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Northwest KinderCare

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 Elementary, Harvest Hills Elementary, Ralph Downs Elementary, Wiley Post Elementary

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Welcome

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

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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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Natalie Wood

    Natalie Wood, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    I began my career with KinderCare in 2001. I was the assistant director as well as the director at many of our KinderCare location. I became the director of the Northwest KinderCare in February 2016.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    2/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    AA in Early Care Education, Certificate of Mastery
  • Jessica Hopwood

    Jessica Hopwood, Assistant Director

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    She has had experience working in day cares in Kansas as well as owning Bright Horizon Academy, a home day care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Stinky Face
    Year Started:
    9/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Ms. Latorus

    Ms. Latorus, Infant Classroom

    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!).

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Toy has been working in early childhood her entire life. She started out babysitting at a young age and after high school is where she got her first daycare position. Although she has worked with all ages, infants are her favorite. She has been a dedicated worker for Kindercare the last 11 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    7/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Elaine

    Ms. Elaine, Infant Classroom

    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! 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Elaine has always been drawn towards teaching. She has had experience being a teacher of infants and toddlers for over a year now.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Wizard of Oz
    Year Started:
    9/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Entry Level Child Care Training courses
  • Ms. Susannah

    Ms. Susannah, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    In Africa she taught high school biology and chemistry. Once she moved to the states she taught all different ages in early childhood. She has eight years of experience in early childhood, three of those years are with us at KinderCare. Ms. Susannah has also obtained her Child Development Associate, Child Daycare Management and Teacher's Aide certificate
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    12/19/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Teaching Certificate in Africa, Child Development Associate, Child Daycare Management, Teacher's Aide certificate
  • Ms. Andi

    Ms. Andi, Toddler Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andi has a passion for preschoolers and toddlers. She has recently finished her college education with degrees in early childhood. Most of her experience is with preschoolers and toddlers from another child care center. She is currently going back to school to obtain her Master's degree.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    David Shanon Books on David
    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Master Teacher's Certificate, Assosicate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Quintae

    Ms. Quintae, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Quintae has experience raising her own son, and has also babysat for family and friends.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
  • Ms. Sondra

    Ms. Sondra, Preschool Classroom

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    The majority of Ms. Sondra’s 15 years early childhood experience 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
    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    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, open to close 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?
    Year Started:
    7/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Bachelor of Science, Associate Degree in Accounting
  • Ms. Rossy

    Ms. Rossy, Preschool Classroom

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rossy taught middle and high school in Mexico and Columbia 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 year
    Education:
    General Education Degree
  • Ms Janice

    Ms Janice, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jan has a special education teaching degree as well as an English degree and has spent 47 years in the classroom. Her favorite grade to teach was 11th grade English because of her passion of books.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    8/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    47 Years
    Education:
    Special Education Teaching Degree, English Degree
  • Mr. Keivon

    Mr. Keivon, School Age Classroom

    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!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Keivon has worked for Kindercare three and a half years, specializing in school agers. He previously worked with all different ages at a smaller center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Year Started:
    3/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, School Age Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Denise’s experience of childcare 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
    Year Started:
    11/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts, Currently in school for a Bachelor of Art in Education
  • Ms. Shenica

    Ms. Shenica, Floater

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shenica recently moved to Oklahoma and has experience ranging from a float teacher, infant and toddler teacher, and assistant director. She has worked at many centers throughout her career and brings a fun and interactive teaching style to her classroom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
    Year Started:
    11/8/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Child and Family Services, Master Teacher’s Certificate

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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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 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 there face.  They took time giving me a tour of the center and did not rush through it.  My son has been at Kindercare for almost two years and he has enjoyed each and every one of his classes and teachers. The quality of education that he learns is above the standard of just a typical daycare.

- Mother

The teachers at 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 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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