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Silver Lakes KinderCare

Genna Gatell, Center Director

18500 Johnson St. Pembroke Pines FL 33029
(954) 447-3211 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Behind the Silver Lakes Shopping Center North of Pines Blvd on Johnson Street

Neighborhood:
Off NW 184th Ave. & Johnson St. Behind LA Fitness

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Chapel Trail, West Pembroke Pines Charter, Sunset Lakes and Panther Run

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Welcome

Here at the Silver Lakes KinderCare, we provide a superior educational experience, along with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child is in a nurturing, safe and loving environment. I am extremely fortunate to be working with a great staff. We understand that we have been given this opportunity to work with the most precious commodity imaginable, your children. We take that responsibility seriously and understand the great trust you have put in KinderCare and in us. Please know that our door will always be open to you and your family to discuss any concerns or ideas that you may have. We want to make your child’s experience at KinderCare the best it can possibly be. Call or stop by to find out why the Silver Lakes KinderCare isn't just a choice, it's the right choice.

Genna Gatell, 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.

Spanish

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our enthusiastic teachers genuinely care about children, and understand each child's individual developmental needs and learning styles. They take the time to help each child discover, in his or her own way, a fascinating world of play and learning. At Silver Lakes KinderCare, we encourage a highly productive partnership between teachers and parents. We link parents to what their children are learning at school through KinderCare's vast resources including weekly folders and open parent-teacher communications.

  • Genna Gatell

    Genna Gatell, Center Director

    I believe the children are our future." ~ Whitney Houston

    Genna was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  She has been with KinderCare since July of 2013.  Genna has her Director's Credential and Child Development Associate's Credential along with other various Early Childhood Education certifications.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Genna came into the field of education because of how much of an impact working with children has had on her.  She has always loved working with children and is excited to make a difference in children's lives. 

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Director's Credential, Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Anya

    Ms. Anya, Infant Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

    Ms. Anya has her Associates Degree in Education and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Special Education and ESOL.  She has worked as a summer camp councelor for deaf and hearing impaired children.  Ms.Anya enjoys teaching her students something new and watching them accomplish their goals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting her job at KinderCare, Ms. Anya worked at the Young and Art museum. She was also a nanny for children six to twelve months old.
    Year Started:
    3/23/2016
  • Ms. Brooke

    Ms. Brooke, Infant Classroom

    A teacher ignites the fire that fuels a students thirst for knowledge, curiosity and wisdom.

    Ms. Brooke has her Bachelors in Arts and a Minor in Early Childhood Education.  She loves to watch the children in her class accomplish milestones and see that they are learning something new everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KindrCare, Ms. Brooke was a three year old teacher at St. John's Learning Center in Adrian, Michigan.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    9/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Crystal

    Ms. Crystal, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Crystal has worked in the child care field for many years. She loves children and enjoys being able to have an impact on their lives.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Duck for President"
    Year Started:
    9/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Toddler Classroom

    Do the things that other people will not do and you'll have the things that other people will not have. If you do everything everyone else is doing then you will only have what they have." ~ Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina loves working with children.  It brings her great joy to see and hear her students excitement as they learn new things.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Katrina spent ten years leading her church's youth group.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Good Night Moon"
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jeannine

    Ms. Jeannine, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The most admired teacher would be caring, kind and smart. She always has her students best interests in her heart.

    Ms. Jeannine has been with KinderCare for 15 years.  She has never wanted to work anywhere else.  She loves working with children.  She has worked with all age groups but her heart is with the two year olds.  Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to encourage and inspire her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeannine has been working with children since she was eighteen years old.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear Mommy and I"
    Year Started:
    2/27/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Preschool Classroom

    Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

    Ms. Brittany has five years of childcare experience.  She is working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with school age children and has two years experience in the early childhood education setting.  Ms. Brittany enjoys helping her students achieve their goals.  It makes her happy to see them learn and accomplish something new every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KindrCare Ms Brittany has coached volleyball and worked in the cosmetology industry.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Don't Wake the Bear"
    Year Started:
    2/11/2016
  • Ms. Minnou

    Ms. Minnou, School Age Classroom & Health and Safety Coordinator

    Children are our hope for the future.

    Ms. Minnou joined the KinderCare family in 1995 as a School Age teacher at Pembroke Pines KinderCare. She transferred to this center when it was built in 2001. During her eighteen years at KinderCare, she has worked in every classroom, taught Learning Adventures, driven the school bus and currently is the School Age Teacher, bus driver and the Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Giraffes can't Dance"
    Year Started:
    4/4/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Yamilet

    Ms. Yamilet, Learning Adventures

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Yami has been working with KinderCare for two years.  She has three years of Early Childhood Education experience and  has done volunteer work with special needs children.  She is now working on her Associates in ECE.  Ms. Yamilet loves watching her children grow and leave her classroom with a great sense of achievement.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Yamilet was a recreation leader at Miami Dade Park and Recreation. She also was an after school counselor at the YMCA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Kissing Hand"
    Year Started:
    6/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Maribel

    Ms. Maribel, Nutritionist Specialist

    Seeing young children learn is a beautiful and rewarding experience to be a part of each day.

    Ms. Maribel has worked in Early Childhood Education for fifteen years and joined KinderCare four years ago. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and loves to be creative when decorating her classroom and loves doing art projects with her children. She enjoys seeing children engaged in educational activities. Recently, Ms. Maribel has decided to cook for the school and thus helping all the children in providing nutritious meals and snacks for each of them every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Rainbow Fish"
    Year Started:
    4/13/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Special Features

  • Proven educational outcomes
  • Nurturing and Educational environements - kids have fun and love to be at here!
  • fresh meals prepared on site daily included at no extra charge
  • We only close 9 days a year!
  • Small class sizes for more personalized learning opportunities

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • English

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day,   President's Day,  Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and day after, Christmas Day  
    9 holidays a year

Health and Safety

In today's world, safety and security are on everyone's mind. At KinderCare, we take the well being of your child seriously. We have a secure facility with keypad access to the classroom areas. Our yards are fully enclosed and are gated between different age group play areas.

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.

I am so happy that I found a great Preschool for my child. I have had my son at another Preschool but moved him due to the fact that I felt he was not learning anything. After just a few months I was able to see my son learning. He would come home telling me about the different letters he learned and would ask me to sit with him while he would write his name. I feel the staff at KinderCare truly cares about him and always has a cute story to tell me about what he has done during the day. This was such a positive change for him and I am so happy with KinderCare.

- Father
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