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Riverchase KinderCare

Cindy Shackelford, Center Director

1820 Southpark Dr. Hoover AL 35244
(205) 444-0305 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
N of Valleydale Rd across from Publix

Neighborhood:
Hwy 31 and Valleydale Rd. (Across from Publix and Sno-Biz)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Riverchase Elementary; Valley Elementary

Welcome

Thank you for choosing KinderCare Learning Center of Riverchase, Alabama. We are confident that we can meet all of your early childhood educational needs. With our years of experience, expertise, passion for children and families and our serve-first attitude we will help build the foundation for your child's education on a daily basis, as the first years in a child's life are the most important. The information you find here will help you get familiar with all the wonderful things that make our Riverchase center so different! If you have any questions regarding touring or enrollment, you can contact us at 205-444-0305 -  or stop by our school anytime!

Cindy Shackelford, 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

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.

Computer Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

KinderCare of Riverchase is a very special place!  We have a very solid staff of dedicated, caring and loving educational professionals.  Our center is very warm and inviting and we are committed to providing the very best care for your child and your family!

  • Cindy Shackelford

    Cindy Shackelford, Center Director

    Planting seeds for their futures and ours

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Trainer and Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Adjunct Professor, Business Owner
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Engine That Could By Watty Piper
    Year Started:
    11/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    B.A Child Development, B.S Education, M.Ed Education, ED.S Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tamara Davis, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in Preschool
  • Joycelyn Williams

    Joycelyn Williams, Health and Safety Coordinator/Teacher

    Year Started:
    8/6/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    B.S. Early Childhood Education
  • Christy Benton

    Christy Benton, Cook/ Floater

    Year Started:
    1/4/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Food Handler's Certfication
  • Jamelle Eatmon

    Jamelle Eatmon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Five Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (currently in classes)
  • Brittany Amison

    Brittany Amison, Infant A Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (currently in classes)
  • Alexandria Thompson

    Alexandria Thompson, Infant B Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    B.S. in Elementary Education (currently in classes)
  • Darshell Martin

    Darshell Martin, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Darshell Martin, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Joyceleyn Williams

    Joyceleyn Williams, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/3/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    B. S. in Early Childhood Development

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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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 has a security key pad entrance. All staff members are Infant & Child First Aid/CPR certified. Continuing education for our staff is very important. Every teacher receives more than 12 continuing education training hours per year. We also have a Health and Safety coordinator onsite to ensure that we are in compliance with state and local laws regarding the health and safety of every child, parent, and employee.

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