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Alafaya Woods KinderCare

Diane Basham, Center Director

300 Alafaya Woods Blvd. Oviedo FL 32765
(407) 366-8923 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
N of Alafaya Woods Subdivision

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We pick up and drop off at the following schools • John Evans Elementary • Carillon Elementary • Lawton Elementary

"Where It's All Designed For Learning"
A higher percentage of KinderCare children ranked as top performers in Language Literacy (14% more), Mathematical Thinking (18% more), and Scientific Thinking (11% more) than their non-KinderCare classmates. (Maryland Model for School Readiness research based assessment. Fall 2011)

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!
 
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We are proud to offer one of the best early educational programs in the country - from infant to kindergarten and beyond...

Diane Basham, 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. 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.

Teachers & Staff

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Our goal is to help your child develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. We believe each child has unique talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences by providing your child with customized attention and activities that enable your child to learn and grow at his or her own pace and in their own way.

  • Diane Basham

    Diane Basham, Center Director

    Diane has been a partner with KinderCare since 1993. In addition to her role as Center Director, she is a certified Hearing Office in Seminole County for Prosecution Alternatives for Youth, counseling teens and families. As Center Director, Diane has ardently worked to provide families in the Oviedo community with a friendly and nurturing center where children learn, develop and grow in a positive, child focused environment. She has spent many years cultivating the inviting atmosphere that is evident in her school and works to maintain a standard of commitment and care that makes a lasting impact. She has spent many years cultivating the inviting atmosphere that is evident in her school and works to maintain a standard of commitment and care that makes a lasting impact. Diane takes pride in the whole development of your child and realizes that each day is about promoting respect through integrity, dedication and education.

    Year Started:
    8/23/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's, Child Care Management Certification
  • Karen Key

    Karen Key, Assistant Director

    Karen has been a part of KinderCare Education since 2001. Karen started out as a School-Age teacher and after a couple of months joined the management team as a Health and Safety Coordinator. Karen quickly moved up to the Assistant Director position. She holds a Child Development Associates Degree. She has over 20 years of early childhood experience and brings a lot of creativity and professionalism to the center. She is dedicated to bring all my knowledge throughout the center and each classroom function at their best. Karen enjoys partnering with families and is passionate working with children and it motivates her to do her best.

    Year Started:
    8/28/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. BG

    Ms. BG, Discovery Preschool

    I want children to develop a love for learning!

    Ms. BG started out as a Toddler teacher and has been teaching the Discovery Preschool class for fourteen years. Ms. BG enjoys traveling and cooking. She also loves all types of music and can be seen dancing and singing daily in her classroom. When in her home country of Indonesia BG taught English to school children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear!
    Year Started:
    11/5/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Health and Saferty Coordinator

    I enjoy nourishing the children's minds and bodies

    Ms. Mary has worked at KinderCare for 18 years. She started out working as the infant room teacher and became Health and Safety Coordinator, as well as cook for the past 15 years. She loves to read and watch game shows and baseball. She enjoys a good session of bowling. Mary loves cooking for the children and they make her happy when they tell her she is the best cook!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungary Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    4/12/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Ms. Marissa

    Ms. Marissa, Infant Classroom

    I provide a positive and welcoming atmosphere for my families and a cheerful attitude to my classroom.

    Ms. Marissa has over seven years experience in the care of infants and toddlers. She continues to to strengthen her knowledge of early childhood development through the application of related training. Through positive interaction, attention to detail and laughter, Ms. Marissa provides the best care for the early years of your child's life.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Benena

    Ms. Benena, Toddler Classroom

    I care about making an impact in the lives of children

    Year Started:
    11/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kassi

    Ms. Kassi, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy walking into the classroom every morning and seeing all of the smiling faces.

    Ms. Kassi is originally from Indiana, where she previously worked at KinderCare with Infants and Toddlers. She is currently working to further her education in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kassi believes that all children should be able to learn and grow in a fun loving atmosphere. She loves being able to watch children grow into smart, independent individuals. Ms. Kassi also holds certifications in in dental assisting and phlebotomy. Ms. Kassi enjoys being the mother of two young children. She strives to provide a fun, nurturing and educational experience for all!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Glory

    Ms. Glory, Toddler Classroom

    I am committed to providing quality interactions, while individually nurturing each child.

    Glory has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and a National CDA. She has worked in the Department of Education as an Immigrant Student helper, her work there was to provide tutoring for children first to fifth grade. She likes to help children with their intellectual and social development. Glory has empathy, confidence and effective communication skills with parents and children that helps her to be a great teacher. She feels that children are the most wonderful creatures in the world and loves to teach them. Glory's favorite past time is dancing and music.

    Year Started:
    3/8/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Amanda loves to create a safe and fun atmosphere for children is very important to her. Her favorite activity to do with children is Art and Sensory because she loves seeing children explore and learn new things. She is currently enrolled in courses to complete my Child Development Associates.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy seeing children grow and learn in a happy positive atmosphere.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Preschool Classroom

    I believe that when I teach a child to own their emotions, it encourages compassion and respect.

    Ms. Mary is a positive hands-on teacher who shows your small child how to respect and care for others. She chooses to lead by example for her students. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the classroom and takes time to maximize upon learning opportunities. Through consistent positive interaction, Ms. Mary's commitment is to provide a happy, nurturing environment where learning and play go hand in hand.

    Year Started:
    7/26/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy providing a fun and safe learning environment for the children.

    Ms. Stephanie has seven years of experience in Early Childhood education. Stephanie received her Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Seminole State College. Ms. Stephanie enjoys working with children and loves to see the expression on their faces when they discover something new and exciting.

    Year Started:
    2/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Emma, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch children's eye light up when they make new discoveries

    Emma started her career in Computer Science and changed her studies to Early Childhood, that is where her passion is.
    She has her Child Development Associates Degree and VPK Certification. She has over sixteen years of Early Childhood experience.
    She loves to watch their eyes light up when they make new discovies and loves molding the young minds of our future.

    Year Started:
    2/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Khrystine

    Ms. Khrystine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Seeing the role you play in a child's everyday learning is a priceless reward.

    Year Started:
    10/29/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degreein Elementary Education & Psychology
  • Ms. Sheila

    Ms. Sheila, Program Specialist / Prekindergarten

    Ms. Shelia has been a member of the KinderCare family since 1982. She is the Lead VPK teacher and brings a wealth of early childhood knowledge to the classroom. This knowledge unfolds everyday as the layers of experience reveal her confident, matter of fact devotion to teaching and assisting the total development of your child. Each day Ms. Shelia brings a fun, positive and learning enriched atmosphere to the PreKindergarten program and looks forward to every opportunity to help your child grow.Shelia has used her vast knowledge to conduct many training at our Professional Development Days.

    Year Started:
    8/3/1982
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 years
    Education:
    State of Florida Directors Credential, Florida State Mandated Training, Voluntary PreKindergarten Certification, Chid Development Associates, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Del Rio

    Ms. Del Rio, Voluntary Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to watch children's eyes light up when they make new discoveries!

    Year Started:
    2/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cyndi

    Ms. Cyndi, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy getting to mold the future leaders of the world.

    Ms. Cyndi has a passion for teaching and it shows in her dedication to her job. She believes that the first five years of a child's development are the most important. She enjoys working with all age groups, but her specialty is the Before and After School group. Ms. Cyndi is the very proud of her son, and enjoys being a mother. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Year Started:
    7/10/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    45-Hour Early Childhood Education Units, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to to the built-in security features at the center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure. Children must be signed in and out on a roster and other attendance procedures must be followed in accordance with state child care licensing regulations. All staff are certified in CPR/First Aid.

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.

We moved to Florida from Wisconsin when our son Jayden was 19 months old. Before we moved down, we called around to child care facilities to figure out where would be best to place him. We started talking with Ms. Sheila. She was extremely helpful. Once we arrived, we also talked with Ms. Diane about our son, asking more questions regarding their learning center. Hands down, we decided that this was the best place for Jayden. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. Ms. Diane, Ms. Sheila and Ms. Suzie, along with the other teachers, have a sincere caring for all the children. It is a wonderful, positive environment for them to learn, develop and grow. Jayden is now eight years old and in the third grade. This KinderCare doesn't pick up at his school, however, he has not missed a Summer Camp. The main reason is because he loves to meet up with his friends again. Some of them he has known pretty much since he started in the one year old room. It has been a great experience for us and for Jayden. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of this particular KinderCare family.

- Mother

Our son, Johnathan has been attending KinderCare since he was six-weeks-old. He is now three years in age. Every teacher that Johnathan has had the pleasure to work with has been amazing, specifically Ms. Diane and Ms. Sheila. My brother-in-law attended KinderCare when he was an infant, which was over 20 years ago, and Ms. Diane and Ms. Sheila were there when he attended. Therefore, I knew this was an amazing opportunity to have our son attend the same school with the same teachers. They are both so dedicated to the children here! 

Johnathan looks forward to going to school each and every day, including Saturday and Sunday! He has learned so much and continues to grow and learn each and every day, which is due to the amazing staff at the Oviedo KinderCare!  We are forever grateful for the amazing team and look forward to the future years with KinderCare!  Thank you for all you do!

- Mother

We are parents of two children that go to KinderCare in Oviedo, Florida. Our oldest, who is now four, has been going there since he was ten weeks old and now our youngest who also attends is eleven months old. We cannot say enough about this KinderCare facility. Your director, Diane Basham, runs an incredible center. She is a caring, compassionate professional who encourages an open door policy for parents offering any feedback or chooses to come with comments, questions or concerns. Our oldest has learned so much while being there, from socialization, to assistance with our potty training efforts, culminating to his educational development. The teachers have such a caring nature and wonderful attitude so you can see why the kids learn so much, because they love what they do. It is so rewarding to see such tangible results in our children, who also thoroughly enjoy the learning experience there; and we never fail to miss an opportunity to spread the word on the exceptional work of the staff there. Our sons were attending KinderCare full-time until about two months ago when Natalie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Unable to work at that point in time, our two-income household was dropped to one, and we had no choice but to change them to part-time. While she was hospitalized during her first episode, Diane approached Sean and offered to help our family in whatever way she could when Natalie’s resulting doctors’ and physical therapy appointments caused a conflict with our children’s schedules at the center. This has served to bring some measure of peace in a difficult time. Diane encourages open communication, and we have always taken advantage of that when it comes to their development; now we do so at her invitation in this regard as well. She and the wonderful teachers at KinderCare-Oviedo have gone above and beyond for our family and we love and appreciate them for that. We were truly blessed the day we walked through the doors of the ‘little red schoolhouse.’

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