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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

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 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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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


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.

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 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

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.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Education
  • Lisa Asher

    Lisa Asher, Assistant Director

    I love working with children both in teaching and now as a manager because seeing the joy and excitement in a child's face as they learn new things every day warms my heart. Being a part of this is priceless.

    Lisa served our country in the military for eleven years. After her time in the army she was trained to be a Family Care Provider by the military. She ran an in-home childcare center in Germany for four years. After leaving the army, Lisa worked in the early childcare field and came to work for KinderCare in 2008. Lisa is currently enrolled in an Bachelor's Program at Kaplan University for Early Childhood Education. She would like to move up to being a Director in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa is a military veteran. After the Army, she ran a very successful child day care from her home through the military and has been in the child care business ever since.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melissa has been with KinderCare for five years as an infant teacher. We are proud to say that the infant room had been full with a waiting list for a year and half because of the wonderful atmosphere she has created in our infant classroom. Ms. Melissa is currently working towards her Child Development Associate (CDA), and on completing her Bachelor's degree. Ms. Melissa was our center's Teacher of the Year for 2012!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tammy had been with KinderCare since 2008. She has her Child Development Associate's (CDA) and has been the Lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom since 2011. Ms. Tammy enjoys music and dancing.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Joy

    Ms. Joy, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joy attended the Universidad Carlos Albizu in Puerto Rico. She has experience in special education, child development and speech therapy. She enjoys doing lots of activities with the children and feels it is a pleasure to be part of a child's life.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kristen has been with KinderCare for three years. She is a lead Voluntary Prekindergarten teacher, as well as our Phonics program teacher. Before coming to KinderCare, she worked at two Pinellas County schools as a reading/math intervention teacher. In her free time, she loves to sing and dance, as well as singing in her church choir and teaching Sunday school.

    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • 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
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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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.

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.

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.

- Parents

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

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