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Valley Ranch KinderCare

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

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, and we offer several family activities throughout the year to bring your family closer to ours. KinderCare provides a curriculum that allows teachers to organize and structure the environment to meet the needs of each individual child in their classroom. Every day 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 cognitive skills necessary for academic success, but we are also teaching how to build social skills. Everyone that works in our center has a true passion for advocating early childhood education. Together, our staff has over 120 years of experience. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our KinderCare family.

Ms. Paulene Carr, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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

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 because we know that the first five years of a child's life are 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 and pride ourselves on our staff's education. All of our lead teachers have either a degree in education or a Child Development Associate Credential. At the end of the day, our teachers are ultimately passionate about helping all children reach their next development milestone.

  • Ms. Paulene Carr

    Ms. Paulene Carr, Center Director

    No matter what type of day I may be having, just to see the smiles on the children's faces and to know each day they are being introduced to countless amounts of knowledge makes my day that much better. Personally, I have to be in the presence of children each day because they make me more lively!

    Ms. Paulene is an Oklahoma native, but has been living in the DFW region for almost four years. She has worked with KinderCare for a little over six years. Ms. Paulene loves what she does every single day: working and engaging with your family in your time here with us. To be given the opportunity to positively impact a child's life and to guide them through the daily challenges of life is an unexplainable blessing. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paulene has spent over 20 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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4/8/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Childcare Director's Certificate, Child Development Associate Credential, Certificate of Mastery
  • Ms. Ashlie Reid

    Ms. Ashlie Reid, Assistant Director

    "Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning. To you it may seem minute, but to a child, it means the world.

    Ms. Ashlie is a true Texas native. She has worked with KinderCare going on two years now. Ms. Ashlie has a passion for teaching children that is displayed through her everyday interactions with current and potential families. It gives her profound joy to see children grow every day. There is no such thing as an ordinary work day for Ms. Ashlie, because each moment she has with a child is another opportunity to positively impact his or her life and leave impressions that will last a lifetime. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashlie has over five years experience in the early childhood education industry. Within those years, she has worked in a variety of environments--from being a babysitter to working in the public school district.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    6/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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 my motivation to continue my career.

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

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anjum has previous experience in other daycare facilities as well as in teaching mid-level secondary education. In daycare settings, she has worked with infants ranging in age from six weeks old to two years old.
    Year Started:
    10/23/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Commerce
  • Ms. Malathi

    Ms. Malathi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Malathi was born in India. She is a mother of four children and her husband is a chemistry professor. She comes from a Christian background, and she instills in her children a sense of integrity. While she has 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 by Enid Blyton

    Year Started:
    1/20/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Mr. Karrol

    Mr. Karrol, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Karrol is a dedicated educator and child care specialist whose favorite age group to work with is children ages 18-36 months old. Mr. Karrol is a former radio broadcaster, who discovered his passion for education while volunteering to teach literacy skills to under-served children in our nation's capital. Shortly afterward, Mr. Karrol underwent an extensive course of training at Howard University to prepare him for a career in education. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Karrol has worked at various different types of educational facilities throughout the years. He was worked with all ages, from infants to school-age children, but his passion is teaching two-year-olds.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential with a Concentration in Infants/Toddlers (In Progress)
  • Ms. Martha

    Ms. Martha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Martha was born in Ennis, Texas, and is the mother of three children and the proud grandmother of three as well. Her child care experiences first began when she became a mom. Ms. Martha has also taught four years at a church as the Sunday school teacher of various age groups, where she spent time teaching, nurturing, and guiding all the children in attendance. She graduated from the University of Phoenix where she obtained her two degrees.

    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 by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/14/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Science; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. TuWona

    Ms. TuWona, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the feeling that comes in my heart after one of my students express the joy they receive from the knowledge that stems from the many discoveries of learning. It is a feeling that every teacher knows well.

    Ms. TuWona has taught in several early childhood learning centers in the Indianapolis and Dallas area. Ms. TuWona is qualified to teach each childhood education academic subjects such as: writing, reading, mathematics, history, art, and science. Her top priorities are to use fun and interesting ways to promote, encourage, and enhance each child's mental, physical, and social skills in the classroom. Also, Ms. TuWona is confident that parents will be relieved and stress free knowing their child is learning and achieving at their best abilities in her classroom. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. TuWona has over 30 years of experience in teaching students from all developmental backgrounds. She has worked with children with special needs, counseled children, and held a directorship which expanded over the years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mama Zoom by Jane Cowan-Fletcher

    Year Started:
    4/17/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Mr. Jamaal

    Mr. Jamaal, School Age Classroom

    I live in hope, but not in fear

    Jamaal graduated with his bachelor of art in Psychology and a Master’s in School Social Work from Norfolk State University. Currently, this is his 8th year working for a Public Education School System. He worked his first five years as a school social worker in Moriarty-Edgewood School District and will be entering his third year as a Behavior Specialist in Texas. As a License Master Social Worker and now a Behavior Specialist his core responsibilities are to advocate and work collaboratively with staff members, families and children. He enjoys conducting groups and providing support for children and families in need. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jamaal has worked in various classroom school districts as a school social worker and behavior specialist. He is new to the early childhood aspect of classroom teaching, however, he has found a love with mentoring the school age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Sampson and Delilah Story 

    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Chantale

    Ms. Chantale, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Chantale enjoys engaging the children with various exploratory projects that fulfill 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 child care facilities over the years. She has experience working with all age groups, from infants to school-age children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

    Year Started:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
  • Ms. Ke'Asha

    Ms. Ke'Asha, Floater

    Every day in the classroom is a new adventure for me, and I wouldn't be anywhere else! Every morning I wake up so excited to see the smiling faces of the families at KinderCare Valley Ranch.

    Ms. Ke'Asha has been in the early childhood field for the past eight years. She was born and raised in East Stockton California, and attended the University of The Pacific to study Theatre and Applied Mathematics. From there she moved to Dallas and became a vital part of our KinderCare family. Ms. Ke'Asha has a passion for the artistic side of education that goes beyond the classroom setting. She instills in the children a love for learning that extends from her exuberant personality. Outside of teaching, she loves going hiking, kayaking, and playing soccer. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ke'Asha has worked with all age groups, from infants to school-age children. However, her heart is in teaching the rambunctious two-year-olds.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

    Year Started:
    11/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Some College
  • Mr. Omar Gonzalez

    Mr. Omar Gonzalez, Floater

    "Never give up, even if the going gets harder.

    Mr. Omar comes from a Mexican and Nicaraguan background. He is very athletic and loves every sport. He was the youngest to graduate high school and college in his family. Fluently he speaks both English and Spanish, and is strengthening his verbal skills in Mandarin and French. Omar realized his passion was working with children after being a summer camp counselor and saving a child from drowning. Although he's new to the education field, Mr. Omar has a passion for teaching children that is emitted through his every day work with our Preschool and School Age children. 

    Previous Experience:
    This is Mr. Omar's first time working with younger children; however, he has mentored and tutored high school and college students in the past. He has also taken care of children within his family and community through various different activities.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    Year Started:
    2/3/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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 various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Telugu, Urdu

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 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 has a coded entry system. 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, and 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 child care center quite like this one! 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 Ms. Ashlie, the Assistant Director. My son was greeted with loving, open arms by every teacher here, even teachers who are not in the Infant Classroom with him. Ms. 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. Ms. Keandria and Ms. 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 eight-year-old son has grown to love KinderCare as well, and he will be attending for the summer. All the teachers here are amazing. I was worried about putting my son in a child care 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

My Z is an adventuresome little guy who keeps the staff at Kindercare Valley Ranch on their toes. If you turn your head for more than a second, he's off! Little Z jaunts down to his classroom ahead of time, playing hide-and-go-seek. 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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