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Katy KinderCare

Ms. Sandra Kelly, Center Director

19510 Clay Rd. Katy TX 77449
(281) 550-1610 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rhoads, McRoberts, Walker, McFee, Sheridan, Wilson, Jowell

Welcome

Welcome to Katy KinderCare located in the Cypress Meadows/Westfield community. We are passionate about teaching and working closely with our families to provide individualized care for each of our students. Our teachers provide instruction, support, and encouragement to help each student develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. We go above and beyond to ensure that children are given the tools for success in school and later in life. Children will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating learning environment, they will also have support from a team of professionals who are passionate about education.
 
We want to share more about our center and our programs with you, and would love for you to visit our school. We look forward to speaking with you!
 
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Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our loving and devoted professionals at KinderCare are passionate about teaching and caring for young children. Our center is a nationally accredited child development program, which means our teachers exceed state minimum standards for education and ongoing professional development. Their lifelong love of learning is evident in their desire to stay abreast of new research and teaching techniques. Families meet with teachers three times per year to review their child’s progress, which is documented in our developmentally appropriate assessments, portfolios, and anecdotal notes about daily achievements. We feel privileged to work alongside families to form supportive and cooperative partnerships.

  • Ms. Sandra Kelly

    Ms. Sandra Kelly, Center Director

    Ms. Sandi has worked with KinderCare for several years. She spent time at Colorado State University, where she earned her degree. Ms. Sandi makes communication with families and staff her top priority, and considers the center's inviting personality a direct result of that. Ms. Sandi has always had a soft spot in her heart for every child that attends the center. Giving and receiving a hug from a child makes Ms. Sandi's day perfect!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandi has also worked as a lead Prekindergarten Teacher, a Learning Adventures Teacher, and Assistant Director for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    8/31/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Director's Certificate; Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yvette Olvera

    Ms. Yvette Olvera, Assistant Director

    Ms. Yvette feels that open communication with families and staff is key to keeping a center running smoothly. Her number one goal each day is to ensure that every child feels safe and welcome.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Yvette worked for a small daycare as a Preschool Teacher/Director for four years. At KinderCare, she has also worked as a Preschool Teacher and Program Specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Year Started:
    3/10/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Denise Patrick

    Ms. Denise Patrick, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Denise greatly enjoys working with children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Denise has worked 11 years in daycare, 17 years in Drivers Education, and six years as a school bus driver. Ms. Denise has also worked with NASA in their file room and front office while she was in high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2/12/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Ms. Gwen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Gwen's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides artistic tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity for infants to use under supervision; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Gwen provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where infants can explore and make new discoveries.  She appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and she is committed to making each first transition away from home as easy and natural for children and their families as possible.
      

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

    Year Started:
    8/12/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • Ms. Amanda Arter

    Ms. Amanda Arter, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has been taking care of children for as long as she can remember, starting with her own sibling and cousins. She adores young children for their boundless energy and enthusiasm for life. Ms. Amanda has one adult daughter and two sons, all of whom are the center of her world. Her hobbies are reading and cooking. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester

    Year Started:
    7/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    High School Diploma
  • Ms. Jenny, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jenny's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. Children in her class build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversation skills through group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Jenny supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She also supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.
      

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3/14/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Leigh

    Ms. Leigh, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teachers change the world one child at a time.

    Ms. Leigh's goal is to ensure the children progress through a scope and sequence of developmentally appropriate learning objectives and milestones during their time in her classroom. Children in her classroom have access to various activities throughout the day. Ms. Leigh enhances the curriculum theme through the Writing Center, assorted building blocks, other construction materials, props for dramatic play, books, paints, other art materials, and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Ms. Leigh encourages the exploration of the physical properties of materials; uses daily calendar activities to teach about sequence of events, patterns, and routines; and supports the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, making predictions, testing, and drawing conclusions. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chick Boom Boom by Bill Martin

    Year Started:
    3/21/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Brittany Hayes

    Ms. Brittany Hayes, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Brittany enjoys working with children--their excitement for learning always fills her day with joy!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany worked as a Toddler Teacher for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

     And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Degree from Johnson M. Wells University

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Friday February 10, 2017
Share the Love event

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Come stop by and share the love!  Stop by each class to see the love in the air and take home a keepsake.

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

About Our Center

Welcome to the Katy KinderCare web page! KinderCare Learning Centers are constantly exceeding the highest national standards while leading the way in early childhood education. Our Early Foundations® programs are designed with specific outcomes in mind and each activity aligns with learning standards backed by industry experts. Our approach to early learning provides a balance between activities that emphasize choice and those that focus on structure. We also share tools to further a love of learning at home. Find out more by visiting our blog to find activities to do with your child, age-appropriate reading lists, and healthy recipes. We invite you to schedule a tour time that is convenient for you or to stop by anytime. The best way to truly understand what makes us special is to come see for yourself!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures. 

Health and Safety

Our top priority at Katy KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. Your child's security begins at the front door, where we have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter. All side doors are kept locked to ensure the security of the building.
 
Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. Every teacher and staff member is trained in infant and child CPR and first aid. The center participates in routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline, guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care.
 
If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child's well-being while in our care. We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare.

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

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I can't say enough nice things about the Katy KinderCare. There are still good people in this world and I'm blessed to have them in my daughter's life!

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