Dawn Chapman, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter Gala for Toddler 2, Toddler 3 and Toddler 5 on December 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love to see the joy of the faces of the children as they accomplish a task.
I love to come to work everyday to see the smiling faces of the children, and know that I am making a difference
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.
Seeing how children welcome me into their lives each day. They inspire me to become a better teacher and a better mother
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..
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.
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.
I love the nurturing environment that exists for the children, that environment also extends to the staff. This is a second home for me
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.
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.
Winter Gala for Toddler 2, Toddler 3 and Toddler 5 on December 14
Winter Gala - VPK - 12/16 - 11:00-11:30
Winter Gala - Preschool 1 and Preschool 2 - 10:00-10:30
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.
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Our center has a keypad entry for security; all of our staff is certified in both CPR as well as First Aid.
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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