Natalie Wood, Center Director
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Welcome to Northwest KinderCare Learning Center Located on North Rockwell. Our staff members are whole-heartedly committed to providing excellent care for all of our students. Parents throughout our community have considered our facility a second home for their children. Northwest KinderCare is a place where a child can be themselves while they learn and play in a safe environment.
Natalie Wood, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here at the Northwest KinderCare teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers. It’s an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
Natalie began her career with KinderCare in the fall of 2001. She has experience as a classroom teacher, Assistant Director. Natalie ensures that all children have a great experience in the early years of learning. She enjoys working with staff and families to ensure everyone has nothing but and long last memories. Natalie enjoys seeing children's smiling faces as they are running into the center during drop off as well as hearing the cries of disappointment when they want to stay in the evening.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Ms. Jessica’s background is in business management, her degree is a bachelor of business administration. She has owned her own daycare and has experience in all aspects of childcare. Ms. Jessica loves being able to help in the classroom and manage the day to day functions of the center. She recently moved to Oklahoma from Kansas with her husband and three children. You wouldn’t know it from looking at her, but she plays ice hockey!
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.
Latorus or Ms. Toy as we all call her, has been with KinderCare since 2005. She enjoys working with all children but shares a special bond with the infants. She loves rocking and cuddling with the babies, and always enjoys the one on one time she gets with them each day. She stays busy with her own three children (one set of twins!).
Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
Music hour is Ms. Elaine’s favorite activity with the infants. She enjoys singing to the babies and having fun puppet shows throughout the day. She enjoys spending time with her three foster children who she hopes to adopt this year!
Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
Susannah has experience working with children of all ages. Education is very important to her and that’s why she obtained her degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry in Africa and taught high school there for 15 years. She has worked in toddler rooms throughout her early childhood teaching career and loves being a part of the family’s lives. She enjoys being able to tell parents about their child's experiences at the end of the night. In her spare time, Susannah likes to attend church where she is very involved.
A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.
Andi has a lot of experience with Toddlers. She enjoys spending her days with them and loves teaching them life's basic skills. In her spare time she likes to read, watch Netflix and spend time with her family and friends.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
Ms. Quintae is currently working on her in bachelor’s degree in psychology, where she hopes to end up working with disadvantaged children. She has previously worked with young children in various settings. Ms. Quintae is a Cowboy’s fan and has one son who she loves to snuggle with on the weekends.
It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.
Ms. Sondra She loves coming to work everyday to spend time with the children. She has her master teacher’s certificate in early childhood education. When she’s not at work, she enjoys listening to music, going to movies and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Floretta, or as we call her Ms. Flo, recently transferred from the Kindercare in Mustang. She is always seen having fun playing games with the kids on the playground and in the classrooms. When Ms. Flo is not working she likes to go shopping and spend time with her family.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth.'
Ms. Rossy has many years experience in childcare – starting in Mexico where she obtained her teaching degree. She has taught middle and high school in Mexico. She is currently in school to obtain a translation degree and will become a master teacher soon! She loves being with children and likes the different experiences each day brings. When she is not with her class she likes to spend time with her family.
Teachers who love teaching teach children who love learning
Ms. Janice, or Ms. Jan as we call her, is a retired school teacher and completed her degree at OSU. She enjoys being able to teach the four and five-year-olds all they need to be successful in kindergarten. She loves how unpredictable children are and how their imaginations are constantly expanding. During her spare time, Ms. Jan enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Always smile, you never know who's watching
Mr. Keivon has a fun, caring way of teaching children. He is very creative and enjoys spending one on one time with them. He has previously has worked at the Kindercare in Norman before transferring here. Check out Mr. Keivon’s classroom for great art projects!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Ms. Denise recently moved to Oklahoma from Texas where she was a teacher’s aid. She enjoys working with all children and loves seeing them grow and learn each day. She has so much patience and truly cares for each child in her classroom. Her open communication with parents helps her to get to know each child individually.
Ms Shenica has a huge heart and develops a special bond with every child she meets. She wants to help every child find ways to succeed at their goals and to be confident! Ms. Shenica loves to cook and bake and to spend time with her family in Chicago.
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.
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.
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At Northwest KinderCare, safety and security of every child, teacher and family is our top priority. Our center is secured via a keypad entry system. We ensure that there are more than enough staff members to adhere to classroom ratio requirements. Our teachers are certified in CPR, First Aid, and have additional educational trainings. We have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who holds monthly meetings with teachers. Staff members walk the playground daily for hazardous object, we hold regular fire drills and tornado drills, and everyone ensures that our allergy lists are updated monthly and posted in every classroom.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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