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140th Avenue KinderCare

Ms. Diane Uria, Center Director

4801 South West 140th Ave. Miami FL 33175
(305) 220-8430 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Bird Rd & Miller St

Turnpike & Bird Rd. SW 40th St. Between Miller & Bird Rd. & 137th Ave.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bent Tree, Ethel Koger, Pine Crest Academy

Now enrolling for Fall Voluntary Prekindergarten!  Spots are limited and KinderCare has revised Prekindergarten curriculum starting in the Fall of 2015 which is realigned to current Florida early learning and K-12 Common Core standards. Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten available at select locations! Call your local center for more details. 
Also Enrolling for Summer VPK for those children that did not use thier vouchers during the school year.

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

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Welcome to our Bent Tree KinderCare. We look forward to meeting you and and having you as part of our family. We will provide an experience for you and your child that will live in your hearts for many years to come. Our staff has over 175 years combined experience yet everyday we learn something new. We strive to make each day an experience your child will be excited about telling you and keep them wanting to learn more everyday that goes by.

Ms. Diane Uria, Center Director

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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


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.

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  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. Tuesday December 20, 2016
    1. Visit From Santa

Teachers & Staff

Our staff combined has a total of over 175 years of experience.

  • Ms. Diane Uria

    Ms. Diane Uria, Center Director

    I love to see the excitement in their eyes when they learn something new and feel proud about it. Ver el entusiasmo en los ojos de los niños cuando aprenden algo nuevo y se sienten orgullosos de ello es algo que me emociona.

    Diane has been with the company since 1989 at the age of 21. She started working in the two-year-old room while finishing up her Associate of Arts Degree. She continued her career moving up to Assistant Director, and finally in 1995 she was promoted to Center Director. Since 1995, Diane has been able to touch the hearts of many, many families. She has raised her own two boys with the help of all her wonderful staff at KinderCare. Diane also continued her education by receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in August of 2009.

    Diane ha estado con la compañia desde 1989 desde los 21 años. Comenzo como profesora de la clase de los 2 años mientras terminaba su Asociado en Artes. Continuo su carrera como Asistente de Director hasta que finalmente asumio el cargo de Directora en 1995. Desde ese año Diane ha estado y esta en la vida de muchas familias. Crio a sus dos hijos en su escuela con ayuda de todas sus empleadas. Diane continuo sus educacion logrando su Bachillerato en Ciencias en Agosto de 2009

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree, Associate of Arts Degree
  • Diana Nugent

    Diana Nugent, Assistant Director

    I love that every time you teach something to a child, you open their minds for the future. Lo mejor de este trabajo es que cada vez que le enseñas algo a un niño, le abres la mente al futuro.

    Diana is one of the longest staff members in our building desde 1990. She has been at this location as long as it has been open. She worked with multiple age groups and was promoted to Assistant Director in 1993. Diana also raised her two boys here at KinderCare and has had many opportunities to touch the lives of many families. Diana loves the interaction she is able to have with parents and children. She is always available to help or answer questions at a moments notice.

    Diana es una de las empleadas con mas años de servicios en esta escuela. Ha estado aqui casi desde los inicios de este local inagurado en 1989. Ha trabajado en las diferentes aulas hasta que fue asendida como Assistente de Director en 1993. Diana crio a sus dos hijos aqui y ha tenido la oportunidad de ser parte de la vida de muchas familias. Una de las oportunidades de Diana es poder estar en contacto siempre con los padres y niños. Siempre esta dispuesta a ayudar y/o contestar cualquier pregunta en cualquier momento.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Hanka

    Ms. Hanka, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the smile on their faces when they accomplish something new and knowing that I am helping them for what the future holds. El ver la sonrisa de los niños cuando cumplen una nueva meta y saber que yo he sido parte de ella.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Gina

    Ms. Gina, Kelsy's Learning Adventures / Infants

    I love watching the children's faces as they learn, the twinkle in their eyes when they make the connection between a sound of a letter and a word.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Isabel

    Ms. Isabel, Toddler Classroom Discovery Preschool

    I Love to see how the children enjoy the class and how they learn so much from day to day! Me gusta ver como los niños son participes de la clase y como aprenden tanto de un dia para otro.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Isabel was a teachers assistant in the public school system.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Katia

    Ms. Katia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see that the children are happy and reaching their milestones. Ver la felicidad en los niños y tambien cuando alcanzan sus metas

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Odalys

    Ms. Odalys, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love to see them smile that is when I know they are happy! I love the curiosity that they have and how much they want to learn. Cuando veo la sonrisa de los niños se que estan contentos la curiosidad es lo que mas me impresiona y como aprenden atravez de ella.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Yuly

    Ms. Yuly, Early Foundations Pre-School

    When they look at me for approval and recognition as they discover the world around them.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Early Foundations Pre-School

    I love that children are always happy and never hold grudges. I love that I learn just as much from them as they do from me." Los niños siempre estan alegres y nuncan guardan rencor no importa que. Se que yo aprendo tanto de ellos como ellos de mi.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nikauly

    Ms. Nikauly, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love Seeing how much the children are learning and growing each and every day. Ver a un niño aprender y crecer dia a dia es una emocion muy grande.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Patsy

    Ms. Patsy, School Age / Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    The best part of working with children is seeing the children's growth especially when we get to see it from the time of infancy through four years old. La mejor parte de trabajar con niños es cuando has podido verlos crecer desde bebes hasta los 4 anos.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Flor

    Ms. Flor, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to see how excited they are when they learn their A,B,C's. When I see them learn it only makes me want to teach them more! Me emociona mucho cuando me doy cuenta que los niños han aprendido sus ABC, cuando veo eso solo me inspira para seguir enseñandoles mas.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential

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. Tuesday December 20, 2016
    1. Visit From Santa

  3. 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.

Special Features

  • Offering Summer VPK
  • Dates TBA February 2017

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Our school is equipped with a keyless door entry code handle. No need to wait for the door to be opened for you. Enter your code and you are able to walk in and take your child directly to his or her class. The state of Florida requires that for every 20 children in the building we have one teacher certified in First Aid & CPR. As an added precaution we have required all of our staff to obtain the First Aid & CPR. That is more than double what the state requires.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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Our experience with KinderCare has been nothing short of exceptional. It began in the summer of 2011 with our first born. She entered the prekindergarten program eager and willing to learn, but having never left her home I was concerned about her adaptability to change. To my surprise, her thirst for knowledge was reciprocated with caring educators committed to her intellectual growth. These women worked patiently and devotedly with my daughter until she mastered all the skills presented in the center's curriculum. By graduation, she was 5 year-old who knew how to read simple books! Today she continues to thrive in her kindergarten class, earning top achievements and performing above average in all her subjects. After observing the tremendously positive impact that KinderCare had on Sarah, we decided to register our son Ismael for the prekindergarten program of 2012-2013. We are halfway through the school year and already we are noticing the same transformation that his sister experienced the prior year. We are incredibly grateful to Diane and all the teachers of 140th Avenue KinderCare that have set such solid foundations for our children's educational futures. God bless you all always!

- Parents

KinderCare holds a special place in my heart and I can't say enough about what it has meant to me. I have two boys who attended KinderCare from the age of 6 months old to when they attended Middle School and participated in the before/after school programs. From the moment I called the facility and spoke with the Center Director Ms. Diane Uria I knew that this was the right place for my child, due to her professionalism and warm personality. KinderCare teachers and staff were like an extended family and as a result my children flourished in this environment. When they were infants I wanted to know everything about what happened to them throughout the day and was well informed on their activities, and this communication continued through the years. My boys were well taken care of and loved and I never worried about them as I knew all their needs were met. The center offered many activities for the parents to attend and participate in with their children, pictures where taken professionally and candidly that captured memories, many extra perks were offered that helped to make life easier for parents such as haircuts and phonics classes which helped tremendously when my son started school. I have since recommended KinderCare to other parents and continue to do so to this day. I feel my sons in their beginning and most critical years had a great start and advantage with KinderCare; and today they are 12 and 15 and both are outstanding students who are in gifted programs and received many academic awards over the years. I owe it to KinderCare which is not just a day care center but a learning center. I continue to keep in touch with the director who went above and beyond her job responsibilities and was the main reason I loved KinderCare so much. She maintained the facility in the high standards I wanted and expected and I could not have chosen a better place. My children attended 2 KinderCare facilities when they were school age. They had to attend the before/after school care at the KinderCare facility which was close to their school as the facility provided bus service to and from school. Both facilities provided superb service. I am forever grateful to the great start that was provided for them at KinderCare and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

- Mother

No words can describe how much I appreciate finding such a warm and loving environment for my daughter. After having a very bad experience with another learning center, I took a week off from work in search of the perfect place I could trust with my daughter's education and well being. After visiting many centers and becoming very frustrated and overwhelmed with my search, a family friend told me about KinderCare. As soon as I walked in I knew this was the place. The center Director, Diane Uria, took the time to show me the center, the curriculum, and introduced me to all the teachers. Every single one of them had smiles on their faces and seemed like they truly enjoyed their jobs. The children were all involved in an activity and seemed happy as can be to be in school. Needless to say, my decision was easy! My daughter has been at KinderCare since she was one, and she is now five and going to Kindergarten in the fall. She loves KinderCare and all the teachers and directors that make this center so great. I can never thank them enough for providing my daughter with a loving and safe environment and an extraordinary educational base that has more than prepared her for her first year in elementary school. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

- Mother

My three children have all attended KinderCare Learning Center and were students from 2001 until 2013. Words cannot express the love all the teachers and the Director gave to them. The center became part of our family and great relationships were formed. To this day my 15-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son and 8-year-old son still beg me to take them to the center just to say "Hi" to their teachers. I LOVE KinderCare and will always remember how amazing they were too all of us.

- Mother

KinderCare has been nothing but our children's second home and a big piece of mind to us. This is more than just a daycare, it is a high quality learning center. It is a great educational institution that truly prepares children to be successful for their early educational path.
In 2008, we decided to place our first child at this institution when he was a little over one year old. We did a lot of research and were very impressed after our first visit. The staff is very professional, the facility is impeccable, safety at all levels is a priority, and the curriculum is extraordinary. My child was so well prepared when he was out from their Prekindergarten program in 2012, that when entering Kindergarten he already knew how to read and had developed all needed social skills to succeed in his first school year. My son is going into second grade and keeps going to KinderCare for the after school program, which is also a five star program. In 2011, we had our second child and were so confident that we did not hesitate to place our second child in their Infant program when he was only three months old.
If you are looking for a safe and caring institution that also offers high quality education, this is the place for your child! You will be so impressed from your first visit.

- Mother

KinderCare is a GEM!!! Administrators and staff are knowledgeable, caring, and supportive. My son started last Fall after having a very poor experience at a nearby preschool whose focus for 3 year olds was purely on academics. This new trend which attempts to teach writing skills way to early is resulting in poor outcomes such as bad handwriting that later can't be unlearned, as well as, inviting an unnecessary level of frustration to the learning process. My son's previous school expected 2 and 3 year olds to sit for hours writing and using IPads for learning. Play was not until the late afternoon and they gave them homework.  In theory, a head start on academics, but why??? This was a curriculum that physically and socially few could adapt to successfully....  especially when transitioning from home to school.  Children learn and are stimulated through movement, they need movement, their brains like ours benefit from movement. Greater oxygen to the brain produces better focus and retention of information. KinderCare understands this model for success at school.
KinderCare makes learning fun through movement and learning stations. Children learn and thrive through play and movement. They know children are different and they respect and celebrate the differences. KinderCare practices an age-appropriate curriculum and disciplines children appropriately and effectively. They work together with parents and offer a collaborative perspective.  As an educator and counselor, I am thrilled that my child is learning skills (social and academic) at an age appropriate pace and that he is respected and celebrated for his unique attributes. He has scored gifted on all the standardized assessments throughout the school year and has a love for learning! The difference....KinderCare!!!
KinderCare is the perfect school environment when making the transition from home to school. They meet your child where they are at and help/support them into learning. ALL the teachers show compassion and provide a nurturing environment for your child to thrive and learn. They are a team and show unity. Ms. Uria, I am forever grateful for your compassion and support in my son's transition. Ms. Diana your leadership and support are much appreciated.  Ms. Yuly, my son simply adores you. Thank you for making every school day a happy one.  I look forward to having my daughter experience success just like her brother as she transitions from home to school at KinderCare this Fall!

- Mother

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