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Longwood KinderCare

Rachel Hall, Center Director

2654 State Rd. 434 West Longwood FL 32779
(407) 774-2742 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off SR 434W on right coming from SR 436 before Wekiva Springs Rd, shared driveway with State Farm

Neighborhood:
Wekiva Springs / Sabal Point / Sweetwater Oaks

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sabal Point, Wekiva , Forest City, Spring Lake, Altamonte Springs, Woodlands

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Welcome

We would like to thank you for taking the time to check out our school. We encourage you to explore our website and then come in and experience us for yourself. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the energy and excitement you will feel when you walk into our classrooms just can't be described! We are available any time and am happy to answer your questions in person, via email, or over the phone. We can't wait for you to experience the KinderCare difference!

Rachel Hall, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

We take great pride in the fact that we are a top notch school. We are accredited by the National Accreditation Committee which means we go above and beyond state licensing requirements for care and education. Our teachers are highly trained and educated. They are constantly learning new teaching methods so that they may provide your child with the best possible education. Our teachers are loving and compassionate and they will treat your child like their own.

  • Rachel Hall

    Rachel Hall, Center Director

    Teamwork makes the dream work

    Rachel graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.  She spent some time doing substitute teaching for Seminole County public schools until she found her place at KinderCare. Rachel started out as a Voluntary Preschool Teacher.  She was promoted to Assistant Director and continued to teach Voluntary Prekindergarten.  Rachel became the Center Director of the Longwood KinderCare in the Fall of 2011.  She is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for all children.  Her door is always open for parent questions, comments, and concerns!  When Rachel is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter at the beach or on their boat.  She also enjoys cooking and shopping.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming the director in Longwood, Rachel was a Prekindergarten teacher at another KinderCare center. She was also an Assistant Director before becoming School Director here at Longwood KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    3/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    BA in Mass Communication, CDA, Florida Teaching Certificate (K-6), Florida Director's Credential
  • Pam Bui

    Pam Bui, Assistant Director

    Every day is a new day

    Pam has 2 children and 4 grandchildren who have all attended KinderCare throughout the years.  Pam was interested in Early Childhood Education because she loves to watch children learn and grow.  "It is the best feeling when a child reaches that 'Aha' moment when their learning clicks."  She is inspired by making others happy.  When Pam is not at KinderCare, she loves spending time with family at the beach or bowling with her bowling league. 

    Previous Experience:
    Pam started her career in Early Childhood Education as a 2 year old teacher but also has taught in Toddler, Infant, and School Age classrooms. Before joining KinderCare, Pam worked for another ECE company for 6 years as a teacher and a director. Pam has been an assistant for 13 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    8/7/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35
    Education:
    CDA and Florida Director's Credential
  • Ms. Priscilla C.

    Ms. Priscilla C., Infant Classroom

    It doesn't get easier, you get stronger

    Ms. Priscilla moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 2007.  She started out as a parent at our center. She loved the environment so much that she decided she wanted to be part of our team.  Her son is now 4 years old and attends our VPK program while she cares for the infants in our center. Priscilla enjoys leading a very healthy, active lifestyle.  She has a true love for animals and the outdoors and enjoys Kayaking and running when she's not caring for the infants. Priscilla also has a love for sports cars and working on them as a hobby.  She is inspired by people who are so caring and amazing after spending decades in this industry. 

    Previous Experience:
    Priscilla came to KinderCare from the customer service/retail industry where she spent the last 5 years as a sales associate and a merchandiser.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury
    Year Started:
    5/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Currently Pursuing her CDA, HospitalityManagement Certificate
  • Ms. Gabriela P.

    Ms. Gabriela P., Infants

    When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." Paulo Coelho

    Gabriela moved from Ecuador in 2014 to be with her husband.  She loves to spend time with friends and listen to guitar as it reminds her of her father and grandfather back home who both used to play.  Gabriela also enjoys learning about new cultures through food and has especially enjoyed Italian and Peruvian food.  Before starting her tenure at KinderCare, Gabriela had never worked with younger kids but wanted to try it out and has enjoyed herself ever since!  Gabriela is inspired by individuals who care for others.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Gabriela worked at a local college in Ecuador as a teacher in the Language Arts department.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Little Red Cup"
    Year Started:
    10/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    BA in Science of Education
  • Ms. Camila V.

    Ms. Camila V., Toddlers

    Look on the bright side

    Camila and her husband recently relocated to the area from New York.  She is a very optimistic person who enjoys exploring new things and having new experiences.  Camila also loves to check new restaurants and the local attractions with her husband.  Camila got interesteed in childhood education when she used to take her niece to preschool.  She loved all the things she was doing and learning and decided to take a break from vetrinary school to pursue her interest in the field herself.  She loves being with babies and the toddler classroom was a perfect fit for her.  Camila is inspired by setting goals and achieving them to better herself.  She is excited for the opportunity to create new experiences for the children in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Camila has a history of caring for others. Her previous experience includes being a care worker for dementia patients and teens.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons" by Eric Litwin
    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Months
    Education:
    Studying Vetrinary Medicine but is taking a break to try Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Meagan N.

    Ms. Meagan N., Discovery Preschool

    Keep Calm and Carry On

    Meagan has a 1 year old daughter and became interested in the childcare industry because she enjoys kids.  She quickly realized she had a knack for it and has loved teaching at KinderCare since she started.  "I love to teach because I have the opportunity to shape young minds and teach them independence."  When Meagan is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and shopping with her daughter.     

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Meagan was the supervisor of a movie theater at a retirement community.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Pete the Cat" by Eric Litwin
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Currently Pursuing her CDA
  • Ms. Priscilla M.

    Ms. Priscilla M., Preschool and Health and Safety Coordinator

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

    Priscilla moved with her husband and children from New York in 2013.   She is a busy mom of 3 boys and has been married for 8 years.  They love to spend time together as a family either outdoors or going to the movies and beach.  Priscilla is motivated by her boys.  She actually started working in the industry when she was a young mom to learn and grow into her new role.  "I am inspired by knowing I make a difference when I'm teaching children.  The work I do is important."

    Previous Experience:
    Priscilla started her career with KinderCare at one of our centers in New York.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Planning to pursue her CDA
  • Ms. Laurie

    Ms. Laurie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Treat others how you want to be treated

    Ms. Laurie loves to teach.  "The best reward is the transformation and growth the kids make during the school year."  She is always striving to be the best she can be and is motivated by pride and the desire to do well.  Ms. Laurie is inspired by the ability to spend meaningful moments with her students.

    Ms. Laurie is very family oriented.  In her free time she loves to go to Disney and work on her collections. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laurie worked in retail at a clothing and record store before starting at KinderCare at the age of 19. She left briefly and was a Kindergarten teacher for 2 years before returning to our programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    7/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Samantha T.

    Ms. Samantha T., Prekindergarten

    The grass isn't always greener on the other side, it's green where you water it.

    Samantha has 2 daughters and just recently got married.  Samantha enjoys giong to Disney and spending time with her family.  She loves to feel accomplished and reach ehr goals.  Samantha chose to work in the early childhood field originally to be close to her children but ended up falling in love with all the children in her care. 

    Previous Experience:
    Samantha managed house keeping in the hotel industry before starting her career in early childhood. She previously worked as a school age teacher before joining KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    CDA, Pursuing and AA in Early Childhood Education
  • Elissa H.

    Elissa H., Schoolage Classroom

    Find the one thing you can't live your life without, and you'll find happiness

    Elissa was born and raised in Florida.  She has wanted to be a writer since she was able to hold a pencil.  Wanting to work with kids was also something she had a desire to do and KinderCare was a great fit for her to be creative and work with children.  Elissa recently adopted her 18 month old daughter who also attends the center.  In her free time, Elissa enjoys reading and cooking.  She is inspired by selfless good deeds and random acts of kindness.

    Previous Experience:
    Elissa previously worked at the campus bookstore while going to college and used to work at her family's restaurant as well.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    7/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    BA in Creative Writing
  • Ms. Gloria W.

    Ms. Gloria W., Chef

    Be all that you can be

    Gloria grew up in a large family and has 5 children of her own with 8 grandchildren.  She is inspired by children and enjoys seeing life through the eyes of a child.  Ms. Gloria's greatest accomplishment is when she has kept in touch with families she has worked with in the past, knowing those children are now grown and going off to college, that she helped create a love of learning at an early age for them.   She takes great satisfaction in knowing what she does makes a difference.  When Ms. Gloria is not helping out in our classrooms or cooking hearlthy meals for the kids, she enjoys reading and writing children's books.  She also loves to sing and sew.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Gloria has been working in child care since she was 18 years old. She also used to own her own child care business but really wanted to come back and work in a center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Johnny the Caterpillar" by Gloria White
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC Accredited

    NAC Accredited

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Safety is our first priority and we take every opportunity to make sure that your little ones are properly cared for. All of our teachers are certified in both First Aid and CPR. We have a Health & Safety Coordinator that ensures all state and KinderCare policies are followed each and every day. We also have an extensive cleaning routine to keep germs at bay and to keep your child healthy.

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.

Our daughter has been going to KinderCare Learning Center since she was three months old.  I was nervous to send her to day care at this age, but the staff has always made me feel at ease.  Throughout the clingy stage that babies/toddlers go through, KinderCare was the one place we could leave our daughter without her getting upset.  Our daughter is now nearly 4 years old and absolutely loves coming to "school" every day.  She will soon be transitioning into the Voluntary Prekindergarten classroom, so she has had several of the staff as either her teachers or teaching assistants.  The staff has always been very caring about watching over each child at the center.  All of the staff members treat her like she is their own.

- Mother

I love KinderCare because the staff is always helpful and friendly.  Seeing my son run into his teacher's arms when I drop him off in the morning reassures me that he is provided with loving care every day. I cannot imagine my son attending daycare anywhere else. KinderCare has truly become a part of our family.

- Mother

My daughter is two years old and has been attending KinderCare for about eight months now. Initially I was nervous and worried because she had never been in a formal daycare setting prior to this experience. She was shy and introverted when she first started as this was a big adjustment for a toddler. Within a few months I noticed a positive change in her personality. She became extremely outgoing and started showing fun sides to her personality we had not seen at home. She is learning so much there and is so advanced for her age. She can recognize her ABC's in a random order and wants to read every chance she gets. Her favorite activity is circle time at the center. She also started sleeping better at night. I feel the consistent routine has brought a sense of normalcy and peace to our lives. My daughter has a special connection with her teacher, Mrs. Sarah, and I commend her for helping my daughter to come out of her shell. Mrs. Sarah genuinely cares for each of the kids in her classroom. Rachel, the Center Director, is amazing! She has an upbeat, positive personality and is a joy to be around. She always makes me feel comfortable whether it's answering random questions or concerns, taking special requests or just emailing me pictures throughout the day if my daughter did something funny or really cute. The overall staff there makes me feel very comfortable leaving my child 8 hours or more a day and I appreciate all they do.

- Mother

We initially chose KinderCare because of its school-based curriculum. It was important to us that our children were in a learning environment. We now have two sons in their care and that is a testament to our utmost confidence in the care provided. All of the teachers are just as interactive with the parents as they are the children. The Center Directors and teachers have always been very open about our children's progress as well as addressing any concerns we may have in a timely & satisfactory manner. We especially enjoy the school calendars that show special events during the month and the annual celebrations such as "Practice Thanksgiving" and Field Days with other centers in the area. Our kids are very happy there, always smiling and even asking about their teachers and classmates on the weekends, which further cements our happiness with choosing KinderCare.

- Mother
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