Jessica Garcia, Center Director
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Welcome to KinderCare in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. We are located on the far east coast of Florida on the little barrier island. We are a great team of educators who focus on encouraging the positive. We believe we are an extension of the children's homes. Our curriculum is focused upon the whole child via the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth.
Jessica Garcia, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
The Teachers and staff at Indian Harbour Beach are dedicated to the nurturing and educating of children. The average tenure is seven years at our center and nine years in the field of Early Learning Education. Our teachers by the summer of 2013 will all have, their Child Development Associate's credential or degrees. Every year our staff attends our biannual professional Training days, college classes and special seminars. The teachers strive to be on the cutting edge in the Early Learning Education field.
I love knowing that I can make an positive and everlasting impact on a child's life and be someone they will always remember.
Jessica has worked with children for over fifteen years. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Jessica absolutely adores being surrounded by children and building positive relationships with families. Jessica looks forward to providing your child an environment that is safe, secure, loving, nurturing and addresses the needs of the whole child. Jessica and her husband have recently relocated from Houston, Texas with their daughter and son and are very excited to be in Melbourne.
I enjoy watching the children master new skills and celebrate with them in their achievements.
Nancy has been with Indian Harbour Beach KinderCare for ten years. Her story is quite unique. When she was in banking she enrolled her oldest son who is now sixteen at KinderCare. After having her second son Nancy decided to cahnge her career direction and went from being a parent at KinderCare to being an Assistant Director while obtaining her AS in Early Childhood Education. Nancy was born and raised in New York City. She and her husband met in college in New York and have two boys. Their boys are very active in soccer. Nancy loves watching the children at KinderCare achieve their goals and be successful.
I love watching the children grow and develop.
I love making learning fun and watching the children have fun and be excited while learning!
Ms. Laura C. has been with Indian Harbour Beach KinderCare since 2006 and obtained her Child Development Associate's credential in 2007. Ms. Laura C. does an excellent job keeping her toddlers/prescholers actively engaged throughout the day.
I like being a positive influence in the children's lives.
Ms. Jackie absolutely adores working with children. Jackie has three children of her own and enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening and going to the beach. Jackie enjoys watching the children flourish within her classroom and attain all their developmental goals.
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness -Maya Angelou
Mrs. Colleen loves spending her time outdoors. Plants and gardening are a huge part of her passion. Mrs. Colleen chose working within the Early Childhood Education field because she has a passion for teaching, nurturing while watching the children learn, discover, and provide a good foundation for their futures while having the honor to watch them bloom and grow.
I call my students 'my kids' because in our short year together they aren't just another child on my class list they become a part of my heart
Mrs. Joann is our VPK teacher. She does a magnificent job implementing the curriculum by bringing all the components to life for the children to explore. The children truly enjoy how she transforms the classroom according to their themes. Ms. Joann's favorite part is seeing how excited the children become about their learning experiences.
I love helping the children develop important life long skills.
Julie has been a part of the KinderCare family for almost 10 years. She loves to have fun with her classes by signging and dancing while teaching. Julie runs and excellent Learning Adventures program which provides the children with the fundamental skills they need. She enjoys being the Learning Adventures Program specialist because it gives her the ability to work with children of all the different age groups!
I love knowing that I'm a positive influence on the children at my center.
Ms. Laura L. has been with Indian Harbour Beach KinderCare since 2007 and is currently obtaining her Child Development Assocaite's credential at Brevard Community College. Ms. Laura has a number of roles within the center and enjoys floating around the building. She loves to build personal relationships with the children and the families. Laura is extremely artistic and helps keep our lobby perfect with all her artistric abilities. The children also love to see Ms. Laura draw and complete her masterpieces.
I love to create engaging activities for the children.
Ms. Mae has been with Indian Harbour Beach KinderCare since 2008 and has over 10 years of child care experience. She is also employed at the US AirForce Child Development Center.
A truly special teacher is very wise and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes.
Ms. Nicole is currently attending classes to finish her certification to be a dental hygenist. Ms. Nicole enjoys being a floater and working in all the different classrooms as well as help the teachers as needed.
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 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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Here at Indian Harbour Beach we provide an environment that is not just a great learning environment, but it is a safe, secure environment so your child can develop to his or her full potential. Our teachers are devoted to support each child's growth in a nurturing atmosphere.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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