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Dixon KinderCare

Sharon Williams-Floyd, Center Director

1741 Dixon Rd. Gastonia NC 28054
(704) 867-5347 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
New Hope and Garrison Blvd - landmark Gaston Regional Library

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sherwood, Forrest Height, Pleasant Ridge, Woodhill, Robinson, Linger Felt, Lowell, Grier Middle, Brookside, Carr, Hawksmith, Piedmont Charter

Welcome

We are overwhelmed with excitement for your family's adventure in child care. Our center offers  a home away from home with southern values of hospitality. From the moment your family walks into our center, we welcome you with open arms. We look forward to meeting you soon and having your family become another extension of ours.

Sharon Williams-Floyd, 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.

Math

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.

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.

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

Our staff at Dixon Road KinderCare combined expertise of experience is over 100 years!  Our teachers are passionate, dedicated, and committed to the educational, physical, and emotional well-being of each child.  We engage not only with your child, collectively we collaborate to support you as a parent. Staff at Dixon Road KinderCare continues with professional development to continue growth as professional teachers. Our open door policy encourges parents to engage with every teacher daily. 

  • Sharon Williams-Floyd

    Sharon Williams-Floyd, Center Director

    It is not enough for me just to love what I do but to be passionate with what I do. I become overwhelmed with joy and pride not only to be apart of families daily lives but to see an adult that was once a child in our center bring their child back. That is when I can say job well done.

    Sharon began her career in early childhood as an after school teacher in 1994. She then worked as a health and safety coordinator, center trainer and assistant director before becoming center director in 2005. Sharon is passionate about the families Dixon Road KinderCare serve as well as her staff. She is committed to serving the families in the surrounding community by providing a safe and educational environment. She understands the demands of "today's" parent and aspires to make Dixon Road KinderCare a home away from home. Sharon conveys a sense of pride in our center so that each child leaves happier than when they entered.

    Year Started:
    9/30/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Tanika Green-Williams

    Tanika Green-Williams, Assistant Director

    It takes a big heart to shape little minds.

    Before coming to KinderCare, Tanika started her career as a family child care provider in Alaska. Shortly thereafter, Tanika became a Center Director for Head Start. She moved to North Carolina in 2008 becoming an Assistant Director in a child care center in 2010. Tanika has been with KinderCare since April 2015. She brings a wealth of knowledge and outlook from her military background and travels. Tanika is an important asset to our families and offers an upbeat attitude each day. 

    Previous Experience:
    Family child care provider and Center Director for Head Start
    Year Started:
    4/14/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Professions
  • Ms. Doreen

    Ms. Doreen, School Age Director

    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, North Carolina Administrive Credential, AAS Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ryanne, Bus Driver

    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
  • Ms. Joy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Dearrine, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
  • Ms. Darlene, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    North Carolina certification in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Infant Classroom

    The children are our greatest treasure, to love them is our greatest asset. Love them daily, love them always!

    Ms. Michelle previous work experience included teaching as a preschool and infant teacher. She was a private nanny for children enrolled in our center which influenced her teaching position at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1/16/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Infant Classroom

    A caregivers relationship with an infant goes beyond meeting their basic needs. We need to respond in a warm and loving manner to promote healthy development.

    Ms. Terri infectious laughter and upbeat spirit is felt throughout our center. She engages with each family to reassure her passion of caring for our smallest children. Ms. Terri celebrates accomplishment of all the children she has cared for and continuously acknowledge every family she comes in contact with.

    Year Started:
    7/18/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Phyllis

    Ms. Phyllis, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy seeing the children smile every day.

    Ms. Phyllis strives to ensure each child leaves her class as clean and neat as they entered. She enjoys creative activities and reading with her toddlers. Ms. Phyllis has been called "grandma" from some students, which warms her heart. She is nurturing and loves to care for her class.

    Year Started:
    9/22/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credential, North Carolina Early Educator Certification-Level 1
  • Ms. Candi

    Ms. Candi, Preschool Classroom

    I believe children are a special gift to this world and I am blessed to be apart of their lives!

    Ms. Candi is a valuable teacher in our center. She is energetic and education driven. Ms. Candi strives to ensure that each child she teaches, leaves her classroom with pride and well-equipped with knowledge. She has been a teacher in several different classrooms in our center, prior to her current teaching position. She also keeps our center safe as the health and safety coordinator. Both children and their families are excited to become apart of Ms. Candi preschool class.

    Year Started:
    5/17/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Louise, Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Louise has worked in every classroom in our center. She is always a familiar face to returning families as well as current. Ms. Louise encourages staff and children to always do their best each day.

    Year Started:
    11/29/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    North Carolina Early Childhood Credential
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Center Cook

    Year Started:
    11/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years

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 the 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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center security feature includes keypad entry and fenced playgrounds. Our staff CPR and First Aid certifications are valid until January 15, 2017.

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.

Since my son has started in KinderCare, I have seen him blossom into a very mature young man and he is talking more. This was the best option for him since he has been through a lot with some important family members being sick. I want to thank all of the staff. I picked KinderCare because it is nearby and I can quickly get there, if needed, and I can stop in to check up on him and to take him to lunch.

- Mother

When we relocated to North Carolina, I was very worried about where my child would attend preschool. We toured several centers and did not feel that they would be the right fit for our family. We then toured KinderCare and the director Ms. Sharon and all her teachers were amazing! We felt very comfortable and she answered all of our questions. We knew immediately that that's where we wanted our daughter to attend. Our daughter has been attending KinderCare since she was eight months old and she will be two years old in a couple of months. The staff has become like family, and I never worry when I have to leave her. They are very informative about her day and communication between the teachers and parents are great. Also their curriculum has played an important role in her development. We are very grateful to have found our KinderCare center, they are like family.

- Leisey
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