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Eagle Harbor Pkwy KinderCare

Elizabeth O'Daniel, Center Director

1735 Eagle Harbor Pkwy Orange Park FL 32003
(904) 278-7710 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
on the corner of State Route 17 & County Rd 220

Neighborhood:
next to Vystar CU

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Paterson, Fleming Island, Fleming Penn Creek, Thunderbolt Elementary, Doctors Inlet Elementary

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Welcome

Thank you for visiting KinderCare Learning Center of Eagle Harbor website. These are exciting times in your child's life and these first years are the most important! We believe in the education of our youth and early childhood education is what we do best! The information you find here will help you to become familiar with all the great things that are happening at our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 904-278-7710 or stop by our location any time. Once again, thank you for choosing KinderCare, we look forward to partnering with you soon.

Elizabeth O'Daniel, 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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

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.

Dance

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Eagle Harbor are dedicated to educating your children at the highest level. We are committed to making sure each child has fun but also learns while having fun. We are proud to tell you that majority of the teachers here at Eagle Harbor have been here well over 5+ years and still love teaching and educating children.

  • Elizabeth O'Daniel

    Elizabeth O'Daniel, Center Director

    I believe the quality of our educational programs is the best. My goal is to provide a educational, loving and safe environment for all children.

    Elizabeth, or Faye as she is known, has been with KinderCare since September 2000. She earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996. She started her career working with three year old's. She quickly was promoted to the Assistant Director. She moved on to co-owning and directing her own preschool before moving to Florida. She returned to the field in 2000 with KinderCare once again as a three year old teacher before moving up to the Assistant Director and then finally, the Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Center Director Elizabeth was a Three's teacher for five years and co-owned and directed her own preschool.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Tina Hamilton

    Tina Hamilton, Assistant Director

    Knowing that each day I will see wonder, amazement, joy and confidence in a child's eyes.

    Tina has been with KinderCare since 1995. She started working with KinderCare in California then transferred to Colorado and Virginia before making Jacksonville Florida her home. She married her husband Ryan in 2007 and had her first child in 2009. Tina has her Child Development Associate's credential is currently working on her Director's Credential.

    Previous Experience:
    Tina worked at other KinderCare centers in California, Colorado and Virginia before taking the position of Assistant Center Director here in Jacksonville.
    Year Started:
    10/16/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Larnell

    Ms. Larnell, Infant Classroom

    Small precious things build memories I wouldn't trade the world for.

    Ms. Larnell has extensive experience in the child care field. She has worked overseas in Iceland and Japan. She came back to the states and worked in our Nation's Capital, Washington D.C. and presently at Eagle Harbor in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Larnell worked for a child development center overseas on a Navy base.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Infants

    Dawn loves teaching and working with children from her heart.

    Ms. Dawn has been married for 33 years, she has three children, three grandchildren, and five dogs. Ms. Dawn enjoys boating and fishing in her spare time. Dawn is excited to teach here at KinderCare.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dawn ran her own preschool
    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Director Child Development Associate and working on CDA
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, School Age Classroom

    I have a gift from God, to love and enjoy working with children.

    Ms. Sandra has worked for the Clay County School System for the past seventeen years and part time at KinderCare. She works with children that have special needs and helps teach them life skills.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Sandra spent 17 years working for the Clay County School Board as an assistant Vocational Teacher for high school students with special needs
    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because I enjoy working with the children. I love the fact that the parents entrust their children to me on a daily basis.

    Ms. Donna has been with KinderCare for over thirty years. She has worked for KinderCare in California as well as Florida. She previously was a Dental Assistant. She also stayed home to raise her own children.

    Year Started:
    6/1/1983
    Tenure:
    33 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
  • Ms. Krista

    Ms. Krista, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the kids learn something new everyday, and sometimes they teach me something new everyday.

    Krista enjoys working with our Toddlers. Her favorite thing is to make them smile and laugh. Krista enjoys  spending time with her family. Krista is excited to teach and interact with all the children here at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    7/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5
    Education:
    CPR & First aid
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Discovery Preschool and Learning Adventures

    Kari loves seeing the different personalities in each child and watching them develop new skills.

    Ms. Kari loves to dance and laugh any chance possible, in her classroom or in her spare time. Ms. Kari likes spending time with her boyfriend and her two fun loving puppies. She is pursuing her CDA to further her ECE career. Kari enjoys being the Learning Adventures teacher of Dance, Music, and Cooking, It gives her a chance to watch the children grow and learn through music and movement

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working toward CDA
  • Ms. Saira

    Ms. Saira, Discovery Preschool

    Saira enjoys teaching children and caring for them, she also enjoys learing from them and eveyday challenges.

    Ms. Saira ran her own home child care for five years. She loves spending time with her son and is an avid runner. Ms. Saira also spends her spare time involved with her church.
     

    Year Started:
    9/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Preschool Classroom

    What inspires me is seeing the children learn and grow, and all the hugs and smiles I receive from the children.

    Ms. Michele has been with KinderCare for over twenty years. She has her Child Development Associate's credential and loves teaching the preschoolers new things each and every day.

    Year Started:
    1/22/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    This field is important to me because I hope to be an inspirational tool to the children, so they will grow and develop to the best of their ability.

    Ms. Sara has lived in Florida since 2002 but is originally from Southern Ohio. She has twin boys and has been married since 1998 to her husband Scott. Ms. Sara has worked for KinderCare since 2002, but has worked in the childcare field since 1999. Sara has her Child Development Associate's credential and plans to further her education in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara previously worked for the military air force base in Germany and a child development center on base in Washington, D.C. before coming to KinderCare
    Year Started:
    8/27/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, VPK

    I love the excitement a child gets when they have accomplished something new, and are ready to learn even more!

    Ms. Crystal is originally from Vermont. She married in 2000 and had a child of her own in 2002. She made her way down to Florida in 2003. After having worked in group settings since 1996 she started working as a privite nanny. She is now enjoying her time with KinderCare. After being a parent of a KinderCare child, and seeing how wonderful the people and program are, she was excited to join the team. Ms. Crystal hopes to further her education in the near future.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Crystal has worked with KinderCare for a short time but has worked with children since 1996. She has worked in childcare centers as a Head Start teacher assistant and also as a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Department of Children and Family Training
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, VPK Classroom

    Children at this age are like little sponges. It's amazing to see all the learning that occurs everyday! It is so rewarding to know I make a difference in the lives of your precious children.

    Lisa returned to KinderCare in August 2014 to teach VPK after being gone for almost 2 years. Prior to that, Lisa was a Center Director for 20 years. During her nearly 2 year break in employment, Lisa took classes and obtained her Masters Degree. Lisa has been a NAC accreditation validator, and is currently also a CDA program development specialist.
     
     

    Previous Experience:
    Public school and KinderCare kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director & Center Director for KinderCare, Worked for KinderCare's Education Department as a Program Specialist.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Masters of Arts in Education
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Cook

    I love cooking for the children and seeing them eat healthy!

    Ms. Becky has worked for KinderCare since 2001. She has worked at several of the Jacksonville KinderCare's and loves being the cook. She absolutely enjoys cooking for all the children.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center offers secure keypad entry, and we check identification at the child's pick-up time to ensure only authorized parties are picking up the child. We hold our center to the highest safety, cleanliness, and maintenance standards. ALL teachers are CPR and First-Aid certified. Rest assured, your child is safe with us. 

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.

Our children have been enrolled in KinderCare almost nine years. I cannot say enough about the staff and center. They make me feel comfortable every day that my kids are cared for. My husband and I work ten hour days. We are able to get the boys to KinderCare in the morning in time for my oldest child to be taken to elementary school on time! They can have breakfast, and are safely shuttled back to KinderCare after school. I have never had to worry about the safety of my child being transported to and from his elementary school. In the younger ages, we have had one or both boys in every age group at the center. The teachers always know my children by name and give them personalized attention continuously. The kids have plenty of outdoor time, celebrate events, have wonderful parties, and put on shows! If that is not enough, we have also been able to have the children participate in small, specialized classes, such as Phonics and Cooking! It was very convenient to have both boys participate in the excellent VPK program KinderCare offers right on site. KinderCare is part of our lives. I trust the staff to guard my children's safety, encourage my children's independence, and nurture my children's creativity. From the director to the teachers and to the brave soul who feeds a building full of energetic children... I am very pleased and happy to give two thumbs up! I trust KinderCare can become a part of your lives also!

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