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Julington Creek KinderCare

Nichole Franco, Center Director

200 North Ridgecrest Lane Jacksonville FL 32259
(904) 287-3211 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Located Behind Goodwill and Little Caesars Pizza (Center is hidden)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Julington Creek, Durbin Creek, Hickory Creek, Cunningham Creek, and Patriot Oaks


Thank You for choosing KinderCare Learning Center of Julington Creek.  We are excited to be a part of your child's first years of education.  These years are the most important years of your child's learning experiences.  We are confident in reaching all your child's educational needs, and growing the whole child in Social, Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical development.  The information here will help you become more familiar with our center and the exciting things that are going on at our center.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (904) 287-3211 or stop by our center anytime.  Thank you again for choosing our KinderCare, we look forward to partnering with you and your family soon!

Nichole Franco, 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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

The staff here at Julington Creek KinderCare are dedicated to Educational Excellence. We are committed to making sure we develop the whole child Social, Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical. Many of our staff members have worked with KinderCare Education for over 10 years.

  • Nichole Franco

    Nichole Franco, Center Director

    I believe that we have the most amazing and important job. There is nothing better than watching the children we care for grow and reach milestones. I love working with our children, families and staff each day and creating a family environment.

    Laurie completed her Associate's of Applied Sciences for Early Childhood Education in 1999 and began working for KinderCare in August 2001. She was the Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare of Eatontown, New Jersey for six years and was promoted to Program Specialist in 2007. After five years as the Program Specialist, Laurie made the journey from New Jersey to Florida to become the Assistant Director of our center here in Julington Creek. After receiving her Florida Director's Credential, Laurie became the Center Director in May 2012.  In her spare time Laurie enjoys spending time with her husband Ed and daughter Hannah. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time at the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Laurie gained her management experience as an Assistant Manager for Gap Inc. while completing their work study program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go!
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Director's Credential, Associate's of Applied Science Degree for Early Childhood Education
  • Jackie Scott

    Jackie Scott, Assistant Director

    Jackie is the proud mother of four children Jenna, Lacey, Miranda, and Austin and grandmother to a beautiful grandaughter Scarlett.  Jackie has lived in California before relocating to Florida in 2012. In her spare time Jackie enjoys sewing, gardening, and collecting sea shells. Jackie loves spending time with her husband and dogs Baxter and Bella at the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Jackie began her career in Early Childhood Education as a Preschool Teacher. She has also worked as a Toddler Teacher. In November of 2008 Jackie joined KinderCare as an Assistant Director of KinderCare in El Dorado Hills California. Jackie relocated to Jacksonville in 2012 and has worked at several locations in the Jacksonville area as both an Assistant and Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA Child Developement
  • Ms. Carrol

    Ms. Carrol, Infant Classroom

    'I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.' -Whitney Houston

    Ms. Carroll has worked with children of all ages. She has been a Nanny, a Preschool and Infant teacher as well as owned her own family in-home daycare for over a decade. She enjoys teaching children and has also been a troop leader to Brownies and Girl Scouts. She has four adult children and is blessed with eight grandchildren which she refers to as her eight wonders of the world!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Krista

    Ms. Krista, Infant Classroom

    Krista enjoys working with our infants. Her favorite thing is to make them smile and laugh. Krista enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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

    Ms. Julie, Toddler Classroom

    I have a passion for the toddlers. They are tender-hearted and have so much to learn!

    Ms. Julie has worked for KinderCare in the Toddler room since 2004 and has a passion for this age group. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Julie is fun, loving, and full of songs, dances, and activities to keep her little ones busy learning. Circle time and reading stories are some of her favorite times of the day. She is on the floor a lot and gets up close and personal with her toddlers. The parents and children love her!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare of Julington Creek Julie worked as a teacher at our Flemming Island location. Julie has prior experience working as both an Assistant Director as well as a Center Director. Julie has two beautiful children and enjoyed being a stay at home mom for years.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Trudy

    I believe that children are our future; teach them well.

    Trudy has two beautiful children Alexa 15 and Evan 12. She has been married for 18 years and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time. Trudy also enjoys going to the beach, swimming, and walking. Trudy relocated to Florida from Connecticut in August of 2014.

    Previous Experience:
    Trudy was a stay at home mom for 15 years before joining KinderCare. During this time she also ran her own home day care business.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Mon
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Elaine

    'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' -Maya Angelou

    Elaine has been in early childhood education for 11 years. She loves to help others solve problems. She gets joy in watching children grow and reach milestones. She LOVES to teach.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Elaine worked as a paraprofessional at a behavioral pediatric facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon, A Chair For My Mother
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Preschool Classroom

    'The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.' -William Arthur Ward

    The love of family is very important to Renee.  She is a wife to her husband Rodregus for 13 years and the proud mother of two very smart and loving girls, Railey, 12 and Ramsee-Renee, 7.  Renee has been a resident of St. Johns for five years. Renee loves  art and finding new books for her students to enjoy.

    Previous Experience:
    Black History Program Coordinator Cultural Art Directory 3 Years Winholt Elementary School Lead PreSchool Teacher - Cornerstone Gwinnette County Day School - Duval County Lead 3 Year Old Old Teacher All Kidz Learning Center - Duval County
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Books By : Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    45 Credential Hours DCF
  • Ms. Majlinda

    Ms. Majlinda, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom B

    Majlinda is originally from Alberia and has been living in Jacksonville since May of 2004. She is happily married and has two beautiful children, her daughter Elena, 8 and son Sabribno, 4. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family. She has years of experience working in the field of early childhood education and holds a Bachelors in Language and Literacy.

    Previous Experience:
    Taught Preschool for seven years in an early childhood setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand, Happy Birthday Moon, Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Language and Literacy and Child Developement Associate
  • Ms. Yrene

    Ms. Yrene, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Yrene is our VPK teacher. She has been with KinderCare for 13 years and holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Ms. Yrene was a teacher for three years in Lima, Peru. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to coming to work at KinderCare, Ms. Yrene was a teacher in Lima, Peru for three years.
    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children grow and develop and knowing that I was a part of that.

    Ms. Colleen is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut. She relocated to Florida in 2004 with her husband and three children. Ms. Colleen graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1994 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. After graduation, Ms. Colleen was a substitute teacher and then a prekindergarten teacher. She stayed home with her children for the next thirteen years. When they were all in school she returned to the profession she loved, teaching. Ms. Colleen has enjoyed being a Prekindergarten teacher and Learning Adventures teacher at KinderCare for the past four years. Her passion and commitment are evident in her classroom every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Colleen has previous experience working as a Prekindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor's of ArtsBachelor's of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Albanian, Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

We provide a safe and healthy environment for all children.  Our Center is 100% CPR and First Aid certified.  We are a peanut free center.  We offer a special dietary menu for children with allergies and special dietary preferences.  We have a keypad code entry system and our playgrounds are gated in with locks.

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.

We wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you for everything you have done to make our child's first week such a success.  I have never had a week like this with her at daycare.  We have seen a change in her for the better and we wanted to let you know that it was so appreciated.  Never has our daughter walked in a room from drop off before, or wanted to go back after pickup.  We are so thrilled that she is at a place that loves, nourishes, and cares for her.  We know that there are many people involved here, and wanted to make sure that everyone knew how happy we are and how happy we are to be part of the KinderCare family!

- Parents

I just wanted you to know what a blessing you and KinderCare have been to me! Ms. Yrene, I want you to know that I was so touched knowing that you personally wanted to help my daughter with her school work, I walked to my car fighting back the tears.  You just don't find people these days that actually care, and you all really care.  I just wanted to say thank you!

- Mother

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