Pamela Burdick, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
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.
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 teaching position 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.
Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
Jessie began working for KinderCare in 2006 as a pre-kindergarten 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.
I love greeting children and their families each day and seeing the smiling faces.
Ms. Christine has been at this center since 2012. She is currently studying Early Childhood teaching 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.
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.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning - Brad Henry
Alia graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and began to work as nanny for two amazing kids. She joined KinderCare in Virginia in 2009. In 2011 Alia's husband was transferred to Colorado. Alia was able to stay with KinderCare and transferred to a center here. Alia has one son who attends our center. In her spare time Alia enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, reading, cooking, and hiking.
Christy joined the KinderCare team in 2015. She 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.
Christy is the proud mother of 2 children. Her youngest daughter attends KinderCare before and after school and has been a part of the KinderCare family since she was 2. Seeing her daughters growth and becoming prepared for kindergarten is what made Christy decide to start working at KinderCare.
Christy loves to incorporate music and art into her classroom. She uses the children's interests and likes to enhance the curriculum and activities.
We are the bows that our children, as living arrows, are sent forth. - Gibran
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 - 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. Love.
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.
I really love watching and being a part of children's learning. Nothing makes me happier than seeing children overcome obstacles.
Ms. Tasha has taught at KinderCare since 2011. She really enjoys what she does. Ms. Tasha is currently working on her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. 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.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. -Carol Buchner
Ms. Crystal has worked at KinderCare since 2006. She 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 finace and chocolate lab, Trigger.
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.
A child's smile is one of lifes greatest blessings.
Lydia starting working at KinderCare in 2009 as a toddler teacher. Lydia has 4 children, 1 grandson and an amazing husband. She currently attends Red Rocks Community College and is working towards her Associates 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.
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.
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 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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
As children's safety is a major priority to us, some of the features of our facility are: First aid and CPR trained staff; Keypad front entry (code changed bi-annually); Fenced playground; Monthly visit by registered nurse; Health and Safety Coordinator on staff; Monthly health and safety training for staff.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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