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The Hammocks KinderCare

Maria Barrantes, Center Director

14387 Southwest 96th St. Miami FL 33186
(305) 388-9526 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Close to 137 Avenue, Hammocks Blvd., West of Kendall Dr.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Claude Pepper Elementary School, Calusa Elementary School

Now enrolling for Fall Voluntary Prekindergarten! Space is limited and KinderCare has revised curriculum which is realigned to current Florida early learning and K-12 Common Core Standards. Each day, KinderCare provides a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

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!


Welcome to The Hammocks KinderCare located in Kendall. We look forward to meeting you and having you as part of our family. Each day, we provide a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Maria Barrantes, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.


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.

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.

Ballet and Soccer

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Centers located in the Hammocks. Our early childhood teachers are passionate about your child happiness, growth, safety, and providing a nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Maria Barrantes

    Maria Barrantes, Center Director

    A child has a special way of bringing joy to school every day". Being the Center Director gives me the opportunity to help families with the education of their children and help the little ones reach their maximum potential. I get inspired by seeing them grow and develop their skills while enrolled at KinderCare. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on the children's faces when they master a new skill. This is more than a job for me, it is an opportunity to share my passion for life while the children, to inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every one of them.

    Ms. Maria joined the Hammocks Kindercare Learning Center in 2008 as Assistant Director. She was promoted a Center Director in 2015.  She helps to ensure that our programs are safe, fun, nurturing, in a positive environment for children. Ms. Maria obtained an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology - Child Development.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Maria has more than 25 years of experience working with children.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree Psychology, Child development
  • Caridad Garcia

    Caridad Garcia, Assistant Director

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel SIlverstein

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Olga

    Ms. Olga, Infant Classroom

    Children are like flowers. They all grow and learn in their own special way. It makes me happy to see the smile on the children's faces when they learn something new.

    Olga has been with KinderCare Hammocks for 24 years. She has her child development associate in Early Childhood Education and loves being with the infants. She loves to see the milestones that come everyday with the children. She has a heart of gold and expresses love and passion for the children in her class.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Forever by Robert Munch

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Karolina

    Ms. Karolina, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Toddler Classroom

    The smallest things take up the most room in our heart. I love seeing the children's progress in their own unique way. I love to see them grow and succeed.

    Gloria has been with KinderCare since 2006 and loves being with the children. She has her child development associate and bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with the Toddlers and watching them learn and grow in her care. Everyday is a new day for learning and growing.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in Education
  • Ms. Yisney

    Ms. Yisney, Toddler Classroom

    As a teacher in KinderCare, I touch the life of a child forever. I love to see them grow and learn every day.

    Yisney is a inspiration to children. She has been with KinderCare since 2009 and has her child development associate in Early Education. She enjoys teaching and inspiring children of all ages.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Nidia

    Ms. Nidia, Discovery Preschool

    I love to see the smiles of the children. I enjoy their curiosity and providing them with a great learning environment. All grown-ups where once children, but only a few of them can remember it.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Little Prince By: Antoine De Saint
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Rosalia

    Ms. Rosalia, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see the children have fun in the classroom, socialize and learn day to day.

    Rosalia has great heart for Children. She has been with KinderCare for 2 ½ years. She is a Toddler teacher and loves interacting with the little ones everyday. She has her child development associate in early childhood.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Horton Hears a Who Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jazmine

    Ms. Jazmine, VPK Teacher

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, VPK Teacher

    I love working with children and seeing them grow, learn and develop different skills while in my care.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Obdalys

    Ms. Obdalys, Cook

    Cooking for children is my way of helping them grow in a healthy way. I love cooking and I enjoy being able to provide children with healthy meals everyday.

    Obdalys has great heart for the children. She has been with KinderCare for ten Years. She is our in-house cook and our children's cooking teacher. She has her child development associate in Early Education and she strives to make sure our children have healthy food everyday.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, we care for your child like you would. Education and development are important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do.

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.

I wanted to thank you and your staff for taking such a great care of my son during his attendance at KinderCare. He has come a long way since he first started; learning so much. I wanted to specially thank Ms Laura for her patience and dedication to teaching. I would recommend your center to anyone. Keep up the outstanding work.
Sandra Rivera

- Mother

Dear Teachers,

I would like to congratulate you on having such a fantastic child care center. Every day I am amazed at the quality of care given to the children by every member of the staff. The kids are always engaged, happy and given plenty of opportunities to develop in a safe and nurturing environment.

I feel so lucky to have my child in the care or such a committed group. Every night, after story time, I ask Olivia what was the best part of her day and school is almost always top on her list. It is such a treat to hear what a wonderful time she had playing, creating and learning.

Thank you for the care you give, the love you show, and the commitment to the quality of care given at your center. As a parent, there is nothing more comforting than knowing your child is growing and learning in safe, structured, and caring environment guided by professionals that love what they do.

I know the memories Olivia creates while at your center will be with her forever. Thank you for every thing you do to provide a quality program. Your staff is amazing and our family in thrilled to have found KinderCare on 96th Street!

- Mother

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