Stefanie Douglass, Center Director
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Welcome to the Oldsmar KinderCare! We are conveniently located between Tampa Road and Highway 580 in Oldsmar. Walking in our front door, you will be welcomed immediately by the sounds of children learning and having fun! Our educational program is designed to encourage and develop each child's growth and development. From our Infant room to our School Age room, our teachers and management staff are passionate about each child's success and building their educational foundation for a lifetime of learning. Stop by and see the difference we can make in your child's life!
Stefanie Douglass, 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.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
The teachers and staff at the Oldsmar KinderCare Center are very passionate about delivering the best quality and nurturing environment for your child. Our teachers make learning fun and provide a very home-like atmosphere to your child every day. We have a KinderCare team of nine staff members. Five of our team members have their degree in education and the remainder are currently working on pursuing their continuing education in Early Childhood. We are proud to obtain a National Accreditation and hold a Gold Seal for our program quality
Stefanie moved to Florida from California in 2010, where she was an assistant director for 3 years. In California Stefanie was also a foster parent for a little over 2 years.
Stefanie has been part of the preschool enviorment since 2000 and can't think of anything else she'd rather be doing.
Stefanie's education includes courses in Early Childhood Development and she has an associates in Art.
Stefanie enjoys spending time with her husband, their three dogs Presley, Tuetel and Pandi and visiting her family in California.
When our children enter our school, they are special, they are leaders, they are dreamers, they are creative, they are important, they are respected, they are explorers, they artists, they are thinkers, they are loved, they are the future, and they are the reason we are here!
Angela joined Oldsmar KinderCare in August 2015. She re-located to Florida from New Jersey where she was born and raised. Angela attended Stevens Institute of Technology where she studied Business and Technology before moving to Montclair State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies with a certification in Early Childhood Education. It was during her 5 years as a fifth grade teacher that she realized the importance of educators and the role that they play in every child’s life. It wasn’t until Angela toured Oldsmar KinderCare’s infant room as a prospective parent that she realized what an incredible place it was to be – it truly was a home away from home where children could come to learn in the most exciting way possible. It was at that time that she sought out a career with KinderCare in hopes of continuing her education career path by mentoring teachers and shaping them into excellent educators for tomorrow’s future- our children!
At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you have accomplished. It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back.
Ms. Tresa has been with KinderCare since 2010 as a lead teacher in the infant and toddler rooms. Ms. Tresa working with children for over 14 years and has gone to school to study Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Tresa moved from Chicago to Florida and join our family in August 2015.
Ms. Emma joined our team in 2012 as our Infant Teacher. She enjoys helping the babies reach milestones in their development and seeing them smile every day. She brings many years of experience as a teacher in other childcare settings.
In her personal life, Ms. Emma has been married for 36 years and has two sons and three grandsons.
When I approach a child they inspire in me sentiments, tenderness for what they are, and respect for what they might become.
Mr. Josh is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx. Mr Josh attended Nyack University on an athletic scholarship and Bronx Community College. Mr Josh had two aspirations as a young man - to become great in the game of basketball, and to work with youth. Mr Josh started working with children at a young age though the summer employment program, that's when he discovered that he wanted to work with youth of all ages and become a positive role model for them. Throughout his life he has surrounded himself with youth and learned how to reach and encourage them to be the best that they can be. Mr Josh loves his job and enjoys spending time and teaching his children. Mr Josh is a father of four and his children are his top priority. Being a dad has helped him understand how important his role is as a teacher. Mr Josh joined the Oldsmar team in November 2015 and he enjoys his work to the fullest and appreciates that opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.
Rachel has joined our team in 2013 and has worked with the toddler group since she started she has graduated from High School with her Child Development Associates degree. She is passonaite about giving the toddlers her love of learning everyday and watching them grow before her eyes! On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends
I am very excited to be able to teach young three and four-year-old children! My prior years of experience have taught me that children are always willing to learn from each other and to see them develop their independence is rewarding for me. I have worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years and with KinderCare for nearly eight years.
Mr. Danny recently joined our team from Colorado. He has worked with all ages. He is currently our Preschool Teacher.
I enjoy teaching young children and love to help the children prepare for their Kindergarten experience.
Ms. Kelly started her career in child care in 1984 and joined KinderCare in 1987. In addition to being our Prekindergarten Teacher, Ms. Kelly is also our Health and Safety Coordinator. Therefore, she opens our center every day. She always comes to work eager to teach and making a difference in children's lives.
In her personal time, Kelly spends time with her family. She is married and has two children. Her daughter is a nurse and her son is a United States Marine.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Health and Safety is a major focus for all of our staff members. All staff is CPR and First Aid certified as well as continuing on-going training on illness and injury prevention. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator who oversees the Health and Safety compliance for our building. Our playground is checked each morning before the children are allowed outside for play time. We are required to complete a name to face check each half hour to ensure all children are accounted for. We take great pride in our clean, safe building each day!
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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