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Marquita KinderCare

Barbara Winham, 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., Liberty Elementary, 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.

Barbara Winham, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

At Marquita KinderCare off Marquita Drive, our teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing and learning environment while your children are in our care. We are composed of amazing, tenured staff as well as new center staff who are excited to begin their crarrers in Early Childhood Education. All of us are eager to build our students' educational foundation. The staff show pride in their classrooms and take the opportunity to make every moment a teachable moment. They enjoy sharing these moments to families through picture displays of the children's work and daily communication they have with our families. 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.

  • Barbara Winham

    Barbara Winham, Center Director

    I am a fortunate person: My work is my hobby. I think that being a teacher is the highest calling in life.

    Barbara has worked for KinderCare Learning Center as a Director since 2001 and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families. Throughout her time with KinderCare, Barbara has successfully overseen the program implementation ; strengthened community relationships and involvement; established rapport and trust with children, parents and staff; developed a team of professionals; effectively managed state and federally funded programs; planned and presented professional development activities; and created sustainability that promotes the further growth and quality of the company in the years to come. Barbara has a strong love and dedication to the field of education, which gives her the drive needed to lead effectively in this diverse and ever-changing industry. Her key motive is to ensure that organizations’ missions, values and standards are met precisely and in timely manners. Barbara continues to strive toward excellence within her position in order to ensure that her staff is passionate about the children they inspire and engage!

    Previous Experience:
    Barbara has been a Director since 1983.
    Year Started:
    2/26/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos

    Ms. Daniellia DeLosSantos, Assistant Director

    I love my job because I love children and they make me smile. I love inspiring children and coaching teachers to create a wonderful learning environment at our school.

    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:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
  • Ms. Cheryl Yant

    Ms. Cheryl Yant, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I absolutely love what I do. All of the hugs and kisses I receive every day that makes me want to come to work.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Angela Owen

    Ms. Angela Owen,

    Ms. Angela has had the opportunity to engage with each age group at KinderCare. She is currently with the Toddler program at KinderCare. Ms. Angela has incorporated her education and knowledge of child development and positive behavior methods in her teaching. She is able to encourage creativity, independence and kindness in a child's development by allowing each child to learn through play and observation.

    Year Started:
    12/18/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    BS Education
  • Ms. Sabrina Malone

    Ms. Sabrina Malone, Pre-Kindergarten

    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 an understanding 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.  

    Year Started:
    6/20/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Cyndi

    Ms. Cyndi, Toddlers/Two's

    Ms. Cyndi's goal is to increase your child’s language skills and help your child experience a sense of community in our classroom.  She will coach your child to develop new physical abilities and express individuality through imaginative play, music, dancing, and outdoor fun.  She will provide opportunities to practice sorting, matching and categorizing, and use blocks and math cards to teach counting, number identification, and patterning. There will be opportunities for age-appropriate problem resolution and of course, making new friends. We strengthen large-motor skills with riding equipment, balls, and movement activities, improve fine-motor and eye-hand coordination through pouring, stringing, and cutting activities, develop coordination using beanbags, hula hoops, and balance beams, and help children learn to serve themselves at meal times.  

    Year Started:
    8/5/2012
    Tenure:
    2 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    CDA

July 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday July 01, 2015
    1. Putt -Putt Golf Field Trip

      Field trip to Putt Putt Golf

  2. Monday July 06, 2015
    1. Snack Snakes

      Making snakes out of snacks!

  3. Tuesday July 07, 2015
    1. Animal Action Relay

  4. Wednesday July 08, 2015
    1. Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

  5. Thursday July 09, 2015
    1. Jungle Yoga

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  6. Friday July 10, 2015
    1. Rainforest Menu's

  7. Monday July 13, 2015
    1. Make a Jungle Mural

  8. Wednesday July 15, 2015
    1. Globe Life park Field Trip

  9. Thursday July 16, 2015
    1. Wild Animal Jumble

  10. Monday July 20, 2015
    1. Sandwich Puzzles

  11. Wednesday July 22, 2015
    1. Sweet Sammie's Ice Cream Field Trip

  12. Wednesday July 29, 2015
    1. Main Event Field Trip

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 20 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 and quarterly disaster drills.

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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