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Monument KinderCare

Heather Saintgeorges, Center Director

12040 McCormick Rd. Jacksonville FL 32225
(904) 641-1812 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Corner of Monument Road and McCormick Road

Neighborhood:
Corner of Monument Road and McCormick Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sabal Palm Elementary, Lone Star Elementary, and WaterLeaf Elementary

We are currently enrolling for all age groups and welcome you to come in and tour at your convenience!

Exclusive to KinderCare - New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience

Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program. Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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Welcome

Thank you for visiting KinderCare Learning Center of McCormick Rd website. These are exciting times in your child's life and these first years are the most important! We believe in the education of our youth and early childhood education is what we do best! The information you find here will help you to become familiar with all the great things that are happening at our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 904-641-1812 or stop by our center any time. Once again, thank you for choosing KinderCare, we look forward to partnering with you soon.

Heather Saintgeorges, 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.

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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.

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. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. Winter Gala

      Join us for our Annual Winter Gala! The children will be preforming winter songs and at the end we will have a secret visitor with cookies and hot chocolate.

Teachers & Staff

Nestled back under the oak trees off of McCormick Rd, our school has been an outstanding member of the Ft. Caroline community for over 25 years.  With over a combined 100 years of teaching experience, our teachers make each day memorable for every child in our school.

  • Heather Saintgeorges

    Heather Saintgeorges, Center Director

    I love working with children and families. I love leading a team of ladies that are excited about teaching our young children as I am. I also love knowing that the children we teach today are our future leaders of tomorrow.

    Ms. Heather Saintgeorges has been a director for over 10 years and in the Early Childhood Field for 20 years.  She began her career in Upstate NY where she was born.  Ms. Heather moved to Florida after meeting her husband who was in the Navy stationed at Mayport Naval Base.  Heather joined the KinderCare family at Old. St. Augustine Rd in 2013.  Heather believes in the education and development of young children. Heather stands behind the importance of developing "life long learners".

    Previous Experience:
    Heather was an Toddler teacher in 1998 at a private preschool in Hampton Virginia, She has also worked as a chef, and administration Assistant, and a Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" ~and she loved a little boy very, very much -even more than she loved herself~
    Year Started:
    9/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Director's Credential
  • Tess Interdonato

    Tess Interdonato, Assistant Director

    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Miss Kristian Montgomery

    Miss Kristian Montgomery, Infant

    Year Started:
    7/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    45 Hours Early Childhood Training
  • Ms. Mariah Shipe

    Ms. Mariah Shipe, Infant

    Year Started:
    3/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Jackie Mullis

    Ms. Jackie Mullis, Infant

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Tonya, Toddler

    Do unto others as you would do unto you.

    Tonya is a Jacksonville native, attending Andrew Jackson High School. She played basketball and was in the band. She continued her education at Florida State College of Jacksonville where she will graduate this Fall with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Tonya's favorite thing to do is play music. She can play three instruments, trumpet, alto sax and drums.

    Previous Experience:
    Tonya worked at a head start before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Three's Billy Goat's Gruff
    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Leah Sutherland

    Ms. Leah Sutherland, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Crystal Boyd

    Ms. Crystal Boyd, Discovery Preschool

    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Don't throw stones when you are living in a glass house.

    Francine grew up right here in Jacksonville. She has 5 children and 4 grandchildren, her youngest grandchild was born in November. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and has been working for KinderCare for over 16 years. Her favorite things to do is relax at home.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'm a Little Teapot
    Year Started:
    5/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Sharon King

    Ms. Sharon King, Prek-VPK

    Years in ECE industry:
    43 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Rachel Bolden

    Ms. Rachel Bolden, Prek-VPK

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Monique Collins

    Ms. Monique Collins, School Age Teacher - Floater

    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Denise Drigo

    Ms. Denise Drigo, Floater

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years

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. Thursday December 15, 2016
    1. Winter Gala

      Join us for our Annual Winter Gala! The children will be preforming winter songs and at the end we will have a secret visitor with cookies and hot chocolate.

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

About Our Center

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center at McCormick Rd. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We are confident that we can meet all of your early childhood educational needs. It is important to us that we help build the foundation for your child's education right here. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to help them discover the world around them. I hope you find all the information here helpful in your search for childcare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 904-641-1812 or stop by any time. We would love for you to join our family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

 Our center will be closed Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day,  and Independence Day. 

Health and Safety

Education and development are important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at Monument KinderCare. In addition to our keypad entry and fenced playground, we require that our staff is certified in CPR and First Aid. From First Aid training for emergency situations to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we have more than 100 years of experience ensuring that every child is happy and healthy. Our 1,700 KinderCare child care centers nationwide and vans and buses used for transportation all are designed with the safety and security of children in mind. Although scraped knees are a part of growing up, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in our secure, nurturing environment every day!

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just want to compliment the staff at the Monument location and how well they resolved the issues with my daughter's diaper changes.  Jennifer, center director, and Stacey and Kayla, infant room teachers, were so pleasant and proactive in coming up with a plan and executing it.  They took into consideration my daughter's individual needs and did whatever was necessary to make both her and I happy.  This has reconfirmed my trust and comfort in them providing care for her.  I greatly appreciate their efforts and appreciate them continuing to uphold the standards of KinderCare that I've known from not only my children attending the centers but also myself as a child as well.  Thanks ladies for all you've done, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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