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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, 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

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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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.

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

Spanish

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?

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 5 years. 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:
    4/8/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    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 Grantham University.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    6/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential-Preschool, Currently Working Towards Her B.S. in Business Management and Early Childhood Education-6th Grade
  • Lily

    Lily, Infant Classroom

    Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
    -Rita Pierson

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lily taught at Aswini Private School for two years and Primrose for a little over a year. She also taught in other school environments for various years, and now she is a part of our KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon"
    Year Started:
    5/21/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Diploma in Computer, Currently Studying B.A. English
  • Naheed

    Naheed, Infant Classroom

    Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
    -Andy Rooney

    Ms. Naheed has experience working in many different environments, but she has found that the infants are her favorite age group. She loves interacting with the children on a daily basis. Ms. Naheed especially enjoys the small details of her day such as when a child crawls to her when she enters the classroom or when a child starts to recognize where certain toys go.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Naheed has previously worked in several different hospitals including Baylor University Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She also taught high school for ten years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
    Year Started:
    4/24/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    M.S. Organic Chemistry, B.S. Respiratory Care Practioner, ACLS, BCLS
  • Quanicia

    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:
    1/2/2015
  • 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:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    2 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:
    10/23/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Commerce
  • Ms. Martha Barefield

    Ms. Martha Barefield, 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.
    -Unknown

    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:
    2/14/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science and Business Administration, Child Development Association Credential
  • Ms. Tuwona

    Ms. Tuwona, Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Classrooms

    I love the feeling that comes in my heart after one of my students expresses the joy they personally recieve from the new knowledge they have learned from discovery. It's a feeling that every teacher know!

    Ms.Tuwona has taught in several childcare facilities in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. She is fairly new to our area in Texas. Ms. Tuwona is certified to teach early childhood academic subjects such as: writing, reading, math, history, arts and science. Her top priorities are to incorporate fun and engaging strageties to promote, encouragement and entertain each individual child's physical, intellectual and social skills in the classroom. She is confident that parents will have a sense of ease knowing their child is learning and achieving at their best abilities in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tuwana has experience in teaching various different age groups as well as special education students. She also has experience in counseling and directorship that expands over several years.
    Year Started:
    4/17/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education-Cum Laude- With Dean's List Credentials, Associate's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. JoAnn

    Ms. JoAnn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Reach one, Teach one


    Ms. Joann has been working with children for the last two years and has been with KinderCare since August of last year. She has built up a strong rapport with her parents and her children are always delighted to see her. The learning discoveries her students make in Discovery Preschool are absolutely outstanding. She keeps them on a steady routine with plenty of room for exploration.  She has her CNA and other nursing certifications. She greatly enjoys what she does day in and day out.
     
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
    Year Started:
    8/8/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Certified Nurses Assistance and Certified Medical Assistance

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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

Holidays Observed

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

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