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Westcreek KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
at McCart & Westcreek

Neighborhood:
Westcreek, Wedgewood

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

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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 with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth and social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative, and language development.
 
Here at Westcreek KinderCare we believe it takes a team of quality professionals to raise a child.  Our parents consider us an extention of their family!  Your child will have a safe, secure, homelike learning environment with caring teachers to guide them.

Tonya McKinzie, 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.

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  • Texas School Ready Certified, 4 Star Texas Rising Star

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

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      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.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The Teachers and staff at Westcreek KinderCare are passionate about education.  Every lead teacher has a Child Development Associate or above or is persuing a degree in a related field.  The Westcreek Team of prefessionals strive for continued growth and development.  We hold two Professional Development days each year as well as work in conjunction with local Texas Rising Star and Camp Fire Professionals to help mentor and develop our team.

  • Tonya McKinzie

    Tonya McKinzie, Center Director

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

    Working with KinderCare learning center i started off as a teacher in the infant room, and the company is so wonderful that I was promoted to the Learning Adventures teacher and then promoted even further up. I became an assistant director and then in only a short time, I became the Director at this center. It has been the most fulfilling position I have been in and I love to care for and nurture children.

    Previous Experience:
    Within KinderCare as well as other places, Tonya has experience as an infant room lead teacher, Learning Adventures teacher, worked in every classroom, bus driver, childcare coordinator, volunteer, and special needs children 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
  • Chelsea Boltz

    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!

    I have always had a passion for teaching, and I have always been good at it. I have been pushing myself to work hard and go to school so I can achieve my goals and be a part of children's lives. Please allow me to show you what I can do for you and your child!

    Previous Experience:
    Chelsea worked for the Boys and Girls Club previously, and has been in school since 2011. She has obtained an Associates Degree in 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
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education
  • Jen

    Jen, School-Age Students

    My goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for school age children to flourish after school and during summer. Your child will have the opportunity to work on homework each day after school and to keep their skills sharp, we have lessons and activities throughout the summer break as well as the breaks during the school year.

  • Ms Tara

    Ms Tara, Pre-K

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

    My goal is to create opportunities for your child to reason, analyze, and solve problems independently in preparation for kindergarten. I encourage the use of the senses to explore different materials, create opportunities to ask and answer open-ended questions, experiment with spatial relationships, and promote and unerstanding of sequencing such as first, next, and last. I also use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills, strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities; improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams; and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Arts
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool

    My goal is to enhance your child's development through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning. Your child will develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish and social skills. I understand that consistent, high-quality child care can significantly impact your child's cognitive development. I adapt my teaching style and curriculum for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. I recognize that children's different backgounds and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way, so I'm flexible and patient.

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

    Vickie, Discovery Preschool 2's

    My goal is provide an environment where your child will gain the comfort and confidence to develop trusting relationships, value his individuality, and have fun! Your child will engage in the world around them using verbal and nonverbal communication. There is no one-size-fits all for potty training so I work with each child in their own way on this develpomental milestone each day. You are always welcome to join our class for story time or any of our social events. I look forward to working with you and your family as your child develops and grows in my classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Vickie worked at a previous childcare center and has recently started working with us. She is patient and loving with all children and has such a passion for teaching and helping children learn.
    Year Started:
    2/27/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Shonda

    Shonda, Infant/Toddler Classroom

    My goal is to lay the foundation for your child to develop trusting relationships. I provide a safe and nurturing environment where your child can explore and make new discoveries. You can trust our center to give your child a safe and educational experience every day, and I am committed to making their time here valuable and meaningful.

    Previous Experience:
    Shonda has worked at several other childcare facilities. We are very lucky to have her!
    Year Started:
    3/16/2016
  • Clara

    Clara, Infant Classroom

    My goal is to lay the foundation for your infant to develop trusting relationships. I will respond to your baby with sensitivity and attention; use words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and use family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with your child's home. I will help build brain power in a loving and caring environment. I will prepare your infant to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause-and-effect, trial-and-error, and object permanence through play; provide a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes; and encourage the use of all five senses to discover the world.

    Year Started:
    6/2/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Ashley

    Ashley, Toddler Classroom

    My goal is to create a safe, nurturing "home away from home" where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own identities. I fill each day with fun activities from playtime, nurturing, and learning. Communication is important to me so I send home daily teacher-parent communication. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Rayven, Infant

    I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

    My ultimate goal is to help be an important person in each child's life that I encounter working here at Kindercare; as well as being a driving force to help motivate parents become more engaged in school life. Rayven will be pursuing a business management degree next fall.

    Previous Experience:
    Rayven was a lead teacher at Awesome Kids Daycare and a teacher helper at her mother's in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "No, David!"
    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3

September 2016 Events

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  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!

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 Kindercare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities.  Not only are all our outer perimeter doors locked to ensure security but all our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates.  In addition, the front door has a coded entry where only autherized family members will have a code to enter.  We have a health and safety cordinator 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 stayed at home with my daughter for the first 2 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, she 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

I have trusted my son to Westcreek KinderCare since he was six months old. He is now 5 years old and ready to begin school. I have happily watched him grow and learn so much over the last 4 years. In the fall he will be entering a dual language program in our local school district. I have no doubts that he will excell 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 that have contributed to his growth and success over the last few years.

- Mother
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