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Ormond Beach KinderCare

Marie Thurston, Center Director

151 Sagebrush Trail Ormond Beach FL 32174
(386) 673-4740 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Located between SR 40 (Granada) and Clyde Morris Boulevard

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Tomoka, Pathways and Pine Trail Elementary Schools

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!



Thank you for choosing KinderCare of Ormond Beach. . We know through brain research that the first five years of a child's life are critical to their development, and they have the potential to learn more during this period of time then any other. Early Childhood Education is important to us. It is our passion, and we love what we do! Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC).  We want to invite you and your child/children to tour our center, so that you may meet our staff, and learn more about our educational programs, as well as all the other services we offer. You may contact us at 386-673-4740, or stop in any time.

Marie Thurston, Center Director

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  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAC Accreditation NAC

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.

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.


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?

Dance Lessons

Teachers & Staff

The staff at the Ormond Beach KinderCare invites you to visit us and find out why we love our jobs. KinderCare provides the opportunity to see children learn in a safe, nurturing and incredible environment.  We are proud of our center and the care given to the children.  We work here to make a difference and the results are proven each day when a child leaves us with a hug, wants to return the next day and tells us how much they love us.

  • Marie Thurston

    Marie Thurston, Center Director

    KinderCare provided my foundation of knowledge for what is best practice in the field of early childhood. To me, every child matters and what they receive in these formative years is a building block for future success in school and life. The families and children I encounter each day enrich my life and I want to do the same for them. It's important to respect the rights of all children, help them realize their full potential and awaken a love of learning in them from birth to school age. It is truly a privilege to work for KinderCare.

    Marie began her career in early childhood at KinderCare twenty-six years ago as a teacher, assistant director and director.  She spent the next fifteen years in various management positions at a community non-profit directing services for families, children and child care providers.  She re-joined KinderCare a year ago because she believes in the programs offered to children and families and the high quality of KinderCare's education components.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    As an avid reader I have too many to choose from but for young children it's The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and Curious George as I have enjoyed these with my son. My favorite grown up book is Pride and Prejudice.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Early Childhood Degree, Director Credential
  • Shawn Barrett

    Shawn Barrett, Health & Safety Coordinator

    Live, Laugh and Learn

    Shawn has been in the field of early childhood for over fourteen years - all of them at KinderCare in Ormond Beach.  She is known for her great relationships with children and families and teaching children to be neat and organized.  Shawn is the center Health/Safety Coordinator and helps keep everyone compliant with rules, regulations and best practices.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, VPK/Fours/Phonics

    I am a strong advocate for a child's early childhood education and I believe all I do makes a difference for a future.

    Carolyn began in the field of early childhood over 45 years ago, has been a teacher, center director, owned a child care and kindergarten program and can't think of anyplace she'd rather be than working with children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development Associate, Director Credential
  • Mr. Michael

    Mr. Michael, School Age/Math

    I work with children because I believe it helps keep my mind, spirit and heart young. I always want to keep my perspective in life and working with kids keeps life real.

    Michael began his career in early childhood twenty four years ago at KinderCare.  He has been a sports camp coach, case manager, volleyball teacher and has experience in supervison/management for child development programs.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Stinky Cheese Man
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate/Associates in History
  • Ms. Claudia

    Ms. Claudia, Discovery Preschool

    I care for each child entrusted to me as if they were mine. I think of how I want my future children to be treated and use that with the ones in my class. I believe three things are left to us from paradise: stars, flowers and children.

    Claudia has worked with children of all ages for eight years and has extensive training/experience in implementing Montessori curriculum/philosophy.  She is completing a degree in education with a focus on special needs children.  She loves working with children and at the center is known as the "potty whisperer".

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Ten years
    Child Associate Development
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Twos/Art

    Start each day with a grateful heart

    Angela has worked with children non stop since she startd to babysit children at 11 years old.  She has taught every age of preschool from infants to VPK, completed culinary school, worked as a director of children and youth at a local church and just went back to school for pediatric nursing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mixed Up Chameleon
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors in Early Childhood/competing a degree in Pediatric Nursing
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Threes/Infants

    Susan has been in the field of early childhood in many capacities during her career.  She has been a teacher, managed and directed quality initiatives for child care provides for over twenty-five years and is a experienced trainer, mentor and speaker on topics in early childhood.  Susan loves messy art and watching the children have fun while they create.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood/Child Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

KinderCare Ormond Beach has been serving the local community for over thirty years as part of the national Knowledge Universe corporation.  Our staff has a collective 276 years of experience in providing high quality early childhood education!  We have individualized learning programs for all age groups, Learning Adventures programs for Phonics and Math, instruction in Spanish and are excited to provide your children with an environment that sets them on the path for future school success.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Keeping children safe is important to us. Because of this, all our staff members are trained in both CPR, and First Aid, and the doors leading into our classrooms are equipped with a keypad entry system.

Staff undergo training specific in areas related to a child's health and safety.  In addition, our center is a nut free zone to provide a safe place for children with allergies.

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.

To All the Amazing Ladies that make every day special for our little Marie-  It is so hard to leave my baby girl everyday and go to work, but I know that she is in good hands and is cared and loved for by all of you at KinderCare.  I also know that Marie loves you all and that even though she is young, the special care that she is given there is something that will be with her always.  Thank You So Much

- Parents

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