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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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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:
    5 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. Trulissia Menzies

    Ms. Trulissia Menzies, School Age Classroom

    "Life is full of obstacles, but if you have people around who care about you, you can overcome anything!

    Ms. Trulissia is from Fort Worth, TX. She is majoring in Biology. At KinderCare she likes to take time to get to know the children and how she can help them grow. In the classroom she enjoys creating art with them and while outside she enjoys playing a game of knockout basketball! During her time at the center, Ms. Trulissia has built great relationships with the school age students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Trulissia worked at the Boys and Girls Club with school age children.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Pursuing Nursing Degree
  • Ms. Tashara Moore

    Ms. Tashara Moore, Infant Classroom

    "The babies and I talk all day long together. Communication with them is a very important aspect for their growth.

    Ms. Tashara is from Waco, TX She has almost completed her child development assocaite and is also pursuing a degree in Accounting. At KinderCare she loves to care for the babies and engage them in fun activities. Some of her favorite activities to do with the infants are bubbles, puppet show, and making fun art with their hands and feet! At the center, our infant parents know their babies are having a fun day with Ms. Tashara. 

    Year Started:
    10/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Accounting degree and Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Isis Briales

    Ms. Isis Briales, Kitchen, Assistant Teacher

    "I love being surrounded by the kids and their good energy and positive vibes.

    Ms. Isis enjoys enjoying delicious and nutritious food for the kids. At KinderCare, she knows all the children around the center. They love when Ms. Isis comes into their classroom to play!

    Year Started:
    2/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Business
  • Ms. Eddie Mae Thomas

    Ms. Eddie Mae Thomas, Toddler Classroom

    "I love my job because I'm here for the children. They are our future and I want to see them become their own people.

    Ms. Mae started working at KinderCare in September 2016. She has been working with children for over 25 years. Ms. Mae completed 1 year of college. She has always worked with infants, but since KinderCare Ms. Mae has been with toddlers. Her goal is to retire and open up her own learning center with her sister in law who also has 35 years of experience from a learning center!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25+
  • Ms. Vickie Hopkins

    Ms. Vickie Hopkins, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love children's spirits. My passion about teaching is seeing my children progress and how they've grown through our year together.

    Ms. Vickie has several years of experience caring for others. Previous to KinderCare she was a nursing aide taking care of special needs adults. At her center, Ms. Vickie works with all her students to be potty trained. Ms. Vickie is very active with the curriculum. Just come to get classroom and you can see it! Some of her favorite activities to do with her students are moving to songs, washing dishes, and talking to her student about what they’ve learned! 

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3+
    Education:
    Nursing Aide Certificate
  • Ms. Cindy Tapia

    Ms. Cindy Tapia, Infant Classroom

    "I'm here to watch the babies grow into amazing children!

    Ms. Cindy is from California. She has previous experience as a nanny and completed her certification as a Medical Administrative Assistant. While at KinderCare Ms. Cindy has enjoyed her little ones. Some of her favorite activities to do with her kiddos are finger painting and building towers with Legos! Every small step in her classroom is a huge accomplishment for her children. These small steps keep a smile on her face everyday.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Ingrid Thomas

    Ms. Ingrid Thomas, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "I can't wait to see what these awesome little ones grow up to be.

    Ms. Ingrid is from Texas. She has several years volunteering with children in the community. She has a passion for teaching and inspiring little friends. Ms. Ingrid loves Prekindergarten because she helps her students prepare for science, reading, and art in Kindergarten. While the students are in her class she can watch their little brains grow and talk about what they have learned. 

    Year Started:
    2/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Associate in Psychology

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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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