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Largo KinderCare

Summer Galvin, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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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!
 

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.

Summer Galvin, 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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

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?

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!

  • Summer Galvin

    Summer Galvin, Center Director

    A person's a person no matter how small- Dr. Seuss

    I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1990. I completed my Child Development Associate's Credential in 2008. I graduated with honors from St. Petersburg College in 2013 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a Level II VPK endorsed Directors Credential. I am an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). I am also a Notary Public.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare I was the Center Director for five years at a preschool located in St. Petersburg. During my time of being the Center Director I expanded the preschool from 74 students to 160 students. I also introduced the VPK program into the center and maintained testing scores of 98% and 99%. I started an after school program for 52 elementary aged children that provided transportation from 5 local elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential, Florida Director's Credential
  • Ms. Sheryl

    Ms. Sheryl, Assistant Director

    I enjoy the children, their smiles, and their natural curiosity to learn and grow.

    Ms. Sheryl has been a part of our KinderCare family for over 15 years and has had the pleasure of seeing her students grow into young adults. Ms. Sheryl has worked with every age group before she became our Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher at the center for 12 years before becoming the Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    1/13/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nelly

    Ms. Nelly, Cook, Spanish Learning Adventures Teacher

    Every child is a beautiful flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Nelly has been with Largo KinderCare since 2008. She has been a Voluntary Prekindergarten teacher and Assistant Director in the past. She is now our center cook and the lead teacher for our Spanish Adventures class. She earned her child development associate 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jhamiery

    Ms. Jhamiery, Infant Classroom

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Prince
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Year Started:
    3/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Chere, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Miss Chere loves to be outside, fishing, exploring, and grilling. She is very passionate about art!

    Previous Experience:
    She previously worked for the YMCA for five years and spent another year working for a Christian Preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss!

    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Ieshia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ieshia loves kids and enjoys teaching and seeing them smile.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kendell, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Kendell has always been a care giver. She is married and has two sons William age two, and Zach age eight. She's lived in Florida her entire life.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associate of Art Degree
  • Ms. Kerry, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kerry is 23 years old and has lived in Kentucky, Florida, and Louisiana.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    College in progress for education and chidlcare credentials in progress

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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