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South Shore KinderCare

Ms. Shellene Garza, Center Director

106 Meadow Pkwy League City TX 77573
(281) 334-5795 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lloyd R. Ferguson, Lavace Stewart, I.W. and Eleanor Hyde, Sandra Mossman

Welcome

Welcome to the South Shore KinderCare in League City, Texas. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, and so we place an emphasis on assisting your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials to help your child connect spoken words and print, and develop early literacy and writing skills. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us an extension of their families: their village. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will also have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
 
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Ms. Shellene Garza, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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

When it comes to keeping you up-to-date with your child's engaging learning experiences, we strive to make our service and communication exceptional. We're always happy to meet and talk about your child's progress at anytime. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our KinderCare family.

  • Ms. Shellene Garza

    Ms. Shellene Garza, Center Director

    It's important every child here thrives socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Together, we can do amazing things to prepare your child for what lies ahead!

    Ms. Shellene began her career in the classroom as a Preschool Teacher and several years later expanded her knowledge, skills, and wonderful hands-on experience to oversee the children and staff as the Center Director. Shellene truly has a love for helping children and families each day, and has a open door to anyone who needs information on early childhood education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shellene has worked as a Preschool Teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/17/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Director's Certificate
  • Ms. Melissa Ihle

    Ms. Melissa Ihle, Assistant Director

    Ms. Melissa began her career in the classroom as a Discovery Preschool Teacher and has been in each classroom through out the center. She is extremely passionate about the education of young children and is excited to help your child begin their learning journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has worked with all age groups at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    1/16/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. CeCe

    Ms. CeCe, Infant Classroom

    Ms. CeCe's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. CeCe provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. CeCe appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents.
      

    Favorite Children's Book:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    7/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ciara

    Ms. Ciara, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ciara's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Ciara helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world.
      

    Favorite Children's Book:

     The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Debby

    Ms. Debby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    "I love watching the children discover and take pride in their latest skill, and knowing I will have the opportunity to be a part of those discoveries.

    Ms. Debby's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. Children in her classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Debby supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building. 

    Year Started:
    2/11/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30

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 KinderCare Learning Center has been part of the South Shore community for over 20 years. Families choose to enroll their children at our center for our strong education focus, tenured loving staff, and our safe and clean facility. Our curriculum has been created by our parent company, KinderCare Education, and it is well-received because of its age-appropriate activities and lessons for each class. It is designed with the development of the whole child in mind, to promote social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. Our staff are very knowledgeable in early childhood development. They are passionate and committed in providing each child with a safe, secure, and stimulating environment. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family soon, and are confident you will choose us to be your child care provider!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC Accreditation

    NAC Accreditation

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our top priority at South Shore KinderCare is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, families, and staff. We do this through rigorous training and constant assessment and evaluation of proper policies and procedures. Your child’s security begins at the front door--literally. We have a locked security entrance that requires a numeric code to enter, with all side doors locked to ensure the security of the building. All guests or those authorized for emergency pick-ups must provide photo identification before being escorted through the building. Our teachers have all cleared local, state, and federal background checks, including fingerprinting, and have all been trained in infant and child CPR and First Aid. We do routine fire, storm, and lock-down drills to prepare for the unexpected. No child is ever left unattended, even for a minute. Teachers have all been trained in supervision, discipline and guidance, and developmentally appropriate practices to ensure they understand the risks associated with the children in their care. If your child has food allergies or specific medical conditions, we will work with you to ensure your child’s well-being while in our care. We also take the responsibility of your child’s emotional security very seriously: We want every child to feel safe, loved, and respected while at KinderCare. 

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.

We are so pleased that we chose to enroll our daughter at South Shore KinderCare. From the moment we walked in the door, we knew that was the place for her. The entire staff was, and is, so welcoming. Ms. Chrissie and Ms. Shellene took the time to answer all of our questions, even after we left the initial tour and visit, and continue to take the time and care to answer them today. Our daughter has grown leaps and bounds socially and intellectually since starting at KinderCare. Her teachers have always been very open in communicating with us, and keep us up to date with her daily activities and overall progress. It was nerve-wracking choosing a child care provider for our daughter, but we know we made the right choice in choosing our local KinderCare. Thank you for all you do for us and our daughter!

- Mother

Both of my children, ages five and two and a half, attend South Shore KinderCare. They have been there since they were five months and three months old, respectively. They love school! They love their Teachers! They love their friends! My oldest has even spent the last two summers going part time because he missed it so much when I would keep him home with me in the summer. Everyone at KinderCare is so loving and understanding when it comes to the children. I go to work each day knowing that they are in the hands of people who love and care about them, and that really helps me to leave them every day. I am so impressed with the learning that happens there. I know my children are smart, but they amaze me sometimes with the things they do or say that I know they learned at school. It goes beyond academics as my children learn to clean up after themselves, wait their turn, or play nicely with others. The Teachers are so good at what they do, and that starts with the Directors themselves as they train, supervise, and guide their teachers. Everyone at this place is awesome and I am so glad my children are here. I have never considered putting them anywhere else. They love this place too much, and so do I!

- Mother
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