Meagan Meneses, Center Director
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Welcome to the KinderCare located in the Vista Lakes area of Orlando. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth and their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.
Meagan Meneses, 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.
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 our Vista Lakes area KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Since the center opened, four years ago, our teachers have an average tenure of four years at our center and an average of nine years in the early childhood education field. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's credential, Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in early childhood education. The Vista Lakes area KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.
I love to watch the children get excited about what they are learning. It is an amazing thing and it gives me more motivation to do my very best.
Meagan has been with KinderCare for five years. She has been recently promoted to the Assistant Director position after having worked in the Voluntary Prekindergarten classroom and as the school's Health and Safety Coordinator. Meagan is always motivated and giving her best to the children.
I love making a diffrence in a child's life.
Ms. Nikki joins us from a New Jersey school where she was the Health and Safety Coordinator/Program Specialist. Ms Nikki loves spending time with the kids and making them excited for each and every day.
I love being able to watch children grow, learn new things and knowing that I made a difference in their lives at such a young age.
Ms. Jordan was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She took child care developmental courses in high school and knew that she wanted to be in the education field. She started working with KinderCare this fall and is very excited to be a part of our team.
I love those defining moments when I'm teaching and the joy and love for learning is expressed by the child.
Ms. Jamie loves teaching children to have fun while learning the fundamentals of social skills, self control, and conflict resolution while building character that will help them grow and develop in early educaiton.
Ms. Jessica has worked with all different age groups. She loves to bring her passion of exercise into the classroom!
Ms. Lizette joins us from our CCLC schools. We are happy to have her on our team! She has worked for KinderCare before and is happy to be back. She has amazing ideas and implements her curriculum with ease and dedication.
Ms. Daphne is back working with KinderCare. She previously worked at a different location in the toddler classroom as well. Ms. Daphne is a fantastic edition to our team. She is great with the children and brings knowledge and eagerness to the classroom.
I love watching the children learn and grow.
Ms. Nicole is earning her degree in education. We are excited to have her on our team and love all the attention to detail that she gives to the children.
I love the challenge, to see children get their full potential.
Ms. Gloria has worked with two year olds and other ages. She has been doing Early Childhood Education for many years and continues to be a great addition to our team. Gloria has her National Child Development Associate's credential and uses everything she has learned from that and pat experiences to make her classroom and great place to be.
I love to see how they grow and learn.
Ms. Sherley has come back to our team and we couldn’t be happier. She loves to be a part of the classroom environment and spend quality time with all of the children. Ms. Sherley works hard with each of the children in her classroom and ensures that they are learning.
I have a genuine love for children. To know that they look up to me is an honor. The things they say put a smile on a face.
Ms. Damaris has two daughters and has lived in Colorado and Puerto Rico before locating to Florida. She has her degree in Elementary Education and has worked with children of all different ages. Ms. Damaris has a great passion for the children in her classroom, she encourages their imagination.
I love watching the children grow and learn every day.
Ms. Helen started her KinderCare career in Virginia and came to KinderCare Vista Lakes in August of 2013. She loves to enhance her Voluntary Prekindergarten classroom with art projects that enhance the children's imaginations and knowledge.
Teaching for me is one of the most important jobs one can have. I love teaching because as a teacher, I have the opportunity to be a part of the future by giving children the knowledge and skills needed for success in anything they may do.
Ms. Nicole has been with the Vista Lakes area KinderCare for three years and has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is a very creative teacher and the children love to work with Ms. Nicole to create imaginative and educational art.
Children are our future.
Yvette has five years experience in the Early Childhood field and brings her nurturing and loving nature to the kitchen. Both students and staff love Yvette and her delicious cooking.
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.
At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry, where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise, a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At the Vista Lakes area KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site, as well. Meagan's role includes conducting monthly fire drills, ensuring that all staff's First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date and maintaining high cleanliness standards.
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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