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Largo KinderCare

Michelle Duffy, Center Director

3270 East Bay Dr. Largo FL 33771
(727) 536-1283 Contact this center

Ages: 2 months to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
between Belcher Rd & Keene/Starkey Rd at E Bay Dr & Fulton Ave

Neighborhood:
Right next to Cornerstone Back

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Pinellas Prepatory Academy Pinellas Math and Science First Lutheran Frontier Elementary Belcher Elementary

We are now enrolling for the 2014-2015 Voluntary Prekindergarten school year.

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!
 

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Welcome

Welcome to the Largo KinderCare! We are so glad you stopped by to find out more about us. We have a diverse staff with many years of experience and education. We strive to provide the best learning environment for your child to develop into successful adults. While providing the best education, we also create a nurturing environment where children and their families feel safe and secure.

Michelle Duffy, Center Director

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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

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Largo KinderCare strives for excellence in education at all levels. The majority of our teachers have their CDA (Child Development Associate) credential, Early Childhood Associate's, or a Bachelor's Degree in education. Our company holds bi-annual trainings in professional development to enhance their skills. Our teachers love to teach, and they also love to learn!

  • Michelle Duffy

    Michelle Duffy, Center Director

    Michelle has been in the childcare field for over twelve years. In her spare time she likes to read, travel and spend time with her friends and family. Michelle chose this field as a career because she wanted to make a difference in the life of every child she meets. As teachers, she feels that we have such a substantial influence on the children in our lives and that it would be a disservice to those children for us not to do everything in our power to help them discover what they one day will become.

    Previous Experience:
    I have always had a passion for working with children. I started my journey with children at age 18 when I graduated from high school, I worked at the local YMCA. I loved it and knew it was my life calling. I soon after joined the KinderCare family in 1999, and I have grown not only with the company but as a leader in the Child Development field ever since.
    Year Started:
    12/9/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Education
  • Amanda Swope

    Amanda Swope, Center Director

    Tell me I forget, show me I will remember, involve me and I will understand.-chinese proverb

    Ms. Amanda knew at a young age that she had a passion for children. As she was persuing her education in the Child Development field she took the opportunity to join the KinderCAre family. She has worked her way up through the buisness to become a great Center Director. Amanda has excelled in providing children and their families with a nurturing atmosphere and an enriching curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    I have always worked with children, starting at a young age I always loved teaching children and watching them grow.
    Year Started:
    11/10/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Emily

    Emily, Infant

    I really enjoy watching the children grow and achieve milestones.

    Ms. Emily has lived in the Largo area for the past two years. She is currently working on completting her CDA with the state of Florida. Ms. Emily loves working with Infants and Toddlers. She has two young children of her own.

    Year Started:
    9/13/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    working on CDA
  • Jhamiery

    Jhamiery, Infant

    Every child is special and unique and that is why I enjoy working with them.

    Ms. Jhamiery has been working for KinderCare for almost two years and she is always looking forward to seeing the babies in her care and spending time with them. She loves working with the families and working together to give her little ones the best care possible.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jhamiery has been a nanny for many years until she decided to stay home and raise her own family. She enjoys teaching them and watching them grow.
    Year Started:
    3/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    working towards CDA
  • Sandra

    Sandra, Preschool

    Teaching is a privilege and an honor. Being involved in the children's lives, helping them learn new things and watching them grow is the most amazing job!

    Ms. Sandra lives in Clearwater with her two children. She enjoys teaching children and has for 26 years. She has worked in several different daycare experiences which has added to her education and has given her a better perspective on how to create an enriched learning environment.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sandra has been in the Child Development field for 20 years and is very partial to the three year old age group.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA
  • Erica

    Erica, Toddler

    Working with children always brings a smile to my face. I love being surrounded by happy faces. I love my job!

    Ms. Erica loves KinderCare's curriculum and philosophy. She and her colleagues enjoy teaching the lessons to their Toddler students each day! Her favorite activity is doing art activities with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    After high school, Erica knew that she wanted to teach children. Ms.Erica has been in the teaching field for many year. She has worked with large Corporations down to small in-home centers. She loves teaching and watching children learn through their own experiences.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Nelly

    Ms. Nelly, Cook, Floating Teacher

    Ms. Nelly has been with Largo KinderCare since 2008. She has been a Voluntary Prekindergarten teacher and Assistant Director for the past four years. She is now our center cook and floating teacher. She earned her Child Development Associate's credential in March 2008. Ms. Nelly has taught several ages at KinderCare. She loves to watch movies and spend time with her grandchildren on the weekends.

    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Italian

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

The Largo KinderCare prides itself on the health and safety of our children and families. We utilize daily sign in and sign out sheets, regular parent/guardian identification, as well as single keypad access to our building to ensure security. We are proud of our daily cleanliness checks and building maintenance schedules that help to keep our building meet and exceed your expectations as families.

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.

My child started at Largo KinderCare a few months ago, and we absolutely love it there! The staff is so knowledgeable and caring. My child is excited to go there everyday, and is constantly learning and telling us all the fun things she does everyday. The Center Director, Ms. Yvonne, is so friendly and helpful, and we love my daughter's classroom teachers. We know that she is safe and well taken care of each day. Thank you!

- Parent

I was very nervous about putting my infant in day care, but the staff at Largo KinderCare made all of my worries fade away. From Ms. Evelyn on the tour, to meeting with the Director, Ms. Yvonne, and also seeing the bright clean infant room, filled with colorful toys and wonderful child made projects, I knew I could relax. The infant teachers, especially Ms. Melissa, are wonderful, I am so blessed to have found this place!!!! I know my baby is in good hands every day.

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