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Pembroke Pines KinderCare

Colleen Greco, Center Director

9600 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines FL 33024
(954) 437-8536 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Hwy 820 & Sw 10 Ave./ Palm Ave Near Hollybrook Golf & Tennis Club I-75/ Sw 96th Ave. & Pine Blvd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Palm Cove, Pines Lakes, Renaissance Charter Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Lakes

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ 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!


Welcome to KinderCare in Pembroke Pines. We value our families and want to make sure your child is learning, safe, and happy everyday they are here with us. Combined, our staff has over 95 years experience in the field of early childhood education. As you walk through our school you will see how what we do everyday is all designed for learning. We can't wait for your family to become part of our KinderCare family.

Colleen Greco, Center Director

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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 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.

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?

Teachers & Staff

Come meet our outstanding staff. Together we have over 95 years in the childcare field. Our staff is dedicated to each child's happiness, safety and educational needs. From our infant teachers who nurture our infants to our school age teacher who assist children with their homework, we are all here to make your child's day the best it can be.

  • Colleen Greco

    Colleen Greco, Center Director

    Being the center director I have the privilege of meeting great families and helping ensure our dedicated staff do all they can to help mold the precious children of our KinderCare. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a child's face when they have mastered a new skill. I know we have a great curriculum and love seeing it being implemented from our Infant classroom to our School Age classroom.

    Colleen has been a center director since 2001. Before being promoted to a center director she worked as a teacher with KinderCare. Colleen is a great inspiration for her staff and she shows such understanding and compassion for the children in her building. She is a great team player in her district and is always wiling to help out other centers anyway she can. Colleen's smiling face is always a pleasant view when you walk into KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Colleen has worked for KinderCare since she was 18 years old. She has stayed with the company because she believes in KinderCare's mission of enhancing the educational opportunities for children, families, and the dedicated professional who serve them.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Julie Santiago

    Julie Santiago, Assistant Director

    I love being the assistant director at our KinderCare center here in Pembroke Pines. Everyday I get inspired by seeing the growth, socialization skills, and developmental changes a child goes through while at KinderCare. I know what we do matters to so many parents and children.

    Julie has been with KinderCare since 2004. She joined our center as the assistant director and enjoys her interaction and daily communications with both the children and parents of her center. She is available to help touring families and current families feel comfortable and answer any questions they may have.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Julie was a center director at another preschool. She has been in the childcare industry since she graduated high school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Associate's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ms. Julissa Reyes

    Ms. Julissa Reyes, Program Specialist

    Knowing that I have contributed to a child's growth and to their learning is the most rewarding feeling.

    Julissa moved to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to Florida with her husband in 2013. Her love for children started at a young age when she was a junior camp counselor. She loves to work and keep open communication with the families and children she cares for. Julissa finds that everyday brings her new experiences and she finds that it is not only how much she can teach a child but what she learns from them that makes her days complete.

    Previous Experience:
    Julissa came to our Pembroke Pines KinderCare after she moved this way and transferred from our West Palm Beach KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Associates Degree in Education
  • Ms. Ida

    Ms. Ida, Infant Classroom

    To teach is to touch a life and shape a mind forever

    Ms. Ida has been a teacher since 1995. She loves working with children and seeing them develop at their own pace. She has taught age groups for birth through middle school. She is such a positive vibe in our center and loves her interactions with the parents at drop off and pick up. She always has a smile on her face and truly believes that KinderCare is the best place for children to learn and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ida transferred from a KinderCare in Tampa, FL. There she taught in the infant class, the preschool class, and the VPK class. She enjoyes all ages and find each group rewarding.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat In the Hat by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associates Degree in Fine Arts
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Class

    Working with children is a rewarding experience.

    Ms. Maria was born in Venezuela, she moved to the USA in 1996. She has been able to transfer with KinderCare as she has moved with her husband from state to state. We are so happy to have her here adding her experience and love of what she does to our center. Ms. Maria loves dancing and music and the children love it when it is dance time during circle time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria transferred to us from our Portland Oregan KinderCare. Before that she worked at a KinderCare right here in south Florida.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Bachelor's in Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy sharing my love of learning and watching the children grow year after year.

    Ms Nicole is a wonderful toddler teacher. She has great communication with her parents and loves the children. She does great work the children that helps each child grow and learn new things. She is always down on the floor with them and keeps them busy with learing through the curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole worked at KinderCare in Tampa, Florida since 2011 before she transferred to Pembroke Pines.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and knowing the kids are going to learn something new everyday.

    Ms. Brenda has been with KinderCare for over 14 years. Her favorite time of day in her classroom is circle time. She enjoys the interaction with the children during this very informative and active time of day. She has received her Active Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential, First Aid and CPR, and completed 40 hours child care facility state training requirements.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brenda used to work at a KinderCare in Texas before she moved to Florida and transferred to this center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alice in Wonderland by RH Disney
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Active Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential, First Aid and CPR, 40 hours Child Care Facility State Training Requirements
  • Ms. Joan

    Ms. Joan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It amazes me to see how much children can learn no matter how young they are.

    Ms. Joan loves working with children. She enjoys her daily interactions and loves seeing the children learn and explore new topics she introduces to them. Her favorite time of day is when she gets to have individual conversations with her students. She loves asking open ended questions and getting their honest responses.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Joan has been working and babysitting children for over three years. She knew working with them in a school type atmosphere was something she definitely wanted to do.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Angel

    Ms. Angel, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching children. It is so rewarding when they come back to visit years later and I get to see how big they have gotten and know that I was part of their early learning experience.

    Ms. Angel is not only a great teacher, she is the mother to a great little girl. She loves teaching and feels it is in her blood; her mother and grandmother were both teachers as well. The children in her class are busy learning letters and numbers in fun ways and Ms. Angel enjoys singing songs with them and exposing them to new concepts. She finds pleasure in her students and the things they do and say. Ms. Angel is always laughing with them and feels such pride in knowing she has a meaningful part in a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Angel has worked with many age groups in the past.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bambi by Golden Books
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Cluvia

    Ms. Cluvia, Preschool Classroom

    The favorite part of my day is watching a child master a skill that has challenged them. I also enjoy teaching children life skills to help them grow up well.

    Ms. Cluvia has been with KinderCare for over nine years. She has a passion for working with young children. She looks forward each day to helping her student’s master language, social, physical and motor skills. She has received her Active Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential, completed 40 hours child care facility state training requirements, as well as First Aid and CPR training.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working here Ms. Cluvia was a preschool teacher at another KinderCare in Orlando, Florida.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Active Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential
  • Ms. Yidah

    Ms. Yidah, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love knowing that I can be part of a child's learning process.

    Ms. Yidah is an excellent teacher. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and enjoys finding each child's way of learning. She knows just how to help a child reach their fullest potential and with our exceptional curriculum her students are more than ready for kindergarten when they leave her class.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yidah worked as an elementary teacher in another country before she came here to teach.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelors Degree in Education
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I can have such a huge impact on the early education of a child, I can be the teacher that teaches them to love learning.

    Ms. Renee comes to us from Delaware. Her husband is in the military and she moved to Florida in 2015 with him. She has really show her love and dedication to the children and families at KinderCare. She develops a great loving bond with her students and her soft spoken ways gently encourage each child to grow to their fullest potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Renee has worked as a special needs teacher in a high school in Delaware. She loved her involvement in helping children reach milestones they had set for them.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Science K-6 grades and Special Education
  • Ms. Nichole

    Ms. Nichole, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing how children welcome me into their life each day. They inspire me to become a better teacher.

    Ms. Nichole has been a great addition to our school. She has developed a great connection with the children and families of the students in her class. Ms. Nichole loves doing lots of music activities. She always brings exciting art activities that the children love to do. It doesn't matter what it looks like as long as they do it themselves, she knows their work will be beautiful. She teaches them that as long as they are trying, what they do is great. She really helps build each child's self esteem.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nichole has worked for many years in the Early Childhood Education field. She has worked with various ages but thinks the younger the children are the more she enjoys teaching them.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too by A. A. Milne

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kenika

    Ms. Kenika, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kenika  is such a wonderful part of our team. She is very loved by her students and a great team player. She has a great passion for teaching and a passion for life. Ms. Kenika has a wonderful husband and together they have a gracious daughter in middle school. She believes in always being considerate and understanding of her students, parents, and everyone she comes in contact with.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kenika transferred here from our sister school, Knowledge Beginnings in Georgia where she taught in the discovery preschool class and helped out throughout the school.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Berenstain Bears by Stan & Jan Berenstain

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelor's degree in Science and Health. State required trainings, first aid and CPR, and various other training in relations to teaching and children.
  • Ms. Latoya

    Ms. Latoya, School Age Classroom

    Do the right thing even when no one is looking.

    Ms. Latoya has always had in interest in teaching and helping children develop. She has quickly learned that no day is every they same when working in a classroom. Ms. Latoya is engaged to be married early in 2017. Ms. Latoya enjoys her time helping the children with their homework and the engaging conversations she has with each child in her class. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Latoya has spent a lot of time babysitting children for family and friends.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 

    Year Started:
    40 hours Child Care Facility State Training Requirements

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

We have been proudly serving the community of Pembroke Pines since 1987

Special Features

  • We accept Early Learning Coalition of Broward and Dade County

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Creole, Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day & the Day After
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Each child's health and safety is one of our top priorities. Our health and safety features include: keypad entry, fenced playground, all staff CPR & First Aid certified, daily classroom cleaning checklist, bus with three point safety restraints, proper hand washing procedures taught, cleaning supplies locked safely out of child's reach, criminal background checks to ensure trustworthy staff, only pre-approved people with photo identification may pick-up your child, child supervision record used every 30 minutes, monthly fire and disaster drills conducted.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I just wanted to take the time to say a special thank you! My daughter loves you guys. I love you guys. All the teachers here are so loving and caring and attentive. I sincerely appreciate your time and dedication to my child and all the other children as well. I can see the growth in my daughter. I can see her learning and understanding and talking and even explaining. I really just want to let you guys know how much I appreciate your kindness and love towards my family. And I know that my daughter will continue to grow because of the seed you guys have planted. A special thank you to all the staff but especially to her teacher Ms. Yidah and Ms. Jodi.

- Parents

My son has attended KinderCare in Pembroke Pines since he was two years old; he is now in elementary school and flourishing in his class. He went through all the classes and the VPK program they offer there and he was so well set for kindergarten. He knew his letters and numbers and knew how to write his name as well as words. I know the great curriculum they use at KinderCare is what has made him do so well in public school. My son loved school when he was in preschool and he currently attends the aftercare program there and he still loves it!

- Father

The hardest thing for a parent to do is to leave his/her child with a stranger, especially when the child is 12 weeks old. Unfortunately that is the dilemma I was faced with when I had to return to work. I am so very thankful that I found KinderCare! I knew when I first met the teacher in the baby room, Ms. Mary, that my child would not be in the hands of a stranger, but in the hands of people who cared about each child and the well being of each child. I was able to go back to work knowing that Mackenzie was safe and cared for. Mackenzie (age 3) has been with KinderCare for three years now and she loves it. She talks about her teachers and knows all of the children, and their parents. She is thriving and doing so much more than we thought she woud be doing at this age. We attribute so much of it to KinderCare and the educational and nurturing environment.

- Parents

And, like that, our son's academic journey begins. His first foray outside of the protective toddler bubble into a brand new Prekindergarten adventure. Where creative play stimulates young minds and educational building blocks lay firm foundations. He's discovering his own voice among a diversity of friends, being prepared for future greatness by dedicated staff who challenge and stimulate his intellectual process. KinderCare can be trusted by parents in meeting the highest expectations for our children.

- Mother

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