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

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!


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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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

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

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

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

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

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

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

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

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

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

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

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

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

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

Participating Child Care Aware Center

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

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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


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


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

Phonics & Reading Adventures

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

Teachers & Staff

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, Center Director

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    BS Sport Management, National CDA, Director's Credentials
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    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:
    14 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:
    3 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • 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:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate's of Applied Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and Edcuation

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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