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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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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

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

Ms. 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  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.

  • Ms. Paulene Carr

    Ms. 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Childcare Director Certificate, Child Development Associate's 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." -Mom

    Ms. Ashlie is a true born Texas native. She has worked with KinderCare going on two years. Ms. Ashlie has a passion for teaching children that is displayed through her every day 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 their life and leave impressions that will last a lifetime. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashlie has spent 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 a public school district, and now as our Assistant Center Director!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    6/9/1915
    Tenure:
    101 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Karrol

    Mr. Karrol, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Mr. Karrol is a dedicated educator and childcare specialist, who's favorite age group to work with is children ages 18-36 months. Ms. Karrol is a former radio broadcaster, who discovered his passion for education, while volunteering to teach literacy skills to under-served children in our nations capital. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Karrol underwent an extensive course of training at Howard University to prepare him for 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
    Year Started:
    9/26/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate in Infants/Toddlers In Progress
  • 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:
    1/20/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33
    Education:
    B.S. in Education
  • 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:
    2/11/2013
    Tenure:
    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:
    10/23/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    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. -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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science and Business Administration, Child Development Association Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

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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