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Cinco Ranch KinderCare

Ms. Chandra Donaldson, Center Director

2650 South Peek Rd. Katy TX 77450
(281) 392-2650 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Roosevelt Alexander, Joella Exely, Edna Mae Fielder, James E. Williams, Odessa Kilpatrick

Welcome

Welcome to the Cinco Ranch KinderCare, where children and families encounter an engaging and passionate world of learning. We offer meaningful and memorable moments by leading with the heart! We firmly believe that every minute counts as an opportunity for our children to develop and grow in a safe, nurturing, and caring environment.  Families here in Katy with children ages six weeks to 12 years old will find a solution to all their educational and child care needs at our Cinco Ranch center.  We invite you to schedule a tour to learn more about our excellent programs and to meet our friendly and experienced teachers and staff. We look forward to meeting your family soon and welcoming you to our school.
 
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Ms. Chandra Donaldson, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

We strive toward making memorable and meaningful moments by leading with the heart. Many of our staff members have a child development associate credential or a higher degree. Our teachers and staff receive ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure that we do what is best for children.

  • Ms. Chandra Donaldson

    Ms. Chandra Donaldson, Center Director

    Make every day count!

    Ms. Chandra's goal is to provide children with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, and provide parents with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our curriculum helps build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities. Reading, writing, and math are important, but children also learn by experiencing the world around them--so at Ms. Chandra's center, children receive a healthy dose of both academics and exploration.  She and her staff provide regular teacher-family communication, including ways to connect children's learning to their home life, so that parents stay informed and involved.  The center maintains an ongoing assessment and portfolio on children, and Ms. Chandra and the staff meet with parents throughout the year during conference time to set learning goals and celebrate successes. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chandra has previously worked as an Elementary School Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    Year Started:
    10/7/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Clara

    Ms. Clara, Assistant Director

    Ms. Clara's goal is to prepare children socially, emotionally, and academically for kindergarten. She provides numerous opportunities for children to represent ideas through drawing and writing stories; invent unique dance moves; use props to dramatize stories; and express independent thinking and expression through art and music. Ms. Clara helps children develop social skills through character-building activities to learn how to identify emotions; holds group discussions to practice sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings; and provides opportunities for children to cooperate, negotiate, problem solve, and make independent choices. She encourages children to think through and solve problems by investigating, estimating, and testing solutions. Ms. Clara also builds daily outdoor activities into the schedule that are designed to get children thinking and moving, and gives children many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge them. She looks forward to partnering with families at this exciting time in their child's life!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    12/16/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sandra's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Sandra provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. Sandra appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents. 

    Year Started:
    2/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in General Education
  • Ms. Sheena

    Ms. Sheena, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sheena's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Sheena helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    Year Started:
    6/25/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kayla's goal is to provide age-appropriate activities and materials that help children develop confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. She uses storytelling and word games to help children practice imitating and responding, asking questions, and following simple directions; provides practice naming familiar items; and supports rich vocabulary development. Ms. Kayla looks forward to supporting all toddlers as they grow socially and emotionally. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann

    Year Started:
    8/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    High School Diploma; Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Samar

    Ms. Samar, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Samar'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 classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Samar 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 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.

    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Mariela

    Ms. Mariela, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Mariela's goal is to enhance learning through play using distinct areas of mathematics, creative arts, language, dramatic play, and sensory exploration. She partners with her families to ensure ongoing communication about their children. Ms. Mariela also informs parents of our themed monthly units so that they can share in their child’s education. In addition to caring for toddlers, everything Ms. Mariela does is designed to help them learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Skippyjon Jones by Judith Schachner

    Year Started:
    3/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Ms. Marioly

    Ms. Marioly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Marioly's goal is to provide a literacy-rich classroom with plenty of opportunities for children to explore books and writing. As a leader in early childhood education, KinderCare knows that one of the best predictors of a successful reader is the amount of time a child spends reading--so Ms. Marioly uses daily journal activities to practice writing skills; helps foster early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teaches basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and encourages the development of phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles. Children in her class build brain power while making new friends and learning valuable social skills to set them up for success in elementary school.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    Year Started:
    6/25/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom / Kitchen Support

    Ms. Heather's goal is to create a sense of community and leadership within her classroom. She uses a Classroom Council so that children can select activities and themes that the whole group will enjoy. Ms. Heather creates a comfortable environment designed to boost children's confidence, self-esteem, character, and social skills. She provides experiences that develop children's ability to problem solve, observe, predict, and explore cause-and-effect relationships; provides opportunities for children to explore math relationships such as classification; and provides support and time for children to complete homework and school projects.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Visual Photography
  • Ms. Shiva

    Ms. Shiva, Floater

    Ms. Shiva'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 classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Shiva 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 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. 

    Year Started:
    12/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in General Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

We are a newly NAEYC-Accredited center! Accredited programs exemplify excellence in the care and education of young children. These programs meet the Commission's high-quality standards in the following ways:
 • Learning environments are conducive to children’s individual growth and development.
 • Professional development opportunities are available for staff working with young children.
 • Programming exceeds minimum state and local licensing requirements.
 • Health and safety of children are monitored on a daily basis.
 • Partnerships with families are essential to planning children’s experiences in the program.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Farsi, Urdu

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

Health and Safety

KinderCare Cinco Ranch offers a safe and nurturing environment so children can flourish. Our center features three gated playgrounds for each age group to take activities outdoors with our Get Thinking and Get Moving curriculum.

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.

Our son has had a very difficult time due to us moving to Cinco Ranch. He has had to change child care centers, started elementary school, lost his old neighborhood friends, and his older sister is moving out and away to start her own family. I was first impressed with the social environment in the School Age Classroom when we first toured. Ms. Irma and Ms. Rachel have really gone above and beyond to make my son feel extremely comfortable in this new center. My husband and I were welcomed and assisted with first-class attitudes. From the moment we drop off our child to the moment we pick him up, we are comforted by the care, education, and love they provide to him on a daily basis. With each day he is brighter, happier, and a more well-rounded child. He does not want to come home because there is so much to do at KinderCare. He is actually excited and wants to go to "his other school" every day. Thank you for caring, ladies, it really makes a difference!

- Mother

I just recently enrolled my two daughters into Cinco Ranch KinderCare. A good friend spoke very highly of the school and especially of the Director, Mrs. Chandra Donaldson. Our kids absolutely love the environment and, most importantly, developed a special bond with their teachers in a very short amount of time. This is a direct reflection of the great leadership and communication between the staff and its administration. We believe Cinco Ranch KinderCare emphasizes the importance of its people and processes and as a direct result, we have seen tremendous improvement in both of our daughters!

- Father
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