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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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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


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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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Director's Credential
  • Jennifer Peters, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on her CDA
  • 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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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