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The Bear Creek KinderCare

Ms. Kia Thomas, Center Director

17527 West Little York Rd. Houston TX 77084
(281) 859-1465 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harmony, Jowell, McFee, Metcalf, Tipps, Wilson, Horne

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Bear Creek KinderCare. We invite you to come see for yourself the exciting things that our children get to experience every day with their passionate teachers. We are committed to each and every child's development and to giving families peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and loving environment.
 
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Ms. Kia Thomas, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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.

Discovery Club

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at KinderCare would love for you to visit our center! We are all very passionate about providing the best care and education for children while families are away at work or school. Each day brings new, fun activities and learning at our school and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of families' days. We love to watch the children grow and learn, and so appreciate sharing that with all of our families. We strive for excellence in all that we do here at KinderCare, and look forward to having your child in our classrooms.

  • Ms. Kia Thomas

    Ms. Kia Thomas, Center Director

    Ms. Kia considers herself to be one of the most fortunate individuals in the world, as she did not have to seek a career--instead, her career found her. She is so passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children. That passion is the driving force that motivates Ms. Kia to create a safe, nurturing, and loving environment for the children that are our nation's future. Kia is constantly furthering her education in education. As well as her career with us, she's also assisting others in their path of education for children as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Kia spent several years as a Center Director on Fort Sam before coming to join our KinderCare Family.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    12/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Director's Certificate; Completing her Master's in Elementary Education; Associate in Early Childhood Studies; Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Martha Toledo, Assistant Director

    Martha's dedication to her position in KinderCare Education is displayed through her positive impact she has on the families we care for. Her long term career with this company is a strong example of the love she has for early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Martha began as a teacher in our company and worked her way up to Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9/11/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • Ms. Fidelia

    Ms. Fidelia, Infant Classroom

    To see children grow little by little and the smiles on their faces; to be able to read to them and sing to them--that is what inspires me come to work every day!

    Ms. Fidelia is a loving, caring, nurturing mother of three boys. With her rich African heritage, she brings a spirited energy to the center, and is frequently seen dancing and singing while she works. The infants in her care light up when they listen to her!

    Year Started:
    4/11/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Blanca

    Ms. Blanca, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I am making a difference in children's lives.

    Ms. Blanca is passionate about engaging the children in her care, and tries every day to spark their excitement and imagination through each of her curriculum themes.

    Year Started:
    2/10/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Joanna

    Ms. Joanna, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy making a difference in children's lives by helping them learn new things.

    Ms. Joanna loves working for KinderCare. She is currently attending college and working towards achieving her nursing degree to become a registered nurse. She is very family-oriented, having two small children of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joanna has worked with infants, preschoolers, and school-age children in Kentucky, Tennesse, Arizona, and Texas.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    High School Diploma; Nursing Degree (In Progress)
  • Ms. Glenette

    Ms. Glenette, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Children are like sponges: They absorb everything. It is important to me to be a good example for them as they embark on a lifetime of learning.

    Ms. Glenette is a mother of three children and a loving wife of 20 years. She has two special needs children, whom have taught her much about working with children with challenges. She believes that we all have talents and passions that could be driven in a positive direction. Each child in her care is given the utmost love, concern, and appreciation for his or her own path in life. She works tirelessly to help each child reach their own potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Glenette has worked for accredited centers, Montessori schools, private centers, inclusion programs, and has run her own center.
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Shannon, Preschool Classroom

    Shannon's love and care for all children has been her passion her whole life. She portrays patience, understanding, and love for what she does every day in all the choices she makes with our KinderCare family.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Advocate
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor Of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Thursday July 06, 2017
Field Trip

The School Age class will be attending a local theater for a newly made classic for children.

Monday July 10, 2017
Field Trip

The School Aged class will be attending a play for children at a local theater.

Tuesday July 11, 2017
Field Trip

The School Age class will be visiting a local grocery store to learn about healthy eating choices, inventory, and the processes they go through in each department. 

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Field Trip

Our School Age class will be attending a local theater watching another Disney Classic while snacking on Popcorn!

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Field Trip

Our awesome School Age program will be taking our students to a Field Day with a Houston soccer team that we all know and love! 

Tuesday July 25, 2017
Field Trip

Our School Age class will be taking a trip to a local library to enjoy their summer reading program and apply for our first library cards together! 

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 various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • Texas Rising Star

    Texas Rising Star

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The safety of the children in our center is top priority. We have a keypad entry system with a door code that is changed twice a year or more if the safety of the center is in question. All visitors are checked in with an ID. Our playgrounds are fenced in, and the center is checked daily by our Health and Safety Coordinator, both indoors and outdoors, for safety hazards. All of our staff has CPR and first aid certification, and have all passed a full federal background check.

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.

My daughter attends KinderCare and we are very happy with the center and what they are teaching her. My daughter comes home sharing stories about her friends and what she is learning in Spanish. We are very pleased with the teachers and other staff as well, as they are always pleasant. The classrooms are very clean and organized as well. Yvonne and the teachers do a wonderful job with the children. Thank you!

- Mother

I just want to say a very big thank you to KinderCare for all their good work. At first I didn't want to take my kids to daycare because they were too shy and I didn't like the way other daycares operate. But, when I started my three boys in KinderCare, I was amazed! They loved it. Their teachers are awesome--my youngest one is now speaking very well. His dad loves it. I am so proud to be a KinderCare mom! My children's teachers are a big reason why my kids love coming to KinderCare. Hopefully in the future, my grandkids will be KinderCare babies! Thank you!

- Mother
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