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Pinellas Park KinderCare

Stephanie Jones, Center Director

6520 102nd Ave. North Pinellas Park FL 33782
(727) 541-5292 Contact this center

Ages: 2 Months to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
E of 66th St near Bryan Dairy Rd & 66th St

Neighborhood:
Across from Winn Dixie, next to CVS

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cross Bayou Pinellas Central Walsingham Plato Academy- Largo

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Welcome

Here at Pinellas Park KinderCare we provide a warm, nurturing environment for your child aged anywhere between eight weeks and five years. Our academic programs are age specific and we approach learning through utilization of unique curriculum designed to address all aspects of your child’s development. Our staff includes a blend of seasoned teachers as well as teachers who are just embarking on their new careers. Our commitment to the education of young children and to our families is evident at all times. From the inviting exterior to the classrooms of happy children, we ensure that your family’s KinderCare experience will be a positive one.

Stephanie Jones, 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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

All of our teachers at Pinellas Park KinderCare are committed to excellence in the field of Early Childhood Education. Many of our teachers have higher level degrees in the fields of Education and Child Development. This diversity in educational backgrounds assures that whatever your child’s needs, there will be a staff member ready, willing and able to meet them. From our smallest students to our School Age students we are dedicated to bringing out and nurturing what makes your child unique.

  • Stephanie Jones, Center Director

    I am here for that one child who may not get what they need if I wasn't here.

    Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 2009. She completed her Master's Degree in Education one year later. While attending the University of Florida she was a competitive cheerleader representing the Gators all over the country. Stephanie has two children, ages three and four, who are a wonderful part of our KinderCare family!

    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Masters of Education, Specialization in Education Technology, Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Adriana Evans

    Adriana Evans, Assistant Director

    Adriana is the mother of two beautiful boys.  She decided to change career paths after enrolling her boys at KinderCare.  She discovered how important and special early childhood education is and wanted to make a difference in the lives of children in our community.  Adriana has recieved her Child Development Associates and uses her passion for kids to impact the center everyday.

    Year Started:
    10/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors of Hospitality Managment
  • Ms. Norma

    Ms. Norma, Infant Classroom

    I love kids!

    Ms. Norma has been with KInderCare off and on for seven years. Prior to relocating to the United States she worked for the Health Department in Puerto Rico for over twelve years.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Norma was an Administrative Assistant for the Health Department in Puerto Rico.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Business Administration
  • Guifang

    Guifang, Infant Classroom

    Prior to joing the Early Childhood Education field, Ms. Fang dedicated 28 years to teaching language at the University level.

    Year Started:
    8/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelors in Japanese Language & Culture
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lindsey has been a member of the KinderCare family since she was four years old. She knew from an early age she wanted to pursue a career with KinderCare. Ms. Lindsey is our resident artist and enjoys sharing her knowledge and training with her fellow faculty and students. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Discovery Preschool/ School-Age

    I love that I am able to teach the children and have fun at the same time!

    Ms. Emily earned her Child Development Associate's Credential and Staff Credential while still attending High School. She enjoys working with children and feels that the work is inspiring. Each day is a new reward.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Staff Credential
  • Pat

    Pat, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms Pat has help every position within the Early Childhood field.  She has been a director as well as owned her own Learning Center.  She loves and enjoys teaching most of all!

    Year Started:
    6/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40
  • Ms. Taryn, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Taryn has been a before and after school teacher for many years. She loves children and enjoys the one on one aspect of homework tutoring. We couldn't be more proud of the job Ms. Taryn has done with our School-Age Program.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother?
    Year Started:
    10/1/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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


At Pinellas Park KinderCare we address all areas of your child's development; therefore, 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. Upon entering our center, it becomes apparent that your child is well protected. The only way to enter the areas where the children are is by going through a security door. Only authorized people will have access to your child. Through our very stringent identification policy, we ensure that everyone who enters our premises belongs there. In addition, we work very hard to ensure that our environment is clean and safe at all times, thus limiting your child's exposure to things that can make them ill. We follow strict KinderCare and local licensing standards to ensure that your child remains safe, healthy and happy.

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 want to share my experience about the school that my son is attending. I am very happy to have my son attend the KinderCare Learning Center. To notice a lot of improvement on my son's behavior and social skills. He learns something new every day, he wakes up in the morning and can't wait to go to school. The staff is very friendly and work with kids according to their needs. They are very professional and I trust them. My son has two healthy meals and a snack every day. My son's teacher is very loving and my son has only good things to say about her. All teachers are trustworthy and well trained. As soon as you walk in the KinderCare center ,the director, is always ready to answer every question and concerns you might have. She is very polite and very good with kids. The school is very clean and organized. I wouldn't change a single thing about his school. I would highly recommend this school to every parent because they will notice a lot of improvement on their child's behavior and overall being. Keep up the good job!

- Mother

We placed Johnathan at KinderCare when he was only a few months old after a home nanny failed us. Johnathan was in our care as a foster child from birth. It was very important for him to be in good, safe care, being that he was under state supervision. Johnathan had to be watched closely because he was in protective custody from his biological parents. The KinderCare staff at this location did an outstanding job with this. His care was beyond great. We recently adopted him as our own. The staff have all been through the long road of adoption with us. The outpouring of love and support that came from them was amazing. They celebrated the adoption as if he were their own child! We love and trust them all. We could not ask for a better Center Director or Staff then the ones at the 102nd avenue location. Everyday Johnathan comes home happy and continues to learn. There is very little turnover in children there. Johnathan has had most of the same children he started with still in his class today. They are growing together. Thank you Debbi and all of your staff.

- Parents

I moved back to FL from NC to help my single parent son raise his 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl.
 
His youngest son, Alek, age 4, is a bit of a daycare challenge.  Alek discovered at his first/previous daycare placement, that if he caused enough of a behavior problem, that particular daycare would call his father or mother to come pick him up.
 
Well, you can imagine how Alek's little mind processed that. He immediately presented negative behaviors every day after that and was discharged soon after it all began.
 
I spoke open and honestly with , Stephanie Jones, the Center Director.  She and the Assistant Director, Adriana Evans, have both be extremely supportive in assisting with Alek and they kept us fully informed of his progress.
 
KinderCare's teachers have worked diligently to ensure Alek's successful transition. Their willingness to help my grandson overcome his "homesick" behaviors with consistency and kindness has been heartwarming to witness.
 
Words are not enough to express how much of a difference KinderCare of Pinellas Park's staff has made in this child's life. I am extremely appreciative and grateful for their efforts.

- Grandmother
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