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Walnut Bend KinderCare

Kiaya Scott, Center Director

2625 Walnut Bend Ln. Houston TX 77042
(713) 784-5000 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
On Walnut Bend just north of Westheimer Road.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Walnut Bend, Askew, Outley, Ashford, Sneed, Ray K Daily, Shadowbriar, Budewig

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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, where education and fun are the developmental tools we use to kick start the engine of life's long journey. Where else would a parent go to find interaction with children on all levels. Children and teachers engaged in educational adventures, music and outside fun. Give us a call or stop by to see what education, nurturing, and plain old fashioned fun is all about.

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Kiaya Scott, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.


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.

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

Hello from the staff at Walnut Bend KinderCare! Reading about a center on a web page is o.k., but walking into a family atmosphere where staff and children are happy and engaged is a totally different world. The love we give and receive is motivating us to do better every day. Training from Knowledge Universe for the staff is an ongoing process. New technology and education are introduced and shared constantly. What more could a person ask for? 

  • Kiaya Scott, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
  • Tania Cortes

    Tania Cortes, Assistant Director

    I love to watch and track the development of our children from Infant to 12 years knowing that I had them chance to help the grow.

    Ms. Tania started with KinderCare in Jacksonville, Florida. She was working as a two year old teacher, later transferring to Houston's KinderCare Walnut Bend in 2008. She obtained her Child Development Association Degree in May, 2012. Doing such a great job, she was offered a position as Assistant Director . She remains in this current position with the potential of moving into a Director position when it becomes available. Ms. Tania is definitely an asset to this center with our very diverse cultures, helping with the Spanish speaking community. She is also a role model for the staff.

    Previous Experience:
    I worked in the Navy Child Development Center in Maryland.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Cresha Sidibe, Center Director

  • Ms. Arnella

    Ms. Arnella, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I am going to a job that I enjoy and taking care of the needs of the children.

     My goal is to lay the foundation for your infant to develop trusting relationships. I will respond to your baby with sensitivity and attention; use words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and use family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with your child's home. I will help build brain power in a loving and caring environment. I will prepare your infant to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provide a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes; and encourage the use of all five senses to discover the world.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Rupee

    Ms. Rupee, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch my children grow and develop.

     My goal is to encourage your child to express individuality through artistic exploration and creativity. I will help your infant learn to engage with others. I will talk with your child, communicate verbally and through non-verbal gestures, tell stories and sing songs to model conversational skills, and use picture books to build association between sounds, objects and words. I will also help your infant improve mobility and coordination. I will support your baby as he or she rolls from side-to-side and learns to crawl, stand, and walk; support the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards; and meet your child's individual needs for rest and nutrition.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
  • Ms. Shameka

    Ms. Shameka, Prekindergarten Classroom

     My goal is to provide your child with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, and provide you with the security of knowing your child is in a safe and nurturing environment. My curriculum helps build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Reading, writing, and math are important and children learn by experiencing the world around them. I provide regular teacher-family communication, including ways to connect your child’s learning at home, so that you stay informed and involved. I maintain an ongoing assessment and portfolio on your child and we’ll meet throughout the year during conference time to set learning goals and celebrate successes.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Desiree

    Ms. Desiree, Preschool

     My goal is to enhance your child’s development through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning. Your child will develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish and social skills. I understand that consistent, high-quality child care can significantly impact your child's cognitive development. I adapt my teaching style and curriculum for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. I recognize that children's different backgrounds and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way, so I’m flexible and patient.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Chadd

    Chadd, School Age

    My goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for school age children to flourish after school and during spring, winter, and summer camps. Your child will have an opportunity to work on homework during the school season and keep their skills sharp during breaks through my purposeful lessons and activities. Your child can participate in our Classroom Council to stretch his leadership capabilities and develop a sense of ownership in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare Colombus, Ohio
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 months
    Currently enrolled at HCC for Business Management
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Infants

     My goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. I provide paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; support imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourage self-expression through movement and music. I provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. I appreciate you trusting us with your infant's care and education, and I’m committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Disney Classics and Marvel's Universe
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Months
    Child Psychology

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

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day             Professional Development Days
Independence Day                  President's Day
Labor Day                                Coloumbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

You must be a member of our KinderCare family in order to enter into the center. The building is protected by a key pad code. Security is a must. All staff are CPR and First Aide certified. Infants teachers also have training in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Our playgrounds are fenced in, and we have a Safety Coordinator on site.

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.

The day we brought our daughter we knew we picked the right place! Immediately when I walked in I was greeted and given a tour. I was so nervous because it was Lailah's first time being away from me. I believe I was more worried than she was. The director was kind and full of knowledge. Oh no, today's her first day. When I say she cried - she cried all day (just like me)!  As the days turned into weeks she got better, little by little, and she cried less and less. The teachers showed patience and understanding. Now, Lailah can't stay away! She wakes up every morning ready to go to school. It has almost been a year and she rushes home to do her homework and study like a big girl. I can not describe the help Mrs. Andrea and the rest of the Walnut Bend Kindercare have been a blessing to our family.
Thank you,
Nikkia & Lydia

- Parent

The Director and Staff are KinderCare. They create an environment worthy of my children being there daily. I could find more affordable childcare. I could find childcare closer to my home or job. I will not find a more loving, caring, compassionate and qualified staff of individuals who have really taken the time to really KNOW and CARE about my children. That is a comfort you cannot find everywhere but is so important for a parent to leave their children anywhere with anyone. The culture of KinderCare at Walnut Bend begins with the Center Director, Andrea Jolivette and trickles down to the staff. I have the utmost trust in Andrea's judgement and witness her daily go over and above the requirements of the job to truly create an extension of my family at KinderCare rather than just another daycare. I know every teacher in every class; although my children are only in 2 of the classrooms. And more importantly, they all know my children and I feel they care for them and treat them as their own. As a parent, I could not ask for more than that. 

- Mother

I love the staff at Walnut Bend and I also love the cooking and music classes. My daughter does too! I truly could not imagine my child somewhere else.   

- Mother

I would like to give a compliment to my children's daycare located at 2625 Walnut Bend Drive. My children, Brooklyn and Jordan, have been at this location for four years and Ms. Andrea, Ms. Tania and Ms. Jackie are always very kind and make sure my kids are taken care of. They make sure my children's education comes first and have played a major part in their learning. They are awesome!

- Mother

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