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Rooney Ranch KinderCare

Pamela Burdick, Center Director

13990 W Bates Ave. Lakewood CO 80228
(303) 716-9115 Contact this center

Ages: 12 months to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Devinny, Rooney Ranch, Hutchinson, and Bear Creek

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our Rooney Ranch KinderCare center! We are a school that is fully committed to providing individualized quality care for all children, in addition to a large emphasis on education. We are more than a child care center. As a school, KinderCare is a place where children explore, discover and learn. We respect children as individuals and our dedicated teachers ensure that children get the positive learning experience they need to grow up happy and confident. We believe that as partners with you, we can inspire your child’s love of learning. At our facility, we encourage growth and development of all of the children in our care. We take great pride in the our long-term staff and educational background that many of our teachers possess. We also deeply value all of our families and sincerely appreciate the different aspects that all families bring to our center.

Pamela Burdick, 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.

Our Programs

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our team of teachers are a highly motivated and energetic group of professionals that strive to help every child. We are committed to being professional educators with training from private institutions and from KinderCare. Our teachers have the experience and the education that is required by the State of Colorado and every year continue to receive ongoing training with our company. Below is some information about each of our teachers, so that you may better know the people that will be caring for your child.

  • Pamela Burdick

    Pamela Burdick, Center Director

    The most amazing thing to me is to see a child grow and mature under our nurturing care. One minute a child is barely able to walk, and in the next instant they are leaving our school to start their path into adulthood. I feel it is important to create an environment where our children feel safe and have opportunities to learn new things everyday. I would love to welcome you into our KinderCare family.

    Pam has been working with children and families for over 25 years. She started at KinderCare as a teacher, then after several years of teaching, decided that working with children was going to be her future. Through hard work and educational commitment, Pam moved from a teacher into the Assistant Director position, and then eventually into the Center Director position. Pam obtained her Large Center Director Qualifications through the state of Colorado. Pam has been married for over 30 years and has two grown daughters and one grandson. Pam enjoys quiet weekends with her family and friends.

    Year Started:
    5/1/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Large Center Director Qualification
  • Jessie Root

    Jessie Root, Assistant Director

    Jessie began working for KinderCare in 2006 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She is currently working to obtain her director certificate from Arapahoe Community College. She received her Child Development Associate in 2010 from Ellis University.  In her spare time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and friends. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and live music.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessie taught prekindergarten.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lydia

    Ms. Lydia, Program Specialist

    Lydia starting working at KinderCare in 2009 as a toddler teacher. Lydia has four children, one grandson and an amazing husband. She currently attends Red Rocks Community College and is working towards her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Lydia is very passionate when it comes to working with children and is a positive influence in their lives. She loves sharing meaningful moments with the children and watching them develop and grow as they begin their journey through life.

    Previous Experience:
    Lydia worked at other early childhood centers in Colorado.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teaching credentials
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Toddler Classroom

    I love greeting children and their families each day and seeing the smiling faces.

    Ms. Christine is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Arapahoe Community College. Ms. Christine enjoys making sure each child feels comfortable and welcomed each day by greeting each of them by name. She also believes each child is unique in their own special way.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Teaching credentials
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn, change, and grow.

    Ms. Robin is one of our amazing long-term staff members who has worked with KinderCare for over 18 years. She loves working with the toddlers in our center and loves helping to promote the early stages of growth. Ms. Robin is married and has two beautiful daughters. They do live in the area, so you may see her out doing one of her most favorite activities, which is walking her dog. Some of her other hobbies include listening to music, reading, and traveling to historic areas of this country.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Robin worked for a private child care provider.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Teaching credentials
  • Ms. Alia

    Ms. Alia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    After Alia graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2009, she began to work as nanny for two amazing kids before joining KinderCare in Virginia. In 2011, Alia's husband was transferred to Colorado and she was able to stay with KinderCare and transfer to a center here. Alia has one son who attends our center. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, reading, cooking, and hiking.

    Previous Experience:
    Alia has taught preschool and been a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Christy

    Ms. Christy, Preschool Classroom

    Christy started her teaching career at Red Rocks Community College where she worked at the children's center while earning her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the proud mother of two children. Her youngest daughter attends KinderCare before and after school and has been a part of the KinderCare family since she was two. Seeing her daughters growth and becoming prepared for kindergarten is what made Christy decide to start working at KinderCare. She loves to incorporate music and art into her classroom. She uses the children's interests and likes to enhance the curriculum and activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Christy taught at the children's center at Red Rocks Community College.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Preschool Classroom

    Having been an educator for more than 25 years, Ms. Susan finds joy in all age groups. She believes in empowering the children to help themselves. A good teacher loves kids and a love of philosophy needs to be present in all places children grow. Ms. Susan is an outdoor girl who continuously seeks adventure and stimulus. Travel, people, and places are her biggest interests. She is very musical and loves the arts. Ms. Susan believes in a "questioning" approach to teaching: challenge, stimulate, question, and love.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Susan had experience in the teaching and theater fields.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education and Early Childhood Teaching credentials
  • Ms. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Prekindergarten Classroom

    A child is like a magical box. Once you open the lid, the unlimited possibilities unfold, giving you some the greatest experiences in your life.

    Ms. Hope was born and raised in Colorado. She originally went to college to become a graphic designer, but discovered through volunteer work that she loves to teach children. Ms. Hope is a silly person who has the most fun teaching children through play and artistic expression. In her classroom, she likes to allow each child to be independent and heard so that they can grow to be the best in their own unique way.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hope has taught at bible school, Awana, and the school age program at Red Rocks Community College.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Graphic Design and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I really love watching and being a part of children's learning. Nothing makes me happier than seeing children overcome obstacles.

    Ms. Tasha really enjoys what she does. She loves to watch the children grow and learn. Children are her passion and she is always looking for new ways to help them grow and learn. She is excited to be a part of children's early learning. Ms. Tasha is currently working on her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tasha taught at her church's preschool.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher certificate
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Crystal is group leader qualified and has taken Early Childhood Education courses. Ms. Crystal believes in hands-on learning techniques in her classroom and is a teacher and a friend to all of the children. In her spare time, Ms. Crystal enjoys lots of different outside activities like fishing and camping and spends this time with her fiance and chocolate lab, Trigger.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Crystal worked in customer service.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teaching credentials
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Cook

    I love my job because I love to see the children grow and experience new things. The one thing I love the most is the children's smiling faces.

    Ms. Kathy is an amazing cook that creates healthy and flavorful meals for the entire center. She not only cooks for us here at KinderCare but also cooks at home for tons of friends and family. Ms. Kathy is happily married with five children and seven grandchildren to fill her home. She enjoys cooking, and baking of course, and also enjoys sewing and gardening.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kathy owned and operated her own store and deli counter.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Support Staff

    The smiles and excitement you see on the children's faces is what encourages me everyday. The children teach me something new all the time.

    Ms. Ashley has been teaching at KinderCare since 2010 and loves it! Outside of work, she loves to go hiking and exploring in the mountains with her family. She also loves getting lost in a book when winter comes along.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Support Staff

    Ms. Sharon previously worked as a prekindergarten teacher in Minnesota and was a Special Education teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Sharon has also worked with medically fragile children in the public school system in New Mexico. She has two grown children and loves being a grandmother.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sharon was a prekindergarten teacher in Minnesota.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Master of Science in Education in Applied Behavioral Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

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

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, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

I love having my son attend the Rooney Ranch KinderCare! He started in the toddler classroom and is now in the preschool classroom. All the teachers and management team are so helpful and friendly. My son has learned so much since he has been there. The center is like one big extended family! I would recommend this center to everyone!

- Mother

My daughter has attended the Rooney Ranch KinderCare since she was just a year in age. She will be starting kindergarten in the fall. She has made so many friends and I feel that I have too! The experiences that she has received will help her excel when she starts elementary school; she has learned so much! The teachers and directors at KinderCare are the best.

- Mother
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