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Baymeadows KinderCare

Amanda Forbes-Lankford, Center Director

8401 Baymeadows Way Jacksonville FL 32256
(904) 730-9181 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Baymeadows in Business Park

Baymeadows Rd. and Phillips Hwy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Twin Lakes academy, Beaucler elementary, Duval Charter or Baymeadows, Duval Charter of Mandarin and Duval Charter of Southside

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Thank you for visiting KinderCare Learning Center of Baymeadows 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 904-730-9181 or stop by our location any time. Once again, thank you for choosing KinderCare, we look forward to partnering with you soon.

Amanda Forbes-Lankford, Center Director

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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


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.


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.


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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  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

We are a fun loving group of ladies that encourage, support and empower each other daily. We love what we do each and everyday and are excited to bring our love of teaching to your child.

  • Amanda Forbes-Lankford

    Amanda Forbes-Lankford, Center Director

    I love coming to work and being greeted with smiles and hugs. There's no greater blessing with children and their unconditional love.

    Amanda has been with KinderCare since June 2009. She started out as a Preschool/ Pre Kindergarten teacher and worked her way up as the Assistant Director and then the Director. Amanda has a combined total of 8 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She started her career back in 2007 when she was a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for a local school in Georgia. She has lived in Georgia, Texas, Maryland and just recently moved to Jacksonville in 2014.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood in 2008 and is currently enrolled to receive her Masters in Education Administration.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare Amanda worked at a private center in the Preschool Classroom.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Director's Credential
  • Jennifer Peters, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amy D.

    Ms. Amy D., Infant Class

    Dance like you would when nobody is around.

    Amy has been working with KinderCare for a year now and has worked in the Infant and Toddler classrooms. Amy is married and has a son who is 6 years old. Since her usband is in the military she has had the opportunity to work and live in South Korea. Amy prides herself on being a loving, loyal and honest person.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3.5 years
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Rikki

    Ms. Rikki, Infant Class

    In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

    Rikki  began her early childhood career with KinderCare in November 1996. Rikki has worked in all classrooms, she began as an infant teacher and worked her way up to an administrator. She feels that each day brings a new challange as she participates in the growth and develompment of  the children in her care. As a parent and grandparent she undersand the need for a safe and nurturing environment for each child to thrive in. Rikki has began her journey to obtain her CDA and will be completed by the fall of 2015.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on her CDA
  • Ms. Amanda K

    Ms. Amanda K, Infant Class

    You can succeed at anything in life if you put your mind to it.

    Amanda has had the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities . She is a compasionate, responsible and energentic teacher. She enjoys watching the children grow and devolop everyday.  She believes we can acheive this by providing hands on activiteis, encouraging team work and imagination in the classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working with KinderCare Amanda has worked with individuals that had a variety of disablities and was also a nanny.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Mia

    Ms. Mia, Toddler Class

    The biggest joy in the world is to see a child reach a goal.

    Mia has been working in the Early Childhood Field for ten years and has been working at KinderCare for two and a half years. She has worked with many age groups over her career. Her favorite age group to work with is the one year olds/ Toddlers. She really enjoys working with this age group because they learn quickly and soak up all the information you are willing to give them.  Mia believes that being a teacher is a great challenge but is also very rewarding.  She loved when her children come into the class every morning with smiles and hugs for all.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Symone

    Ms. Symone, Preschool Class

    Never let the fear of stricking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

    Symone has been working with children since she was 16 years old. It started out as just babysitting and quickly became a passion and she knew that is what she wanted to do with her career.  Symone has been teacher for three and a half years now. She is currently working on going back to school to get her Associates degree and then her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Symone has worked with many age groups but thourouly enjoys working with the three's and four year old.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA working towards her Associates
  • Ms. Deatrice

    Ms. Deatrice, Floater

    Be the change that you wish to see in the world!

    Dee has been working in the Early Childhood Feild for 3 years. As a young girl she knew that she wanted to work with children. Dee feels that the early yars are the most important in a childs education. She loves being able to teach the children through play and geeting down on each childs level when interacting. She is currently enrolled in classes to get her CDA. Dee looks forward to meeting you and your child.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on her CDA
  • Ms. Robin, VPK Class

    Why fit in when you were born to stand out! Dr. Seuss

    Robin negan working in the ECE field after enrolling my son in a VPK program. Robin wanted to become more involved with not only her sons education but other children as well.  She loves challenging her students with fun hands on activities that get them excited about learning. She also likes to get them exploring the world around them.  She believes that they are our future and we need to step them up for success.

    Previous Experience:
    Robin previously worked at La Petite Academy andO2B Kids.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA and Director's Credential
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, VPK Classroom

    A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. Ever Garrison

    Ms. Donna has been working in the Early Childhood firled for 13 years. She has always worked with the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten age.  Donna has a passion for working with children and helping them acheive greatness. Donn could not imagine doing anything else other than working with children.  She has two sons of her own they are 23 and 29.  She also loves chicken wings and Coke Cola.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, School-Age

    Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.

    Ms. Sharon is orginally from Georgia, which is where her Early Childhood Education experience began. She worked with children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. She has worked in many different positions during her years of experience. Sharon lived in texas for 2 years and worked as a pre-K teacher for a Private Christian Academy. Sharon and her family moved to Jacksonville in January 2015. She is married and has two sons and two daughters. She is also a proud grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.  She truly enjoys teaching and working with children.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

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 all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. 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 Baymeadows KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Amy's role includes conducting monthly fire drills and lock down procedures, ensuring that all staff's first aid and CPR certifications are all up to date 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.

My daughter is almost three years old; she has been enrolled at Baymeadows KinderCare since she was threre months old. The progress she has made since day one is much more than I could have anticipated for such a young child. To name a few accomplishments, my daughter knew some sign language at age six months; she was reciting the alphabet weeks before her second birthday, she knows all her basic shapes and she can count to 20. Although these are commendable things for my daughter, it isn’t the only reason my family and I think so highly of the center. The director, assistance director and teachers have all played an integral part in my daughter’s education and social skills. I would recommend this center to anyone who wants the confidence that their child is receiving quality care while they are there.

- Mother

My family moved here from Indiana with our son who was diagnosed with Autism. I called and researched many facilities that told me they didn't have the time for my son or they didn't want him. When I called KinderCare Baymeadows they didn't care what he had, they wanted to help him! He has now been there two weeks and is like a whole different kid! He is paying attention more, learning so much and is having fun! I will forever be grateful to Jen, Kelsey and Ms. Ashley for being so open to taking in my son and making him a part of their KinderCare family! P.S. I was so pleased with the results from my son, my two-year-old daughter is now starting in two weeks!

- Mother

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