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Miami Lakes KinderCare

Dawn Chapman, Center Director

8001 Oak Lane Miami Lakes FL 33016
(305) 821-5801 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Behind Burger King

Neighborhood:
Off 826 & Miami Lakes Dr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Miami Lakes K-8 & Bob Graham Education Center

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Welcome

My name is Dawn Chapman, I am the Center Director of KinderCare of Miami Lakes. I have worked at our center since 1992, and have been the Center Director since 1999. We have a very long-term staff here at our center, and we want your family to feel at home at our center. We take a great deal of pride in the education as well as the care we provide to the children. I want your family to look at us as an extension to your own family, we love the children we care for very much and the most important thing to us is their safety and their happiness.

Dawn Chapman, 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. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Wednesday December 14, 2016
    1. Winter Gala

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      Winter Gala for Toddler 2, Toddler 3 and Toddler 5 on December 14

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center located in the beautiful city of Miami Lakes, Florida. Our staff is dedicated to each child and their own personal learning style. The long tenured staff at Miami Lakes are passionate about Early Childhood Education and has a combined 260 years of experience caring for and educating children.

  • Dawn Chapman

    Dawn Chapman, Center Director

    I love being such an important part in shaping the lives of the children that are in my care. I feel so very privileged to be a part of their little lives. Teaching to me, is the most important job we can do, so I feel honored that I am here for a child's formative years.

    Dawn Chapman was born in Miami, Florida and was raised in Miami Lakes. Dawn has been the Center Director at KinderCare in Miami Lakes since 1999 and has been at this same center since 1992 when she first joined KinderCare. She began her career with KinderCare as the center's prekindergarten teacher before moving into the Assistant Director role. Dawn spent three years as the Assistant Director before being promoted to the Center Director. Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Center Director, Dawn began her career as a prekindergarten teacher before moving into the Assistant Director role.
    Year Started:
    4/24/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education and Florida Director's Credential
  • Christina Walterman

    Christina Walterman, Assistant Director

    I love the work that our teachers do with our children. I love to see the learn and grow.

    Christina Walterman was born and raised in Colombia. She has been the Assistant Director at the Miami Lakes KinderCare for 15 years and also speaks Spanish. Prior to coming to KinderCare she worked for the YMCA in New Jersey.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Christina worked for the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    3/11/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Floater

    Previous Experience:
    Claudia has worked in Dade County Public Schools in their after school as well as first grade.
    Year Started:
    11/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Child Development Association
  • Ms. Valencia

    Ms. Valencia, Chef

    Cooking is one of my hobbies and being able to share that with others is a joy; while also knowing I touch each child's life by providing them with healthy meals.

    Ms. Valencia is the center cook and has been with KinderCare since 1989.

    Year Started:
    3/11/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    AA Culinary Arts
  • Ms. Margaret

    Ms. Margaret, Learning Adventures Program

    I love to see the joy of the faces of the children as they accomplish a task.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Margaret has previous experience working in with Two and Three-year-old children and After School Programs.
    Year Started:
    1/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Debora

    Ms. Debora, Martinez

    I love to come to work everyday to see the smiling faces of the children, and know that I am making a difference

    Previous Experience:
    Debora worked at another Preschool for over 8 years prior to joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Florida Child Care Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infant

    Year Started:
    10/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    AA
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    BA
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    I love to interact with my students and get to know each of them. Seeing their faces when she arrives each morning inspires me each day.

    Ms. Jessica teaches in the toddler classroom and has been with KinderCare since 1998.

    Year Started:
    5/26/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    BA in Education
  • Ms. Ismaray

    Ms. Ismaray, Toddler

    Seeing how children welcome me into their lives each day. They inspire me to become a better teacher and a better mother

    Year Started:
    9/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Association
  • Ms. Thais

    Ms. Thais, Toddler Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Thais has also worked in KinderCare's in both South Carolina as well as in Virginia.
    Year Started:
    1/2/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Universidad Santa Maria De Venezuela
  • Ms. Vivian

    Ms. Vivian, Two's Classroom

    There is no other work environment where I can have this much fun.

    Ms. Vivian teaches in the discovery preschool classroom and has been with KinderCare since 1997..

    Year Started:
    11/13/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Two's and Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the excitement on a child's face when he/she is working toward accomplishing a task or skill.

    Ms. Debbie teaches in the both the two's and the toddler classroom and has been with KinderCare since 2006.

    Year Started:
    11/6/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Florida State Certified
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Two's Classroom

    A new day, another chance to provide children with an even better place to play, learn and grow.

    Ms. Shirley has been with KinderCare since 1997 and teaches in our discovery preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    11/13/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Carina

    Ms. Carina, VPK Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science
  • Ms. Taide (Tati)

    Ms. Taide (Tati), VPK Teacher

    I love the nurturing environment that exists for the children, that environment also extends to the staff. This is a second home for me

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tati worked at our KinderCare location previously and we are thrilled that she has returned to teach our Enrichment Classes.
    Year Started:
    10/4/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Association
  • Ms. Heidy

    Ms. Heidy, Three's Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day because of the children! The smiles they me give me each day just make my day.

    Ms. Heidy is a teacher in the preschool classroom and has been with KinderCare for nine years.

    Year Started:
    6/21/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Florida Childcare Credential
  • Ms. Geidy

    Ms. Geidy, Preschool

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool and VPK
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Child Development Association
  • Ms. Lissette

    Ms. Lissette, Floater

    Year Started:
    5/3/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    AA
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, School-Age/Floater

    Year Started:
    8/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    BA in Education
  • Ms. Licet

    Ms. Licet, School Housekeeper

    Previous Experience:
    worked for Dade County Schools
    Year Started:
    9/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    AA

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Wednesday December 14, 2016
    1. Winter Gala

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      Winter Gala for Toddler 2, Toddler 3 and Toddler 5 on December 14

  3. Friday December 16, 2016
    1. Winter Gala

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      Winter Gala - VPK - 12/16 - 11:00-11:30

    2. Winter Gala

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      Winter Gala - Preschool 1 and Preschool 2 - 10:00-10:30

  4. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Labor Day , Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July

Health and Safety

Our center has a keypad entry for security; all of our staff is certified in both CPR as well as First Aid.

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.

About four years ago, I made a very difficult decision to put my oldest daughter in a learning center at the age of 18 months. I cried along with her for the first couple of days. However, knowing that she was in very capable hands that would take care of her as if she were their own was what allowed me to bring her back each day. When I decided to place her in KinderCare, I had chosen to be part of something that was more than just a daycare; I had chosen to be part of a family.&nbsp;<br /> That is what KinderCare has been to me, a safe place where it is more like family and home for my three children. Since that initial struggle, my eldest daughter has graduated from KinderCare. When she left, she was more than prepared for Kindergarten. She had learned so many things from potty-training to subtraction. She learned valuable social skills that will be with her throughout her life, so my other two daughters are following in her footsteps.<br /> My two other children are currently enrolled at KinderCare where they enjoy going to school every day.&nbsp; My children feel just as at home in their school as I do. Their teachers and staff at the Miami Lakes KinderCare are amazing! They are all loving and nurturing, which makes me so happy that I made that difficult decision over four years ago to place my daughter in KinderCare. I will truly be saddened the day my youngest daughter graduates from KinderCare Miami Lakes KinderCare, as we will miss the community that has felt so much like home.

- Mother
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