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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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Welcome

We are excited to introduce you and your family to the family of teachers at our nationally accredited KinderCare Learning Center 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. Our KinderCare center works each and every day to provide the following: Qualified and Engaged Teachers, Safe, Child-Centered Learning Environment, Responsive Adult-Child Interactions, Intentional, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Language-Rich Environment and Family Partnerships. Our curriculum is both intentional and developmentally appropriate! At our center your child will flourish within our research-based practices and activities that are linked to strong educational objectives.
Our center is on the Benbrook Traffic Circle with easy access to all major freeways. We are just over 5 miles from Lockheed Martin, 4 miles from NAS Joint Reserve Base, and only 7 miles from downtown Fort Worth.

Dawn Pollard, 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.

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.

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

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. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

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 seasoned professionals and new professionals with fresh ideas in Eary Childhood Education. We are excited to be a part of your child's learing journey. Our teachers make every moment a teachable moment and take the time to share these learning moments 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 native to Fort Worth and has spent 22 years working in Preschool and Elementary Education in a faith based center.  She has spent 16 years managing a licensed day care.  Dawn beleives that every child is special and that learning is a partnership between parents and teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    22 years' experience in Elementary Education and 16 years' experience in Day Care management.
    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Professional Administrator Credential
  • Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos

    Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos, Assistant Director

    Dani has been a preschool and after school teacher, a Director and Assistant Director. She 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 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 KinderCare Learning Center on Marquita.
    Year Started:
    7/28/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
  • Ms. Cheryl Yant

    Ms. Cheryl Yant, Health and Safety Coordinator

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

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Mae

    Ms. Mae, Infants

    Ms. Mae has 35 years experience in Early Childhood Education and 30 years experience working woth 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 loving relationships in the future.

    Year Started:
    9/2/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
  • Ms. Rosie

    Ms. Rosie, Infants

    My goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. I provide paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; support imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourage self-expression through movement and music.  I provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries.  I appreciate you trusting us with your infant's care and education, and I’m committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.
     

    Year Started:
    1/5/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
  • Ms. Cyndi

    Ms. Cyndi, Toddlers/Two's

    Ms. Cyndi's has 6 years experience in Early Childhood Education.  Her goal is to increase your child’s language skills and help your child 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.  

    Ms. Cyndi has 6 years experience in Child Care. Her goal is to increase your child's language skills and help your child experience a sense of community in the classroom. She will coach you child to develop new physical abilities and express individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing and outdoor fun.

     

    Year Started:
    8/5/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Two's

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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    8/24/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    CDA

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

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 key pad entry at the front door. Each family is given the door code upon enrollment. Our staff members all have training in CPR and First Aid, as well as 24 clock hours in child development each year. Our playgrounds is completely fenced in and are specifically designed with safety in mind for each age group. We conduct monthly fire drills, quarterly disaster drills and have on file a disaster plan unique to our center.

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 is now in his first year of Kindergarten. He started KinderCare when he was 18 months. 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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