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Old St Augustine Rd KinderCare

Heather Saintgeorges, Center Director

4310 Barkoskie Rd. Jacksonville FL 32258
(904) 262-3034 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
S of I-295 off Old St Augustine Rd 1/4 mile past Lowe's

Neighborhood:
Next to Lowes and right Pass the KFC

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenland-Pines, Loretto, St Josephs, Crown Point, and Mandarin Oaks

Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center of Mandarin, Florida. 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 904-262-3034 or stop by any time. We would love for you to join our family!

Heather Saintgeorges, Center Director

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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.

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.

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Teachers & Staff

Our school has a group of dedicated teachers whose main goal is to nurture and encourage all the children in our care.

  • Heather Saintgeorges

    Heather Saintgeorges, Center Director

    Every day is about making a difference. I was drawn to  this field because I love children. They are the future of our nation and I am happy to be a part of their growth and development. The future begins today not tomorrow.

    Ms. Heather Saintgeorges has been a director for over 10 years and in the Early Childhood Field for 15 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".    

    Year Started:
    9/21/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Advanced Director's Credential
  • Karen Howell

    Karen Howell, Assistant Director

    I enjoy working with children and families. It gives me great pleasure to watch each child grow and develop into a young member of their community.

    Karen has been with KinderCare since February of 2013. She is a mother of three children and has been a KinderCare parent for the past ten years. Karen is very passionate and committed to meeting the educational and social needs of today's children.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science
  • Ms. Ashley Barker

    Ms. Ashley Barker, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Ashley has been working with Kindercare since 2014.  She currently holds the Health and Safety Coordinator position.  Ashley is a great team player and is willing to go the extra mile our KinderCare team and families.  Ashley would like to pursue her Early Childhood Credential this year.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Shala

    Ms. Shala, Infant Classroom

    What inspires me the most about teaching is nurturing the child. It's a great joy in my live! I love the relationships that I build with the children and their families.

    Ms. Shala has been here at KinderCare for 20 years as the Infant teacher. She feels one of life's most precious gifts is a child. Ms. Shala feels that as a teacher here at KinderCare it is a gift that parents let her nurture and teach their little ones.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Toddler Classroom

    To make even the smallest positive difference in a child's life is most inspiring.

    Ms. Tricia has worked in early childcare for 29 years, 28 of those years here at KinderCare. She has worked in all different age groups, however she feels her favorite by far is the toddlers where she currently is the lead teacher. She feels this is her calling in life because she is very nurturing and caring and she loves children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1987
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Toddler

    Ms. Megan started with KinderCare in 2013.  She enjoys teaching the Toddlers.  Ms. Megan teaches our 12 month to 18 month children.  Megan has one child of her own.  Megan is working towards her Child Development Associates Credential. 

    Year Started:
    10/31/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jalana

    Ms. Jalana, Toddlers

    Ms. Jalana began her career in 2014 with KinderCare.  She works in many of our classrooms but spends most of her time with the Toddlers.  Jalana is a great communicator with her parents and she loves to have fun with the children.  Jalana is working on her Child Development Associates Credential.

    Year Started:
    4/7/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Toddler 2

    Ms. Kristy started with KinderCare in 2014.  Kristy teaches our older Toddlers Ages 18 months to 24 months.  Kristy is currently working on her Child Development Associates Credential.  Kristy ensures every child in her class is well loved.  Kristy loves to do lots of messy art with her students. 

    Year Started:
    2/25/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Mchelle

    Ms. Mchelle, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Michelle is our Discovery Preschool teacher.  She has worked for KinderCare for over 25 years.  Michelle is a wonderful 2 year old teacher.  She believes all children should have the opportunity to develop and learn in a environment meant for small hands. 

    Year Started:
    9/11/1990
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Associates Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool

    Ms. Melissa began her career with KinderCare in 2013.  She has worked with young children for 13 years.  Melissa looks at each child individually and trys to find the best way to help them learn.  Melissa believes every child should have the opportunity to learn at their own pace in an environment that is encouraging growth and challenging at the same time.  

    Year Started:
    11/18/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Mel

    Ms. Mel, Preschool

    Ms. Mel has been with KinderCare for over 20 years.  She is passionate about the children's education and works hard to develop long lasting relationships with her students and families.  Mel is all about "paying it forward", every child feels special in her class. 

    Year Started:
    4/15/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    There is always something new -- someone learns their letter sounds, someone can count to 20, and I am able to watch it all happen.

    Ms. Nancy started working at KinderCare in 1988. She started working in the toddler room and then moved to the Two's and then Three's classroom. After 10 years with the Three's program I transitioned to the Four's and she has been working with that age group for 12 years. Ms. Nancy earned here Child Development Associate's credential in 1996. She considers teaching Voluntary Prekindergarten a very important part of her life. She joys seeing the children progress as they get ready for Kindergarten and she loves being part of that process.

    Year Started:
    6/1/1988
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. BJ

    Ms. BJ, Prekindergarten

    Ms. BJ started with KinderCare in 2014 but she is no stranger to the Early Childhood Field.  BJ works tirelessly with her children trying to make each and every day count.  BJ believes Prekindergarten is the foundation to every child's educational journey and future. 

    Year Started:
    6/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infants

    Ms. Ashley started with KinderCare in 2013.  Ashley works in the evening in our Infant room. Ashley strives to always have great communication with her infant parents.  She greets every family with a smile and makes them feel welcome at our school. 

    Year Started:
    10/1/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Nell

    Ms. Nell, Chef

    Ms. Nell holds a special key to our school, she makes sure that every child has a healthy, nutritional hot lunch.  Nell takes the time every day to speak with the students in our school.  She always greets them with a big smile and a warm hug.  Nell has a way of making every child feel special.

    Year Started:
    11/21/1988
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27
  • Ms. Ashlee

    Ms. Ashlee, Toddlers

    Ms. Ashlee has worked in the Early Childhood Field for 2 years.  She is currently working with our Toddlers.  Ashlee loves that everyday brings a new adventure with her wonderful students.  Ashlee is currently working towards her Early Childhood Credential.

    Year Started:
    8/25/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Enrolled in Early Childhood Credential

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About Our Center

Nestled on a quiet street next to Old. St. Augustine Rd, our school has been an outstanding member of the Mandarin community for over 20 years.  With over a combined 225 years of teaching experience, our teachers make each day memorable for every child in our school. 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day after, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but also all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available for visitors who will be greeted by Center Management. At Old St. Augustine KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare for 1 year her role includes conducting monthly fire drills and lock down procedures, and maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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 have two children that are attending KinderCare here in Mandarin, my son started at six weeks old, finished Voluntary Prekindergarten here and attends as a School Age student. My daughter also started as an infant and currently is in the Voluntary Prekindergarten class. I feel the parents and staff and are my extended family. It is a very pleasant and safe learning environment. I highly recommend KinderCare for your child's learning experience.

- Mother

My child has been attending KinderCare for about a year now. Coming from an in-home daycare, the staff at KinderCare made the transition for my child a pleasant and comfortable one. The staff has always been professional, informative and friendly. I feel the staff has always put the needs and safety of my child first. I can see through my child the care he is receiving; he is always happy and excited to go to school. It is a refreshing feeling to know by child is in safe hands while I am at work.

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