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Walden Lake KinderCare

Shannon All, Center Director

1701 West Timberlane Dr. Plant City FL 33566
(813) 754-5264 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
At the entrance of Walden Lake just S of Alexander Street

Neighborhood:
Next to Clinic/Inside Walden Lakes Housing Project

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Walden Lake Elementary Lincoln Elementary Bryan Elementary Burney Simmons Elementary Cork Elementary Wilson Elementary (Based on need, these may change before Fall 2015)

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Welcome

Welcome to Plant City KinderCare! We invite you to stop by at any time and take a tour of our center. We are here to engage your child with a fun and friendly environment where they will grow academically, physically and emotionally. Your child will learn, have fun and make friends while at KinderCare. We look forward to meeting your family and creating meaningful moments.

Shannon All, 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. Wednesday December 14, 2016
    1. Conductor Evan is coming to tell the story of The Polar Express

Teachers & Staff

Thank you for your interest in the Plant City KinderCare. We have a wonderful staff with a wide variety of experience and tenure. Our staff members are all certified and always continuing their education. We have some great new additions to our team of teachers as well as some who have been with us for over 20 years. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified with local and FBI background checks. All of our lead teachers have obtained their Certified Directors Associate Credentials.  We love to have fun with the children while they are learning and developing new skills. You can trust your children are in the best hands at the Plant City KinderCare.

  • Shannon All

    Shannon All, Center Director

    Ms. Shannon began her career at KinderCare as our Learning Adventures Coordinator. During her first four months our Learning Adventures program tripled, serving many of our children with enrichment in Phonics, Math, Reading, Cooking, Spanish and Music. We have seen tremendous growth in the development of these children under Ms. Shannon's tutelage. She works with children because she is passionate about fostering an environment for young children to develop their world view. She enjoys setting a stage that promotes a positive learning prospective. She loves watching children take a creative interest in group projects and watching their vocabulary develop.  Shannon enjoys the opportunity to provide families with a secure and thriving environment for their children.  As our Center Director, she is leading our phenomenal staff with integrity and veracity.  She is always available to answer questions and provide tours of our center.
     

    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Maggie Ramey

    Maggie Ramey, Assistant Director

    Maggie’s love for KinderCare first began as a student in one of our classrooms. She followed tradition and enrolled her child in our school. Now, Maggie is a part of our management team as the Assistant Director. She enjoys building relationships with our teachers, students and families. Maggie loves making a difference in the life of a child and setting the stage for educational development. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    4/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate and Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Learning Adventures Coordinator/Infant Classroom

    Ms. Annie is from El Salvador. While there, she earned her teaching degree.  She has loyally served the United States government for 18 years. For the past four years, she has lived in Valrico and worked with children ages infant through three. Ms. Annie is our Learning Adventure Coordinator.  She works with children ages two-twelve to enhance their logic and literacy skills as well as introducing creative new ideas and programs.  Annie is compassionate and nurturing. She feels blessed to be part of the KinderCare Learning Center Family.

    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Treva

    Ms. Treva, Gymnastics and Dance Instructor

    Ms. Treva coaches our gymnastics and dance classes.  She has been coaching children professionally as a USA Gymnastics instructor for over twenty years.  We are thrilled to have someone with her credentials accessible to our community.  She coaches students age two through fifth grade at our center.  Our students are learning tumbling, dance theory and gaining personal confidence under her care.  Our sessions run every four weeks and fill up fast.
     

  • Ms. Shon

    Ms. Shon, Nutrition Specialist

    Ms. Shon has worked with children for twenty-six years with the past seventeen years at KinderCare in Plant City. She has worked in several roles while at KinderCare. Ms. Shon is a valuable asset to the children, families and fellow staff members. She has a willing heart to go where ever she is needed. Currently, she serves in the role of Center Culinary Specialist. Ms. Shon enjoys being a part of children’s growth from the Infant room through the School Age room. She is honored to have a small part in their life. Her most memorable moment is when she was able to reunite with a former student who was attending college and doing very well.

    Year Started:
    12/4/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
  • Ms. Sherica

    Ms. Sherica, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sherica comes to us with over ten years of experience in the early childcare field.  Her certifications are in State of Florida childcare licensing requirements as well as medical assisting. She also has currently obtained her CDA.  She has a passion to teach and provide for children.  Ms. Sherica believes that, “there is a joy in knowing that what I teach children will having a lasting effect of their learning for a lifetime.”  Her most memorable classroom moments are collaborating with parents and sharing in the joy of helping the infants reach important milestones.
     

    Year Started:
    2/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Myra

    Ms. Myra, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Myra is very experienced in the early childhood profession.  She loves working in the toddler room and helping the students to meet milestones and engage in relationship building activities.  The class loves her smile and nurturing personality.  We are pleased and grateful to have her as part of our team.
     

    Year Started:
    3/13/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Adriana

    Ms. Adriana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Adriana has worked with children for three years. She currently works as an assistant teacher in our Prekindergarten classroom. She loves taking an individual interest in each child and finding ways to encourage them to reach short term goals.  She loves watching the students dive into the curriculum activities and takes pride in celebrating results.
     

    Year Started:
    7/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Maria has been in the early childhood education field since 2011.  She is our infant room teacher.  Ms. Maria loves working with children and considers it a privilege to be a part of their personal growth and development.  She loves being in the infant room because the children change and grow rapidly from day to day.  Ms. Maria strengths are patience and serenity. She is such a calm and relaxing teacher and that is why our infants adore her. 
     

    Year Started:
    10/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Ashley M

    Ms. Ashley M, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has worked with children for seven years. She serves as our Discovery Preschool Teacher. Ms. Ashley has all the proper training with the Standards in Early Education in the state of Florida and she is has obtained her Child Development Associate’s Credential. Ms. Ashley has fun working with children on a daily basis. She always has different activates and enrichment in her classroom. The children love being able to learn through play with Ms. Ashley. She loves being able to watch the children progress and learn.  She also takes pride in knowing that she has made a positive influence on the lives of her students that makes her job worthwhile.

    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Miss Summer

    Miss Summer, Discovery Preschool

    Miss Summer works with our Discovery Preschool classroom. She provides a nurturing environment where our new two year olds can learn to work as a group with others. She promotes creativity in her classroom by providing opportunities for the children to express themselves through art and dramatic play. Miss Summer loves to watch the students in her class begin to take on "big kid" roles. She loves when her students develop strong social bonds.

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kissten

    Ms. Kissten, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kissten is a mother of five. She has been in childcare since 1992. Since she was a small child she has dreamed of becoming a teacher. She loves watching children learn and explore new things. She is the oldest of nine so she has always been considered the mother hen in her family. Kissten is very excited to be part of our team and work with our students.  It takes a very special individual to teach two-year olds and Ms. Kissten exceeds all expectations.  Her class has transformed this year into a model classroom and we couldn’t be more pleased with her performance.
     

    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Patsy

    Ms. Patsy, Prekindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Patsy has worked for KinderCare for almost 13 years. She has spent the last 26 years in the field of Early Education. She loves working with children because she feels that all children are given a special gift and she feels privileged to help them learn and develop their unique skills and talents. Ms. Patsy loves teaching and her favorite classroom experience is watching the children learn and grow. Her strengths in the classroom are teaching and patiently listening to the stories the children share. The most meaningful moment that she has had as a teacher was observing a child who was very shy and emotional about beginning school, grow into making great friends and memories, and then face his fears and read a book out loud to the audience at the graduation ceremony. Ms. Patsy is a valuable asset to our organization and lends much knowledge and compassion to the classroom experience.

    Year Started:
    8/8/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lynn has worked with children for twenty-five years. She currently works as a teacher in our Prekindergarten classroom. Ms. Lynn is often heard encouraging the children to be “Good Role Models” and believing that at an early age children can influence others. Ms. Lynn has obtained her child development associate credential and all State of Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten certificates. She continues her education with additional classes and training to remain current in the standards in early education and School Age practices. Ms. Lynn believes that teaching is her purpose in life. She believes that every moment in the life of a child should be a caring, loving and learning experience. She works diligently to teach not only the academics but social skills needed to make one respectful and loving. Ms. Lynn says that her greatest accomplishment with children is observing the moments when a new concept is grasped and retained.

    Year Started:
    5/16/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential and all State of Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten certificates
  • Miss Elyse

    Miss Elyse, School Age Classroom

    Miss Elyse leads our "catch the wave" curriculum in our School Age department. She is so creative and leads our students on a new adventure everyday. Elyse finds a way to connect with each of our students by encouraging their strengths and helping them build self esteem as they grow into responsible and respectful individuals.

    Year Started:
    8/18/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Daneisis

    Ms. Daneisis, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Daneisis has worked in the field of early education since 2012 and is continuing to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.  She loves working with all age groups and appreciates their diversities and challenges.  She loves watching the students develop their own personalities.  She prides herself in presenting developmentally appropriate activities for all children.  She loves working in the preschool class and maintaining a structured classroom routine.
     

    Year Started:
    4/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing a degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kiara

    Ms. Kiara, Infant Classroom and Multi-Age

    Ms. Kiara has been working in the field of early childhood education for the past two years.  She enjoys using teachable moments and helping the students to learn creatively through play.  She fosters an environment where students feel secure making their own decisions and using their imaginations to create new worlds.  Our parents love the bond that their students have with Ms. Kiara.
     

    Year Started:
    1/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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. Thursday December 08, 2016
    1. Celebrity Reader Day

  3. Wednesday December 14, 2016
    1. Conductor Evan is coming to tell the story of The Polar Express

  4. 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Seal Quality Care Program

    Gold Seal Quality Care Program

  • National Accreditation Commision

    National Accreditation Commision

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day & the Friday after, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Plant City KinderCare believes that safety comes first. We have a coded entry system on our front door. Only enrolled families and teachers know the entry code. All of our perimeter doors and fenced playgrounds are locked to ensure no unauthorized entry. We conduct regular fire and safety drills. All of our team members also have their CPR and First Aid Certifications, which are renewed regularly.

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 would like to personally thank the Kindercare staff for taking care of and loving my son Jaxon. It gives me such a relief to know that he is one "HAPPY" boy when he arrives at your center. I love seeing his reaction of excitement when he arrives in the morning and his smiles and interaction with the teachers and children when I pick him up in the afternoon. Thank you for taking "GREAT" care of my little one. It means the world to working parents to have the peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe, loving enviroment.
 

- Mother
My experience at KinderCare has been always positive since day one. We were forced to find a new center after our son's center closed, which was a very stressful time for us and him. My son is very shy and had a very hard time transitioning. We visited every center in our town and KinderCare was a far better choice. It was very clean and structured. We really liked the curriculum along with the rules and guidelines. The transition for our son wasn't too bad since his same teachers from his old center transited over as well. Ms. Shannon has gone above and beyond to make our son feel comfortable, safe and enjoy his time there. He especially likes the field trips in the summer and couldn't imagine him going anywhere else.
 
Warmest Regards,


Judi & Charlie Landis

Judith D. Landis, CHE
- Mother

I would like to take some time to let you know that the Mobley family has thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kindercare in Plant City, FL.  We started there when my son Chase was only 2 years old and he attended until he was in kindergarten, he is now 9 years old.  When our daughter Rylee was 1 we brought her to Kindercare as well.  We have always loved the way that your teachers are with the children. They don’t treat them like they are all the same. Kindercare understands that each child is different and responds in different ways to every situation. Another thing that we really love about your facility is that teachers don’t come and go, they stay for many years. That is something special to be able to have the same teachers throughout many years.
Our daughter Rylee has now graduated VPK at Kindercare and we know she is ready to enter Kindergarten prepared with all the necessary tools she will need to be successful and we owe it all to you and your staff.

Thank you!
 

- Parents

When looking for a daycare for our new five year old foster placement, we were particularly concerned with the care he would be receiving. Because he was very shaken by his ordeal I sought out recommendations for a provider that gives quality care and settled on your facility.
From the start, the KinderCare staff has been professional yet personable, They are always helpful, showing attention to detail, even remembering our names each time we are there. The staff has made sure we are aware of coming events even to the point of a personal phone call to make sure our child was able to participate in a coming event.
Our child has thrived under your care and regularly comes home excited about the day’s activities. He loves his teachers and is a happy little boy again. I very much appreciated that even when we forgot to bring a change of clothes on "car wash" day, your staff made sure he was able to participate by providing clothes for him instead of excluding him on this fun event.
Our experience has been first rate from the start and I can't say enough how much you are appreciated for the care you have given our little guy!

- Parents

I chose Walden Lake KinderCare for my daughter's VPK because of the high curriculum and the high staff standards. They went above and beyond for their VPK, that I then felt right at home choosing them for my 2 year olds daycare provider. The staff feels more like family then daycare providers, and I trust them with my most prized posessions, my children. And I wouldn't have felt more comfortable with any other providers than Walden Lake KinderCare! Amazing staff, clean environment, and happy safe children. I couldn't ask for more as a mother. Thank you Walden Lake KinderCare!

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