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KinderCare Midwest City

Mrs. Melissa Garcia, Center Director

9105 Apple Dr. Midwest City OK 73130
(405) 733-4127 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Country Estates, Midwest City Elementary, Indian Meridian, Soldier Creek, Steed, Westfall, James Griffith

Welcome

Welcome to the Midwest City KinderCare Learning Center located in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Our staff believes that every family is important, and that every child is unique and deserves the best care and attention. Through training and an excellent curriculum, our staff encourages social, emotional, and physical development all while providing a fun, secure, and loving learning environment.

Mrs. Melissa Garcia, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The Center Director and staff at our Midwest City KinderCare are excited and passionate about your children and learning. We believe learning is a lifelong process and work as hard to develop ourselves as we do to protect and educate your precious children. Staff receive a minimum of 24 hours of trainings annually and new staff participate in over 60 hours of training in their first year. Currently, six staff members are certified by the state of Oklahoma as Master Teachers. In addition, we believe that it is our duty to support not only our families, but our community as well. We host community events such as the Caring Van Immunization Clinic, Safe Kids Oklahoma Car Seat Safety Checks, and First Aid and CPR classes. Similarly, we partner with nearby Tinker Air Force Base, the Mid-Del and Choctaw School Districts, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and local family support agencies to provide wrap-around services for the families we serve. We are conveniently located on Douglas Ave. close to the I-40 exit and minutes from Tinker Air Force Base. We are NECPA accredited and Oklahoma Department of Human Services 3-star rated. More importantly, we love children and we cannot wait to meet you!

  • Mrs. Melissa Garcia

    Mrs. Melissa Garcia, Center Director

    Ms. Melissa began her career with KinderCare on February 8, 2016, as a Center Director. Over the last 26 years, she's had the wonderful opportunity to work with many children and families. Having over 26 years experience working with children or in a classroom setting, Ms. Melissa is passionate about the children and families that she's had the opportunity to know and love, and is excited to continue being a part of helping her families care for their small learners! She has been married to her husband for 22 years and has four beautiful daughters.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has 14 years of experience directing accredited, three-star programs and has worked for five years as an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Oklahoma Director's Credential
  • Ms. Janie Johnson, Assistant Director

    Ms. Janie started working for KinderCare in 1996 in the Toddler Classroom. For a few years, she worked in several classrooms getting to know the details about each. She greatly enjoyed teaching while creating a special relationship with parents, so she decided to become an Assistant Director in 2005. She enjoys the wonderful children and families at our center. One of her favorite parts is being able to see and talk to children each day. Also, when Ms. Janie is not working, she enjoys time with her family. She has one daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. They all keep her on her toes! She reads, gardens, and watches Alabama football as well.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    Year Started:
    9/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education; CECPD Bronze Director Credentials
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sheila loves helping her little ones grow and explore the new world around them! She is married and has two sons.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    5/3/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Oklahoma Master Teacher
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. "Mimi" enjoys interacting with all of our children! Ms. Mimi is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. Her weekends are spent in her shop doing wood crafts! She's also a new grandma to a precious little boy!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Albert the Albatross by Syd Hoff

    Year Started:
    9/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 +
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Annabel

    Ms. Annabel, Infant Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    7/7/2016
  • Ms. Chantel

    Ms. Chantel, Toddler Classroom

    If you're happy, you must be sharing love.

    Ms. Chantel loves the unity of the center and how the teachers pull together for the children. She works in our Infant and Toddler Classrooms, which she loves. Ms. Chantel and her students have a great time and she believes that she has a wonderful group of students. Outside of KinderCare, she is married and has two children. She enjoys being able to spend time playing with her children, reading books, and taking long walks.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chantel worked for both another childcare center and Mid-Del Votech Nursery before joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

    Year Started:
    11/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Debbie has ten years of experience in early childhood education. She enjoys drawing, her weekends with family, and is an active Cub Scout mom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Debbie worked for many years at a non-profit center in OKC.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development; Associate Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Kristen has a baby boy, and her weekends are spent with friends and family.

    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Mia

    Ms. Mia, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Mia enjoys weekends with her young son and playing basketball with friends. Ms. Mia played basketball in high school and while attending college at Ohio State University!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
  • Ms. Asha

    Ms. Asha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Asha grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma as the oldest of two. She enjoys church, time with her family, and working with children. She has worked with a variety of age groups for 13+ years and understanding how each child learns differently is what inspires her daily.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans

    Year Started:
    9/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Family Servies and Child Development
  • Ms. Morgan

    Ms. Morgan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Morgan enjoys helping her two-year-olds learn how to interact and engage with each other as well as the world around them!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    9/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Victoria

    Ms. Victoria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Victoria is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College, where she will complete the child development associate program in fall of 2017. Her weekends are full of homework and caring for her young son!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. LaTasha

    Ms. LaTasha, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tasha enjoys working one-on-one with her students, being able to help them connect with each other and to help them explore how things grow and work.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4/5/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential with an Early Care focus; Child Development Associate Credential with a Preschool focus
  • Ms. Maricel

    Ms. Maricel, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Maricel has two daughters and is pursing her degree in child development.

    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Mitzzy, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Mitzzy recently relocated from Utah. She is enjoying being closer to family, spending time with her fiancée, and getting settled into their new home!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
  • Ms. Angela, Cook

    Smile every chance you get, but only if you have brushed your teeth!

    Ms. Angela started working for KinderCare in January 1997 in the Toddler Classroom. She loves working in the various classrooms, especially the School Age Classroom. She believes that school age children are a real challenge, yet it is so rewarding to watch them mature and grow. One of her other duties is cooking meals for the children, and she helps with special events, like our Fall Festival. She has two daughters. One is 17 and the other is 10 years in age, so she knows what the trends are with her students. When she is not at work, she loves to watch her oldest daughter play basketball, go to movies, and just hang out with her children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Debbie, Health and Safety Coordinator / Learning Adventures Classroom

    I believe that life is about learning to dance in the rain!

    Ms. Debbie started working for KinderCare in 1992 as a cook and worked as a teacher in various classrooms over the years. She enjoys spending time with her family outside of work. She is married and has two sons and three grandchildren. She also likes to read, cook, fish, and camp, especially with her grandchildren.

    Year Started:
    7/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Food Handler's Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial 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

  • We accept NACCRA from our military families.
  • For convenience of our families, payments can be made online.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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 staff members all have current CPR and First Aid Certifications through the American Heart Association. We receive over 20 hours of training a year and staff in the first year receive 60 hours. We practice monthly Fire and Tornado drills. To further keep children safe, we have a keypad entry system at the door and all our playgrounds are fenced in.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I wanted to a take a moment to say thank you and share how wonderful the Midwest City KinderCare is. My three-year-old daughter has been attending only a short time but she has learned so much. The teachers are all so very helpful and always smiling when I bring her or pick her up. Ms. Bobbi and Ms.Yolanda are doing a great job with the three-year-olds! Thank you again for the awesome way you and your staff help us each day.

- Mother

My family and I have been with KinderCare since December of 2015. I had a three-month-old baby and a six-year-old. At first, I was scared to leave my baby because she was so little. When we went in for the tour, I knew that this is where i was going to choose to have my children go... because they were all so loving and it felt like a family. The Director told me that most of the teachers there had been with the company for many years--that was a good sign that this was a good place. In the beginning, my oldest was going to Latchkey with his school, but after the tour he was asking when he would start because he loved the place. Now that my children have been there for six months, I am glad that we chose KinderCare. The teachers in the infant room are so nice! In fact, in the mornings when I drop off my baby, she automatically goes to her teacher and when I pick her up, she gives them hugs goodbye. My son is in the school age class and he tells me all of the time he loves going--he is now in the summer program and loves it. Although I was nervous because their rates were a little more than most other day cares in the area, they provide the formula for my daughter and they feed my son breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day... the most important thing is that my children are in good hands and that I know that they are safe.

- Mother

My daughter has been attending KinderCare for the past three years and we love it! I couldn't ask for better people to trust taking care of my daughter before and after school. My nephew also goes to KinderCare, when my daughter wants to visit him in his class, they always allow her, which is very important to us! We are very happy with this daycare!

- Mother

My daughter has been attending KinderCare for three years. I love the staff and they really seem to care about my child. I feel really safe in entrusting my child with them. They are very flexible with working with my college school schedule. My child always enjoys her time at KinderCare and never wants to leave when I pick her up at the end of the day. My family is really happy to call KinderCare home and wouldn't attend anywhere else.

- Mother
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