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OU Learning Center

Jennifer Sneed, Center Director

2727 Asp Ave. Norman OK 73072
(405) 325-0528 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
OU Campus

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Madison and Monroe Elementary Schools

 

 

Welcome

The OU Learning Center is located on the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma across from the baseball fields. Our professionally-trained staff are dedicated to helping prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Our beautiful playground allows children to safely develop their gross motor skills while climbing our play structures and riding bikes. Our playground features grassy areas where the children engage in whole-group activities and games. We offer nutritious meals guided by the Federal Food Program. This program features family-style dining in which the children and teachers sit together for each meal. Each child-friendly meal consist of whole-grain products, milk, fruits and vegetables. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! Please call to schedule a visit today!

 

Jennifer Sneed, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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

Being a part of OU Learning Center means being a part of another family! Let us introduce ourselves to you...

  • Jennifer Sneed

    Jennifer Sneed, Center Director

    What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." ~ Pericles


     As a supporter of Early Childhood Education Jenny has been a Center Director since 1999. Jenny is very passionate about partnering with her families and teachers to provide the best early learning environment for their children. She believes that every child deserves the best.Jenny also looks forward to working with children and helping them learn and grow each and every day. She has successfully lead her teachers to gain recognition as a Nationally Accredited Program through NAC. Jenny strives for "the best" in her staff and her professionalism and enthusiasm is what sets her school apart from the others.
     
    Previous Experience:
    Jenny has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 23 years in various roles: teacher, assistant director and Center Director
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Will Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Director Certificate of Mastery, A.A.S. of ECEA, Gold Level Oklahoma Directors Credential
  • Amber Glinton

    Amber Glinton, Assistant Director

    "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." Fred Rogers

    Amber has worked in the field of early childhood education since 2010. She received her bachelor of science in child development from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. Amber is very adamant about building strong relationships with her families and teachers to make the atmosphere of the early learning environment feel like a second home. She believes deeply in quality care and loving, supportive teachers for every child. Amber helps push the staff to be excellent in all that they do for the children but especially in their curriculum. Her love for the children and her desire to help others grow to their full potential is what helps make this center so special.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber has worked for six years in the field of Early Childhood Education in various roles including assistant teacher, master teacher and assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Bronze Level Oklahoma Director's Credential
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Alyssa loves to be creative and think outside the box. Her favorite part of working with the toddlers is helping them discover new things and making a difference in each one of their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    9/8/2016
  • Ms. Sky

    Ms. Sky, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sky is so attentive to each infant in her care. She enjoys spending lots of time in the floor with the infants singing, reading, and talking to them while they play. She loves to see them hit new milestones and takes pride in being able to help them as they learn some of their "firsts". Her classroom is always such a warm and loving environment!

    Year Started:
    10/6/2016
  • Mrs. Savannah

    Mrs. Savannah, Preschool Classroom

    Mrs. Savannah has worked for four years in the field of early childhood education. She truly has a heart to take the time to understand every child's needs and invest in helping every child in her class feel special.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Ashley is inspired when each child has a smile on their face when she is in the room. She makes sure to let every child know how much they mean to her and that her goal is to help them learn while having fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Michele loves seeing her toddlers learn new skills and advance in their abilities. She is currently working towards her child development associate. Her favorite part of the toddler class is all the hugs and love she receives throughout the day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Narnia Chronicles
    Year Started:
    4/25/2016
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Amber is inspired by her class and has a great love for each of them! She loves seeing their smiling faces everyday and getting to make an impact in their lives!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Mrs. Amanda

    Mrs. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has worked for four years in early childhood education. She has five beautiful children of her own and she considers the children in her class an extension of her own. Ms. Amanda is very passionate about her faith, family, and work. She loves teaching and her love for the children is so easy to see!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    7/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Anita

    Ms. Anita, Infant A Classroom

    What I like best about working with children is knowing that I am instrumental in the field of Early Chilhood Education.

    Ms. Anita is grateful to be a part of the lives of each child she cares for. She enjoys watching the children grow and learn new things everyday. She is passionate about making sure each child is treated as an individual.

    Year Started:
    7/20/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Auggie

    Ms. Auggie, Infant Classroom

    One of my favorite parts of working with children is knowing I am a part of tomorrow's leaders.

    Ms. Auggie has been with KinderCare for three years. She truly has a love for teaching young children. She helps to ensure that each child expands there language skills, grows their mind, and builds a sense of community. Her classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals. She is currently studying in the field of Early Childhood Education and implements every thing she learns into her classroom.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bilingual Infant Toddler Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mrs. Breanna

    Mrs. Breanna, Infant Classroom

    Breanna provides a loving, nurting environment for the infants. She has been in the early care field for five years. Breanna spends quality one on one time with each child in her care. She is very vocal with them, reading and encouraging them to coo and babble. She ensures all of their needs are met and they feel safe and secure while you are at work and they are in our care.

    Year Started:
    9/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Casandra

    Ms. Casandra, Toddler

    Casandra works with the toddlers at our center.  She has two boys of her own and enjoys spending time with them.  Casandra enjoys engaging the children in activities that develop their large motor skills.  She enjoys dancing, jumping, and encouraging the children to climb.

    Year Started:
    3/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Miss Sammie

    Miss Sammie, Toddler Classroom

    Sammie is our lead Toddler teacher. She is currently pursuing her child development associate degree and should have this by the middle of 2017. Sammie loves all the children in her class and builds strong relationships with all families. If your child is in our toddler class you can expect to be invited in to read to the children, or just spend time. Sammie loves parent interaction!

    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Tabitha has been working in Early Care Education for the past four years. If your child is ready to be potty trained than this is the class for them! Tabitha will work with you to ensure the best potty training experience possible for your child! Tabitha will also implement our curriculum to expose your child to developmentally appropriately activities to stimulate their curiosity.

    Year Started:
    1/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Mr. Joel

    Mr. Joel, Preschool Classroom

    Children are the most valuable things in our world. It is an honor and a great joy to help children grow and learn as they explore their world.

    Mr. Joel has been with KinderCare for four years. Mr. Joel brings his positive and upbeat energy into the classroom. He enjoys teaching the children new things and experimenting along with them. Ms. Joel is a very patient and understanding person, so the children love to learn with him!

    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in English, pursuing his Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mrs. Linda

    Mrs. Linda, PreSchool Classroom

    I like watching the children learn and growm each one is unique and special.

    Ms. Linda is known around the center for her bubbly personality and her warm and welcoming approach. Having 30 years experience with children and parents has given her great joy. Her high level of energy is contagious and families love her positive interaction with them.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mrs. Tonya

    Mrs. Tonya, Learning Adventures Classes and Catch the Wave

    You are responsible for your own actions.

    Ms. Tonya loves helping children develop new skills, engage in activities that require them to think and solve problems everyday. She knows she is working in skills that they will use their entire life. Using the student council, the children are allowed the opportunity to help choose some of the activities they will accomplish in the upcoming weeks of there curriculum.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Adrienne

    Ms. Adrienne, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Adrienne provides such a warm and loving environment for each child she comes in contact with throughout the day! She loves seeing each child's differences in their personality and watching them learn new skills every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

    Year Started:
    10/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Shelby

    Ms. Shelby, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Shelby aspires to love and build connections with every child she encounters. She says her main goal is to make them feel safe, welcomed, and loved in her presence. Ms. Shelby finds great joy in watching her students grow and delights in the fact that she is able to inspire young minds in a positive way.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    6/17/2016
  • Ms. Amber, Cook

    Ms. Amber makes sure the children are able to eat the yummiest and healthiest food possible. She enjoys getting the chance to see all the children throughout the day and helping them learn how to make healthy eating choices.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Sunday's Dinner

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Mia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Kellee

    Ms. Kellee, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kellee loves seeing the joy on a child's face when they learn something new. She finds inspiration in the fact that she plays a part in giving children a happy and hopeful future!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Year Started:
    1/2/2017
  • Ms. Jackie

    Ms. Jackie, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Jackie loves being silly with the children in her class. She is inspired by them every time she gets a hug or a smile! Her favorite part about working with children is seeing them experience new things as they grow and learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle & Jill McElmurry

    Year Started:
    1/22/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

  • 10 % Discount to OU staff, faculty, and students

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
Fall Professional Development Day: October 12, 2015
Spring Professional Development Day: February 15, 2016

If our center needs to open late, close early or remain closed due to inclement weather, we will post notification on Kindercare.com

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are. Our son has advanced so much in this last half year here at OU Kindercare. His vocabulary and motor skills have grown. We believe a classroom is only as great as the guidance above. Clearly, your leadership has developed a center where children grow and thrive. We will miss you deeply!

- Parents

When we adopted our son through Oklahoma’s Department for Human Services, we had no idea how to navigate the daycare system in Norman. Many places had waiting lists with no end in sight. We knew we wanted this sweet little boy to be in a place that valued his learning and development but that also cared for his spirit. We found that at KinderCare. The teachers immediately found a place for Sam and made him feel welcomed. This was a relief to us as we knew he was already dealing with adjusting to a new home and a new family. After a year at Kindercare, we are astounded at not only how much he has learned but also at how his personality has blossomed. He runs to his classroom every morning and doesn’t want to stop playing at the end of the day. He loves taking music classes and sings all day long. He also surprises us daily with new knowledge and social skills he picks up in the classroom. We are so grateful to have such a fun, nurturing and safe place for our son to grow each day.

- Mother

KinderCare has been nothing but great for us and our family. We love the attention Luke receives from his teachers, as well as the communication they provide us throughout the day and in take-home correspondence. Our biggest surprise was the day Luke was able to finger paint at school. All Luke's developmental and emotional needs have been met and we feel that the staff at KinderCare truly cares about the well-being of our son. We would recommend KinderCare to parents looking for any sort of child care needs for their little ones.

- Parents

Our girls have learned and grown so much being at the OU Learning Center, they have enjoyed all of their teachers and I think the directors do an amazing job running this center. I will continue to recommend you to all my families and friends looking for an early learning environment.

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