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Norman KinderCare

Mrs. Amber Hinson, Center Director

1205 West Boyd St. Norman OK 73069
(405) 360-6658 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Jackson, Monroe, McKinley, Cleveland, Adams, Truman, Truman Primary

Welcome

Welcome to the Norman KinderCare, where we are committed to providing a quality child care experience for you and your child. Continued education is of great importance to us as we strive to maintain an effective learning atmosphere in which our children can grow and develop. 

Mrs. Amber Hinson, 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.

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

  • Mrs. Amber Hinson, Center Director

    At an early age, Ms. Amber discovered her passion for impacting the lives of children through child care and education. In December of 2016, Ms. Amber joined the KinderCare staff as the Director. Her knowledge, experience, and passion has kept her in the town she grew up in. Ms. Amber has a special passion for children and creating memories. She is married with three children of her own. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, and researching/discovering new educational ideas.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    12/12/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family & Child Development; Bronze Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Dakota

    Ms. Dakota, Health and Safety Coordinator / Bus Driver

    Ms. Dakota began her early childhood education career in 2013. She is currently studying at Oklahoma City Community College majoring in psychology. With the degree, she has hopes of becoming a children's youth counselor. Ms. Dakota believes that watching the children grow by learning and exploration is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have. She chose to work in child care because she feels children can sometimes be overlooked and wants to make a change in the lives of the children and families. She prides herself in making the child's time with her one of the greatest early childhood experiences possible.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    8/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Degree in Psychology (In Progress)
  • Ms. Alli, Infant Classroom


    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault & Pete The Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin

  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Anna has always had a love for kids and helping them learn and grow. She knew as a first grader that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. The most rewarding thing to Ms. Anna is watching the kids face light up when they have that "Aha" moment when learning something new. Ms. Anna's class is unique because she constantly provides a safe environment. Her children enjoy coming to her class because it is fun-filled learning every day. She is currently attending The University of Oklahoma to earn her degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anna has worked at the YMCA and Renaissance School & Daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Put Me in the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Rebekah, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Rasheeda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

  • Ms. Brittani

    Ms. Brittani, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Brittani is a very strong-willed, educated, creative, and loving mother of three beautiful children. The level of patience and understanding that she has a mother go hand in hand as a teacher. Being an early educator is fun for Ms. Brittani, but it also fits her personality. Instead of going to the Olympics as she had planned, she found her calling working in preschool. She knew at the age of 17  that she wanted a career in early childhood education, and she has not turned back. She has a heart for the kids and really enjoys interacting and exploring with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittani has previously worked as a YMCA Camp Counselor and at the Childcare Inc. & Quality Care.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    2/11/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Mr. Jamison, School Age Classroom

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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

The health and safety of our children and families is our number one priority. Our facility is equipped with a security keypad for entrance. All parents utilize a PIN number for entrance in the school. We conduct daily health and safety checks, monthly fire drills, and quarterly tornado drills. All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified. Each employee also receives annual training in order to ensure a safe environment is being maintained at all times.

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.

We have been so happy with the Norman KinderCare on Boyd Street. All three of our children are enrolled there. One major perk is that I have been welcomed in on my lunch hour every day to nurse my infant, allowing me to experience the Infant Classroom. My toddler is excited to go to school and see his teacher. He is learning letters and numbers as well as improving his speech in general. Our kindergartener loves the School Age Classroom. They provide reading/homework time, but also find time for fun activities, like putting together a talent show. We are so glad to have found this center. It really is a learning center and not just a daycare.

- Mother

My children have been learning and playing at the Norman KinderCare on Boyd Street for a year now. They come home with me exhausted from a day of playing creatively and safely, well loved and cared for by every staff member. Mrs. Kim has transformed the facility in the few months that she has been there. She has opened new worlds of creativity for every child in her care through her focus on safe but innovative play. Watching her repaint walls, organize every last paper in the facility, build new play centers, bring in new food recipes, and personally engage with the children gives me a great confidence in the ability of her and her staff members to work with me to raise confident, secure, and intelligent children. Thanks to the dedication of the center leadership and faculty, my children are learning life skills such as patience, sharing, caring, understanding, and love along with their ABC’s, numbers, colors, and other lessons. I look forward to many more years of my children growing in the care of Kim and her staff.

- Mother

I have three children attending the Norman KinderCare, one in the Toddler Classroom, another in the Prekindergarten Classroom, and the last in the School Age Classroom. I was very nervous about choosing the right daycare for my children, it is such an important decision. Very shortly after they started attending KinderCare, I was very confident in my choice. Mrs. Kim and her amazingly competent and warm staff have helped my children not only transition positively to attending daycare, but also to facilitate their growth academically and socially.  I am profoundly grateful to have found such a great place for my children, and feel secure knowing that they are well taken care of while I am away from them.

- Mother
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