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Dedeaux KinderCare

Theo Schaffer, Center Director

15267 Dedeaux Rd. Gulfport MS 39503
(228) 832-3123 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 49 on Dedeaux Rd next to Fire Dept

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We provide Transportation to: Harrison Central Elementary, Bel-Aire Elementary, Three Rivers Elementary, Crossroads Elementary & Orange Grove Elementary. Also to see if your Elementary is eligible give us a call at (228) 832-3123!

Did you know that here at KinderCare we offer additional classes similar to the "gifted" or "advanced" programs offered in Public Schools here for Pre-Schoolers?

Introducing KLC Learning Adventures!

For the Parents who desire that little bit of extra for their child, Learning Adventures is an affordable fun course-work that provides simple and interactive activities PLUS it features a 1 on 1 format for more time between your child and their Learning Adventures teacher!

That's right! Our Learning Adventures offers amazing and fun tutorials in:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Mathematics  
  • Phonics & Grammar  
  • Reading & Comprehension  
  • Music & Dancing
  • AND Cooking Classes!!

And we are enrolling all the time! What are you waiting for? Enroll today!


Welcome to KinderCare-Gulfport! 
It is an honor to serve you!

Here at KinderCare in Gulfport we believe that everyone is family. We take pride in the fact that not only are your children our children but also our students!

We believe that all children are worthy of an educational experience that allows them to create, share, take chances and interact with a world they can change around them.

Our amazing staff are highly qualified and committed to cultivate the great things in your children. Not only that but we here at KinderCare "partner" with you to present a community of love, support, nourishment and learning for your family. We love to provide support for your family in two important ways: you as the parent and your child as the student.

When you walk through our doors you will know that KinderCare in Gulfport is not only a better place to enroll your family but THE place to enroll your family!

So what are you waiting for? We are ENROLLING NOW!


Theo Schaffer, Center Director

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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


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.


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 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday October 15, 2015
    1. Open House


  2. Friday October 16, 2015
    1. Parents Night Out


Teachers & Staff

Meet Our Staff!
"One of the most important decisions we will ever make as Parents are not only where we will enroll our children but who we will enroll them with."

Here at KinderCare we take pride in having highly-qualified teachers, moreover teachers who yet love what they do!

In conjuction with the National, State and KinderCare Company requirements for childcare professional certifications and trainings, unlike most centers our entire team of teachers maintains qualifications and certifications for Early Childhood Education including:
  • First Aid & CPR Certifications
  • 15-20+ Hours of MS-DHS Trainings
  • Child Development Associates Degree (CDA)
  • Associate's Degree in Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education
 With a combination of passion, a collective 40+ years of experience and a myriad of staff development resources our team of teachers are simply the best in the business at what we do!
Our staff are dedicated to provide you and your family a wonderful educational experience. Our teachers are thankful to have the opportunity to serve you and your family.

  • Theo Schaffer

    Theo Schaffer, Center Director

    No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. ―Theodore Roosevelt

    Theo Schaffer comes to us from Birmingham, Alabama as a brand new member of the Knowledge Universe/KinderCare Learning Center family. As an Mississippi native and a graduate of the University of Southern Miss (Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Science and Physical Education), Theo spent the last decade of his career working in both public and early education institutions. From YMCA Childcare Director to becoming a storied Center Director, Theo has always been passionate about impacting and cultivating the future generation through learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Theo Schaffer originally served as: Childcare Network School Director, Birmingham YMCA Childcare & Sports Director & Sacred Heart Catholic HS Boys Basketball Coach
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giver" and "The Jungle Book"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Science: Physical Education
  • Tammy Keys

    Tammy Keys, Assistant Director

    I am privileged to have the opportunity to experience such meaningful moments with our children and families.

    Ms. Tammy is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and she moved here with her husband and son seven years ago. She has since attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she received as Associate's Degree in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Accounting and looks forward to receiving this accomplishment.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Tammy worked as an infant teacher for two years. Since working with KinderCare, she has had the opportunity to teach for four years in a toddler classroom, serve as Program Specialist, and she is currently the Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor's in Business Administration, Associate's in Accounting
  • Ms. Deloris

    Ms. Deloris, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I'm inspired by the joy of knowing I can make a difference in a child's life.

    Ms. Deloris is a living legend here at KinderCare Learning Center. She began working for KinderCare 30 years ago. During this time she has worked as an assistant director, cook, bus driver and with all age groups. Ms. Deloris had her daughter enrolled at KinderCare from 6 weeks until she turned 12. In Ms. Deloris's years at KinderCare, her impact has been strong since she has taught the children of some of her former students.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Learning Center in Gulfport, MS (Knowledge Universe) 30+ years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat in the Hat" -Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Childcare Director Certification
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Infant Classroom

    It warms my heart to work with children. I enjoy watching them learn and grow.

    Ms. Erica is from Oxford, MS. She's lived on the Mississippi gulf coast since 1999. She has two children and has worked in the child care field for two years. Ms. Erica really learned a lot from the children she's worked with and loves knowing that she was able to teach and inspire them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has two years of previous experience working with infants.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    I love being a part of the children's lives. No matter how old you are you always remember those teachers that made a real difference in your life.

    Teaching has been such a rewarding experience for Ms. Rachel. The love she receives and the ability to see what the children have learned makes teaching extra special. Ms. Rachel enjoys working with all age groups and teaching Science through real world experiences is the most fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel previously worked as a two year old teacher before taking the three year old position at KinderCare. Prior to joining KinderCare, she worked as a Prekindergarten teacher when she lived in Georgia.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's in Secretarial Science
  • Ms. Aleshya

    Ms. Aleshya, Twos & Toddler Classroom

    Never give up on something you love to do.

    Ms. Aleshya has been a phenomenal part of our KinderCare Learning Center since her arrival in 2014. She comes to us from Christian Collegiate Academy and continues to serve as our Twos and Toddlers Lead Teacher. Her passion, creativity and kind temperment makes it a great classrom and environment for our children. Your child is sure to learn, grow and be loved here at KLC with Ms. ALeshya leading the way!  

    Previous Experience:
    Christian Collegiate Children's Academy (Gulfport, MS)
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" -Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Geogia

    Ms. Geogia, Cook

    There is so much joy, hardwork but fun helping our kids to learn.

    Ms. Georgia has worked in early childhood educatioin for almost a year but has also worked in the Food & Nutrition industry for nine years. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Pre-School Classroom

    Any child can learn as long as you love them. 

    Mrs. Shirley arrived to us from the business world. In her pursuit to follow her true passions Mrs. Shirley helped teach and develop her local church's early chilhood center. For over a decade Mrs. Shirley has found her ture calling in early childhood education. We are excited to have her join our KLC family!

    Previous Experience:
    Grace Temple Nursery
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    BA in Business Administration
  • Miss Alexis Jones

    Miss Alexis Jones, Assistant Teacher

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

    Ms. Alexis Jones is a student at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She features several years serving at her local church's early childhood education programs and youth services. We are excited to have her here at KInderCare Learning Center!

    Previous Experience:
    Greater Grace Church Childcare-Grace Place
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat in the Hat" -Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    College Student at Jefferson Davis
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, School-Age

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah serves as an Elementary Teacher for Harrison County Elementary Schools.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Harrison County Certified Teacher
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Toddlers-Threes

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. April has served as an in-Home care Director and also a Twos Lead Teacher for over 5 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Empatriz

    Ms. Empatriz, Spanish Teacher

    Ms. Emperatriz is originally from Bogota, Columbia where she taught for many years for the Columbian Governor's office of Communications as well as acquired her B.A. in Pyschology. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Empatriz served as an Teacher for the Early Headstart Learning program in Mobile, Alabama for several years. Since her time in the U.S. she has also served as an Communication specialist for English to Spanish courses and Spanish to English courses for adults.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. in Pyschology

October 2015 Events

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  1. Thursday October 15, 2015
    1. Open House


  2. Friday October 16, 2015
    1. Parents Night Out


  3. Wednesday October 21, 2015
    1. Fall Festival

About Our Center

KinderCare Learning Center (KLC)

As the #1 leader in quality in early childhood education in the U.S., KinderCare Learning Center (also known as Knowledge Universe) has provided the best in childcare-education in over 2,000 locations.

Moreover for over the last twenty years, KinderCare-Gulfport Center has been an hallmark in the great city of Gulfport and in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area!

At KinderCare we believe the best and most effective learning comes from a child's discovery of self and their surroundings. The the chance to offer that opportunity is one the greatest experiences we have as childcare professionals and advocates.

We at KinderCare continue to strive to provide the most in effective, safe and loving childcare education.

When it comes to childcare safety and education here in the Mississippi Gulf Coast KinderCare is the proven BEST choice for families today.

Special Features

  • Monthly PTA Meetings: "Open House"
  • Parent CPR First Aid Classes
  • Spanish Classes for Parents

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Here at KinderCare in Gulfport we do observe the following Holidays:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Years Eve

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students is of high importance to us.  All of our outside doors remain locked for security as well as our playground gates.  Our front door has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter.  Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member.  Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Rachel Powell, is on site as well.  Rachel's role includes conducting monthly fire/disaster drills, ensuring that all staff are up to date on CPR and first aid, and also conducting routine safety and cleanliness inspections of our building.

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.

I currently I have my two daughters attending Kindercare, one in Pre-K and the other in the school agers program. I am very grateful of how attentive the teachers are with my daughters. The school agers received homework help, which is great for the parents that work late. The fun and creativity is always flowing in the center. My youngest daughter, in the Pre-K program, loves her teacher and loves to learn with her. With no doubt, thanks to her teachers dedication, she will be ready for Kindergarten. The director provides a great energy to center, always wanting to try new projects with the children. With confidence, I am proud to say I made the right choice with Kindercare. With this being said, I am choosing them again for the 3rd time with the care of my, soon to be here, new addition to the family. Thank you!!
- Mother

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