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Valley Ranch KinderCare

Paulene Carr, Center Director

504 Ranch Trail Irving TX 75063
(972) 831-1457 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Ranch Trail & MacArthur one block North of Post Office

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Valley Ranch, Tom Landry, Freeman, River Chase, Las Colinas, Universal Acadamy(Coppell location), Austin, Mockingbird, Uplift North Hills Prep

Each classroom in our school is staffed with caring, outgoing, and  passionate teachers. The lead teacher in each classroom holds either, a Degree in Education or a Child Development Associate Certificate. We dedicate ourselves on providing a top of the line Early Learning environment for your child.

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Welcome to your Valley Ranch KinderCare. We have been an active part of the community since 1994. We are very excited to meet your family. We pride ourselves on being an extended part of the families that we serve. We offer several family activities throughout the year to assist us in bringing your family closer to ours. KinderCare provides a curriculum that allows teachers to organize and structure their environment to meet the needs of each individual child in their classroom. Everyday we work on getting your child one step closer to being ready to join the public school system. We concentrate on whole body development which means that not only are we teaching them cognitive skills necessary for academic success, but also teaching them how to build social skills. Everyone that works in our school has a true passion for the advocation of early childhood education. Together we have over 120 years of experience. Again, I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our KinderCare family.
- Paulene Carr, Center Director

Paulene Carr, 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.


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.


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?

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

The teachers at the Valley Ranch KinderCare are dedicated and passionate about educating young children. We all see the importance that the first 5 years of a child's life is crucial in forming the person that they will ultimately become. We are fortunate to have several staff that have been with us for more than a decade. We pride ourselves on our staff's education. All of our lead teachers have either their Degree in Education or their Child Development Associate Certificate. At the end of the day, the children's success and happiness is due to teachers that have the passion to help these children reach their next development milestone.

  • Paulene Carr

    Paulene Carr, Center Director

    No matter what type of day I maybe having, just to see the smiles on the children's faces and to know each day they are being filled with countless amounts of knowledge makes my day that much better.

    Ms. Paulene is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and recently moved to Texas. She is single with no children, but was previously an adoptive parent. She has worked with KinderCare for a little over four years. Ms. Paulene loves what she does every single day: Working and engaging with your family in the their time here with us. To be given the opportunity to positively impact a child's life and the ability to guide them through the daily challenges of life is an unexplainable blessing. "Personally, I have to be in the presence of children each day because they make me more, LIVELY!!!"

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paulene has spent over twenty years in the Early Childhood Education industry. Within those years she has worked in a variety of environments: From being a nanny, to working in a public school district, to even working in a juvenile shelter, and now as our Center Director!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar!"
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Childcare Director Certificate, Child Development Associate's Credential, Certificate of Mastery
  • Ashlie Reid

    Ashlie Reid, Assistant Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning. To see the light bulb go off when a child is creating connections is the reason we do what we do!

    Ms. Ashlie is new to our KinderCare family, but has experience working in every classroom. She has a love for children of all ages and background, and looks forward to assisting in the developmental growth of each and every child enrolled here at KinderCare-Valley Ranch. She diligently works every single day to ensure a strong rapport is built between herself and every family that walks through the door. Ms. Ashlie strongly believes that it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion comes together, and that is her reasoning for working in this industry.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashlie has four years experience in both the public school setting and preschool environment. She is currently studying to Early Childhood Education and Business Management at Grand Canyon University.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential-Preschool, Currently Working Towards Her B.S. in Business Management and Early Childhood Education-6th Grade
  • Mr. Karrol, Discovery Preschool

  • Ms. Keandria

    Ms. Keandria, Infant

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

    Ms. Keandria is a new part of our KinderCare Valley Ranch family. She is expecting her first child and having that experience while working at KinderCare has only strengthened her desire to teach. Ms. Keandria is extremely passionate about the relationships she builds with each individual child and family. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Keandria has previous experience working in various different early childhood centers in the Dallas area. She has experience in all age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Work towards B.S. in Early Childhood Edu.
  • Ms. Malathi

    Ms. Malathi, Infant

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and  when he is old, he will not depart from it." -Proverbs 22:6

    Ms. Malathi was born in India. She is a mother of four children. Her husband is a chemistry professor. She comes from a Christian background, and she instill in her children a sense of integrity. Having a love for art she decided to become a biology teacher due to the extensive diagrams.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to KinderCare Ms. Malathi worked as a biology teacher in India.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Famous Five
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.S. in Education
  • Quanicia, Infant Classroom

    Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you've got something to share.
    -Steve Harvey

    I love being a teacher at KinderCare! It is such a joy to have a direct part of cultivating these young minds. No matter what classroom I'm placed in I find a connection with each individual child, and commit one-hundred percent to the advancement of their early childhood education. My future plans are to finish school, and become a Respiratory Therapist with focus on Pediatrics.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Arielle, Learning Adventures

    We are adults? When did that happen and how can we make it stop? -Grey's Anatomy

    I was born and raised in California. I am a third generation educator and love working with kids. I just moved to Texas at the end of March with my husband and son. I am a huge hockey fan and love the Los Angeles Kings. I am excited to be the Learning Adventure teacher and getting to teach and have fun with your children in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Arielle has previous taught and substituted in the public school setting for grades ranging Pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade. She has also taught as an interventiallist prior to joining the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Credentials in California, Masters in Education and Curriculum Instructions
  • Ms. Tuwonna, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Mr. Jamal, School Age Classroom

  • Ms. Chantale

    Ms. Chantale, School-Age Classroom

    God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change...Courage to change the things I can... and Wisdom to know the difference.

    Ms. Chantale has been a part of our family for a little over two years. She enjoys engaging the children with various exploratory projects that spark each individual child's need for cognitive growth. She loves being able to watch her students eyes widen as they are learning new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chantale has previously worked at other childcare facilities over the years. She has experience working with all age groups: infants on up to school-age.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Engine That Could"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Anjum

    Ms. Anjum, Infant Classroom

    Working with the children is so much fun! I especially enjoy it when they laugh and smile. Watching my babies learn and grow every single day is motivation enough to continue my career.

    Ms. Anjum has obtained her Masters Degree in Commerce. Although, she has worked with a variety of age groups, the infants have captured a special place in her heart. She loves to promote early literacy through interactive story time and has prided herself in  providing a welcoming environment in which her babies are free to explore.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anjum has previous experience in other daycare facilities as well as teaching mid-level secondary education. In the daycare setting she has worked with infants, six-weeks through age two.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Master's Degree in Commerce
  • Ms. Martha

    Ms. Martha, Preschool Classroom

    I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
    -Lily Tomlin as Edith Ann
    Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.

    I was born in Ennis, Texas. I am a mother of three children, and the proud grandmother of three. Being a mom is when my childcare experiences first began. I've also taught four years at a church being the Children's Sunday School teacher of various age groups teaching, nurturing and guiding them. I graduated from the University of Phoenix attaining my B.S. Science and B.S. Business Administration.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our KinderCare family, Ms. Martha was a Sunday-School Teacher for various age groups in a time span of four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Tiny Seed"
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelors of Science and Business Administration, Child Development Association Credential

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!

    2. Fall Festival

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Holiday Hours Vary, please see the front office for more specifics.
*New Year's Day
*Memorial Day
*Independence Day
*Labor Day
*Day After Thanksgiving
*Christmas Day

In addition to holiday closures, we dedicate time every year for employee's professional development. Please check with the front office to find out further information on when these days are.

Health and Safety

At The Valley Ranch KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. To ensure safety, not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked but all of our playgrounds are fenced and locked as well. In addition, our front door is a coded entry. Visitors must ring the doorbell where they will be greeted by a member of the staff. We also have a Health & Safety Coordinator, Ashlie Reid, on staff. Ashlie's duties include, but are not limited to, conducting monthly fire drills, keeping first aid kits stocked, conducting center safety checklists and playground checklists. She ensures that all staff are current on first aid and CPR training and helps us maintain high cleaning standards.

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.

First, I,  would like to say I have never experienced a childcare center quite like this! All of the teachers have been amazing since day one. I actually opted to bring my son here and spend more tuition than I would at a center right by my house. That is how much I loved the tour given to us by Ashlie, the Assistant Director. My son was greeted with loving open arms by every teacher here, even teachers who are not in the Infant room with him. Chantale is a dream she always stays with my son at the end of the day and keeps him company along with the Assistant Director, since sometimes I get caught in traffic right before they close. Keandria and Mrs. Anjum are also very amazing, they show my son love as if they are members of our family. I honestly couldn't have picked a better place for my son. I just got a job further away from the center and I wouldn't dream of moving my baby anywhere else. My 8 year old son has grown to love KinderCare as well he will be attending for the summer. All the teachers here are amazing. I was worried about putting my son in a childcare center, but I feel so comfortable here and so do my children! You will not regret this facility I can assure you of that!

- Mother

Z is an adventursome little guy keeping the staff at Kindercare Valley Ranch on their toes. If you turn your head for more then a second and he's off! Little jounts down to his classroom before time, playing hide and go seek and trying watering the books in the drinking fountains. He loves to play outside and his summer favorite the splash pad!  He feels so comfortable with the staff and loves to hug, laugh and play with them all day long. What makes him smile makes me happy!

- Mother

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