Tracy Moore, Center Director
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Welcome to Meridian KinderCare! Thank you for taking time to learn more about our wonderful preschool and all we have to offer in Early Childhood Education. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, 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, labels and children's literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we're helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Our center is designed for your child to learn through play, so come in today to see first hand how the KinderCare experience will give your child every advantage! We warmly welcome you into our family and look forward to celebrating your child's success with you!
Tracy Moore, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here at the Meridian KinderCare Learning Center our entire staff are committed to each child and family in providing the highest form of quality in childcare education.
We strive to serve with excellence utilizing many childcare education accreditations and certifications including the Mississippi Quality Rating System (STARS). We also partner with our state's collegiate programs, such as Meridian Community College offering opportunities preparing future childcare educators pursuing a career in Early Childhood Development.
We also pride ourselves in having an highly-qualified and tenured staff who often participate in a myriad of staff development coursework, classes and certifications including the Mississippi Resource and Referral Program and many more. We also provide our staff opportunities to further their career and education during their tenure with KinderCare.
From the moment you walk through the door you and your family will experience bright smiles, warm hugs and the overall passion we have about education.
So what are you waiting for? We can't wait to meet you!
Every child is uniquely gifted; each unwrap in their own unique way.
Ms. Tracy Moore has been apart of the KinderCare Learning Center family since the on set of the Summer of 2015. Ms. Tracy Moore has served in management and administration for over twenty years. Her excitement derives from hopes of making each child, family and student's life a better one.
Ms. Tracy believes in the purpose of early childhood education and looks to have a similar impact and success as achieved in years past. Her primary focus and goal is to provide the families of Meridian Mississippi with the upmost in early childhood development and education.
If you want change you have to be the change you want to see. -Unknown
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Ms. Dominque has had a variety of childcare experience throughout the Meridian,Mississippi area. She values high childcare quality and makes a commitment to provide love and new experiences for all of her students.
Children are the world's most valuable resource and it's best hope for the future. -John F. Kennedy
Ms. Emily Grace Caroll is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During her time in previous childcare centers Ms. Emily found her passion working with children majoring in human development.
Every child deserves a champion...who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. -Rita Pierson
Ms. Sonia has served in early childhood education for almost ten years now. A graduate of Meridian Community College she has aspired to be a great childcare advocate and instructor.
Her reason for teaching is that she loves to watch the children and students grow each day learning something new. Her passion is to grow with them in their experiences. She has accomplished most of her goals as a teacher. At the end of the day her mindset is to love your students, teach them, learn with them and have fun doing it.
The profession as a Teacher is to teach the other professions. -Unknown
Ms. Kalynne serves a the Toddlers teacher for KinderCare Eduation. She is excited about using art as a vehicle to educate and inspire her students.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Inolve me and I learn.
Originally from Meridian, Mississippi Ms. Jameka began her journey with KinderCare in April of 2013. She acquired her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Meridian Community College in May of 2014
Ms. Jameka provides the Toddler classroom with tons of fun, love and creativity. She has also served in the Pre-School classroom.
Ms. Jameka hopes to continue persuing her education and impacting the lives of every child she teaches.
I believe, therfore I can.
Ms. Bernice serves as the Threes Pre-School teacher at KinderCare here in Meridian, Mississippi. She truly enjoys working with children and striving to create an awesome learning experience for each child. Often times you can find Ms. Bernice reading, acting or singing during story time to help bring the characters in the story to life.
Ms. Bernice always says 'being a silly-train is not so bad'. She always aims to inspire her childreen to learn through what they love and keeping their attention sparked.
Ms. Bernice has finished her Associates in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue furthering her eduaction and career in childhood education
If at first you don't succeed try and try again.
Ms. Ruthie has been a resident of Meridian for over thirty years. She has also been a part of the KinderCare Education family for over 35 years. Outside of being our KinderCare Chef she has also taught the Pre-School classroom.
What Ms. Ruthie enjoys most about KinderCare is seeing the children grow up and bring their next generation of students back to KinderCare.
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.
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.
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.
The Center has a secure coded entrance door. They have monthly fire and tornado drills. Most teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified (all are trained). There is a sign-in and sign-out book at the front of the 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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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