Lissette Avalos, Center Director
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The center in located on Tower Road next to TD Bank on the South West side of Gainesville. The center has been here for over 20 years. We are centrally located and easy access to Newberry Road and I-75.
Lissette Avalos, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
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.
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.
We enjoy working at this great location. The center is filled with happy sounds. The team works together for one common goal of ensuring that each child has developmental success. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the center.
Children's enthusiasm for new knowledge is contagious!
Ms. Stephanie joined our team in September 2014 as the Director. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and a Master's Degree in Human Resources with a specialization in Organizational Management. Ms. Stephanie began her career in the Early Childhood Education field as a two year old teacher, during her career path in the field she Directed four child care centers prior to joining our team.
Without my kids tomorrow wouldn't be worth the wait and yesterday wouldn't be worth remembering.
Ms. Ty has been with KinderCare for 10 years and has loved every minute. She has worked in every classroom and built many relationships over the years. She loves seeing the children grow into little people!
Children don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Ms. Francis has been working in the Early Chldhood Education field since March 2005. She has a passion to nurture and care for young children. Although Ms. Francis does not have a formal degree she does her job with professionalism and dedication. Prior to joining KinderCare Education she worked at a private child care center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Ms. Logan joined our team in November 2013 with 1 year of child care experience outside KinderCare. She has had the opportunity to work with different ages since joining our team, she has worked with all ages within our center. Ms. Logan genuinely loves working with children. She believes it is such a great pleasure to be able to guide them through their first milestones.
Ms. Lissette has two children of her own, and her goal is to continue to pursue her education and receive a Bahelor's Degree. She is a highly motivated and energetic teacher. She loves spending time with young children and watching them learn new things! Ms. Lissette takes pride in seeing the children in her care grasp new things!
I love my job, I love watching the kids grow and learn new things.
Ms. Katia has been a part of our team since October 2013, and during her tenure with us she has worked with the Toddler classroom. She likes to have a personal connection with each child and to meet all of their individual wants and needs.
I have worked with all ages of students and shares a special bond with each child that has been in my classroom over the years.
Ms. Regina has completed her DCF childcare training and her National CDA. She is the two year old teacher and feels that providing hands on training, along with discovery play, is so important for this age group. She feels that a teacher should look for those moments when she can enrich a child's life and instill a love of learning. She has a son that attended KinderCare and is now in high school. Outside of the center, Ms. Regina enjoys spending time with her family and watching her son's sporting events.
Teaching is touching lives forever.
Ms. Allison enjoys working with prekindergarten students. Each of her students has touched her life in a positive way. She started working for KinderCare right out of high school and has continued into the present. She has completed her DCF childcare training and her National CDA. She looks forward to touching many children's lives during her career.
Ms. Widline has been in the Educational field for nine years. During her tenure in the field she has learned the importance of laying a strong foundation that will help build and mold a child's character. This foundation teaches children the knowledge and skills to become independent learners and grow academically and socially.
Ms. Kerry joined our team in November 2014 as the School Age Teacher. She is currently persuing her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Kerry brings what she has learned in her courses to enhance her classroom.
I love kids!
Ms. Emma loves to cook and see the children enjoy what is being served daily. She has completed the requirements to work in a child care center.
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.
At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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