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Las Colinas KinderCare

Samantha Whetzell, Center Director

1121 Greenway Circle Irving TX 75038
(972) 550-8479 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Off 114 and MacArthur, behind Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Farine, Freeman, La Villita, Las Colinas, North Hills Prep, and Universal Academy. We are willing to pick up from other schools if we generate enough interest.

Currently enrolling for all ages; six weeks through prekindergarten and after school.  We offer drop off and  pick up at Farine, Freeman, Las Colinas and LaVallita Elementary Schools.

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"What will my child learn at KinderCare - Las Colinas?"

This is a question we are often asked by parents of young children as they tour our center.  Research has shown that young children learn best through active, hands-on experiences.  In other words, children learn by doing. 

KinderCare Learning Centers provide a curriculum that allows teachers to organize and structure their environment to meet the needs of the individual children in their classroom.  We provide activities that promote growth in each of the six developmental domains.

Through open-ended activities, we foster creativity, risk taking, and allow children the opportunity to test their ideas.  In order to learn best, young children need to get their hands on the materials they are leaning about.  They need to see it, touch it, smell it, taste it, hear it, and feel it.

Children develop at very different rates, but they all follow predictable patterns in stages and sequence of development.  Development cannot be taught or hurried but can be guided and encouraged.  That is what we strive to do in our programs. 

I believe the most important thing we can give a child is a love for learning.  At KinderCare - Las Colinas, children are encouraged to become independent, self-confident, enthusiastic and inquisitive learners.  They are encouraged to think for themselves, make decisions, develop problem solving skills, and communicate their ideas.

The teachers at KinderCare Learning Center-Las Colinas share my passion and commitment to the education of young children.  We provide a strong foundation for our children and prepare them in all areas of development in a loving, nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure.

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Samantha Whetzell, 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.

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.


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.

Select Adventure Camps throughout the year

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare Learning Center - Las Colinas has a passionate, nurturing staff. They share a love for, and commitment to, early childhood education.  Our teachers are enthusiastic about coming to work each day and instilling a love for learning in the minds of our children. Their passion for teaching is evident in their interactions with children and parents, as well as their classroom environments.

  • Samantha Whetzell

    Samantha Whetzell, Center Director

    It brings me great joy to see the positive impact we have on each child and their family.  It is our mission to make each family that walks in our building a part of our KinderCare family. Our center is dedicated to helping each unique child grow and develop in a clean, safe, welcoming environment.  As a team, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. My goal is to positively impact the lives of as many children as possible.  After all, they are our future!

    Samantha began her career in Early Childhood Education working one-on-one with children ages three to five in a psychosocial group setting that had been diagnosed with behavior disorders.  In 2007, she began teaching the Pre-Kindergarten program at a KinderCare in Colorado.  She transferred to Texas in 2010 and has filled many positions throughout her time here.  Before being placed as the Director at Las Colinas KinderCare, Samantha was the Acting Director at a center in Carrollton, TX.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Samantha provided individual community support for children with behavior disorders in a psychosocial group setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts in Social Science and Master of Arts in Education
  • Francheska Parker, Assistant Director

    I started working with kids at a very young age; always knowing that one day I would like to teach kids and help them to become great people. I truly believe that the first couple of years are what develops a child to become the adult they become. Knowing that the right attitude, passion, and determination can impact a child's life in a such a big wonderful way is very rewarding to me. Seeing their faces light up while you are educating them and they are understanding is the only recognition I need.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at South Arkansas Development Center for Children and Families, Children International, and Child Development Center at First United Methodist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BS Health Science emphasis in Health Education and Promtion
  • Ms. Arielle, Middlebrook

    My goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for all children to flourish.  As a leader in early childhood education, KinderCare has provided me the tools I need to create successful students.  Through Cooking, Math, Music, Phonics, and Reading classes, I will help your child build brain power through hands-on learning experiences.  These experiences will develop your child's ability to problem-solve, observe, predict, and explore cause-and-effect relationships; provide opportunities to explore math relationships such as classification; and provide support time. It is my mission to ensure that each child is ready for success in elementary school.

    Arielle and her family relocated from California in March of 2016, when she began her tenure at Las Colinas KinderCare.  She is a third generation educator and has been working in education since she was 19 years old.  Arielle has a young son, Maddox who is her inspiration.  It is in large part because of Maddox that she is so passionate about inspiring kids through learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching in afterschool programs and Pre-kindergarten
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA Liberal Studies; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in CA; MA Curriculum & Instruction
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Ms. Veronica started with KinderCare in 2003. She is currently our Early Foundation Infant teacher, though she has been in many classes since she has be with us. Ms. Veronica is married and has two beautiful children. We call her the baby whisperer because she has a calming nature for all babies. Ms. Veronica loves reading to the babies, spending one on one time speaking Spanish and loving on them.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Veronica worked at an elementary school working with young children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    My goal is to nurture you 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 ecnourage 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 edication, and I'm committed to making this first transtion away from home easy and natural for you and your child.

    Ms. Melissa started with Kindercare in 2015. She has become a wonderful addition. She cares very much for the children and their families. Her very caring and calming effect on the babies is necessary for an infant room.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Drew, Infants

    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.

    Ms. Drew is new to early childhood education, but has spent several years volunteering in an early childhood setting. She is a recent transplant to Texas.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fun with Dick and Jane
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Ayesha

    Ms. Ayesha, Infant Classroom

    My goal is to enhance learning through play using distinct areas of mathematics. creative arts, language, dramatic play, and sensory exploration. I will partner with you and your family to ensure ongoing communication. I will inform you of our themed monthly units so that you can share in you child's education.  In addition to caring for your infant, everything we do is designed for learning.

    Mrs. Ayesha has two children of her own. Her daughter lives in Chicago with her husband and grandson. Her son is here with her. She has been happily married for 30+ years.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Pre-Toddler Classroom

    My goal is to create a safe, nurturing "home away from home" where children can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique indentities.  I fill each day with fun activities that balance playtime, nurturing, and learning.  Communication is important to me, so you'll receive regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates, monthly newsletters, and scheduled parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Dee, Toddlers

    My goal is to enhance each child's learning by providing routines and activities that build their memory skills, problem-solving skills, and self-regulation skills.  I will focus on language development as a way to communicate and express throughts, feelings, and experiences. My classroom provides age-agppropriate activities and materials that develop each child's confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning.  I love doing creative arts projects with the children which helps them in all six areas of development, including their social and emotional development.

    Ms. Dee joined the Las Colinas KinderCare team in February of 2016 after a recent move to the area from Michigan.  She is currently working towards her associate's degree and intends to continue her education after that is completed.

    Previous Experience:
    Child care center at LifeTime Fitness
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow FIsh
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lesa, Discovery Preschool

    My goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences.  We build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers and strengthen conversation skills with group sharing and reading experiences.  We support cooperative play; use whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrate how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately.  We support pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourage creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulate imagination through storytelling and block-building.  I want to make sure that children are fully prepared for the next step!

    Ms. Lesa lives in the Irving area with her husband and children.  She joined the Las Colinas KinderCare team in February of 2016 and has been a wonderful addition.  Her previous child care experience includes working with young children in her church daycare.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Preschool

    My goal is to enhance your child's development by providing opportunities for independent exploration, structured activities, and a variety of hands-on learning experiences.  Each child will develop skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy and language, mathematics, science, Spanish, and social skills.  I adapt my teaching style and curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child.  For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children.  I recognize that children's backgrounds and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time, in the same way.  It is because of this that I am flexible and patient.

    Ms Alexis started with KinderCare in June of 2015 as the lead teacher for our Preschool program.  Her young daughter, Aubree, was first a student with us, which inspired Alexis to join our KinderCare family. She is the reason Ms Alexis is so passionate about teaching to each child's unique abilities and needs.  Ms Alexis' excitement for teaching really shines through the evidence of learning displayed throughout her classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. DeAdera, Preschool

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My goals is to prepare your child socially, emotionally, and academically for Kindergarten.  I provide numerous opportunities for your child to represent ideas through daily activities.  I will help your child develop social skills through character-building actvities to help identify emotions; have group discussions to practice sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings; and provide opportunities to cooperate, negotiate, problem-solve, and make independent choices. It brings me so much happiness to watch the children in my classroom reach their full potential.  Therefore, I am always encouraging them to think through and solve problems by investigating, estimating, and testing soluctions.  I also build daily outdoor activities into the schedule that are designed to get your child thinking and moving; and give your child many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge them.  I look forward to partnering with you in your child's Pre-kindergarten year.

    Ms. Susan started with KinderCare in 1995. She is our Private Prekindergarten teacher and has her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Susan has been a teacher for over 30 years and is wonderful with the children. She constantly has them engaged in learning, reading and active centers. Every week is different and is displayed in the classroom. Ms. Susan has them fully prepared for Kindergarten when it is time for them to start.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Susan spent 30 years working in private schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. YaMina

    Ms. YaMina, School-Age

    My goal is to create a relaxing and fun after-school environment that your child will eagerly look forward to attending. I provide regular homework support, daily fitness activities, hands-on learning experiences, and community outreach projects. I use club activities, the Classroom Council, group games, and events to develop leadership, planning, organizing, and team-building skills.

    Ms. Mina has had many years on experience in early childhood education. She has been with Kindercare for about a year now. She also teaches dance classes for kids.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    James and the Giant Peach
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

About Our Center

At Las Colinas KinderCare, we take great pride in providing a high-quality, early learning experience for each child that walks through our door.  Our open-door policy and friendly atmosphere encourages parents to take part in daily activities.  Not only do we host a variety of events each month so that parents have the opportunity to get to know other families in the center, but we also take part in many community events.  We are focused on providing children with the building blocks for learning and preparing them to be engaged in the world around them.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development)
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (Close early)
Christmas Day

*If the holiday falls on a weekend, we will be closed on the closest weekday.

Health and Safety

The staff at KinderCare Learning Center-Las Colinas take the Health and Safety of the children very seriously. We have a keypad entry at the front door to monitor who is coming and going.  Only parents are given the code and the management team is vigilant about checking to see who is coming in the front door at all times.

We have a well-maintained, beautiful playground. It is fenced and  the gates remain securely locked at all times.

All staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. The teachers who work with children under the age of two are required to have training in recognizing and preventing sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome, and are trained to understand early childhood brain development. All of our staff are required to obtain 24 clock hours of training annually.

Our center has an emergency preparedness plan and practices fire and emergency drills on a monthly basis and bad weather drills quarterly.

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.

We love it here! My daughter has been in the infant class since she was 7 weeks old and it has been such a blessing for her and our family!  The teachers are incredible, and really care for my daughter and all the kids in the class!  I love that they are so involved and treat every child like their own!  Ms. Veronica and Ms. Karina are always there in the morning to greet my daughter with a smile and excitement; so excited to see her and my husband or I when dropping her off.  They are always playing with the infants on the ground, encouraging them to be active and grow in their development using curriculum.  They truly care about the growth of each child and celebrate every victory.  I also feel the same when I come to pick her up with Ms. Melissa and Ms. Brittany.  I am so incredibly thankful for the teachers and the love they show my daughter every day.  Every day I go to work in peace, knowing she is well taken care of and loved.  Also, Ms Samantha is very involved at the center every day.  She is friendly and patient!  Every teacher there really makes every effort to get to know the families and build relationships with them; they are very hands on and friendly.  They really make a great team and I am lucky to have found such a great place for my daughter to continue to grow!

- Mother

- We moved to Irving, TX last year from our home country for an assignment with our son, Purav who was just 3 and half years old at that time. He was very small and was sad to have come so far away from all the relatives and friends back home. This was a new place and Purav had never interacted with anybody in the past in any language other than his mother tongue (non-English). After couple of visits and interaction with the Las Colinas, Kindercare Center Director and teachers, we finalized this center for our child as his first preschool.
Fortunately, Purav had no problem saying goodbye to his Dad in this center at drop off time and was always excited to show me his classroom and friends  To be honest, everything they said, was true and the love and affection that his teacher Ms Susan, Ms Jennifer and all others provided over this one year was more than anybody at home. Within few months, he started to understand emotions -- his own and others. He started using simple expressions -- "I'm sad!," "I'm happy!," "Great Idea!" to let us know how he was feeling. We found a dramatic improvement in his communication and social skills that was a major developmental milestone in a short period.
Its been a year now and we are moving back to our home country next week. I never thought that we will so easily find a place that will love and honor the child so much that it will remain as a beautiful experience that will stay in his soul as well as his mind for the entire life.

- Father

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