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Marquita KinderCare

Dawn Pollard, Center Director

3700 Marquita Dr. Fort Worth TX 76116
(817) 244-7211 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at the Benbrook Traffic Circle 1 block south of Camp Bowie West

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Waverly Park, M.L.Phillips, Luella Merrett., Western Hills Primary, Benbrook Elementary, Ridglea Hills

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We are excited to introduce you and your family to our own family of teachers at our nationally accredited KinderCare Learning Center, which has been serving west Fort Worth and Benbrook for over 40 years. We hope you will enjoy many years with us as we help your child grow and learn. We work each and every day to provide the following: qualified and engaged teachers; a safe, child-centered learning environment; responsive adult-child interactions; an intentional, developmentally appropriate curriculum; a language-rich environment; and family partnerships. At our center, your child will flourish by participating in our research-based practices and activities that are linked to strong educational objectives.

Dawn Pollard, Center Director

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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.

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


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.

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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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

At Marquita Drive KinderCare, our teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing and caring learning environment for your child. Our staff is composed of a mix of seasoned professionals and new professionals who have fresh ideas regarding early childhood education. We are excited to be a part of your child's learning journey. Our teachers make every moment teachable and take the time to share them with parents every day. We would love for you to come in for a visit and meet all of the teachers. This will give you and your family a chance to see all the excitement for learning they bring into their classrooms.

  • Dawn Pollard

    Dawn Pollard, Center Director

    Every child is special and unique.

    Dawn is a native to the Fort Worth area and has spent several years working in preschool and elementary education. She has spent 16 years managing a licensed daycare. Dawn believes that every child is special and that learning is a partnership between parents and teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dawn has worked in elementary education for 22 years and in daycare management for 16 years.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Professional Administrator Credential
  • Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos

    Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos, Assistant Director

    Ms. Dani currently spends half her time in classrooms and the rest on administrative duties. Dani has a special way of relating to children and her classroom always has lots of creative activities for small groups to work together on harmoniously. Her experience and training in the field of early childhood education make her a great resource for teachers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Dani was a teacher and director at a private preschool in Brady, Texas before joining the Marquita KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cheryl Yant

    Ms. Cheryl Yant, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Cheryl is a chief fixture at our center, making sure our children have nutritious meals and a safe environment in which to learn. She spends time each day in the classroom. 

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mae

    Ms. Mae, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mae has 35 years of experience in early childhood education and 30 years experience working with infants. Her goal is to respond to your baby with sensitivity and attention by using words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate. Ms. Mae's loving care will help your child build more loving relationships in the future.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Rosie

    Ms. Rosie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Rosie's goal is to nurture your child’s creativity by providing paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; supporting imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encouraging self-expression through movement and music. She provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. Ms. Rosie appreciates that families trust her with their infants' care and education, and is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both children and their parents.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cyndi

    Ms. Cyndi, Toddler/Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Ms. Cyndi's goal is to increase your child's language skills and help him or her experience a sense of community in the classroom. She will coach your child to develop new physical abilities and express individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing, and outdoor fun.


    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cyndi has worked in child care for the past six years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tara's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. In her classroom, children build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen conversation skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Tara supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She also supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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 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 various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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 center has a keypad entry system at the front door; only enrolled families and staff are given the door code. Our staff members all have training in CPR and First Aid, as well as 24 learning hours in child development each year. Our playgrounds are completely fenced in and specifically designed with safety in mind for each age group. We conduct monthly fire drills, quarterly disaster drills, and have a disaster plan unique to our center on-file.

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 child started at KinderCare when he was 18 months old, and he's now in his first year of kindergarten. I have felt like part of the family here. The staff and management are so good to us. The education my son received here has made him excel at "big" school. I highly recommend KinderCare to everyone!

- Mother

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