Ms. Valentina Fee, Center Director
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Welcome to Herr Lane KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Ms. Valentina Fee, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our teaching staff at Herr Lane KinderCare is committed to Early Childhood Education and is extremely passionate about childhood development. We currently have six degreed teachers.
I am truly passionate about providing high quality Early Childhood Education to each child we serve. I am amazed to know I am making a difference in each child's life that walks through our doors.
Valentina is from Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 2001. She then obtained her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast in 2005. Valentina began her career with KinderCare Learning Centers in 1996. Not only did Valentina attend KinderCare as a child, but her two children are currently enrolled in KinderCare as well. Valentina is extremely passionate about the children and families that attend her center. Valentina is committed to her team and always leads by example.
Teaching is very rewarding! I love seeing children engaged in activities, making new discoveries and reaching developmental milestones.
Cindy has had 14 years of experience in early childhood education. Cindy currently holds a Child Development Associate's credential. Before becoming an Assistant Director at the Herr Lane KinderCare, Cindy worked in both the Infant and Prekindergarten classrooms. Cindy is extremely passionate about Early Childhood Education.
I love the diversity of the children. It is amazing how much infants learn in their first year of life.
Ms. Chris is a loving, nurturing teacher. She always makes sure to treat each child with individual respect and makes absolute sure that their needs and wants are met. The infants grow very attached to Ms. Chris and often times will come to visit her, even after they have moved on to older classrooms.
Ms. Tatianna has worked in child care for 20 years. She has her CDA and attended the University of Louisville. She is thankful for the opportunity to have a positive influence in so many young lives. Ms. Tatianna has 2 children of her own.
I enjoy teaching the kids new things and watching their minds and imaginations grow.
Ms. Laura has a never-ending supply of patience and understanding, which is important when working with a group of two-year-old kids! She brings a creative side to her classroom, and the Discovery Preschool classroom reflects that. The children constantly bring home or hang up art projects that are related to their theme.
Ms. Latasha is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She is full of energy and always has a smile on her face. Ms. Latasha is currently working towards her Child Development Associate. She has a background in nursing.
I love watching the children's expression when they learn something new.
Ms. Lauren has a passion for Early Childhood Education. She currently is taking classes to obtain her Center Director's Associate's Degree. She works hard to make sure the curriculum is ready and that the children are constantly engaged in activities.
Ms. Lauren has been teaching for a little over a year here at KinderCare. Ms. Lauren is currently attending Indiana University Southeast where she is studying Sociology as well as a Master's degree in Counseling.
Ms. Lauren teaches in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She is amazed at the diversity this age group brings. She values the children's daily growth and loves interacting with each and every child in her classroom.
I enjoy helping the children learn new concepts and I love watching them have fun while learning.
Ms. Melissa is passionate about literacy in her classroom. She teaches and supports the children to recognize and write their own names, and become more familiar with reading and writing. By the time the children leave Preschool to go to Prekindergarten, they are ready!
Ms. Tara joined our team in April. She attended Moorehead State University where she was a member of the dance team. Before joining our KinderCare team, Ms. Tara taught dance classes to a variety of age groups. She is energetic and passionate about early childhood education. She is excited to prepare children for Kindergarten. She wants them to leave our center with the tools to take on the world.
Ms. Lucille is one of our Pre-K teachers. She will be celebrating her 30th teaching anniversary with KinderCare on September 9th, 2015. She is passionate, dedicated, and prepares children for success beyond Kindergarten.
Ms. Lucille loves watching children make progress. She truly enjoys engaging with families. She believes teaching is the most rewarding field.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
All staff members are CPR, First Aid and Pediatric Head Trauma certified.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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