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12th Avenue KinderCare

Ms. Whitney Peach, Center Director

505 12th Ave. Southeast Norman OK 73071
(405) 364-2844 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS

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Welcome to the 12th Avenue KinderCare of Norman! Our center is conveniently located on 12th Ave S.E., just north of Boyd. Our proximity to the OU campus makes us an ideal learning center for children of faculty, staff, and students of the University of Oklahoma!  

Ms. Whitney Peach, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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 center is full of love and laughter. Our staff strives every day to work together to create a welcoming and fun environment for both the center students and their families. It brings us great joy and pride to know that we are staffed with some of the most dedicated and caring educators. It is not uncommon to see our staff members reaching out to one another to better themselves and their classrooms. We are committed to each child as an individual. We make an effort to reach each one of them on their level daily. It is important to us that our students and families feel secure and have the comfort knowing they are safe to grow freely in our center.

  • Ms. Whitney Peach

    Ms. Whitney Peach, Center Director

    My favorite part of being a piece of children's education is watching them explore and learn new things. The "Aha" moments are the best.

    Ms. Whitney has worked in early childhood education for more than five years. She grew up in the small town of Chickasha, Oklahoma where she attended both Canadian Valley Technology Center and Redlands Community College while also in Chickasha High School. She then went on to achieve two associate's degrees from Redlands Community College and a bachelor's with the University of Oklahoma. She currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma and loves that her family has made this area their home. Ms. Whitney aspires to grow each day with the families she gets the privilege of working with. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining the KinderCare team, Ms. Whitney worked for a non profit child care organization. She has worked as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Master Teacher, and an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Place You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    Canadian Valley Early Childhood Education Diploma; Associate's Degree in Child and Famiy Development; Associate's Degree in Diversified Studies; Certificate of Mastery; Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Mariah Rakestraw

    Mariah Rakestraw, Assistant Director

    "I enjoy getting to be with the children every day and express myself openly with them. It is fun to let out my inner child.

    Mya is from Little Axe Oklahoma where she graduated high school in 2010. She then went on the join the child care field and pursue her education in early childhood. She has two sons and one pending daughter. Mya is a family oriented person who has a real love for fun and exploration. She enjoys coming to work everyday and helping the teachers learn new things to implement in their classrooms as well as getting hands on with the students. We are excited to have Mya as a member of our 12th Avenue family!!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to 12th Avenue KinderCare Mya was a Master teacher at the OU learning center
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt

    Years in ECE industry:
    Certificate of Mastery in Early Childhood Education and currently attending OSUOKC studying Early Care Education and Administration
  • Ms. Mubina

    Ms. Mubina, Infant Classroom

    Mubina has known from an early age that she wanted to aid in helping others grow. She wants nothing else than to be a successful teacher. Luckily, her journey has led her straight here to 12th Avenue KinderCare where she was instantly a part of the family. Mubina spends her day truly loving and caring for each child that she comes in contact with. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mubina was a home childcare owner
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I Will Love You Forever by Robert Munch

  • Ms. MaeLee

    Ms. MaeLee, Infant Classroom

    Children are my life! I'm excited to wake up each morning just anticipating all of the great things that will happen in our class!

    Ms. MaeLee is a student and a mother of two beautiful children. She is from Geary, Oklahoma. Originally she chose to work in child care to be closer to her children during the work day, but this instantly turned into a passion for watching the students learn new things. She says that watching her students have "a-ha" moments and seeing that they have actually gained new knowledge from her is what drives her to get up every day and come to work happy and ready to go. She earned her degree from Rasmussen College. Ms. MaeLee is an absolute gem to work with and to watch as she leads her students to new heights each day.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Zarnique

    Ms. Zarnique, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children become more and more independent as they grow

    Ms. Zarnique is as unique as her name sounds. She is so much fun to watch as she works with our toddlers. She loves teaching them new things. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Zarnique is married and has a three-year-old daughter, who is the light of their lives. She says her favorite thing to do in the class is art. She enjoys getting to watch the children use their creative minds to come up with new things. We sure do enjoy Ms. Zarnique and her commitment to our center.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Child Care Development
  • Ms. Kaitlyn

    Ms. Kaitlyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love getting to come to work and learn about the different kids. Knowing that I am making an impact in their lives, gives me great pleasure.

    Ms. Kaitlyn is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma here in Norman. She is great with all of our students. Ms. Kaitlyn is always wearing a smile on her face and is eager to do something new in the classroom. She stated that her favorite thing to do in class with the students is to play bingo. She finds it great to see how excited the students get when they see that the card she is holding up matches what is on their page.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

  • Ms. Schuyler

    Ms. Schuyler, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Schuyler has a true passion for learning. She loves to focus on building healthy relationships with each child and their family. She finds great joy in being able to learn and grow alongside the children that she get to work with each day. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently earning an Associate in Child Development
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Preschool Classroom

    Children are like scientists! Every day is a new day for a magnitude of learning and the children are always so ready and excited to learn.

    Ms. Emily "Lilly" has come to us from Perry, Michigan. She recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in education. Ms. Lilly is sweet and motivated. Watching her with the children is refreshing. She says that she loves getting to learn about each one of her students so that she can find the best ways to keep them each engaged on their specific levels. She really enjoys creating new things in the classroom with her students.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

    Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Being able to watch students develop new skills and grow to new levels is my favorite part about teaching.

    Ms. Jessica is originally from Ohio, but thankfully, her father's military journey has led her right here to be on our staff as one of our teachers in Norman, Oklahoma. She graduated from Rush Springs High School knowing that all she wanted to do was teach. She stated that her experiences with great teachers was what has drove her passion for teaching. She earned her degree from Rasmussen College. Her love for glitter and glass painting are only small portions of what she enjoys getting into in her classroom. She says that knowing the kids are excited to see her gives her great satisfaction in her career choice. We are more than happy to have Ms. Jessica as a part of our team!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Jessica spent time working in a child care center in Lawton, Oklahoma.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Froggy Goes to School by Jonathon London

    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Mr. Andrew

    Mr. Andrew, Multi-Age Classroom

    It's really cool getting to be a part of the children's growth and to watch them learn new things.

    Mr. Andrew lives in Norman and for the last year has been a huge asset to our team here at the 12th street KinderCare. While he never knew that child care would become this big of a passion to him, he is enjoying every second of it. He says that coloring and creating are his two most favorite things to do in the classroom with the students. He earned an associate's degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma City Community College. His commitment to our center and our students have made him an integral part of this team.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Cook

    I love to cook and I like to make sure the children eat nutritional meals and encourage them to try something new.

    Ms. Becky makes this place smell amazing every day! She knows exactly how to make our pizza crust that perfect kind of crunchy and our broccoli just the right texture. The students absolutely adore Ms. Becky. She walks into a classroom and the children light up. She has spent more than 20 years prepping food for child care. She holds a degree in Food Management and is a registered Diet Technician. We all adore having Ms. Becky and her wonderful food around.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Food Management and Nutrition Education

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.

Special Features

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Walgreens

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At 12th Avenue 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. All back doors leading to the playground can only be opened from the inside or with a key. The entire playground is fenced to help ensure the safety of the children while outside. All staff are trained in 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 daughter has been at this 12th Avenue KinderCare location for over a year, and our experience has been extremely positive. I have had a couple of very minor issues over the course of this time that were handled in a positive and professional manner. I really appreciate that the Director, Ms. Katherine, and the Assistant Director, Ms. Whitney, regularly check on me, my daughter, and the rest of our family. Every teacher is so genuine with my daughter that I know I can trust the staff to keep me informed of her progress. They notice and tell me about anything out of the ordinary right away in a kind and caring way. Also (and this was very important to me), the staff are very transparent about things that are going on in the center, such as a contagious illness with signs on the door. I appreciate this because it helps me be a more proactive parent, knowing ahead of time to look for signs of sickness and to keep my daughter home if I notice them so these illnesses are not spread around even more. I would highly recommend this care facility to any family in the area.

- Mother

My two-year-old started at 12th Avenue KinderCare this past August (2016). I have been beyond happy with the facility and employees. He loves to go to "school," which means that he is happy and feels safe--the most important things to a mommy and daddy. I love that they stick to a routine and that my child isn't just being babysat, he is learning and he keeps busy all day! I feel that my child is respected and loved, and I couldn't ask for more from a daycare facility. Thank you, KinderCare! 

- Mother

12th Avenue KinderCare is one of the most organized facilities I've ever seen. The teachers are all very caring, they greet my child each morning and gives lots of hugs. I love that my child eats three healthy meals every day, has an hour a day to play outdoors, and has rest time. I always feel that my child is in good hands when I drop off at KinderCare.

- Mother

My children have been attending 12th Avenue KinderCare for almost three years. Their teachers Ms. Jessica and Ms. Patricia show love and guidance every day to my children. My two-year-old has cultivated a love for playing music thanks to Ms. Patricia, who brought in a flute for the class. My four-year-old loves all the art that happens in Ms. Jessica's class and can't wait to bring it home for her dad to see. As a parent, I am so happy to have such a wonderful group of people to help mold my children into the wonderful individuals that they have become.

- Mother

Upon entering the 12th Avenue KinderCare center, I was nervous about my son attending somewhere new. It has been the greatest thing for us yet! His teacher is absolutely amazing with him. There isn't a staff member who hasn't been helpful and caring in his transition. I am so happy that we chose to come to 12th Avenue KinderCare!

- Mother

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