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Ponte Vedra KinderCare

Sara Campbell, Center Director

12000 Sawgrass Village Dr. Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082
(904) 285-9054 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Across from Sawgrass Village Shopping Plaza Next to PGA Headquarters and Main Gate.

Neighborhood:
In front of TPC. Sawgrass

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Ocean Palms, Ponte Verdra /Palm Valley, Rollings

Now enrolling for Nationally Accredited Summer Camp Program 2015 as well as our Fall VPK Program. Space is limited!

Exclusive to KinderCare ~ New Transitional Kindergarten program to enhance your child’s VPK experience ~
Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program that offers more challenging activities than our traditional VPK “Wrap” program.  Children will experience project-related learning and extended whole group activities. This is in addition to the language, social, physical and cognitive learning we provide to get them ready for Kindergarten!

 

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Welcome

Thank you for choosing KinderCare Learning Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. We are confident that we can meet all of your early childhood educational needs. It is very important to us that we help build the foundation for your child's education right here. The first five years are the most important! The information you find here will help you to become familiar with all the great things that are happening at our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 904-285-9054 or stop by our location any time. Once again, thank you for choosing KinderCare, we look forward to partnering with you soon.

Sara Campbell, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team!"
~ Phil Jackson.

At the Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare we work together, learn together, aspire together and laugh together. We gain strength from each other, help each other and most of all empower each other. All of that with one common goal: To make our school the best educational environment for children.

  • Sara Campbell

    Sara Campbell, Center Director

    I love my job because I lead a group of individuals that are committed and passionate about offering what is best for our children. Our focus is on education and allowing our children to gain valuable experiences so they will be better prepared for what is in their future. I truly believe that our company is the best in meeting the needs of today's youth and their families.

    Kelli has supported our company as a teacher, center director, program trainer, and team leader as well as being the district lead on many company initiatives. She has many proven success stories from implementing Learning Adventure Programs to offering Community Assistance to families in need. Kelli is very passionate and committed to meeting the educational and social needs of today's children. She understands the huge demands that are put on parents, and works to help alleviate these pressures by giving parents peace of mind while they are at work. The children at her school develop a love for learning and the confidence to succeed!
    Kelli was born in Honolulu where she participated in sports for many years and until awarded a volleyball scholarship to college. Having the opportunity to participate in sports has formed her into the team player that she is today. Her enthusiasm and energy is contagious and shows in the environment of the Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Kelli worked for three years as a Preschool Teacher for the Beaches Early Learning Center and three years as a Club Director for The Boys & Girls Club of America.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1991
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Florida Director's Credential
  • Donna Gulliford

    Donna Gulliford, Assistant Director

    I love being able to help shape and develop children's lives academically, physically, and emotionally through play

    Ms. Donna has been part of the KinderCare family since April 2012. In this time she has been a preschool teacher as well as an infant teacher. This past year Ms. Donna has obtained her National CDA and her Director's Credentials. She recently took on the role of Assistant Director and enjoys being available to assist in the needs of all of the staff members, parents, and children. Ms. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management and is First Aid and CPR qualified.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Donna taught preschool for four years with another childcare provider as well as being a summer camp leader. Since her time with KinderCare she has been a preschool teacher as well as an infant teacher.
    Year Started:
    4/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    BS Sport Management, National CDA, Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Ruth

    Ms. Ruth, Discovery Preschool

    Learning takes you places...

    Ms. Ruth has been with our KinderCare team since March 2014 and is the two year old Discovery Preschool teacher. Ms. Ruth has a true passion for working with children and has been doing so for over 19 years. She is currently working on obtaining her National CDA and plans to further her education by getting a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Ruth loves seeing the children grow, do new things, and use their wonderful imaginations!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the KinderCare team Ms. Ruth ran and operated a home daycare and worked in a childcare facility as well as for the Duval County School Department.
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Early Foundations Infant

    Children are our future and I enjoy being a part of their growing

    Ms. Kim previously worked for KinderCare from 1993-2003. She took a short break but could not resist coming back and being part of the family again! Ms. Kim has her National CDA and Director's Credentials and is continuing her education by attending trainings throughout the year. Ms. Kim has done it all when it comes to working in early childhood education. She has been a teacher, cook, bus driver, and management. Currently Ms. Kim is a teacher in our infant room and loving every minute!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim has been in every position in early childhood education from infant teacher to management in her 25 years of experience.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    National CDA, Director's Credentials
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Early Foundations Infant

    Each day the world is new...we will explore it together

    Ms. Sam has been working in the childcare industry for over 15 years. She is currently working on obtaining her National CDA. Ms. Sam has two children of her own and has recently become a grandmother! She works in the infant room and enjoys being able to watch all of the children grow, meet, and exceed their individual milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sam worked as a private home daycare provider.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Early Foundations Toddlers

    I am motivated at work because I have the ability to help children achieve their best!

    Ms. Alexa works in the early foundations toddler classroom. She enjoys teaching the children through exploration and play. She encourages all the children to try new things and express themselves as individuals. Ms. Alexa takes pride in creating meaningful moments with the children and families!

    Year Started:
    9/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Early Foundations Toddlers & Schoolagers

    I love being with children and being around them. I love helping them to learn

    Patricia has been working with the Team at KinderCare since January 2012. Most of her time has been spent in the Toddler classroom. She enjoys enteracting with the children, singing, dancing and helping them with self-help skills. She also works with the Schoolagers helping them with their homework and other activities. She enjoys being around all of the children of all age groups.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tricia has been working as a Paraprofessional in the St. Johns County School Distrcit for over ten years and prior to coming to KinderCare Ms. Tricia worked as a Summer Camp Counselor at the YMCA.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Leann

    Ms. Leann, Voluntary Prekindergarten and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    “I love watching how much the children learn in the year
    that they are with me!”

    Ms. Leann has been part of the KinderCare team since 2008. She is currently working in our toddler room, drives the bus, and is our health and safety coordinator. She has her National CDA and is First Aid and CPR qualified. Although Ms. Leann wears many hats, she enjoys being in the classroom interacting with the children the best! Helping the children to grow academically and emotionally are two reasons why she loves being a teacher!

    Year Started:
    9/23/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    National CDA
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Voluntary Prekindergarten and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, or count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.
     

    Ms. Sharon has been working in the childcare industry for over 25 years. She has her National CDA and is first aid and CPR certified. Ms. Sharon enjoys how the children can make her smile with just the smallest things and how two days are never the same. Walking into the classroom and having the children’s faces light up motivates Ms. Sharon everyday to be the best early childhood educator!
     

    Year Started:
    6/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    National CDA
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, School Age and Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I love working with children because it gives me the highest degree of accomplishments, and that is, witnessing and becoming a part of their growing years.

    Ms. Julie has been working at the Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare for 21 years. Working with children is her passion. Ms. Julie believes that children can easily turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary day! She believes that children have an endless search for learning. Everything they see, feel, and touch is a discovery that goes beyond their imaginations. Ms. Julie is willing to explore with children their interests and desires. Helping them enter into a new and exciting world of learning. She teaches through interactive play and shows that it is a vital part in every situation in the classroom. The children then become an integral part of planning, making, designing and helping. And with her lead, the children in her classroom become responsible and productive in their own unique ways. Ms. Julie also is our school age classroom teacher and our Learning Adventures instructor. She individualizes tutorials to help our children in phonics and reading. She has been very successful in implementing this program and has had many children participate and build their confidence in reading. On a side note, Ms. Julie is also an Instructor for The Florida State College at Jacksonville teaching adult students to gain their General Education Diplomas.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Julie spent 11 years as a 6th grade teacher in the Philippines.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Education:
    Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Nita

    Ms. Nita, Voluntary Prekindergarten and Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I enjoy seeing children accomplishing goals and helping them to achieve academically.

    Ms. Nita started in the field of education thirty years ago working in the public school system. She is currently our preschool teacher. Ms. Nita holds a Child Development Associate's Credential (CDA) and is trained in CPR and First Aid. The interactions Ms. Nita has with the children are amazing. The love that she has for the children is very apparent as they spend their days learning and discovering. One unique thing that sets her apart is the children tell their parents that they "must" go to school on their birthday, so Ms. Nita can sing them the birthday song!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nita worked in the public school system for 30 years prior to joining the KinderCare team.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Deloris

    Ms. Deloris, Voluntary Prekindergarten and Early Foundations Prekindergarten Classroooms

    One of the reasons why I love my job, is I see how fast children can learn and I love the smiles.

    Ms. Deloris is a teacher in our voluntary prekindergarten classroom, as well as our discovery preschool classroom. She has a very calming demeanor with the children, and it is very evident when she interacts with them. Ms. Deloris has been with KinderCare for one year and has been in the early childhood education industry for 15 years. She holds a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and is trained in CPR & first aid.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Deloris worked for 13 years as a preschool teacher at another learning center.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Arjia

    Ms. Arjia, Early Foundations Preschool Classroom

    I love see the reaction we get when the children learn something new or when they have fallen in love with a new activity!

    Ms. Arjia is a strong believer in education! She herself continues her education and is always researching new ideas for learning. She comes from an extensive background in Early Childhood Education. She has a great rapport with the children and her experience shines through with her positive interactions. Ms. Arjia has a ton of energy, and is very creative. She has a gentle voice, and the children in her classroom have awesome opportunities for learning.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and Edcuation

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best In Class Award

    Best In Class Award

  • Knowledge Universe Educator of the Year

    Knowledge Universe Educator of the Year

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center offers secure key pad entry as well as we check identification at the child's pick up time to ensure only authorized parties are picking up the children. All teachers are currently certified in CPR and First Aid.

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

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

My daughter has been under the loving care of the Ponte Vedra KinderCare teachers since she was 3 months old. As a parent I would not have entrusted her care to anyone else. My daughter will be a schoolager next year. She will be entering Kindergarten this fall with strong verbal and social skills that she learned through the caring guidance of the teachers at KinderCare. The exceptional learning programs available to us at KinderCare have been extremely valuable in my child’s learning process. I never gave it a second thought when it came to continuing her care before and after school with KinderCare this fall.

- Mother

My daughter loved her time at KinderCare. I was worried how she was settle in as we came over from England when she was 4. She made friends easily and we were all warmly accepted by the staff at the center. My daughter loved her teacher and our family enjoyed participating in family events. I felt the staff communicated well if there were comments or concerns about her day. She remembers the visits to center fondly such as the dentist and the firetruck. I found the records kept on my daughter's progress and development to be appropriate and accurate. I would definitely recommend this center.

- Mother

Our Florida beachside community offers many choices for preschool and VPK. Our twin boys have been with the Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare since infancy and we would not think of going anywhere else! The Director and Teachers are like family and the majority of the staff has been there for years. The Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare offers small classes with individual attention; by the age of 3 our sons could name all 14 Teachers. Every aspect of the Ponte Vedra Beach KinderCare has exceeded my expectations! The extra curriculum classes they offer are very innovative, Cooking, Phonics, Dance and more. Our sons enjoy KinderCare so much, there has never been an issue of not wanting to get up to go to school and when it's time to come home, they are never ready. The life-long friendships our sons are developing is a direct result of the individual attention afforded by the nurturing, caring staff at this KinderCare.The attention to detail exhibited through out the staff and the execution of their physical, mental and social curriculum is reflected in the development of our sons.

- Mother & Father
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