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La Branch Child Development Center

TeAnna Gainous, Center Director

2320 Labranch Houston TX 77004
(713) 759-0440 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
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Neighborhood:
Downtown Houston

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

We welcome you to come visit us! We are a nationally accredited school by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We are now enrolling children from the ages of 6 weeks up to age 12.

Welcome

LaBranch Child Development Center is located in the LaBranch Federal Building. Our center is dedicated to developing an environment where every child is encouraged to explore their ideas, to learn through our proprietary curriculum approach and to grow by discovering the world around them.

TeAnna Gainous, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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.

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Teachers & Staff

On behalf of all the teachers at our school, we welcome you to La Branch Child Development Center! Combined, we have over 150 years of experience in early childhood education. We love, we nurture and we teach our children every day. We would be honored to do the same for your child!

  • TeAnna Gainous

    TeAnna Gainous, Center Director

    I enjoy having a hand in making sure our families have access to quality childcare. My continued goal is to assure that each child receives the best educational opportunity here at LaBranch Child Development Center.

    TeAnna Gainous is a wife and mother of three wonderful children.  She has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and has an associate in early childhood education. Her career in the field of early childhood development began at the Child Development Center in Fort Carson, Colorado where her husband was stationed in the United States Army.  She worked with children three years of age at Fort Carson Military Installation until her husband was discharged from the military as a disabled veteran. Upon leaving Ft. Carson, Colorado she and her family moved to Orlando, Florida where she became employed as a teacher with KinderCare Education. She served as a teacher, assistant director and center director for more than 15 years with KinderCare Education. She has several years of experience working with NAEYC accredited centers, as well as corporate and community based centers.  She has a great love for children and their growth; both mentally and physically.  TeAnna’s goal is to continue to work in the field of early childhood education in helping children develop and reach their individual milestones.  

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher
    Year Started:
    8/3/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Katina

    Katina, Cook

    Katina has been working with KinderCare Education for 12 years. She enjoys working with children of all ages and playing a hand in their development. She is the “chef” of the school and enjoys preparing delicious healthy meals for the children. She has two beautiful children. During her spare time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    11/10/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
  • Rachel

    Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Rachel has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 22 years. She has shared 13 years of service with KinderCare Education. She works with our Discovery Preschool Program. She has her child development associate equivalency. She is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Rachel is an avid sports fan for the hometown teams.

    Year Started:
    8/22/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Trina

    Trina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Trina has been with KinderCare Education for seven years and loves working with the Discovery Preschool Program. She enjoys spending time with her family. She has two sons and one granddaughter on the way.

    Year Started:
    12/19/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Yolanda

    Yolanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Yolanda has worked for KinderCare Education for two years. She has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Yolanda currently has her child development associate. She has two sisters and one brother. During her free time she loves spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    3/18/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Debera

    Debera, Infant Classroom

    Debera has been working with KinderCare Education for nine years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a genuine passion for teaching the youngest learners. Debera works with our Infant Program. A native of New York State and a Houstonian since 1985. She is the grandmother of seven.

    Year Started:
    6/20/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Patricia

    Patricia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Patricia has been employed with KinderCare Education for 18 years. She enjoys being a role model for Prekindergarten students. She loves having the opportunity each day to teach them new and exciting things. She has her child development associate. Patricia has seven wonderful children and 16 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/8/1997
    Tenure:
    20 Years
  • Tiffany

    Tiffany, Preschool Classroom

    Tiffany has been in Early Childhood Education for 25 years. She enjoys working with our Preschool Program. She currently has her child development associate. She enjoys running, exercising and spending time with her family – three children, three dogs, and awesome husband.

    Year Started:
    6/29/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
  • Anais

    Anais, Toddler Classroom

    Anais had been employed with KinderCare Education for two months in our Toddler Program. She has an associate of science degree. She is currently attending Texas Southern University obtaining a bachelor of arts. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    4/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Monet

    Monet, Toddler Classroom

    Monet has been working for KinderCare Education for nine months. Monet currently works with the Toddler Program. She is currently attending Texas Southern University majoring in Business Management. During her free time she enjoys spending time at the beach with loved ones and shopping.

    Year Started:
    7/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

We are proud to be affiliated with our GSA federal families in the downtown Houston area.  We are also open to the community.  We are NAEYC accredited too!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed on New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

LaBranch Child Development Center is located in the LaBranch Federal Building. The center's security is provided by the Federal Building. Each member of our center staff is CPR / 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.

I just wanted to take this time to write this letter to you and your staff regarding my feelings about the La Branch Child Development Center.  I have been so well pleased with the warm, loving experiences my daughter, Caylie, have received had since beginning at La Branch nearly 3 years ago.  Not only is the academic curriculum amazing, the emotional support my daughter receives from you and your staff makes leaving her within your care every day that much easier.

Each and every staff member at La Branch CDC knows my daughter by name which means so much to Caylie but more importantly to her parents.  It is not easy for a mother to leave her child in the care of others, but at La Branch, I know that Caylie is well-taken cared for.  She gets hugs for reassurance, praises for her accomplishments both big and small, encouragement to overcome difficult tasks and appropriate consequences for misbehaviors.  Caylie is happy to go to school every day and talk to ‘mommy’ about the exciting things her class is exploring.  And, of course, we cannot leave in the afternoons without Caylie hugging her friends as well as her teachers.

Thank you so much for providing a center of excellence for our daughter and I, without a doubt, would recommend La Branch to any parents looking for quality of care.  I am confident that every day we leave Caylie - she is in a happy and healthy learning environment that is helping to shape Caylie to grow and be the best she can be. 

I congratulate you and your staff on a job well-done! Your hard work is evident in the accomplishments of my daughter and for that we, the Jones’s “THANK YOU”.

- Mother

I've seen Kendall grow so much since he's been attending LaBranch Child Development Center.

Before coming to LaBranch, Kendall had been held back in a 2 year old class due to the fact that he had not been potty trained although he was 3 at the time. I was concerned that he wasn't getting the independence he needed and being challenged at his level. That was no obstacle at LaBranch. Kendall was placed in his correct class upon arrival and his teacher Ms. Tiffany worked with him to instilll a very structured potty training process to coincide with what I was trying to do at home.

Kendall was quickly promoted to the PreK class with Ms. Pat. I was very happy to see this because Kendall is very bright. Once there, Ms. Pat was very patient with Kendall with his potty training and we've worked together to get Kendall where he needs to be. Now he's potty trained and I couldn't be happier. I've watched Kendall's vocabulary expand greatly. He starting to recognize words, improved his pencil skills, and is generally excited about school and learning. Most of all he loves to read.

I've had a pleasant experience at LaBranch and have and would continue to recommend LaBranch to family and friends.

- Mother
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