.

    Year Started:
    6/2/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Shonda

    Ms. Shonda, Infant / Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Shonda's goal is to lay the foundation for children to develop trusting relationships. She provides a safe and nurturing environment where children can explore and make new discoveries. You can trust our center to give your child a safe and educational experience every day, and Ms. Shonda is committed to making his or her time here valuable and meaningful.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shonda has worked at several other child care facilities in the past.
    Year Started:
    3/16/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ashley's goal is to create a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. She fills each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to Ms. Ashley, so families in her classroom receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences. She looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Vickie's goal is to provide an environment where children will gain the comfort and confidence to forge trusting relationships, value their individuality, and have fun just being themselves. She helps children engage in the world around them by enhancing their verbal and nonverbal communication skills. There’s no one-size-fits-all method for teaching a child to use the toilet, and so Ms. Vickie actively seeks out ways to help each individual child and their family navigate this developmental milestone in the way that's best for them. Children in her classroom make new friends and gain the confidence, self-esteem, and negotiating skills necessary for a lifetime of healthy relationships.  Families are always invited to join Ms. Vickie's class for story time or for one of the center's monthly Community Social Events. She looks forward to working with each family as their child progresses through our program.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vickie has worked for another child care center and has recently started working with KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/27/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lisa's goal is to enhance children's development through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning. Children in her classroom develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish, and social skills. Ms. Lisa understands that consistent, high-quality child care can significantly impact children's cognitive development. She makes sure to adapt her teaching style and curriculum for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Ms. Lisa recognizes that children's different backgrounds and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way, so she is always flexible and patient.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    1/30/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I never knew how strong I was until I had to be.

    Ms. Tara's goal is to create opportunities for children to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for kindergarten. She encourages children to use their senses to explore different materials; creates opportunities for children to ask and answer open-ended questions; helps children experiment with spatial relationships; and assists children in developing an understanding of sequencing concepts, such as first, next, and last. Ms. Tara also uses lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to help children enhance their fine-motor skills; uses running, jumping, and throwing activities to help children strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills; and uses hula hoops and balance beams to help children develop better balance. Ms. Tara offers children healthful food choices for snacks and meals, while also helping children learn that what we eat is important, and that our bodies need the right amount of exercise and nutrition to stay healthy.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Jen's goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for school-age children after school and during spring, winter, and summer camps. Children in Ms. Jen's classroom have daily opportunities during the school season to work on homework, and keep their skills sharp during school breaks through her purposeful lessons and activities. Ms. Jen encourages children to participate in her Classroom Council in order for them to stretch their leadership capabilities and develop a sense of ownership in the classroom.

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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

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

At Westcreek KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outer perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates. In addition, the front door has a coded entry where only authorized family members are given the code to enter. We have a health and safety coordinator who completes daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to ensure the health and safety of every child enrolled. Every teacher has completed First Aid and CPR training.  We strive to keep children safe and healthy every day at Westcreek KinderCare.

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 have trusted my son to Westcreek KinderCare since he was six months old. He is now five years old and ready to begin school. I have happily watched him grow and learn so much over the last four years. In the fall, he will be entering a dual language program in our local school district. I have no doubts that he will excel thanks to the academic foundation he has built with KinderCare's help. Thank you to Tara Bell (his current teacher) and the many other teachers who have contributed to his growth and success over the last few years.

- Mother

I stayed at home with my daughter for the first two years of her life and I was always so scared to put her in child care. I was still very nervous until I saw how wonderful her current teacher, Miss Vickie, is with her. My daughter used to just cry and cry when she knew I had to leave her and it was very difficult for both of us. Once Vickie became her teacher, my daughter began running into her class to see her. She talks about Vickie when we go home, sings songs that she is taught, and even talks about her friends. I love how Vickie will hold and hug my daughter and tell her that she is special and that she loves her. I feel so comfortable leaving my daughter in her care!

- Mother
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