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Deerwood KinderCare

Ellie Contreras, Center Director

15005 SW 122nd Ave. Miami FL 33186
(305) 378-9704 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
across from the Metro Zoo, in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Plaza

Neighborhood:
Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gloria Floyd & Frank C Martin Elementary

Now enrolling for Fall VPK - Space is limited!

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

Finding the right place and the right people for your child’s education and care is a big decision. To help your family with this choice, we would love for you to meet our teachers, see our classrooms, and learn more about our center and our programs. Here at the Deerwood KinderCare, our door is open and welcome to all interested families looking for a nurturing, safe, loving and structured learning environment. Our team members are dedicated in providing the best for all the children and to communicate to the parents to help build strong and confident relationships with the families.

Ellie Contreras, 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.

Math

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.

Spanish

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Deerwood KinderCare where we strive to provide the best learning and growing environment to all the children and families. Our staff is dedicated to each child's happiness, safety ad educational needs. We are a center made up of a caring and loving staff wanting the best for each individual we come in contact with. Our staff has many years of experience and are proud to express the low staff turn over and longevity of our team members.

  • Ellie Contreras

    Ellie Contreras, Center Director

    I love being able to watch the children grow and develop into young little people. I enjoy seeing the smiles on the children's faces and receiving all their hugs.

    Before KinderCare, Ellie worked in hospitality for ten years and decided that children is what she really has a passion for. She earned her Associate's of Arts Degree and began with KinderCare in 2001. She became the Assistant Director in 2003. Ellie loves having the opportunity to share new experiences with the children and families. She helps with the Learning Adventures program and enjoys watching the children grow into young people. Ellie loves her job and loves working with the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    Year Started:
    10/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Temeka Linder

    Temeka Linder, Assistant Director

    I love teaching the children something new and seeing their smiling faces.

    Before working for KinderCare, Temeka was an owner of her own Preschool. She began working with KinderCare in 2009. She taught in our preschool class before coming the Assistant Director in 2016.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I am helping the children build a foundation that will last forever and seeing their faces light up when they say, 'I did it! I can do it!'

    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Esperanza

    Ms. Esperanza, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy seeing how fast the children grow everyday.

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the children progress in what they learn everyday and watching them do the new things they have learned.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy working with the children, teaching, nurturing and helping them grow. I love watching how much the children have learned and grasped.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Assoicate's Degree
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see how the children learn from what I taught them. The smiles the children give are rewarding.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Samanta

    Ms. Samanta, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children grow and learn new things everyday, hearing them say the things
    they learn and seeing them happy.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stefani

    Ms. Stefani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being with the children and teaching them new things and seeing and hearing them do and say what I have taught them.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Carrie

    Ms. Carrie, PreSchool and Learning Adventures

    I enjoy watching the parents get excited about what their child has learned and love the greetings I receive from the children when come to KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree
  • Ms. Olga

    Ms. Olga, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that I have the ability to help teach and grow with all the children.

    Year Started:
    9/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten and School-age Classroom

    I love seeing the children get excited when they finally understand things.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Luan

    Ms. Luan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the imagination of young children and seeing their development throughout the year. I enjoy having conversations with the children and watching them apply what I have taught them.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that the children learn from what I teach and that I am able to watch them grow and learn through the years.

    Year Started:
    8/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Shandra

    Ms. Shandra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Watching the growth of the children throughout the year and watching them apply what they have learned in the classroom and with others.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rosalind

    Ms. Rosalind, Center Cook

    I love knowing that the children leave my class having long lasting memories and I enjoy watching the world with the children everyday.

    Year Started:
    6/1/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are our top priorities. From daily sign-in and out, to strict parent/guardian identification, single keypad access, daily cleanliness and maintenance schedule, all staff are CPR & First Aid certified, criminal background checks are completed to ensure trustworthy staff, monthly fire and disaster drills conducted to help us maintain a rigorous standard for safety.

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 share our story with Angela McKinney and Deerwood KinderCare. Our time with Angel began in January 2001 with the enrollment of my son when he was six months old. We immediately became an “Angel” family. She formed a close bond with my son Clayton, nicknamed “Bubba”. Angel made the transition of being a first time parent returning to work less intimidating. She and the staff at KinderCare Deerwood were always available to answer questions, give help, or to just listen when needed. I could leave Clayton at KinderCare and know that he was being taken care of as if he was their child. When it was time for Clayton to move on it was an emotional departure. Then within a few months, our daughter Heather, came along, and we knew we would be with Angel for another five years. It made returning to work no problem knowing that Heather would be spending her days in an environment with such loving people. When Heather was three she had her first seizure at KinderCare. Not only did the entire staff know how to handle the situation, Angel was there to help me get myself together before I went in to see Heather. Throughout her remaining time at KinderCare, Angel and her staff handled Heather’s epilepsy with professionalism and loving care. We knew that when Heather was at KinderCare she was looked after and her medical needs would be addressed, if needed. Even though my children no longer attend KinderCare, they still request to stop and visit Angel and the rest of the staff. That alone is a tribute when a fourteen-year-old boy wants to stop and see "his Angel", as he used to call her. Angel and I will contact each other to keep up with how our families are doing. I feel very fortunate that we are an “Angel” family, and my children have had someone in their life to help create an emotional and educational foundation.

- Parent

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge how amazing the KinderCare Center where my daughter goes is. The outstanding and amazing directors are two Super Stars! What amazing leaders and what a team they are. This school has made us feel like family. They have taken care of my children as if they were their children. They received the best education and in the most loving environment. I went to work each day confident, relaxed and content knowing that my daughters were in the best care possible. Both academically and socially the children that go here are challenged and being taught at their age appropriate levels. I love the interaction that I have with the teachers and with the directors. They are always in close contact with me on how my daughter is doing, both academics and with social skills and I love that they are so on top of it all and include me in the daily happenings at this school.

- Mother
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