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Northwest KinderCare

Ms. Natalie Wood, Center Director

9202 N. Rockwell Ave. Oklahoma City OK 73132
(405) 722-4033 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
James L. Dennis, Harvest Hills, Ralph Downs, Wiley Post

Welcome

Welcome to Northwest KinderCare Learning Center located on North Rockwell. Our staff members are wholeheartedly 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 children can be themselves while they learn and play in a safe environment.

Ms. Natalie Wood, 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.

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

Here at the Northwest KinderCare, teachers are passionate about each 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.

  • Ms. Natalie Wood

    Ms. Natalie Wood, Center Director

    Ms. Natalie began her career with KinderCare in the fall of 2001. She has experience as a classroom teacher, Assistant Director. Ms. Natalie ensures that all children have a great experience in their early years of learning. She enjoys working with staff and families to ensure everyone has nothing but good, long-lasting memories. Ms. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Natalie has served as Assistant Director and Director for KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    2/23/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education; Certificate of Mastery
  • Ms. Latorus Edmunson

    Ms. Latorus Edmunson, Infant Classroom

    Ms. 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 them and helps all children with their development to get them ready to move forward.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Toy has been working in early childhood for over 20 years. She started out babysitting at a young age and began working in her first daycare position after high school. Although she has worked with all ages, infants are her favorite. She also has three children of her own. She has been a dedicated worker for KinderCare the last 11 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    7/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Infant Classroom

    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! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elaine has always been drawn toward teaching. She has had experience teaching infants and toddlers for over a year now.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

    Year Started:
    9/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Entry Level Child Care Training
  • Ms. Susannah

    Ms. Susannah, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Susannah has experience working with children of all ages. Education is very important to her, and that’s why she obtained her degrees in Africa and taught high school there for 15 years. She has worked in Toddler Classrooms 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, Ms. Susannah likes to attend church, where she is very involved.

    Previous Experience:
    In Africa, she taught high school biology and chemistry. Once she moved to the United States, she taught all different ages in early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    12/19/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Degree in Zoology, Minor in Chemistry; Teaching Certificate in Africa; Child Development Associate Credential; Child Daycare Management; Teacher's Aide Certificate
  • Ms. Andi

    Ms. Andi, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Andi has a passion for preschoolers and 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. She is currently going back to school to obtain her master's degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andi has experience working with preschoolers and toddlers from another child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    David Shannon's David series

    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development; Master Teacher's Certificate; Assosicate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sondra

    Ms. Sondra, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sondra loves coming to work every day to spend time with the children. When she’s not at work, she enjoys listening to music, going to movies, and spending time with her friends and family. 

    Previous Experience:
    The majority of Ms. Sondra’s 15 years in early childhood education is with three- and four-year-olds (early prekindergarten). She spent 12 years at another daycare before becoming a teacher at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bunny Loves to Write by Peter Bently

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Master Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Floretta

    Ms. Floretta, Preschool Classroom

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Flo has worked with all ages and has even been a cook! She has worked at several other daycare centers and has been with KinderCare over a year now.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Bachelor of Science Degree; Associate's Degree in Accounting
  • Ms. Rossy Adame

    Ms. Rossy Adame, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Rossy has many years experience in child care, 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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rossy taught middle and high school in Mexico and Colombia for 18 years. She has been with KinderCare working with three- and four-year-olds the past year.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    365 Stories

    Year Started:
    9/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    General Education Degree
  • Mr. Keivon Giles

    Mr. Keivon Giles, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Keivon just recently also became third in charge, in addition to being a School Age Teacher. He has a fun, caring way of teaching children. He is very creative and enjoys spending one-on-one time with them. He has previously worked at the Kindercare in Norman before transferring here. Check out Mr. Keivon’s classroom for great art projects!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Keivon has worked for KinderCare for five years, specializing in school-agers. He transferred from the Boyd Street location in Norman in November and has been here as the School Age Teacher since.
    Favorite Children's Book:

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

    Year Started:
    3/28/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Bus Certified; Bronze Level Director's Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, School Age Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Denise’s experience of child care ranges from birth to sixth grade. While she was in Texas, she helped mostly with the fifth and sixth grade classes. She is excited to be on a great team here at KinderCare!
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    11/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Shenica

    Ms. Shenica, Support Staff

    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! She has worked at many centers throughout her career and brings a fun and interactive teaching style to her classroom. Ms. Shenica loves to cook and bake and to spend time with her family in Chicago.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shenica recently moved to Oklahoma and has experience as a Floating Teacher, Infant and Toddler Teacher, and Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    11/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child and Family Services; Master Teacher’s Certificate

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian, Persian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 Northwest KinderCare, the 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 objects, and we hold regular fire drills and tornado drills. Everyone ensures that our allergy lists are updated monthly and posted in every classroom.

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 son is always happy to come KinderCare when I drop him off in the mornings. His teachers inform me about his day and always take the time to make my child feel special in his own way. The management team keeps in touch with me when an incident occurs, which leaves me prepared for any news I might hear when I pick up my child. I couldn't ask for a better learning center for my child to attend. Thank you to the staff and management team at Northwest KinderCare!

- Mother

I was a stay-at-home mom with my first two sons; therefore, putting my third child in a child care center was not easy for me. I was at ease the minute I walked through the doors of this KinderCare. The management team was so willing to answer any questions I had with a smile on their faces. They took time giving me a tour of the center and did not rush through it. My son has been at Northwest KinderCare for almost two years and he has enjoyed each and every one of his classes and teachers. The quality of education that he is given goes beyond the standard of just a typical daycare.

- Mother

The teachers at Northwest KinderCare always greet my kids with a smiling face and a warm "Hello."  They are always good about filling out accident reports if my child falls or gets hurt in any way. My two-year-old is always excited about going to "school."

- Mother

My son started here at Northwest KinderCare and I was very nervous. His teachers and the management have made me feel comfortable leaving him while I'm at work. I was always encouraged to call and check on him during the day if I ever felt that need! I truly appreciate this center!

- Mother
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