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Hoover KinderCare

Kala Johnson, Center Director

3160 Old Columbiana Rd. Hoover AL 35226
(205) 822-8110 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 31 across from Bruno's behind Hoover Village Shopping Center

Neighborhood:
HWY 31; Near Starbucks

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Vestavia Hills Elem.-West, Rocky Ridge, Green Valley, Shades Mountain, Bluff Park, Gwin, Riverchase, South Shades Crest, Trace Crossings, Deer Valley and Gresham Elementary

Our center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children twice and is currently in the self study stage of accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission.

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Welcome

Welcome to Hoover KinderCare! The staff here is dedicated to the task of developing our students to their full potential-physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. We nurture their development with developmentally appropriate hands on activities. The majority of their day is spent in discovery areas engaged in activities to stimulate their development.

Kala Johnson, Center Director

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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.

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

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff has 158 combined years of childcare experience with four teachers with 20+ years and four with 10 years of experience. The staff at Hoover KinderCare is committed to family engagement and partnering with families to ensure that all our students are developing to their full potential.

  • Kala Johnson

    Kala Johnson, Center Director

    I love my job because I know what we do has a positive effect on a child's life and I have a desire to serve the families in our care well.

    Kala has been a preschool teacher, school age leader and an assistant director. In addition to being center director, she is Area Trainer and Peer Leader. Kala is a graduate of Judson College with her degrees in Psychology and Sociology and she has her teaching certificate. She has been a validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a strong advocate for issues affecting children. She is a source of inspiration for teachers and enjoys partnering with families to provide the best educational environment for the children in her center.

    Year Started:
    3/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology
  • Linda Allen

    Linda Allen, Assistant Director

    I get a personal satisfaction when I see the light in a child's eye when they've mastered a particular skill, learned something new or challenged themselves and done something better than the previous time. I am inspired to come to work every day because I know I am being a positive influence in a young person's life. I always want them to feel good about themselves and their ability to be successful at everything. I hope I am cultivating their "can do" attitude.

    Linda Allen joined the KinderCare family in 1991 at Westcreek KinderCare in Fort Worth, Texas. She was Prekindergarten teacher, private kindergarten teacher, center trainer and a member of the management team. She transferred to Hoover KinderCare in 1996, were she has worked in the discovery preschool, preschool, prekindergarten and school age classroom. She was also center trainer, program specialist and a member of management. Linda truly believes that as teachers we should create a classroom environment the encourage children to explore, create, and develop their independence and love of learning.

    Year Started:
    9/3/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Annis

    Ms. Annis, Infant Classroom

    I love working with children and supporting their development. I am especially excited to work in a center that is developmentally appropriate and strive to provide the best learning environment in my classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Annis was a nanny.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's (CDA) credential
  • Ms. Lakenya

    Ms. Lakenya, Infant Classroom

    I love working with the children and participating in their learning. I like to prepare them for the next step in their development.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Terry

    Ms. Terry, Infant Classroom, Music Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Terry worked in the banking and insurance industries.
    Year Started:
    8/4/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of children. It gives me a sense of pride to see the things I help them accomplish.

    Ms. Barbara has been with KinderCare for thirteen years come this September. She greets three different ages of children each morning. She has the unique ability of making everyone that comes in her classroom feel very special and loved. Each morning children come in the door to give her a hug and start talking about their clothes or toys. Parents would say to her, she's all their child has been talking about as they come to school and wanting to see her. Ms. Barbara has had parents say how thankful they are to have her there to help with the transition. Parents also enjoy seeing her smiling face when they enter the building in the morning. That can mean a lot and make all the difference to a new parent joining the KinderCare Family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Barbara was a center director for a church program and nanny.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential; Degree in Computer Programming
  • Ms. Mildred

    Ms. Mildred, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and their families. It makes me feel great knowing that I have helped families to encourage and enhance their child developing into a productive individual that will be successful in life. Helping families to instill a positive start in their children's early years is very important for them to be successful as adults.

    Year Started:
    3/10/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love this job because I know I am helping a child get ready for the future. I enjoy just seeing their faces as they are learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Sharon was in the U.S. Army for five and half years before joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    5/29/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Tamara, Preschool Classroom

    Today, I will grow a little inside and out.

    Previous Experience:
    Tamara has worked for a number of childcare providers as a teacher and Center Director.
    Year Started:
    8/18/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching because it is so rewarding to have the children tell their parent all they have learned and excited to share the knowledge with others. Preparing the children for kindergarten and getting them excited for their next big step is why I come to work everyday.

    Year Started:
    7/16/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Jeanne, School Age Classroom

    I love my job when I see the expression of excitement in my students' faces when they have learned something new in my classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeanne worked at another KinderCare in Georgia in their Prekindergarten classroom for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's (CDA) credential
  • Ms. Siretha

    Ms. Siretha, Kitchen Manager

    It's not just a job; it's a calling in my life! I love my job so much! It enables me to do what I love the best -cook! I feel that when I can give them physical food, mentally they will excel in their work. I truly believe that great food is a universal language.

    Ms. Siretha has been the director of Great Expectations Childcare and Preschool, Manager at Outtakes Express, Manager at Magic Muffin, Cook at Vincents Market and currently owns SWD Catering. She takes pride in the meals she prepares daily. She also gives great attention to those requiring special diets, making sure they are as delicious and appealing as the regular meals. She is innovative, willing to take on special events, and lend a hand in other areas throughout the center. She makes sure the children know they are loved and knows them all by name. Students that have graduated and their parents come back and tell their favorite dishes she prepared for them. Ms. Siretha is the mother of three boys and a daughter. She has three granddaughters and a grandson.

    Year Started:
    4/16/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

At our center there is a keypad for entry to keep our center secure, our playgrounds are also fenced for added security and our staff is CPR and First Aid Certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As an elementary school teacher, I wanted a place for my infant daughter where she would discover, construct, build, and bond. We have found that place at the Hoover, AL KinderCare. From my first visit as an expecting mother to this day, I feel welcomed, appreciated, heard, and included. KinderCare is not only giving my daughter an unparalleled care experience, but they nurture me too as a parent. I am a better mom and teacher because of my relationship with the professionals at KinderCare.

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