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Northwest Highway KinderCare

Ms. Vicki Gilbreath, Center Director

1321 Northwest Highway Garland TX 75041
(972) 278-9558 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Montclair, Caldwell, Routh Roach, Hills Academy, Southgate, Cisneros Pre-K (morning pick-up only)

Welcome

Welcome to Northwest Highway KinderCare! We are very excited to meet you and your family. Our experts designed classroom activities and lesson plans to help prepare your little one for success in school and beyond. Our staff has over 125 years of combined experience in child care! Furthermore, everyone works to ensure that your child is safe and secure while they are learning and growing.
 
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Ms. Vicki Gilbreath, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Northwest Highway KinderCare in Garland, Texas! We are pleased and proud to introduce our staff. Our staff has over 125 years of combined experience working in the early childhood education industry, and they are very passionate and dedicated to nurturing and teaching children at this critical time in their lives. We invite you and your family to come tour and personally meet us today!

  • Ms. Rita Talton

    Ms. Rita Talton, Assistant Director

    "Starting out as a teacher with the preschool children, I really enjoyed being a part of their learning and development, and watching them grow!

    Ms. Rita enjoys being part of children's learning. She takes pride in her wonderful team and working for a great company. Her true reward is seeing children learn, develop, and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Before getting into the child care field, Ms. Rita worked as a word processor. After obtaining her degree, she started working for Next Generation, which later merged with Children's World, before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Jack and Jane

    Year Started:
    3/27/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Clarisa

    Ms. Clarisa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Clarisa loves to come to work each day to take care of our infants. She enjoys being a part of their growing process. Ms. Clarisa is very nurturing, so she is always singing and talking to the babies.

    Year Started:
    8/4/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Alison, Infant Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Parrish, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    As well as working with young children, Ms. Parrish also has experience working with the elderly.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Maria, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Jasmine, Infant A Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Jasmine worked for five years at another center as an Infant Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Mattie, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Mattie loves working the older infants, but is also a great teacher with other age groups.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mattie started with the company at Children's World in 1990. She joined our family here in May of 2014.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    11/7/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Pamela

    Ms. Pamela, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Pam strives to make sure that the children learn something positive and new each day. She enjoys coming up with creative ideas to make their learning exciting, challenging, and fun. Ms. Pam's favorite part of her job is being able to see the children first enter her classroom only speaking a few words, and then progress into their next classroom being able to speak in sentences.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

    Year Started:
    8/4/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Denise was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her joy for teaching and the development of children inspired her to return to school, and her extra education has made her a great asset to our Discovery Preschool program.

    Year Started:
    11/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Childhood Development
  • Ms. Gilda, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Red Riding Hood

    Year Started:
    7/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Cindy, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'm Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Child Development Degree
  • Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    1/24/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Michelle, School Age Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle has worked in the child care field her whole adult life. She has worked for several different centers throughout her career.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    12/6/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Child Development Degree
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Cook and Health & Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Amanda was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. Her professional goals are to help each and every child get the proper nutrition that he or she needs. Ms. Amanda also makes sure our center is a safe environment for the children who attend every day.

    Year Started:
    12/4/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Since safety is our top concern, our center is secured through a keypad entry system, locked perimeter doors, and a fenced playground. We have a designated Health & Safety coordinator on-site who is in charge of playground checks, fire drills, and the overall safety of 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.

Being a first-time mom, I was nervous about leaving my child in the care of other people while I was at work. I searched high and low for a place to take my now four-year-old daughter to--I even tried home care, and was highly disappointed. My search led me to the Northwest Highway KinderCare. I met Ms. Vicki after several phone calls asking question after question. One afternoon, I left work early and made a surprise visit to the center with my daughter to see just how she would react to this new environment. We were both pleasantly surprised. Ms. Vicki showed us around, answered questions, and made sure to include my daughter in the process. My daughter was sold once she saw all the kids learning, playing, singing songs, and just being together. I could not have asked for a better place to take my daughter. I feel at peace being at work while she is at school. I do not worry about what is going on with her, if she is okay, or if she is being taken care of. The staff is friendly and kind. They know their kids, and that goes a long way in my book. My daughter is growing, discovering, and learning new things every day. I love to see the spark in her eyes as she tells me about her day at school. This is the place for her! Thank you, Northwest Highway KinderCare, for being there for us and for providing my daughter a place to grow while her mommy is at work.

- Mother

All of my children have been attending Northwest Highway KinderCare for the past four years. I could not ask for a better place to send my children while I work. The teachers are very involved with the children every moment of the day. The entire staff is so kind and always make events so memorable, like buying a cake for my son's first birthday; providing pictures of my kids participating in their daily lessons; and offering affordable tutoring for my five-year-old to help prepare her for kindergarten. Their efforts show that they truly enjoy what they do! I send the warmest of thanks to Northwest Highway KinderCare for their hard work and outstanding contributions. As a parent, I know how much time and energy goes into caring for children, so I deeply appreciate all of the time they have spent in order to dedicate their efforts to providing the best learning environment for my children. As always, it’s great to know that I can count on them to go the extra mile. I am grateful to them for partnering with me on the parenting journey!

- Mother
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