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Lake Charles KinderCare

Britni Haynie, Center Director

4630 Nelson Rd. Lake Charles LA 70605
(337) 478-8086 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
2 miles from I-210 W across from McDonald's

Neighborhood:
Exit 310 on Nelson Rd, go south past W. McNeese St. We are directly across the street from Stine Hardware.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
This is currently not offered as there is no transportation, but may be getting a van. Offered where parents can choose just before or just after but there is no transportation.

It is a profound honor and responsibility to care for young children. At Lake Charles KinderCare, we believe that all children are worthy of an educational experience that allows them to create, share, take chances, and interact with the world around them. It is through these collective experiences that children thrive, grow, and develop a lifelong love of learning. From our special and nurturing least restrictive environment in our Infant rooms, to the fun in the sun playground adventures, your child will experience a different adventure each and every day.   

Welcome

Welcome to Lake Charles KinderCare in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Our experts designed our classrooms, activities and lessons to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You will also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected material, charts, labels and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! We are committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for your children. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you and your family.  Britni Haynie Center Director

Britni Haynie, Center Director

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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.

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.

Spanish

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

Our staff is well trained to insure your child gets the best early childhood education available in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Our teachers have everything from CDA's to Bachelor Degrees in Early Childhood education. Our Center is always well staffed, and we provide the nurturing your child needs as well as a fun curriculum that they will love

  • Britni Haynie, Center Director

    I love KinderCare because I love children. I love caring for and nurturing them.

    Martha has owned her own Family ChildCare homes in Fort Campbell, Ky and Fort Drum, NY.  She's also worked as a preschool teacher at Fort Polk, La and Goddard school in the Atlanta area where she monitored Family Child Care homes. She has been trained how to give quality childcare through the Department of Defense which is the model for high quality early childhood.  She has worked in the Center Director position for KinderCare previously, decided to come back to work in that capacity this past year.  She has a Child Development Associate and will be graduating with her Bachelor's in business in a few months.  She has been working in the Early Childhood field for over 23 years and it is her life's passion to see every child have a quality early childhood experience.  

    Previous Experience:
    Martha started with KinderCare as a teacher in 1998. She has also worked as a teacher, Administrator and a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    1/13/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Misty Atkins, Assistant Director

    Misty was a Preschool teacher before assuming the role of School Administrator

    Year Started:
    2/27/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Assocaite's Credential
  • Ms. Bernadette, Infant A Classroom

    Children are bundle of joy!

    Ms. Bernadette has been employed with KinderCare for over 30 years. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she graduated from St. Mary's Academy and then moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to attend Southern University. There she met her husband and moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana. She worked for the Calcasieu Parish School Board before coming to KinderCare. Ms. Bernadette loves working with all the children but the Infants hold her heart. She has taught all age groups but prefers to stay with her babies in the Infant classroom. Ms. Bernadette states that her years at KinderCare have enriched her life and that the knowledge she has learned has been phenomenal.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Ms. Bernadette worked for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1982
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Patricia, Infant B Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and learn skills to apply toward their future and just knowing that I played a part in their lives.

    Ms. Pat has been with KinderCare for almost fifteen years and loves her job. She always has a smiling face and absolutely loves her Toddlers as if they are her own. She loves to make them laugh and have fun with them while ensuring that they are learning and getting the right amount of nurture and care needed to successfully grow into a bright active children. Ms. Pat always makes sure her classroom is fun and exciting for her kids. She loves teaching them new things and loves seeing their little faces light up when they are learning something new. Ms. Pat tries to always make sure that each child has a smile on their face throughout the day.

    Year Started:
    10/7/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Melissa, Toddler B Classroom

    Seeing children learn and grow is something I enjoy very much.

    Ms. Melissa graduated from LaGrange High in 2010. There she was a cheerleader all four years. She is a very outgoing person who loves to have fun. She loves working with children and watching them grow and learn. Ms. Melissa is very excited to be a part of the KinderCare Family and to have the opportunity to teach your child to the best of her ability and have fun while doing so. Ms. Melissa loves working the Toddlers at KinderCare. She is very passionate about making sure that each child is learning and engaging in their everyday learning activities!

    Year Started:
    1/25/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Monique, Toddler Classroom

    I love what KinderCare stands for and their method of teaching.

    Ms. Monique has been working in Class A childcare centers for 10 years. She started at KinderCare in January 2012. She has two awesome children that attend KinderCare. She is currently in school, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Morgan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about teaching because I love to see young children succeed. Teaching has always had a special place in my heart.

    Ms. Morgan is an aspiring education major at McNeese State University. She always loves to come up with new and fun ways to educate the children. She loves having the children learning through play and enjoys doing many different hands-on arts and crafts projects with them to further their knowledge and understanding of what is being taught to them. Ms. Morgan is always willing to take the next step in helping a child learn more and enjoys doing it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Morgan has worked at another childcare center for three years as a Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shannon, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with the children and watching them grow into young, bright adults.

    Ms. Shannon has been in childcare for almost nine years now. She is the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. In her years of Early Childhood Education she has worked with all age groups from Infants to School Age, but being with the Two-year-old kids is where she finds the most joy. She does a wonderful job of caring and teaching each child and makes it a point to make sure each child is learning at their full potential. She does a great job of making sure her classroom is always fun and inviting for all her children. Ms. Shannon makes learning fun and loves teaching the wonderful curriculum provided by KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon worked at another center prior to coming to work for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/14/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Chelsea, Preschool Classroom

    As teachers we play a vital role in a child’s life. Teacher lay the foundation of building skills of life and also block of education.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Family and Child Studies
  • Ms. Grace, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the that light that spark that I see in a child's eyes when they have learned something new and are so excited to let others know about it. That feeling is just one of the best. Knowing that I am having an impact on the future of the next generation of students keeps me going everyday!

    Ms. Grace has been in childcare for almost ten years now. She is currently a student at McNeese State University here in Lake Charles. She has worked with all ages during her years in the Early Childhood Education field but her passion remains with her Prekindergarten class. Ms. Grace loves teaching her kids in new, fun and exciting ways. She enjoys watching the children learn and grow on a daily basis. Ms. Grace believes that each child deserves the very best and brings her all to the classroom, ensuring that each child is happy and in her absolute best care. She states that working at KinderCare has been such a wonderful and helpful learning experience. She looks forward to learning more and making many great and wonderful memories.

    Year Started:
    12/19/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alexandria,

    I am very passionate about my work with the infants! Helping them achieve new milestones is my joy!

    Ms. Alexandria was born and raised in Baytown, Texas but relocated to Lake Charles to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at McNeese State University. She has two beautiful children who attend KinderCare. She loves being a part of all the children's lives here at KinderCare and tries to get to know each one and always approaches them with a big smile to say hello! Ms. Alexandria loves children and is passionate about the care they receive. She is very committed to teaching them and ensuring they are learning to their full potential.

    Year Started:
    5/2/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Audrey,

    Ms. Audrey has been a previous owner of two class A child care facilities since 2000 and also had a registered family home day care center. She has two children and two grandchildren. Ms. Audrey is great at making sure each child comes in with a smile on their face and is ready to get their day started right. She loves making the children laugh and engaging with all the children throughout the center. Ms. Audrey makes sure that not only the children, but also the staff, are prepared and excited for a new day of learning and fun. She is always available to lend a helping hand around the center. Ms. Audrey always has a positive attitude and spreads that positive outlook throughout the day. One of her many attributes is making the children happy.

    Year Started:
    3/8/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Mr. Shawn, Cook

    I am excited and looking forward to growing with KinderCare!

    'Live each day to the fullest, tomorrow is never promised.' -Author Unknown

    Mr. Shawn started with KinderCare in August 2014. He is from Lake Charles, LA. He enjoys cooking and learning new things.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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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
  • AM Snack
  • 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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our Center is equipped with a keypad entry door. The playground is fenced and locked on the outside. Everyone on staff is CPR trained. The staff has been trained on applying first aid and they have all had courses in health and safety training. Our Infant teachers follow a safe sleep policy, and shoes must be covered when entering our Infant room to keep dirt and debris off the floor and away from our littlest ones. A least restrictive environment in our infant rooms allows our teachers to give your baby hands on curriculum and tummy time to stimulate their rapid brain development and cognitive and social skills.

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