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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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Special Instructions:
off Taylor Rd behind Regions Bank

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.

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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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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our warm, nurturing staff have over 100 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Shardae

    Ms. Shardae, Infant Classroom

    With much love, patience and kindness we can help shape a child's life!

    Ms. Shardae has been an employee of KinderCare for over three years now. What makes her day fulfilling is to have the privilege to meet new faces and have an impact on families lives. Each day we are given is a blessing and she has the honor of spending them watching our future learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining us at the Halcyon Park KinderCare, Shardae worked for two years at a KinderCare center in Georgia.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No More Diapers for Ducky
    Year Started:
    9/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelcey

    Ms. Kelcey, Infant Classroom

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, include me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

    Kelcey recently joined the KinderCare team and has taken on the role of lead teacher in the Infant B classroom.  Teaching is a absolute passion of hers.  As she grew older, she knew quickly that working with children would be her choice.  In her free time, Kelcey enjoys spending time with her family and attending church.  Kelcey enjoys making each day a warm and inviting experience for her students and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with young children for 10 years in Mississippi before moving to Alabama in 2015.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fancy Nancy
    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    BS in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sheena

    Ms. Sheena, Toddler classroom

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Sheena joined us with experience in early childhood education at a faith based provider and also with special needs children.  She is married and has two young children.  In her spare time, Sheena enjoys cooking and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher in a church affiliated program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love you Forever
    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    BS in Social Science; Associate degree in General Education
  • Ms. ShaNay

    Ms. ShaNay, Toddler classroom

    I truly enjoy working with young children and watching them grow and learn. They give me tremendous joy!

    Ms. ShaNay has been a part of the KinderCare team for two years. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She loves to sing and dance with the children in her classroom. It's always exciting in the Toddler A classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, ShaNay worked in an in-home child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Shalonda

    Ms. Shalonda, Two year old classroom

    Teaching is not about answering questions, but about raising questions--opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine." ~Yawar Baig

    Originally from Minnesota, Shalonda worked in an early childhood center with both toddlers and preschoolers.  She loves educating young children through hands-on experiences.  New students always excite her because she can show her caring and love for them daily.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a montessori learning center for five years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    8/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Child care specialist certificate
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool classroom

    Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. ~George Evans

    Jessica earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University Montgomery in 2009.  She is married and the mother of three children herself and loves educating young minds.  She looks forward to everyday making a difference daily in the lives of young children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jessica worked in a faith based child care program before joining us at KinderCare in 2014.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science 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. Regine

    Ms. Regine, Schoolage classroom

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Include me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

    Regine is orginally from New York where she graduated from Lehman College in 2013.  She currently is attending Auburn University Montgomery and enjoys being the schoolage teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked as a Kindergarten assistant teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education and English Literature
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    BA degree in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Val

    Ms. Val, Floating Teacher

    I love when a child remembers what was taught to them over a week ago!

    Ms. Val has been with KinderCare for over 14 years. She has worked with three and four year old children the majority of that time. Currently, she is a morning floater, working throughout the building wherever needed.

    Previous Experience:
    Val worked for another childcare provider for four years before joining the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Grandmother & I
    Year Started:
    8/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • 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:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years

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. 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.

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.

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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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