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Halcyon Park KinderCare

Courtney Tate, Center Director

6955 Halcyon Park Dr. Montgomery AL 36117
(334) 270-5955 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Neighborhood:
Close to the intersection of Vaughn and Taylor Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Halcyon, Wilson, Blount, Forest Avenue and the new Pike Road School.

Welcome

Welcome to the Halcyon Park KinderCare webpage! Please enjoy all the great pictures of our staff and facility. Call today for a tour of our unique early education center, the only private child care in Montgomery that is NAEYC accredited!

Courtney Tate, 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.

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.

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

Our warm, nurturing staff have over 125 years experience in early childhood education! We strive each day to make sure your child and family feel welcome in the center.

  • Courtney Tate

    Courtney Tate, Center Director

    I love coming to work each day and seeing all the bright, shining faces of the future! There is never a dull moment in our center and I always look forward to hearing the giggles daily!

    Courtney has been working for KinderCare as a center director since 1998. Her focus is on families and children first and making sure each day is a positive experience for all. She is married and has one daughter, Maddie, who has attended this center since she was an infant. She enjoys reading, traveling and needle pointing in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare in 2001,Courtney directed an after- school program of 325 children for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sheep in a Jeep
    Year Started:
    11/16/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Audrey Henderson

    Audrey Henderson, Assistant Director

    I love knowing that I make a difference in children's lives.

    Audrey has been with KinderCare for over eight years. In her school age classroom she promotes respect and trust between children and adults. You will usually catch her engaging in an assortment of games with the children! She looks forward to the laughter and curiosity that her children bring to the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Audrey was an in-home childcare provider for five years and a toddler and preschool teacher for 14 years at a different provider.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    5/13/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Demetria

    Ms. Demetria, Infant classroom

    I believe that every child has a special way of adding joy to every day!

    Demetria graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in General Counseling.  She has served as a substitute school teacher for several years.  She loves working each day with our infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Four years working at Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Pre-K classroom

    Busy children are happy children. Getting my class excited about learning all about their world is my passion.

    Ms. Christine's class enjoys many hands on learning activities on a daily basis all designed to compliment our K3 curriculum. K3 class members work with clay and paint, dance and sing songs, enjoy time in our various activity centers, and look forward to storytime and outdoor play. K3 days are fun, full days of learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    12/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shamerial

    Ms. Shamerial, Schoolage classroom

    I strive to inspire, to motivate and to influence

    Shamerial is the mother of two young girls.  She is very creative and is often seen adding her special glow to the classroom.  She graduated from Alabama State University in 2013.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher at Head Start and another private center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pippi Longstocking
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    BA degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Iris

    Ms. Iris, Cook

    I love seeing the smiling faces of all the kids and knowing that each child is learning.

    Ms. Iris has worked as both a teacher and the center cook.  She currently helps prepare delicious daily meals for the children and drives the bus in the afternoon to pick the children up from school.  The children love to hear her coming with her creative songs and dances!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mother Goose
    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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 center features a keypad entry for restricted entrance and three large, fenced, developmentally appropriate playgrounds. All staff are certified in pediatric CPR and First Aid.

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.

My three children - ages nine, four, and three years old - love KinderCare! They are learning so much! The center not only took care of my family in our time of need but also continues to nurture my family well after closing time.

- Mother

As parents, sending our daughter to KinderCare is one of the best decisions my husband and I have made. Each day I drop her off, I have complete peace of mind that not only is she being educated, but she is also nurtured and loved. Words could never adequately express the love and gratitude I have for Courtney and her entire staff.

- Mother
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