Ms. Erin Wilson, Center Director
Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
West 86th Street
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crooked Creek Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. Eastbrook Elementary - Before and After School drop-off and pick-up. College Park Elementary - Transports to the center.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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
Our Cooking Academy program teaches kids confidence in the kitchen through hands-on activities that build important math, science, and social skills. They’ll learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and nutrition—and get to eat some delicious food made all on their own like carrot and turmeric hummus, pumpkin muffins, vegetable curry, black bean and sweet potato chili, and so much more!
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.
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.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
My daughter has been attending the West 86th Street KinderCare for about a year. Before that she was at a day care where the staff was wonderful but there was no learning component. Now, not only is she cared for by a wonderful, caring, and credentialed staff, but she has truly blossomed under their care and with all of the social and educational learning opportunities that she gets to experience daily. My two year old now knows her ABC's, numbers, colors, and animals. She has learned about nature, is learning how to write, her speech has greatly improved, and has made some good friends. I have no doubt that she'll be ready for kindergarten and beyond.
Zakiya C. - KinderCare Parent
Leaving my child and going back to work has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. My daughter has been enrolled at KinderCare since she was three months old and they have made being away from her so much easier. The infant room teachers were so supportive during that beginning transition time. They were also supportive that we were breastfeeding and worked with me to figure out the right amount of milk to send each day. Our daughter has moved to the toddler room and it is amazing to see the curriculum at work as her social and motor skills develop. Our family and friends always comment on how quickly her skills are progressing and my husband and I always give credit to KinderCare. The staff consistently handles every situation with open communication and professionalism. They have also been really terrific about our dietary preferences. I know this can be a pain, but they reassure me that they understand that I am just trying to be the best mom for my daughter. I highly recommend this KinderCare to any parent.
Laura P. - KinderCare Parent
My three-year-old has been at kindercare for two weeks now. She loves it and I love it. She goes on and on about her teacher Ms. Angela when she gets home. On her first day she said "mommy I love Ms. Angela. Can she come live with us?". I love the fact that she is not just a face without a name to them. The center directors and her teachers call her by name when she comes in to school and when she is leaving. They are a really pleasant facility to visit. I also like the fact that this is a curriculum based facility. Not only do they play but they learn valuable lessons while at play. I hope to enroll my son in the toddler program when he turns two.
Teia G. - KinderCare Parent
"I am a mother of one and my child was first enrolled at KinderCare when she was two years old; she is now seven and in the same KinderCare facility. This facility requires a code to get into the center, which makes me feel like my child is safe at all times while in their care. I have not had one problem with any staff member throughout the years; they are amazing and have always been from the very beginning. My daughter has learned so much from the staff and enjoys playing with her old and new friends that she's made over the years. Her favorite time of the year is definitely the summer when she gets to do special activities and go on field trips during their "summer camp". I would not change anything about this center. We will continue to attend KinderCare for as long as possible."
Connie B. - KinderCare Parent
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding patience, professionalism and care provided by the at KinderCare development center.
KinderCare has been providing care and academic development to my son since he was 8 weeks, he is now 3 and in Ms Angela’s preschool class. I have seen this center, and the children grow and flourish under Jessica Langlais’ leadership as Director and Amber Lane Asst Director.
The center’s aesthetics are bright, fun, and more importantly reflective of the children they service. There is a welcoming atmosphere at the initial entrance into the center and beyond. The beautification project that has taking place on the grounds to include landscaping, floral and playground areas is very much impressive and a direct reflection of the pride and dedication Jessica and her staff have in their center, the children and families. This center sets a high standard of quality and service to their patrons.
Michelle B. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.