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Marquita KinderCare

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

Welcome

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.

Ms. Dawn Pollard, 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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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?

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.

  • Ms. Dawn Pollard

    Ms. Dawn Pollard, Center Director

    Every child is special and unique.

    Ms. 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. Ms. 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:
    7/5/2016
    Education:
    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. She 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. Ms. Dani's experience and training in the field of early childhood education make her a great resource for teachers and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dani was a Teacher and Director at a private preschool in Brady, Texas before joining the Marquita KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    7/28/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
  • 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:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
  • 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:
    1/5/1986
    Tenure:
    31 Years
  • 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.

     

    Year Started:
    8/5/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • 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:
    8/24/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sherry, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sherry enjoys teaching children something new. She really enjoys the ongoing conversations between the children and herself during meal times. Ms. Sheri will continue pursue a degree in psychology to assist families within the community. 

  • Ms. Joyce

    Ms. Joyce, Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joyce has previously worked with various age groups coordinating instructional support activities.
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Megan seeks to provide a safe and loving environment doe all children of all ages. She enjoys using sign language to assist children in expanding their vocabulary. 

  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Christina loves to watch children explore, learn and grow. She enjoys teaching children of all ages. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christina has previously worked as an Assistant Director
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Cyndi understands that their are many styles of learning. She further enjoys watching children learn and explore at their own pace. Having three children of her own, Ms. Cyndi seeks to find new techniques that will assist children in learning. She loves her job as well as making a difference in each child's life. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cyndi has previously worked with children in an after school setting.

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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